Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s annual Fuelwatch Challenge which has returned for the 8th consecutive time this year has created history by confirming that a female truck driver has qualified into the final round of the competition to be held on 25th and 26th August 2017 in Shah Alam.
Prai-based Junaidah Bte Ibrahim, 32 years, has been working as a truck driver for five years and currently works alongside her husband who also drives a truck for the same company, Benua Haulage Sdn Bhd, which is part of Sin Hock Soon Group. Her career as a truck driver first started out as a curiosity and interest to experience how it is like to drive a truck but little did she know at that time, that this would later developed into a career in which she truly excels in.
As the population booms in the urban areas, to build an efficient public transport and passenger cars system is an inevitable vision for a developing nation like Malaysia. Marking its 15th anniversary in the regional market, ZF Sales & Service Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ZFSSM), a subsidiary company of ZF group renews its commitment to support urban transport modernisation of the commercial vehicle industry.
Founded in 1958, Hengst Filtration has a long-standing history of success as a leading developer and manufacturer for filtration, fluid management systems, crankcase ventilations and cylinder head covers. With the history of almost half a century, Hengst has developed more than 2,500 filter products for the Independent After-Market (IAM), which specifically catered for automobiles, commercial vehicles and industrial applications of all manufacturers worldwide. Today, Hengst aims to extend its market share in Malaysia with the latest Blue.maxx modular system, a ground-breaking solution for diesel fuel filtration.
Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s annual Fuelwatch Challenge, which first started in 2010, has returned for the 8th time this year and has so far mentored more than 4,450 truck drivers from all over the country on how to enhance their driving competency and behaviour to be more fuel efficent and safer drivers on the roads.
Out of this, seven lucky Malaysian truck drivers who scored the highest in the nationwide preliminary rounds will be given the opportunity to compete against one another in a fuel efficiency test in the Fuelwatch Challenge Malaysia Finals. The winning champion will then participate in the Drivers Fuel Challenge – World Final in Sweden that judges and more importantly, teaches skill, concentration, knowledge, and discipline.
With the annual monsoon deluge and natural disasters regularly affecting thousands living in the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia, getting relief supplies to them can often be burdensome and usually difficult for humanitarian organisations such as the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS).
Arriving in triumph and bright sunshine at the ancient capital of the Middle Empire, at the end of over 700 kilometres of liaison, the competitors on the 2017 Silk Way Rally were all smiles. Cancelled following heavy overnight rain in the Zhongwei region, the last 100,67 km special was transformed into a lap of honour for the competitors and their assistance, coming to the end of 15 days and nearly 10 000 km of racing that was varied and demanding for both man and machine.
After a well-deserved rest day in Urumqi, Team PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO was back on board late Monday. This morning Artur Ardavichus left the bivouac at 7.36 ahead his teammates and drove carefully behind the wheel of his IVECO Powerstar, finishing Stage 9 from Urumqi to Hami in a good position. “Today it was a very hard day – confirmed the pilot – The stage was really tough, with dunes and gravel: to make it to the end it was necessary to drive not too fast but not even too slow. I think otherwise not all the trucks would have arrived at the end of the stage.” The newest driver of the team is still firmly in the 5th place of the overall ranking.
From various aspects of the commercial vehicle industry delegates gathered for an afternoon seminar on the Future of Transportation to listen to speakers from Shell, DHL and Scania.
Co-Produced by Shell and Asian Trucker, the seminar on “The Future of Transportation”, hosted in Singapore on 12 July, saw an overwhelming response from the market with a full house. Mark Cameron, Regional Director, Scania South Malaysia and Singapore, and Country Manager, Scania Singapore, began his address to business people in the Commercial Vehicle industry, by showing a picture of a transportation hub in 2030. “Does this represent the transportation situation of the future?” he asked. “When I get to the end of my presentation I will ask this question again.”
On Kostanay-Astana stage (total distance 908.80 km of which 2 special stages of 373.40 km), the Silk Way Rally route entered Kazakhstan for the third time. Once again the breathtaking lakes and canyons, mountain plateaus and ravines challenged the racers, putting to the test their piloting skills and adaptability to surface conditions.
Michelin Malaysia has launched its ‘Tyres Are Not Bananas” educational campaign to focus emphasis on tyre quality and care instead of preoccupation with the date of manufacture of the product as numerous research had proven that performance was not solely based on the age of a tyre.
Using bananas and its limited shelf life and freshness as an example, Michelin aims to educate motorists that the countdown on the life of the tyre began with the date of fitment and dedication to regular tyre care rather than an overemphasis on the date of manufacture.
The third stage of Silk Way Rally 2017 took the competitors across the border into Kazakhstan after a “special” of about 330 km and a total distance of 876,39 km. The three IVECO trucks completed the last of the three stages in Russian territory in the top ten of the overall ranking. Once again, Ton Van Genugten was the man of the day as he finished just 3 minutes 39 seconds behind the first. He drove carefully without taking risks and this tactic paid off, after the slippery tracks of the first two stages and the amazing passages of across the river, the experienced Dutchman is now in fifth place in the truck category overall ranking.