WITH the growing importance of the logistics and transport sector in forming the economic backbone of the nation, some 200 companies from 10 countries have confirmed their participation at the inaugural Asean Logistic & Transport Show 2013 (ALTS 2013) scheduled in Kuala Lumpur in September.
Organised by Fairs & Events Management Sdn Bhd (FEMSB), the three-day Asean Logistics & Transport Show 2013 will be held at the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (Mines) from Sept 25 to 27.
The show is endorsed by the Transport Ministry, European Union-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUMCCI), Education Ministry, Sirim, Asia Logistics Council and several other leading trade and industry organisations.
FEMSB chief executive officer Jonathan Kan, said the event will feature an industry exhibition covering an area of more than 5,000 sq m, a two-day trade seminar focusing on logistics and warehousing, career and recruitment drive in the logistics and transport sector and a talk by experts on the import and export procedures.
Kan said the overwhelming response to ALTS 2013 has attracted the top 10 global players in forklifts and material handling, racking systems and warehousing management systems, radio frequency identification (RFiD), local ports, trucking, fleet management systems, courier and distribution services that contribute to the entire supply chain management of the multimodal transport system in the country.
He said logistics and transport facilitates efficient and cost effective trade that provides a competitive advantage for industries located in Malaysia.
‘With Malaysia’s logistics industry expected to grow 9.5% to RM139.74bil this year, the positive outlook on foreign direct investments inflows is expected to drive the transportation and logistics market. It is, therefore, important for Malaysian companies to keep abreast of the latest developments, technological advancements and market trends to exploit new opportunities so as to remain competitive and sustainable in their businesses,” he added.
Among the key major players in the forklift segment are the world’s leader Heli from China, Baoli also from China (ranked second in the world), Yale Forklift and Clark Forklift from the United States, Hyundai of Korea and China’s Chery.
SSI Schaefer from Germany, the leading global racking and warehousing management systems manufacturer and supplier will showcase their latest innovations and services at ALTS 2013. Other companies taking part under the warehousing segment include Agrofleet, Intraco and Loscam who will exhibit their pallets and container storage systems.
Among the local ports operators that have expressed interest in ALTS 2013 are Lembaga Pelabuhan Johor together with Tanjung Pelepas, Westport, and Kuantan Port. The trucking participants confirmed are Inokom and Isuzu, while third-party logistics players include Xinhua.
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The leading local fleet management systems players that will be showcasing their wares in reducing accidents and monitoring of drivers’ conditions are Teknik Johan and Tech Inovasi, while courier services players are GDex, Nationwide, Pos Laju, Kangroo and Taqbin.
According to the latest EUMCCI report on logistic and transport, it revealed Malaysia’s seaports have claimed a substantial market share of the transshipment traffic for Southeast Asia region, which was made possible through its strategic location in Asia, its logistics infrastructure and operational performance.
Malaysia’s total cargo volumes were estimated to grow moderately at five percent to 530.67 million tons in 2013 from 505.26 million tons the year before. Cargo volume by sea is expected to grow five per cent to 523.3 million tons in 2013.
Containerized cargo represents more than 70% of total cargo throughput by sea in the county, of which 47% is handled by Port Klang, Malaysia’s busiest container port. In 2012, transshipment accounted for 22.5% of total sea cargo throughput.