DRB-Hicom Bhd subsidiary Scott & English (M) Sdn Bhd is expecting this year's sales of Tata vehicles to surpass the RM60mil achieved last year.
According to its general manager (automotive division) Quek Wang, the company will introduce a new range of Tata prime movers with 280hp and 340hp by the end of the year to cater to the haulage and general cargo businesses.
We sold more than 700 Tata vehicles last year and are confident that the growth in haulage business and infrastructure development project will translate into more demand for our range of vehicles, Wang told reporters after the launch of JCS Logistics Sdn Bhd's newly purchased Tata prime movers in Shah Alam yesterday.
Present at the launch yesterday were Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Nazri Abdul Aziz, Transport Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Donald Lim and DRB-Hicom group chairman Tan Sri Mohd Saleh Sulong.
Quek said the company was phasing out its range of older 160hp Tata prime movers in favour of the newer Tata range to meet the haulage industry's demand for more powerful prime movers.
He said the new range of prime movers would be competitively priced against other established brands but he declined to elaborate.
At the launch, JCS Logistics managing director Dominic K.F. Kow said the company would invest RM4mil to acquire 30 new prime movers by the end of the year, increasing its fleet to 50 units.
The company had invested RM2.68mil to acquire 20 Tata prime movers from Scott & English in 2001.
Kow said the unladen container logistics service provider was optimistic of greater growth within the intra-Asean Free Trade Area and was gearing to meet the challenges and opportunities.
The additional number of prime movers will increase our service efficiency, improve delivery time and enable us to be competitive in terms of rates in view of economies of scale, he said.
JCS has major international shipping and local shipping agents located in Pelabuhan Tanjung Pelepas, Port Klang and Kuantan.
JCS is currently strategising its business activities to complement the movement of containerised cargo by road and rail through the Trans Asia Rail Link which connects Malaysia to Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and China.
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