On 4 April 2017, Volvo Malaysia announced that it had recorded an increase of 4.8% in sales for its Volvo truck brand for financial year 2016, compared to the previous year. The growth was achieved through the sale of 370 units of trucks, which also led to the brand capturing 45% of the market share in European heavy-duty prime mover segment in Malaysia, making it the top truck brand for the year.
Commenting on the growth, Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia said, “The overall heavy duty truck market in Malaysia had actually shrunk by 5% in 2016, mainly attributed to a slowdown of the economy and currency depreciation, which resulted in companies scaling back on their capital expenditures. Despite a challenging business environment, we managed to stay on course with our business strategy and effectively utilised our resources to achieve continued growth.”
Mercedes Benz Malaysia (MBM CV) recently held the much-awaited FUSO Diamond Grand Prize party as an appreciation night for all purchasers of FUSO trucks throughout the year 2016. The night of merriment was held at the grand ballroom of Aloft Kuala Lumpur Sentral Hotel where attendees celebrated with food, friends in the industry and pleasant entertainment.
Spare parts are crucial for keeping truck fleets moving. Diesel Technic is a major player in the aftermarket scene and enjoys a good reputation for excellent service and one of the widest ranges of parts for major brands. In Thailand, as anywhere else in the world, DT Spare Parts are being sold via distributors. Asian Trucker met with the founder of Nam Bamrung Auto Parts Ltd., Part. In order to find out more about the ins and outs of spare parts distribution.
Taking a no-nonsense approach, the Bangkok based business has built a solid reputation that transcends the borders of Thailand.
Asian Trucker also met with Ted Göransson to find out more about the investment into the country and how Scania will put it all to good use.
Scania has identified Thailand as one of the key markets in Asia and is expanding its industrial and commercial presence in the country. A new assembly facility for trucks and bus chassis as well as a manufacturing facility for truck cabs will be established in the Bangkok Metropolitan Region, including staff for production, logistics and purchasing as well as research and development. The total investment is EUR 21.2 million and operations are scheduled to start in 2018.
On 17th May 2017, Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (DFCV) will be hosting its annual “Dongfeng Golf Challenge” in Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Golf & Country Club (SAASGCC) in Shah Alam.
Running for the fifth consecutive year, DFCV will be inviting more than 50 participants comprising DFCV customers, dealers and other business associates.
“The Dongfeng Golf Challenge was initiated in 2013 mainly to bring all our customers, dealers, business associates and other acquaintances together and to fortify relationships with one another.” stated Mr Lim Kin Chze, Business Development Manager of DFCV.
“The responses we received from our stakeholders over the past years were overwhelming year by year. We thank all the participants for the joy they contributed during the event. We are now planning to make it a bigger event in this new venue in May 2017.” added Mr Lim.
The Isuzu ELF truck range will be completely powered by the latest Isuzu commonrail engines, making Isuzu Malaysia one of the first Japanese truck manufacturers to exclusively employ the use of these ultra-efficient engines in Asia.
With these new engines, truck users will not only gain from superior power and torque performance, they will also realize improved fuel efficiency by up to 7.5 percent over the already-efficient mechanical injection versions based on data compiled by Isuzu Malaysia. Coupled to this, the 2017 NPR models will benefit from new 6-speed gearboxes that feature optimized ratios to match the performance characteristics of the new engine, giving the new trucks better haulage power and higher fuel efficiency.
This year’s edition of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur expands portfolio of smart technology. The 10th edition of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s leading regional trade fair for the automotive industry targeting trade visitors from ASEAN, is fast approaching. The exhibition takes place 23 – 25 March 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is expected to welcome 300 worldwide exhibitors and 8,000 global buyers to the 9,710 sqm exhibition space spanning five halls.
Shell Malaysia announced the availability of its “Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5” on February 22nd. This is a high quality, fuel-efficient diesel available at eight retail stations along the west coast of Sabah.
Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5, formulated with Active Efficiency Ingredients, is a cleaner diesel fuel that improves engine efficiency and delivers better mileage. It ignites and burns more effectively to help improve fuel economy. Shell FuelSave Diesel Euro 5 also contains special detergents that helps protect against the build-up of injector deposits, amongst others.
Optimizing the operations of running a truck fleet extends into all aspects of a transportation business. Sin Hock Soon, running their own workshop, is benefitting from using a NCH Torrent machine to clean parts. Here is why.
Out of the entire fleet of Sin Hock Soon Group, some 140 trucks are outside the warranty and are being maintained by an in-house team of mechanics. Works carried out includes breakdowns as well as preventive maintenance of the vehicles. In the workshop, adjacent to the office, we also find the NCH Torrent, which the company has been using for the past four years.
We all get a little tired now and then. The worst that can happen to you when working in an office is embarrassment when being found snoozing, but when you move a few tonnes of chemicals in your truck, things look different.