Themed “Heartbeat of Mobility”, LTA-UITP Singapore International Transport Congress & Exhibition (SITCE) 2020 will put its focus on human-oriented approach in ensuring the sustainability of urban mobility development, while at the same time, recognising the importance of technical aspects in public transport systems, such as infrastructure connectivity and speed.
Steering into its fourth edition, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City (AMHCMC) will rally an automotive community to provide comprehensive coverage of the supply chain. 390 international and domestic exhibitors will gather across 10,200 sqm of the exhibition floor at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) from 5 to 7 March 2020. From OE (original equipment) to the aftermarket, the show will introduce the new automotive manufacturing and automation segment to cover various sectors in the industry. The community will also help drive localisation, industrialisation and modernisation in the local market by promoting made-in-Vietnam brands.
A recent study published by Credence Research has revealed that the graph for the global electric bus market shows a big 22.9 percent hike from 92,200 units in 2017 for the upcoming forecast period. The electric bus market has shown to be the fastest-growing sector in the electric vehicle industry over the last few years ¬and is expected to rise as the electric vehicle market leader over the next few.
*Burhan is pictured on the right with his colleagues*
Mohd Burhanudin is a bus attendant on board the Penang Hop-On Hop-Off. Most commonly known as Burhan amongst his colleagues, the 27 year old is born and bred in Penang. Having joined his current company in January 2018, Burhan enjoys meeting people and is able to start a conversation with just about anybody.
Transit tech startup Asia Mobiliti Sdn Bhd has successfully completed the pilot deployment of Orion, an IoT device made for buses. The pilot was executed in collaboration with a Malaysian fleet operator KR Travel & Tours Sdn Bhd.
Orion was installed on the entire fleet of the LTCP (long-term car park) shuttle bus, consisting of six buses owned by KR Travel. The free shuttle service is provided at both the Kuala Lumpur International Airports, KLIA 1 & KLIA 2.
AT: MAN is better known for their buses in Thailand and Singapore (for instance). What are you planning to do to strengthen the truck segment? TH: This is right, and in addition we are very strong in Hong Kong with the buses. You are also right that we have to catch up in a number of markets for the trucks. I see this as an opportunity as we can grow, and we have the luxury of having the best product. While everyone says that, we can actually prove it. This is not just about the trucks, but also about how we are organised. It is about how our network is organised, how we treat our distributors and clients. Here we have a clear vision and strategy and we will implement new procedures; train people and we will need to increase the footprint in the market. Coming up with competitive pricing is one issue. You need to have CKD options to be competitive.
I expect us to be in a leading position within the next three years. Yes, there are some obstacles, but I am confident that we can get there. We have managed to increase sales from 150 to over 1 000 units in Korea. I am sure we know what to do.
Traditions are there to be respected. Every Busworld Europe edition comes with a Busworld Awards, formerly called European Coach Week (ECW). That was no different this year, but the decor was more majestic than before: the Atomium.
Last Saturday, more than twenty vehicles which are used for all kinds of tests in all sorts of categories gathered around the most famous monument in Belgium. The predominance of buses, mainly electrically powered, was striking, apart from the large number of participants. An international jury judged each car down to the last bolt. Those who eventually won the highly desired Busworld Awards are immediately recognizable by the stands of the winners at Busworld itself.
MAN Truck & Bus, one of Europe’s strong brands has decided to cement its commitment to the Thai Market. As of 1st November 2019, MAN SE will appoint MAN Truck & Bus Asia Pacific – the head office of AREA APAC to be the sole distributor for Thailand to represent the company in the region. MAN SE is to work closely with local business partners to promote high quality products and fully efficient performance to support Thailand as a growth market.
Mr. Thilo Halter has many years of international experience in leading positions in various functions and industries. He has been in Asia Pacific for MAN since 2007, starting here as CFO Asia Pacific, then as Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus Korea, and since 2015 as Managing Director of MAN Truck & Bus China.
With the ambitious targets of MAN-Simply#1 globally, Mr. Thilo Halter takes the new challenge, as Head of Sales Area Asia Pacific starting from July 1st, 2019. In an exclusive interview, Halter told Asian Trucker about their ambitions.
Hong Kong’s largest franchised bus operator, The Kowloon Motor Bus Company has placed an order of 180 Enviro500 double-decker buses from Alexander Dennis Limited. The buses, featured with roof-mounted solar panels are scheduled to be delivered in early 2020.
ComfortDelGro Bus Pte Ltd, one of the largest and most established land transport companies in Singapore, has launched its on-demand bus service called ComfortConnect in the eastern part of Singapore.
The ComfortConnect application can be downloaded into any smartphone devices, through Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The services are currently free during its three-month trial period, which started on August 15 and it operates from Monday to Friday between 10am to 4pm.