Spotlight on the transport and logistics industry
The domestic transport and logistics industry was recently put on the spotlight with the recent staging of the Fifth Transport and Logistics show. Held at the sprawling SMX Convention Center of the SM Mall of Asia, and organized by Global Ling MP Events International Inc., the three-day show was attended by truck manufacturers, truck parts and accessories suppliers, commercial vehicle and supply chain solutions companies. “We made the synergy of transport, manufacturing and emerging technologies possible, and this has been the goal since we started; to empower businesses in bringing solutions that work best,” shared Patrick Lawrence Tan, CEO of Global-Link MP Events International, Inc.
Major players in the logistics and transport industry highlighted their products with display booths spread across the massive SMX Convention Hall. A few weeks after its re-launch, Pilipinas Taj, the exclusive distributors of Tata commercial vehicles in the country had one of the impressive display areas of the show. Tata displayed their line-up of commercial vehicles such as the new Prima Heavy duty truck, light commercial trucks and the Tata Xenon pick-up truck. “Our presence here indicates our commitment to be a major player in the local transport and logistics industry. Our build quality and affordability will be our strong selling points,” states Art Balmadrid, VP and GM of Pilipinas Taj.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) showcased its FUSO product line-up including the best in class truck models. Visitors had a chance to see the Canter, FI, and FV Tractor, which are known for their reliability and versatility. “FUSO guarantees that it is a trustworthy partner for your business whether it be construction, logistics, transport, utilities provider, and many more,” adds Leo Samonte of MMPC’s Truck Division.
Not to be outdone by its main rival, events sponsor and truck industry dominator Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) took center stage and showcased their line-up of diesel-powered heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles such as the FVM34 with 32-feet Fruehauf Wing Van body, the EXR5IF tractor head and their EXZ5IK tractor head. Isuzu has been a part of the annual supply hub in the country in 2015. Since then, they have consistently participated in the event aimed to tap the transport and logistics sector, which is the market for their light, medium and up to heavy-duty trucks.This year, IPC participated as one of the major sponsors for the expo, making it their second time to extend partnership since started joining the event in 2015. IPC President Hajime Koso underscored the growth of economy in the increasing numbers of industry players. “The rise of both the conventional market and e-commerce has produced exciting numbers for budding and established industry players,” Koso said.
Alongside truck manufacturers were the accessories and parts suppliers such as Pioneer Trucks who had on display their JOST product truck trailer axles,JOST Modul landing gears, Fifth Wheel and Rockinger Tow Hitches. As an established brand in Germany and in Europe, JOST’s display line of truck parts was well received during the three-day show.
Alongside its diverse product range of components and systems for truck and trailer, Pioneer’s display booth featured the ultra-light JSK 34 cast fifth wheel coupling which is designed for two-inch kingpins and can reduce the system weight by up to 40 kg in some series. It is especially suitable for all weight-sensitive transports, such as tanker and silo transports. JOST has equipped the JSK 34 with a newly-developed hybrid bearing to increase driving comfort and service life while also reducing the dynamic load on the vehicle’s frame. This type of bearing combines the robustness and shock absorbing performance of a rubber bearing with the frame-friendly properties of a plastic bearing.
“”The new, ultralight JSK 34 fifth wheel coupling is now also available in a low-maintenance version featuring JOST’s own LubeTronic1Point for automatic lockjaw lubrication, which has proven itself time and time again. With this automatic system, reliable lubrication is guaranteed for three years,” adds Aaron Go of Pioneer trucks, exclusive distributor of JOST parts and accessories in the country.
Other major players which participated during the three-day truck show were MAN, Volvo, HINO and Sobida and 300 more truck spare parts and accessories and machinery firms.