By Stefan Pertz
With a stellar line-up of exhibitors and a well-rounded fringe programme, Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Exhibition 2017(MCVE 2017) is set to be true to be the largest commercial vehicle exhibition in South-East Asia.
The main attraction of the event, during May 18-20, 2017, will be the exhibitors who will showcase their latest technology and products. Filling the entire 8,000 square meters of the main halls, there are over 60 exhibitors vying for the attention of delegates from Malaysia and surrounding countries. Some have even opted to display additional products outside the halls. We are happy with the turnout in terms of exhibitor participation as we have managed to assemble the top brands of the industry for the show.
M2M communication, GPS and other gadgets now allow for self-driving vehicles. Numerous countries are conducting trials and there is also truck platooning. In summary, we are heading towards exciting times and our expo will be a ground for participating companies to showcase their innovations and thoughts.
Following the success of the past events, many have returned, some of whom with increased space for their booths. Meanwhile, others have joined the existing list of exhibitors to make use of the exhibition to meet new customers, refresh connections and to mix and mingle. We are happy to say that the event is a sell-out and we would like to thank the industry for the support.
Besides the exhibition, we have a fringe programme which sees various components again. The Scania Driver Competition MCVE Edition and Scania Driver’s Lounge will be back and we encourage everyone to participate in the competition.
It is also the seventh year for the annual Asian Trucker Networking Night. Here we have the support of MAN Truck and Bus Malaysia, which allowed us to put together a programme including performances, music and a lot of fun.
For business discussions and for Rest & Recreation we are offering an R & R themed area where we serve free food and coffee. Guardian South-East Asia, experts in the field of Fatigue Detection, is the sponsor for the R & R. Back again is the Best Booth Design award, whereby delegates can cast their votes for the nicest exhibition spaces. Last year’s winners for the bare space donated their prize money to charities.
Scania Driver Competition
The biannual Scania Driver Competition (SDC) is now officially on and, as with every edition, it is now more challenging than before with tougher rules and scenarios that are designed to make Scania truck and bus drivers better equipped with skills to match the demands of the commercial vehicle industry.
Just like in the previous editions, a mini SDC will be held and this time it will be at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo 2017, Mines Exhibition and Convention Centre, May 18-20, 2017. Open to the public, anyone with a standard car driving license can experience what it is like to face the challenge of a bus or truck driver in a secured and enclosed environment. The purpose of this test & drive is to generate public appreciation of the challenging environment that the truck and bus drivers face every day. Participants of the SDC-SEA can also test and practice their skills before the main event to win prizes.
Asian Trucker Drivers Club
Offering a platform to meet other drivers, exchange ideas and to connect with other industry players, the Asian Trucker Drivers Club will host a lunch for its members. The lunch is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 2017 and will take place inside the Exhibition Centre. This is an exclusive event for members only. Those wanting to join but haven’t registered as members may sign up for the club during the day itself. This gathering for members of our club is sponsored by Volvo Trucks and Giti Tires.