Volvo Trucks announced today that one of its customers, Johor-based transportation company Chemtrax Sdn Bhd (Chemtrax), has recently taken delivery of five units of Volvo trucks comprising four units of FM370 4x2 and one unit of FM440 6x2 models, to support the company’s expansion and also for replacing several old trucks in its fleet. These new trucks will be utilized for transporting caustic soda chemical compounds and butadiene gas.
A vehicle handover ceremony attended by the management teams of both companies was held recently at Chemtrax’s depot in Pasir Gudang to mark the official delivery of the new Volvo trucks. With these new additions, Chemtrax now owns 55 units of Volvo trucks, which makes up about 90% of the company’s total fleet of trucks.
Mitch Peden, Managing Director, Volvo Trucks Malaysia shared, “We are very pleased to be able to continuously provide the support our customer, Chemtrax, requires from us with the delivery of the new trucks despite the current challenging market situation.”
“The Volvo FM serChemtrax Sdn Bhd Takes Delivery of Five Volvo Trucks to Transport Hazardous Cargoies is the ideal and flexible vehicle for long and short haul distribution, and is adaptable to suit almost any transport assignment. We are confident that this truck’s first-class driving features will provide Chemtrax with great transport efficiency, reliability and safety for the sustainability of its business.”
Established in 1998, Chemtrax is one of the leading transportation companies in Malaysia that specialises in the moving of hazardous chemical and gas products such as acids, alkalis, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), water-based chemicals and other flammable and toxic gases.
The company transports these products within Malaysia and Singapore using various types of road tankers such as stainless-steel tanker, special-lined tanker and high-pressured gas tanker to meet the diverse and strict requirements for each hazardous material it transports.
Speaking at the truck handover ceremony, Jaffar Abu Bakar, Group Managing Director of Chemtrax Sdn Bhd said, “We have more than 20 years of experience in handling hazardous materials and have been providing transportation services to companies like Petronas, CCM Chemicals, Kaneka, Solar Gaz and other global companies like IVICT, INEOS and Synthomer. These companies all subscribe to very stringent global standards of safety which we are highly committed to.”
He added that the company’s transport routes consist of both long and short haul deliveries within all over Peninsula Malaysia, as well as to Singapore with around 15 trips daily into the island.
“The hazardous nature of the materials we transport neccesitates us to constantly ensure that safety remains at the forefront of our business. As we are steadfast in our commitment to fully comply to international standards of safety and quality, we do require robust trucks to help us maintain our standards and ensure on-time deliveries to our clients.
“We have been steadily adding Volvo trucks in our fleet for over a decade now. Volvo Trucks has always been the preferred choice of our drivers, thanks to its comfortability especially for long haul assignments which helps to reduce driver fatigue. We are very satisfied with the truck’s fuel efficiency for both short and long haul trips. The on-dash alerts provide early warning for us to detect if there is any issue with the truck, and that facilitates effective repair and maintenance,” added Jaffar Abu Bakar.
He further said that the new Volvo FM trucks will be able to provide high utilisation due to the truck’s advanced features that boost performance, safety and fuel-efficiency. The truck’s great maneuverability and Volvo’s driver training sessions have also been able to help Chemrax attract and retain good drivers, providing stability to its business.
“Maintaining the uptime and productivity of our trucks is extremely crucial in our line of business. Therefore, having a consistently reliable aftermarket support from our truck partner is also very important to us, to our drivers and to our customers.
“With Volvo’s level of support and parts availability, we have been able to significantly minimise truck downtime and business risk. Our aim is to continue to be the preferred choice of transporter amongst chemical and gas manufacturers in Malaysia, thus the trucks we buy play a crucial role,” said Jaffar Abu Bakar.
Peden said, “Volvo Trucks is extremely proud of our working relationship with Chemtrax who is also committed to safety, sustainability and efficiency. With the increasing need for transportation services to move goods for societies and industries, this also means that transport has to become even more sustainable, more reliable and safer. We are grateful that Chemtrax has entrusted Volvo Trucks with the tasks of transporting hazardous materials and we are committed to making sure our trucks deliver on our brand promise.”
“We couldn’t believe our eyes to see such a beautiful place being polluted and we took charge to clean ourselves,” Tardeep Sidhu told us about this impromptu activity that the family carried out during their recent vacation in Kuantan on Malaysia's East coast.
Clearly visible is the state of the beach befor and after the spring cleaning which was carried out during the weekend. Rawang based Sidhu Brothers went on a family vacation and the family and friends took it upon them to tidy up the beach after seeing the sad state of affaris.
Location - Sungai Ular Beach, Kuantan
List of volunteers • Jimmy • Ranjit • Hardev • Karan • Jasdeep • Tardeep • Simren • Nateesha • Ambar • Heer
Jimmy Sidhu said “Our family holiday turned out into beach cleaning project. We intend this cleaning once a month as a family project.”
They also call others to join us in this beach cleaning project. You may contact Tardeep at +60196678745 for next cleaning schedule.
As a result of flight restrictions impeding business travel to Vietnam, Messe Frankfurt New Era Business Media Ltd has announced the postponement of two of its trade fairs in the country. With a respective focus on automotive services and the safety and security industry, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and Secutech Vietnam, originally scheduled to take place concurrently at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Centre this summer from 20 – 22 August, will be rescheduled to 2021.
Restrictions that came in to force in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 continue to effect international travel to Vietnam. Logistical uncertainty has therefore hampered planning for the diverse international contingent of both events, with less than two months remaining before the trade fairs were scheduled to open.
“As a responsible trade fair organiser, we hold a commitment to our participants that extends beyond the fairground to also include safe and practical travel to the venue,” explained Mr Stephan Buurma, Member of the Board of Management, Messe Frankfurt Group. “Given that this cannot be guaranteed, we have decided that deferring both events to 2021 is the logical course of action. Supporting government authorities, associations and industry players have shown great enthusiasm for both trade fairs to return stronger in 2021, when exhibitors will have more time to plan their travel arrangements, and the business circumstances will be more stable.”
Sector leading events for the Vietnamese market Sharing a common focus on technological innovations related to Industry 4.0, the IoT, and automation, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City and Secutech Vietnam provide a gateway for both local and international suppliers to establish themselves in Vietnam.
At its previous edition, Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City welcomed 359 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, as well as over 8,900 trade visitors from the automotive service industry. The fair has been gaining influence in the region since it was established in 2017 thanks to its extensive coverage of motorcycles, the commercial and passenger vehicle segments as well as automotive manufacturing and automation. The 2021 fair will take place from 30 June to 2 July at the Saigon Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Likewise, Secutech Vietnam, and its Fire & Safety event supported by the local fire authority, has been flourishing since its first edition in 2008, regularly achieving year on year growth in both exhibitor (2019: 380) and visitor figures (2019: 14,239). Shining a spotlight on IoT based security and smart building solutions, as well as fire safety equipment, the platform benefits from close ties with government departments and industry associations, helping it to attract a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam Fire Department, the next edition will feature an expanded array of fire safety seminars and demonstrations.
Further details will be announced in the coming weeks.
With the world’s automotive industry going through a rapid transformation with tightening emission norms across the world, even the type of fuel required is changing rapidly.
One such change is the use of BioDiesel in many South East Asian countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand where B10, B20 is becoming the new reality. For efficient performance, the engine needs to be clean and free of deposits, as deposits lead to reduced acceleration and power loss. With such a high content of biodiesel, normal engines oils are struggling to keep the engine clean.
Valvoline, a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, has introduced an advanced range of engine oils which are BioDiesel compatible.
“Valvoline All Fleet Premium and All Fleet E700 Plus engine oils help protect the engine against oxidative thickening due to the use of BioDiesel,” says Vikas Kapur, Director, Rest of Asia, Valvoline International. “With better oxidation resistance and protection against corrosion, these products deliver exceptional performance, even with BioDiesel.”
"We normally prefer customers to visit the warehouse to inspect units before buying – especially for the first deal – but under the current circumstances we can send photos and videos of any units of interest," McMahon told Asian Trucker.
With the objective to encourage Hino Malaysia staff to practice a healthy lifestyle during the Movement Control Order (MCO), where all Malaysian are advised to stay and work from home, Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino) initiated this internal campaign. To keep the bonding among the staff, Hino’s management came out with the program and it is part of the concept of ‘Fun & Smile’ implied in Hino’s workplace culture.
Named “Weight Control Order (WCO)”, the campaign ran for one month (1st – 30th April 2020) and saw 30 active participants from within the Hino Malaysia staff. The challenge was simple: all participants were asked to set target for their weight loss with a minimum of 500g. All participants were having an exercise session together for 30 minutes, starting at 5:30 pm via Microsoft’s Teams platform.
As incentive, the champion won a Huawei Smart Watch, while participants who achieve the target received AEON Voucher RM100. To add another level of difficulty, the champion was not solely chosen based on the amount of weight lost, but based on the target achievement.
Example: Person A: Target to lose 1kg, Achievement: Lose 3kg Person B: Target to lose 2kg, Achievement: Lose 2kg Person B is chosen as the Champion
Emerging as the champion was Mohammad Yahiz. His weight loss was set to 5kg and he achieved his target. He is shown here receiving his prize from Mr. Atsushi Uchiyama, Managing Director of Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia).
Some trucks have been parked idle for a few weeks now. With the economy opening up, more and more trucks are needed back on the road. However, after such an extended period of being parked, vehicles should be given a check before putting back to duty. To ensure that the vehicles are safe to operate and in good working order, MAN Truck & Bus (Malaysia) offers a "Health Check Light Package". Taking only a short while, the checklist comprises of over 30 points and will give the owner an overview of the vehicle's status. At only RM 280, the Health Check Light is available for a limited time.
In February, Alwyn Lau of the Malay Mail wrote an article, titled: “Malaysia’s ignored hazard: Trucks with bad tyres”. Michael Hutt, Group Marketing Manager, Kit Loong Commercial Tyre Group responds to Mr Lau's wrong and misleading statements.
Certainly, road safety in Malaysia needs a lot of improvement (The Ministry for Transport has set a 2014-2020 road safety plan that is currently not on target, so it’s clear more work needs to be done). Anyone championing road safety is an ally in the fight to create safer roads and to reduce fatalities. Some businesses do not put safety first, and even more worryingly, safety Standard Operating Procedures are not well enforced. This is cause for concern and we must pressure the right organisations, both public and private, to do their part in improvement of these areas. It is also important to recognise that cost is always an essential control in business; the balance needs to be right, but safety always comes first, and it doesn’t have to be more expensive.
However, the rest of Alwyn's article is somewhat confusing and offers nothing in terms of a practical approach to solving any issues. I want to address a few of his misleading and Inaccurate points, to set the record straight:
Firstly, Lau writes: “It’s an open secret that one of the most frequent causes of deaths on the highway are trucks, buses and lorries”.
This is incorrect by some margin. The last fully-broken-down report (www.mot.gov.my: Road Safety Plan of Malaysia 2014-2020), citing vehicle descriptions in accidents (2013) shows that 45.9 percent of all road accidents are motorcycles, with lorries and busses responsible for just under 12 percent. As an update, in 2018 (The Malaysian Reserve: “Road accidents are 4th major cause of death in 2018 say Loke"), Anthony Loke, then Minister for Transport said: “more than half of the (road) deaths, or about 66 percent, involve motorcyclists.” A 2012 report by IATSS (Science Direct “Motorcycle fatalities in Malaysia”) stated: “The analysis reveals that the highest numbers of motorcycle fatalities occur in rural locations (61 percent), on primary roads (62 percent) and on straight road sections (66 percent) ... Although fatal motorcycle crashes mostly involve ‘passenger cars’ (28 percent), motorcyclists are responsible for 50 percent of the collisions either by crashing singly (25 percent) or with other motorcyclists (25 percent).” So, there is no reason bases In fact to assume that lorries and busses are the most frequent cause of death on Malaysia's roads. It is mostly due to motorcycles in rural locations. Even if we assume Lau means ‘just’ on highways, with trucks and busses contributing just 12 percent of the overall figure, there is no possibility the comment can be true.
Lorry and bus operators need to do their part in improving safety on our roads, as heavy road users it is their responsibility to protect their drivers and other on the road, but to claim they are responsible for ‘the most frequent’ cause of deaths is false and distracts from us tackling the issues that could save the most lives.
Secondly, Lau concludes that there are two main ‘root’ causes of these accidents: “The root cause of the above kinds of accidents can be traced to two points: Greedy business owners cutting costs by refusing to maintain their trucks properly e.g. by retreading tyres instead of replacing tyres Drivers being made to drive crazy long hours with insufficient rest, yet continuously incentivised to drive even more (as this reduces the need to increase the number of drivers)”
Now, as I stated, there are some businesses that do cut corners, there’s no doubt about it. But it’s not very helpful to point this out without being able to pin-point actions to help rectify this. After all, the law is very clear in these areas. There is a general lack of enforcement of the laws that contributes to people thinking they can ‘get away with it’, when cutting corners. This has to stop. The Government is ultimately responsible for the safety of all of us and this brings us to the point where we say that human nature will mean people will try to get past the rules, so we, as an industry, along with governing bodies and associations, must have a clearer plan to make sure rules are always abided by.
MS ISO 39001:2013 Road Traffic Safety Management System (RTSMS) is a great standard and is being pushed and adopted by many in the land transport sector, but the plans for enforcement are scant. It is clearly recognised that there is a lack of systematic work and commitment among organizations that affect the safety of the road transport system. This needs to be rectified. At Kit Loong, we have a set of services called SC3OCT that are fully certified and will help companies comply with both this ISO and other relevant ISOs and lead to full compliance with Puspakom inspection standards. We would be happy to work with authorities to show how we enforce these rules and standards with our clients.
Finally, Lau asserts: “Retreaded tyres should be made illegal. Period.”
This statement shows a clear lack of understanding of what a retread is, why it exists, where it is and should be used, how it affects the environment and their benefits to both companies and the economy. In addition, it demonstrates a complete lack of knowledge about the stringent safety steps that go into making a retread tyre.
My first point is an obvious and often used one… but it shows that retreads per se are safe. Eighty percent of aircraft tyres are retreads. In the USA, in 2020, an Executive Order was signed that required Federal agencies to replace OEM tires with retreaded tires rather than new tyres whenever possible. Most tyres used on airplanes are commonly owned by the big manufactures, such as Goodyear and Bridgestone, with guarantees of a number of take-offs and landings per tyre. No airline would run the risk of using something that was innately unsafe, no manufacturer would take the responsibility if they couldn’t be sure they were also providing a product of top quality.
Let's get more into the weeds.
Malaysia has very stringent guidelines on the material used in and the actual production of retread tyres. Tyre liners have to conform to regulations set out by the Department of Standards Malaysia, (Standards Malaysia), specifically, MS 224:2005, as certified by SIRIM QAS International, which is part of The International Certification Network, which gives these products access to 37 national markets by meeting these standards. This means the materials are safe, regulated and of high enough standard for international export. Unlike ISO standards, every product must meet high criteria to meet MS224. The retread production process conforms to ISO 9001:2015, a process created for ‘quality management systems’ in the provision of retreading tyres. This is a very detailed process and is adhered to globally to produce top quality retreads. Go and visit any reputable retread factory and you will see very modern machinery and processes, alongside equipment specifically designed to make the products safe. From x-ray-like scanners to look for anomalies in the casings, through to high-pressure testing, the whole operation is designed to produce high-quality, safe retread tyres.
The US and European trucking industries are both heavy users of retread tyres. In Europe’s five top wealthiest nations (France, Germany, UK, Spain, Italy), the retread market makes up 30 percent of the total truck tyre market (ey.com/fr: "The socio-economic impact of truck tyre retreading in Europe"). This equates to 3.2 million units. The US uses 14.3 million retreads for commercial vehicles. These countries have nowhere near the level of road fatalities that we do in Malaysia, but are still keen users of retread tyres for commercial vehicles. So what’s the difference and why are perceptions here so negative?
In a word: quality. But to add some meat to the bones, it is about three main factors: casings, process and material. Not all casings are created equally. The disparity in the quality of new tyres is vast. It’s commonly accepted that half of the burst tyres you see on the road are not in fact retreads, but cheap new tyres. The ‘big’ players invest a lot of time and money into researching the safest compounds, new ways to disperse water, better ways to run tyres hotter, how to make their casings better for retreading. All of this means that some new tyres are both very safe, will travel long distances with good maintenance and be better made for retreading (all the top companies make their tyres specifically to be retreaded, just as a lot of them will retread them and sell them again under their own brands).
Process is vitally important in the creation of retreads. The very first part of the process is to grade the casings to make sure they are safe to be retreaded. This even involves x-raying the casings to make sure there are no hidden deformities in the casing. The rest of the process is similar to creating new tyres. Many retread factories have spent millions of ringgit on the latest technology to guarantee the best product. Often, a retread tyre will have the capacity for longer mileage than the original casing tread allowed. This is because often retreaders understand local issues better than global companies and can use the materials best suited to that environment, both in terms of natural and road environments.
Which brings us on to the final element, materials, which make up the ‘new’ tread applied to the casing. By using the best compounds, most suited to application and environment it is very fair to suggest that a well-produced, quality-controlled retread tyre that conforms to all local and international certification, can be as safe to use as a new tyre.
Lau mentions at the end of the article, (we must) “Limit the number of hours drivers are allowed to work.” This has nothing to do with the difference of safety between retreads and new tyres, but it is very important, and we commend him if he is to focus his time in improving workers conditions of heavy vehicle drivers. To add to this, a few other important areas need to involve both driver safety training and initiatives to create safer roads across the country.
Now, to address the main issues when it comes to retread tyres in Malaysia, so that we can actually offer some practical advice. First, only ever buy retread tyres from reputable sources, these are manufactures who have both certification, the likes of MS224, but also those producers who have retread programmes with the big tyre brands. If a tyre brand has endorsed a manufacture, it’s likely they are of a quality you can trust.
Secondly, even the best tyre will face issues if it isn’t maintained correctly, such as simple things like getting the correct inflation for the load will prolong tyre life to what is expected. These are the areas companies purchasing tyres should be focused on, and. Lau is correct to say this is their responsibility and there should be no cost cutting when it comes to safety. And the simple fact is, running a safe operation is actually more profitable than an unsafe one. A 2012 study by EY found that: “Companies in the top 20 percent of risk maturity generated three times the EBITDA as those in the bottom 20 percent.”
Lau ends his article with the statement “Puspakom, I have spoken.” This is another clear indication of him not understanding the fundamentals about the transport industry. At the time of the inspection at PUSPAKOM every six months, a commercial vehicle may be in a perfect state. However, five months later, tyres could be worn beyond the allowed limits. In that case, it would be JPJ though that is responsible to identify and enforce upon the culprit, not PUSPAKOM.
Volvo Trucks has launched its all new Volvo FMX with an entirely new cab, increased payloads and innovative safety features. With increased front axle loads of up to 20 tonnes and a 38 tonne bogie, the new Volvo FMX is built for the toughest conditions and most demanding assignments.
“Our construction industry customers are facing ever increasing demands to improve in areas such as sustainability, cost efficiency, safety and productivity,” says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks. “With the launch of the new Volvo FMX, we are proving our commitment to supporting these customers by creating robust trucks and innovative services to assist in making their operations easier, safer and more profitable.”
Background • The FMX was officially introduced in Malaysia in 2014. It is the second best-selling model after Volvo FM • FMX has been the key product offer for industry segments such as logging, mining, construction and agriculture (CPO) • Within the line-up, the FMX 6x4 are the key variants used by transporters in these industry segment • The product is designed to handle tough operating conditions and demanding transport assignments
The New FMX • Comes with a new cab, and a roof hatch in steel , to help reducing heat radiation • Improved visibility with the new cab, with the design of a lowered door line and new rear view mirrors. An optional passenger side camera can be added to provide a complementary view of the side of the truck and further improve visibility provides a complementary view of the side of the truck. • Additional storage space for driver up to 800 Liters • New anti-slipped footstep to ease driver enter or exit • New dashboard and instrument cluster. 12-inch high-resolution instrument display with a user-friendly interface allowing the driver to see relevant information and select between four different screen views, depending on the driving situation. There is an option to add on a 9-inch side display that provides infotainment, navigation support, transport information and camera monitoring. • Enhanced safety features: Downhill cruise control feature sets a maximum speed to help prevent unwanted acceleration when travelling downhill. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that now works at all speeds down to zero km/h EBS a standard feature, and pre-requisite for Collision Warning with Emergency Brake and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) feature. Volvo Dynamic Steering, with the safety systems Lane Keeping Assist and Stability Assist, is also available as an option. • Increased payload: Features the heaviest addition to Volvo’s chassis range – a 38-ton bogie that allows for GCW of up to 150 ton. In addition, the front air suspension has been updated. Front axle load up to 10 Ton; 20T for double front axles. This has allowed the Volvo FMX to be used as the base to carry the other 3 Volvo trucks in the launch teaser video. • Gear changing system: I-Shift and I-Shift with crawler gears, with software packages for different areas of application • A new steering wheel with a neck tilt option for a more ergonomic driving position. For trucks with a steered tag or pusher axle, the steering angles have been increased, resulting in better maneuverability and reduced tire wear. • New traction control panel - The driver can gain more traction by engaging the differential locks in an easy way, by turning a knob, viewing the traction status on the instrument display at the same time. • Traffic sign recognition - by displaying traffic signs such as speed limits, overtaking restrictions and road type in the instrument display • New V-shape LED headlamp