Now in its fifth year, TruckX – South Africa’s all-encompassing, interactive event for the commercial transport industry – has moved things up a gear.
With a new headline sponsor, new industry partnerships and new events in parallel, TruckX 2018 is set to surpass the record-breaking support it received last year. The event takes place on July 11 and 12 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Midrand.
“In line with our vision of creating an industry event that gives visitors an interactive, hands-on, practical experience, a full-blown exhibition and outside events were added to TruckX last year,” explains John Thomson, the exhibition organiser. “To enable this, TruckX moved from Sandton Convention Centre to Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. This really worked! TruckX had its highest number of visitors ever – over 2 100 people.” Thomson expects to increase attendance at this year’s show by 50%, since support from the industry for the new format has been extremely encouraging.
“There is a crying need for a conference and exhibition of this calibre,” says Japie Burger Transport Manager at ZZ2, a farming conglomerate operating with 104 trucks. Norman Pillay, managing director of Jesslyn Carriers, agrees: “The expo showcased how technology in the transport industry is changing rapidly and evolving with the times. TruckX is an excellent opportunity to get updates of events and to stay ahead of industry developments.”
Shell takes Headline Sponsorship:
Global energy group Shell has taken headline sponsorship for this year’s event. Commenting on this exciting news, Bongani Motloung – Sales Manager of Shell South Africa, says: “We believe that TruckX and FleetX are invaluable industry events. Shell South Africa is proud and delighted to have been afforded the opportunity to be one of the headline sponsors for 2018.”
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Partners with FleetX’s Speed in a Suit Competition
This year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also makes its début at FleetX, the co-located event dedicated to the light commercial vehicle and fleet segment of the industry. The world’s eighth largest auto maker will be supplying the express courier vehicles used for the highly popular “Speed in a Suit” competition.
The event will pit courier industry leaders against Fiat Chrysler’s top driver to see who is fastest around Kyalami’s dynamic handling track, using the least amount of fuel. “The Speed in a Suit competition at TruckX/FleetX provides us with the perfect opportunity for members of the South African Express Parcel Association to experience first-hand just how flexible our products are,” says Robin van Rensburg, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa. “Our wide range of Fiat Professional vehicles offer solutions for any size or type of business. We are able to meet even the most diverse mobility and transport needs. We are proud to be a partner at this important industry event.”
Head space for Truckers:
The hugely popular TruckX conference aimed at owners and operators of trucks and heavy vehicles, offers a diverse menu of topical issues addressed by industry experts. Day One will focus on heavy commercial transport issues. Topics on this year’s agenda include: the Challenges of Running Big Commercial Fleets, Connectivity in the Commercial Vehicle Space, as well as Getting the Most from Commercial Vehicle Tyres.
The FleetX Conference, which takes place on July 12, focuses on issues affecting passenger and light commercial vehicles. This year’s line-up includes the Future of Dealerships, Vehicle Safety, as well as Connectivity in Transportation.
Cross-Border Conference – “Making Interstate Transport Work in Africa”
On each morning at TruckX, Supply Chain Today magazine, alongside the Federation of Eastern and Southern African Road Transport Associations (FESARTA) and CVLC, will run a jam-packed and informative conference.
“Regional Connectivity – Making Inter-State Transport Work in Africa” is hands-on and includes topics such as: Current Challenges and Possible Solutions for Regional Connectivity, as well as Tracking and Tracing Cargo from Origin to Destination. Perspectives from Cross-Border agencies, Government, Logistics Service Providers, Freight Forwarders, Transport Managers, as well as Cargo Owners, will form part of this exciting Programme.
There will be delegates from a wide range of African countries, as well as a cross- section of speakers representative of the continent.
Demos that Tell the Full Story:
“TruckX is the only industry event that offers live demonstrations – a place for visitors to experience and interact with trucks,” says Thomson. “It is a much-needed home for trucking industry suppliers – and one which is supported by the trucking industry and broader commercial vehicle transport industry.”
Established in 2014, the annual TruckX conference and exhibition has seen a large increase in popularity due to its relevance in the marketplace. The objective of TruckX is to host an informative and effective event for the trucking sector.
With industry research being presented, key notes, panel discussions and the latest products on display, TruckX is seen as South Africa’s premier trucking, fleet and logistics conference and exhibition.
Its participants and representatives include a variety of service providers, among them tanker and trailer manufacturers; tyre suppliers; parts distributors; telematics, insurance and finance providers; fuel and lubricant companies; refrigerated transport specialists; driver training and road safety advisers; environmental agencies and fleet service experts.
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