TruckX ready for Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit is making its début as the new venue for this year's TruckX - a premier event for the transport industry taking place from 12-13 July 2017. The expo and conference offers an opportunity for test drives and covers issues affecting the trucking and fleet industries.
TruckX ready for Kyalami Grand Prix CircuitVECV, a joint venture between Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, is all set to introduce its leading truck brand, Eicher, into the South African market. Eicher trucks are known for their class-leading fuel efficiency. With a presence in over 32 countries globally, the brand has already started operations in the country through a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary known as VECV South Africa.

VECV has developed of the Eicher Pro series, designed and developed to usher in a ‘Pro League of Trucking’.

The series is a range of next generation trucks which are equipped with the latest generation of the Volvo Group’s engine management system. It has been tested for more than 500,000 kilometres across Africa and Asia, including rigorous endurance and performance testing for over 200,000 kilometres in South Africa.

Overriding concerns of fleet owners

2017 will see the introduction of South Africa’s Premium Fleet and Light Commercial Vehicle Expo, FleetX, as well as IMHX, South Africa’s international Materials Handling Exhibition and Workshop.

“The fleet industry is a growing sector – so it makes perfect sense to align it to TruckX,” explains exhibition spokesperson Catherine Larkin. “Cost containment, increased efficiencies, and great productivity are the overriding concerns of fleet owners.

“FleetX is an ideal platform for fleet owners to explore alternatives, learn about the latest developments and engage with new technologies.
“The addition of FleetX also widens TruckX’s appeal to include fleet owners who operate light commercial vehicles”, adds Larkin.

Move to Kyalami

TruckX’s relocation to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has reportedly opened up possibilities for the show’s growth and diversification. “With its dynamic handling circuit designed for advanced driver training, its technically challenging 4x4 track, its outdoor and indoor exhibition space, many show participants are using the opportunity to give visitors a hands-on, unforgettable experience,” says Larkin.

“The inclusion of the dynamic handling track and test drives at TruckX is a ‘first for the industry’ event,” continues Larkin. “Top vehicles from OEMs including Eicher will be available for test drives around the track”.

Conference speakers

Day one:
  • “The Internet of Things” by Tony Smallwood – executive head of IoT Solutions: Vodacom South Africa;
  • “The Importance of Truck Safety Compliance” by Adrian van Tonder – chairman: Road Transport Management System;
  • “The Benefits of Clean Fuel to enable Modern Truck Technology” by Adrian Velaers – senior technical advisor, Sasol;
  • “Telematics” by Eugene van Niekerk – Ctrack by Inseego.

Day two:
  • “The Real Value of Good Leadership” by Brand Pretorius – business guru;
  • “AARTO/Freeway Update” by Ben Theron – chief operators officer: OUTA;
  • “Digital Transformation – Trends in the Mobility Industry” by Craig Parker – programme manager for mobility: Frost & Sullivan;
  • “Current Trends in the Fleet Industry” by Simphiwe Nghona – head of group vehicle asset finance: Standard Bank.

Updated at 9:30am on 9 June 2017

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