Companies that received their trucks from MAN Truck & Bus SE’s senior vice-president and head of Sales Area International, Roman Sitte, were the Penang-based Juta Cahaya Gemilang Sdn Bhd and Sikap Mawar Sdn Bhd; Kelantan-based Mekar Angkut Sdn Bhd and Pancaran Matahari Logistics Sdn Bhd; Terengganu-based Zha Pengangkutan Sdn Bhd, Johor-based SBK Logistics Sdn Bhd, Negeri Sembilan-based L & R Haulage Sdn Bhd and Klang Valley-based AG Sdn Bhd, Gamalux Sdn Bhd, Gill Logistics Sdn Bhd, NX Transport Service (M) Sdn Bhd, Rani Transport Sdn Bhd, Sidhu Brothers Transport Sdn Bhd and Taipanco Sdn Bhd.
Ten of the companies were first-time MAN customers, which reflected the growing confidence among the logistics industry players in the low-emission truck solution from the German marque.
Sitte, who was on his first visit to Malaysia, lauded local customers for their foresight and willingness to embrace technology and join the sustainability journey.
“MAN has a long history in this country that spans more than three decades. However, over the past year or so, our brand has grown by leaps and bounds, driven by a very good product that was able to help businesses achieve both sustainability and profitability goals. Malaysia is now a focus market for MAN SE and we are committed to growing with all of you,“ he said.
Although MAN believed that the future of trucks is electric and the fully electric MAN eTruck is set to hit the roads in Europe with the first deliveries scheduled for the first half of 2024, Sitte said that the company would not rush into bringing such models to Malaysia until the necessary infrastructure and the right environment and incentives from the government were in place.
“We must make sure that we have the right product at the right time and time the market correctly with the innovation cycle. Meanwhile, diesel engines, especially low-emission variants with Euro V and above specifications, still have a long life cycle ahead. With the trucking industry in transition, we will continue to offer technologically advanced products that best serve or meet the 'real world' needs of our customers,“ Sitte said.
MAN Malaysia managing director Andrew O’Brooks said that the company was developing, growing and moving forward with a clear purpose to better support its growing pool of customers.
“Our new headquarters in Shah Alam is shifting into high gear, with the official opening scheduled for July. We have just rolled out our first MAN Truck from the new CKD assembly line. The new service centre within the same integrated facility is able to efficiently service our customers‘ trucks and buses.
“We are growing our team and also hosting colleagues from the Cluster who are looking after several other markets in the region,“ he said.
The New MAN Truck Generation with Euro V engines as standard leads the way in driver orientation, fuel efficiency, assistance systems, digital networking and above all, sustainability.
For more information on the New MAN Truck Generation, visit www.man.com.my.