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Arachnophobia hits Volvo

2007-07-13 14:01
Employees of heavy-vehicle maker Volvo have been confronted with a startling element of globalisation at their Swedish assembly plant - big hairy spiders from Brazil.

The spiders have been discovered at the northern plant in Umea, 640km north of Stockholm - apparenlty arriving with shipments of truck cabins made in Brazil, reports said Tuesday.

The biggest spider found so far was eight centimetres across, an employee a told Vasterbottens-Kuriren nesspaper, adding: "It was not a Swedish spider." Some of the creatures moved "incredibly fast".

No one has been bitten, the reports said - but management has now ordered that the cabins first be sprayed with water before assembly work goes ahead.

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