Major gathering of transport and logistics fraternity

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  • Monday, 05 Oct 2015

Let’s begin: Liow (second from left) at the launching ceremony of Asean Transport & Logistics Show 2015. With him are (from left) Kan, Centre of Asean Logistics Studies chairman Datuk Jalilah Baba, Mohd Khamil and Abd Rahman.

DRB-HICOM Bhd’s group of companies took centre stage as the anchor exhibitor in the Asean Transport & Logistics Show 2015 (ATLS 2015), with 14 companies showcasing total end-to-end integrated logistics solutions, covering sea, land and air logistics services.

Taking up more than 28% of the total exhibition space of 7,000 sq m, the DRB-Hicom group’s companies included KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd (KLAS), Konsortium Logistik Berhad (KLB), DRB-Hicom Asia Cargo Express, Pos Malaysia Berhad, DRB-Hicom Commercial Vehicles, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, DRB-Hicom Auto Solutions (DHAS), Puspakom and Bank Muamalat.

In addition to cargo and freight management solutions, fleet management, warehousing and trucking, the group also featured its halal logistics service, courier, express and parcel (CEP) or business mailing services, vehicle preparation centre and Islamic financing for logistics.

More than 150 companies from over 10 countries, represented through the extensive range of products and services, were at ALTS 2015.

Other major participants included Westport, Port Klang Free Zone, PKT Logistics, Pelindo, Sendok Group, D’Auto and Hyundai.

The three-day ALTS 2015, organised by Fairs & Events Management Sdn Bhd (FEM), was launched by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. It was held in the MINES International Exhibition Centre.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, FEM chief executive officer Jonathan Kan said this year’s event had registered a slight growth of about 10% in exhibitor participation and an increase in occupancy of 20% compared to the previous year.

He expressed confidence that with the Asean Economic Community (AEC), the regional logistics and transport industry was poised to expand rapidly and register double-digit growth in line with the region’s 5% average annual economic growth.

“We are optimistic that ALTS 2015 will be a boon for the region’s industry players to leverage, explore and capitalise on the untapped business and investment opportunities.

“In addition, with the rapid evolution of technology, there is a strong demand for better services by logistics providers,” Kan said.

On top of exhibits on logistics and warehousing solutions, ATLS 2015 also featured career and recruitment drive in the logistics and transport sector, business-matching sessions and the ATLAS Award 2015.

ATLS 2015 also featured a one-day national logistics ATLS 2015 conference, with the theme ‘Challenges and Opportunities in the AEC’.

Organised by the Malaysia Export Academy, the conference featured speakers and panellists from both the public and private sector, including International Trade and Industry ministry Asean Economic Cooperation division senior director Datuk Ravindran Palaniappan, DRB-Hicom Bhd group managing director Brig-Gen (K) Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil, Asian Logistics Council Sdn Bhd chairman Tan Sri Abd Rahman Mamat, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd executive chairman Tan Sri G. Gnanalingam, and KL Airport Services Sdn Bhd group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Shukrie Mohd Salleh.

ATLS 2015 has the support of the Transport Ministry, European Union-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUMCCI), Federation of Malaysia Freight Forwarders Association (FMFFM), Sirim, Asia Logistics Council and several other leading trade and industry organisations.

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