Fajar flew to Jakarta for INAPA, ASEAN's Largest International Expo in order to report from this annual event so that our readers won't miss out on any events happening in our industry. The show took place from 18 to 21 March 2015 at JIExpo Kemayoran, Jakarta.
The 7th Indonesia International Auto Parts, Accessories and Equip Exhibition 2015 conclude with another record number of exhibitors and visitors.
On 21 June 1915, a new company was entered in the trade register of the City of Nuremberg: "Lastwagenwerke M.A.N.-Saurer". The company was established as a joint venture between Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG and Saurer, a Swiss producer of commercial vehicles. The first MAN-Saurer 3-tonne truck soon left the joint factory in Lindau at Lake Constance. It was followed by the first buses, which were used as long-distance buses by the Imperial Post Office and transported passengers as well as letters and parcels. This was the beginning of commercial vehicle manufacturing at MAN, a success story that has not only shaped the history of the company itself. MAN has significantly influenced the development of trucks and buses with its advanced and often revolutionary innovations for the last 100 years – and is still continuing to do so.
"For almost two decades, commercial vehicle manufacturers around the globe have been relying on ZF's AS Tronic transmission range when it comes to automatic gear shifting," explains Fredrik Staedtler, Head of ZF's Commercial Vehicle Technology division based in Friedrichshafen. "It is considered a milestone in drive development and has meanwhile become indispensable in modern-day commercial transport." ZF developed the first fully automated commercial vehicle transmission with the AS Tronic in 1997. Apart from the then development partner Iveco, today numerous other major international truck manufacturers put their trust in the automatic transmission system by ZF. However, the low-wear AS Tronic is also used in coaches, construction equipment, and in rail vehicles.
Rest stops along the highways or R n R as they are typically called in Malaysia are important waypoints during our travels. While the general public only uses rest areas when people travel, bus drivers use it daily, especially coaches travelling long distances. That is why, rest area facilities matter for these drivers. During our recent road show at rest stop areas, I have had a closer look at the facilities provided to see how these can help drivers to keep a healthier lifestyle while at work.
The Scania Driver Competitions (SDC) is one of the most recognized competition for drivers of trucks and buses in Malaysia, given the high level of skill required of the drivers and stringent judging criteria.
In addition to the high standards, the 2014/2015 edition will be even tougher now with the participation of drivers from Singapore, thus raising the stakes of the competition.
Based on the quality and successes of the preceding editions, MICHELIN, the market leader in tyre technology, has returned to the SDC as the Official Sponsor for the fourth time since this competition was held in Malaysia given the brand’s perfect compatibility with Scania’s trucks and buses.
Asian Trucker kicked off the year by hosting a Media Round Table to lead up to MIBTC 2015.
The discussion was recorded and the podcast is now available in the Magazine section of our Website. There are more to come as we upload Part 2 as well. On March 24th we will hold another round table. Our second round table will also be recorded for podcasts.
The Media Round Table on "Impact of AFTA on commercial Vehicle Industry" was kindly supported by Supercool.
An official press conference was held on 23 January 2015 to publicize another initiative by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). The collaboration between SPAD, Cityliner Sdn Bhd and MARA Liner Sdn Bhd will result in the roll out of new stage bus services in Seremban and Kangar respectively, which will provide passengers in these locations with more efficient and reliable services.
Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (‘S.P.A.D’ or the ‘Commission’) is pleased to inform that school children traveling in legal school buses will continue to be covered under the School Children Insurance Scheme in 2015. This insurance scheme was announced by Y.A.B. Prime Minister during the tabling of the 2013 Budget where the government appointed S.P.A.D. as the facilitating agency.
Through a collaboration between subsidiaries of Putrajaya Corporation, Pengangkutan Awam Putrajaya Sdn Bhd (PAPSB), Eh Eh Bazaar Sdn Bhd and a strategic cooperation with Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia (DPMM) WP Putrajaya Buses have seen the first BusFest Putrajaya. Through this inaugrual event in 2014, Buses were given a new platform for exposure of the industry.
Upsetting some preconceptions a Ricardo study done in the UK demonstrates that new vehicles are not necessarily better in terms of emissions.
In an extension of a study by the Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach company fleet in partnership with HORIBA, Ricardo research has shown that some of the oldest vehicles can also be the cleanest, if retrofitted with the latest low emissions exhaust aftertreatment technology.