So fresh off the rumour mill this Thursday afternoon is an amusing story regarding Saud Bahwan Groups' Arabian Engineering Services (the sole MAN trucks dealer in the Sultanate). Here's the story how I heard it:
A staff member at SBG found himself "let go" and sent back home to his home country after some apparent disagreements with his employers. This ex-staff member then returned to Oman and reported to the ROP a story that MAN trucks were selling duplicate parts and passing them off as genuine parts.
Apparently a warehouse in Barka was used to re-package the not-genuine parts into packaging indicating that the parts were indeed genuine. Once the re-packing had been completed, the parts were then shipped on for distribution amongst the MAN service centres.
A number of senior management at SBG have been guests of the ROP at 2 different police stations in the Capital area, for a week so far.
I've no idea if it's true, but I do know that 1 specific senior manager at SBG has been unavailable all of this week.
Naturally, as all of the newspapers in this town are heavily funded by automotive advertising dollars, I doubt we'll see this story turn up - but I'm told the situation is very real.
Rather amusing, especially when SBG played heavy handed tactics with Tariq al Kiyumi and his Genuine Toyota spare parts store in Wadi Kabir a few years ago - if you don't know the story, check out Other Oman's coverage of it, here. The cliff-notes of the story though, are these: Local guy opens up a store selling genuine Toyota parts for less than SBG. SBG buy the building he ran his shop from and kicked him out. Tariq opened a new store and carried on trading, SBG bought land next to his new store and built a new Toyota Parts shop. Nice.
Enjoy the weekend!