SR Gemilang became part of Scania Malaysia’s milestone when they became the first truck operator in the Northern region to sign the Scania Ecolution partnership agreement in a simple ceremony.
The signing was sealed between Muhammad Jaafar, Director of SR Gemilang Transport (M) Sdn Bhd and Heba Eltarifi, Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia. Scania Ecolution is a partnership between Scania and customers with the aim to reduce carbon footprint via total solutions.
Fuel consumption, vehicle and driver behaviour will be monitored daily and reported on a monthly basis and will result in reducing fuel consumption and the emission of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere while lowering the costs of operation.
Science Based Target initiative
Scania became the first major manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles to have our far-reaching climate targets officially approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) back in April 2020.
Scania is committed to achieving the Paris agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. SR Gemilang’s participation in the Scania Ecolution partnership is part of this initiative.
80 Scanias and counting
With a total count of 80 trucks, SR Gemilang added four units of Scania New Truck Generation (NTG) that efficiently delivered the best uptime among all the brands in SR Gemilang’s fleet. Five more units will be delivered to SR Gemilang’s fleet in 2021.
The order for these additional units was signed and sealed by M. Aziz, Managing Director of SR Gemilang who was also in attendance. The earlier Scania trucks that SR Gemilang acquired in 2015 delivered very good returns as the fuel savings were the best amongst the entire fleet. However, the NTGs that are equipped with advanced powertrain and aerodynamic solutions delivered further 3% fuel savings.
“Our customers are very happy that we decided to purchase the NTGs to carry their goods as they, themselves, know that the NTGs are well known as the best and most reliable truck in the market. Our customers are assured of on time delivery of their goods,” said Jaafar.
Muhammad Jaafar, took control as Director with M. Aziz taking the lead as Managing Director and both started managing haulages of mostly electronic items, food products and garments, to name a few. The business started in 2007 with six trucks, three of which were Scania trucks but the fleet expanded very quickly as their service quality and marketing efforts paid-off many folds.
Ipoh to KLIA
Operating from their headquarters in Ipoh, the Port Klang and the KLIA, SR Gemilang was successful in creating associations with other logistic providers for joint-venture projects, sub-contracting either way. The increase in demand for reliable and trustworthy transportation was also captured by SR Gemilang, especially deliveries to and from the Ipoh free-trade zones.
“We are very pleased to be part of Scania’s global initiative. We work hard for our family, and it’s up to us to do whatever we can to care for the environment and set a positive example for our children to follow. I truly hope that they too will do their part in caring for the environment,” concluded Jaafar.
In the future, every transport can be electric, and for a more sustainable world, most must. However, replacing a diesel truck with an electrified one is more than simply exchanging an old vehicle for a new.
So, in an effort to ensure a smooth transition from diesel to electrification among truck operators who are mostly “old-school” and so used to owning diesel buses and trucks, Scania, which now has an electric range of both trucks and buses, is offering solution packages as a complete turnkey operation.
Transitioning to an electrified fleet entails fundamentally changing time-tested business practices and fleet management systems as well as logistics planning and infrastructure.
All this is complex, yet inevitable, as transport companies embark upon electrification. Still, local incentives play a major part in the speed of the transition, and it will be necessary for politicians to make using an electrified vehicle economically viable for haulage companies.
Every new electric Scania vehicle is packaged as a solution that leverages everything from the vehicles and services via comprehensive driver training to partnerships with energy suppliers and long term guidance.
Firstly, routes and transports determine charging and infrastructure needs.
“This is perhaps most important and we will assist the customer in establishing efficient charging facilities,” said Anders Lampinen, Scania’s director of new technologies
Also, understand when, where and how to charge batteries is key, preferably with clean, renewable energy. The cost saver in terms of energy is to use individually-adapted charging stations, and to use overnight charging at the home depot as much as possible.
Electric vehicle technology on this scale is novel, and besides charging, individual implementation and long term maintenance practices are far from standardised between vehicle manufacturers.
Scania’s network for repair and maintenance is subsequently needed to ensure maximum uptime and long-term viability. Each customer is addressed individually to assess needs and provide tools that solve all issues that may arise and support the customer. A full repair and maintenance contract guarantees complete coverage, ability to plan and cost control.
“Regardless if electrification concerns a huge fleet of buses or a small truck operation, it’s vital that this transition is viable for our customers’ business. The electric vehicles must fit into their daily operations. We have risen to that challenge and, with the electric vehicle at the core, added comprehensive solutions to makes it all work,” said Anders.
Electrified operations come with many questions. That is why Scania provides answers and concrete solutions, to help implement tailor-made solutions for every possible aspect of electrified operations.
Scania Malaysia today announced that Heba Eltarifi has officially taken over as the new Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia. She will also be based in Malaysia.
Skilled in strategic business planning and execution, internal and external stakeholder management, operational management, and business and process transformation, Heba has built high-performing teams and driven a culture of achievement in her previous senior management role as Chief Financial Officer at Scania Australia.
Responsible for the Finance, IT Procurement departments in Australia, as well as for commercial operations such as Used Truck Sales and Truck Rental, Heba has enjoyed a wide range of experiences within the business over the past two decades.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Diploma of FEM Executive Management Program from Stockholm School of Economics and is a Certified Practising Accountant. Heba brings enthusiasm, proficiency and commitment to the Managing Director role at Scania Southeast Asia.
“Scania will continue to support the logistics, construction and public service sectors, commuting people and goods every day throughout the region and in this country. We will continue to help our customers achieve the best profitability while reaching their sustainability goals,” said Heba.
“The timing cannot be any more challenging than the economic impact that our customers are facing throughout the region due to the pandemic. I am confident that my team and I will continue to pull through and come out stronger than ever for them.”
“I will continue Scania’s leadership in driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system in the region and also in Malaysia. All of this by continuously putting our customers’ profitability and sustainability in the centre of our concern,” said Heba. “I am also honoured to be in Malaysia at such a momentous time. I have no doubt that Scania and our customers have built a great foundation in the first 50 years for us to continue to leap forward into the next 50 and beyond.”
On a separate note, Scania Malaysia is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in Malaysia. Scania started back in 1971 with the first Scania LB110 truck’s arrival at Port Klang, delivered to Kontena Nasional.
Major milestones achieved ever since include the first locally assembled truck and the first low-floor city bus were delivered in 1994, the delivery the first PGR-series in 2006, the arrival of the first B-Double in Malaysia in 2012, Scania Credit Malaysia’s first financial solutions in 2013, the establishment of Scania Assistance 24/7 roadside assistance in 2014, the Sustainable Urban Transport Award in 2017, record sales in 2018, and the delivery of the first Scania XT Truck in Sarawak in 2020.
For the amount of pollution we contribute towards the atmosphere, the least we can do is reduce the usage of plastic and plant some trees. Realising this, Scania, and a few of its customers in Malaysia recently achieved something remarkable through the Scania Ecolution initiative.
A total reduction of 681,000 kg of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) has been achieved through the Scania Ecolution initiative so far. This is equivalent to an approximate planting of 10,000 trees flourishing in the past year.
In case you’re not familiar, Scania Ecolution is a tailor-made partnership between Scania and customers that focuses on reducing fuel consumption resulting in reduced CO2 emissions. The partnership also focuses on reducing operating cost translating to improved profitability while fulfilling the growing demand for environmentally-friendly initiatives.
The prerequisite to Scania Ecolution is signing up to the Scania Fleet Management System (FMS) Control 10 Package. There are over 200 trucks and coaches from over 30 customers with specifications that have been optimized to suit their respective operations.
Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad was the first coach Ecolution customer in Asia back in 2018, and subscribed to Scania total solutions. The optimised vehicles are complemented with Fleet Management System to obtain vehicle and driver data for analysis.
Improvements to the drivers’ performance based on these data together with training & coaching services reduce idling, harsh braking or speeding for better fuel efficiency while lowering their carbon footprint.
“Sustainability and profitability can go hand-in-hand. Scania Ecolution and our customers have proven this and can only improve from hereon. This augurs well for shift towards a more sustainable transport system in this country,” stated the Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström.
AONE Logistics Sdn Bhd, the first Scania Ecolution truck customer in Asia, believes that through vehicle optimisation and agreed fuel and CO2 emissions reduction targets can be achieved. The progress to reach the targets will be regularly monitored, evaluated and discussed with the Scania Ecolution Manager periodically to ensure the desired result.
Mohd Sidek Amzah Enterprise, an exclusive LPG distributor in Senai, Johor that believes in the Ecolution way of working regards Scania Ecolution as an important operational tool because as a relatively small player in the market, they are still able to be competitive with the bigger boys. This is partly due to the cost savings from lower fuel consumption, and more importantly, Scania Ecolution helps them to reduce their carbon footprint, lowering their impact to the environment.
As the first major manufacturer of heavy commercial vehicles, Scania’s far-reaching climate targets have officially been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). Scania is committed to achieving the Paris agreement goals of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Scania will cut CO2 emissions from its own operations by 50 percent by 2025, and reduce emissions from its products by 20 percent during the same period – Scania Ecolution is one of the many initiatives to help achieve this.
“Driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system is Scania’s purpose and we remain fully committed. With the sign-ups progressing rapidly, Scania Ecolution might well become a standard amongst customers in Malaysia, leading the way in Southeast Asia,” concluded Marie.
In an effort to reduce carbon footprint during their day-to-day operations and to keep the environment as clean as possible, Mansang Logistics, one of Scania’s most important customers in East Malaysia, have signed the Scania Ecolution Agreement recently.
Since Mansang Logistics’ trucks travel more than a thousand kilometers into rural areas on a daily basis, the company’s managing director Alex Lai Sian Ann said that it is only natural that his company signed up for the initiative from Scania as it is the least they can do to keep things eco-friendly.
“We are proud to be the first in Sarawak to be a Scania Ecolution Partner, knowing that this state has one of the world’s largest and oldest rainforest. Sustainability is already a natural way of life for Sarawakians and Mansang Logistics intend to continue that journey.”
“With the rich biodiversity available in Sarawak, it is our duty to ensure that future generations can experience the wonders nature has to offer and Scania Ecolution is a first step towards preserving our environment,” stated Alex.
In case you don’t know, Scania Ecolution is a tailor-made partnership between Scania and customers that focuses on reducing fuel consumption resulting in reduced Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The partnership also focuses on reducing operating cost, translating to improved profitability while fulfilling the growing demand for environmentally-friendly initiatives.
Mansang Logistics became the first truck operator in Sarawak to sign the Scania Ecolution Agreement. The signing of the agreement was sealed today between Phang Yee Fong, the Regional Manager for the East Coast and East Malaysia, Scania Southeast Asia and Lim Kee San, Head of Customer Management, Mansang Logistics Sdn Bhd.
This move comes natural to Mansang Logistics as it has always been part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and help care for the environment. Alex Lai Sian Ann (Alex), the Managing Director of Mansang Logistics understands the impact and responsibility his company has on the environment especially when its core business revolves around long-distance transportation.
As his vehicles are traveling more than a thousand kilometres into rural areas on a daily basis, signing up as a Scania Ecolution partner is the natural step towards reducing fuel consumption and thereby reducing the company’s carbon footprint.
Scania Ecolution is a tailor-made partnership between Scania and customers that focuses on reducing fuel consumption resulting in reduced Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions. The partnership also focuses on reducing operating cost, translating to improved profitability while fulfilling the growing demand for environmentally-friendly initiatives.
“We are proud to be the first in Sarawak to be a Scania Ecolution Partner, knowing that this state has one of the world’s largest and oldest rainforest. Sustainability is already a natural way of life for Sarawakians and Mansang Logistics intend to continue that journey. With the rich biodiversity available in Sarawak, it is our duty to ensure that future generations can experience the wonders nature has to offer and Scania Ecolution is a first step towards preserving our environment,” stated Alex.
Over the past several years, Scania has significantly reduced CO2 emissions from its own operations and from its own transport and logistics. Scania has also worked to minimise emissions from its products through fuel efficiency measures. Since more than 25 years, the company has provided the industry’s broadest range of products that run on alternatives to fossil fuels.
In September 2019, Scania announced its aim to set Science Based Targets (SBTi). The approval of these targets now marks another major milestone on the journey towards fossil-free transport.
“At Scania, we believe that sustainability and profitability can go hand-inhand. We are glad that Mansang is joining us on this journey towards a more sustainable transport system.” stated Phang Yee Fong.
Established in 2010, the founder Alex Lai, assisted by Henry Tiong, started a milk run business under P.M.S. Enterprise. The main business was transporting goods on a daily basis from major cities to rural towns such as Belaga, Bakun, and Sungai Asap using several different modes of transport, from four-wheel pickup trucks to boats.
In 2015 Alex, who also has a decade of experience in the maintenance and fabrication sector decided to expand and established Mansang Logistics Sdn Bhd and his first task was to ensure that the new company was able to coordinate and deliver to all seven districts in Sarawak ranging from North to South.
Alex maintained the use of four-wheel pickup trucks for deliveries during the initial operations. With his wife, Lim Kee San in charge of customer management, Alex, who is the Managing Director of Mansang Logistics, focuses on operations and with the support of his relatives and friends successfully carry out the daily deliveries through the interiors of Sarawak.
Nittsu Transport Service (Nittsu), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Express (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd became the first international truck fleet in Malaysia to sign up for Scania Ecolution as part of the company’s commitment towards reducing its carbon footprint.
In an official signing ceremony held at Nittsu’s office in Balakong, Director of Nittsu, Billy Tee also received the delivery of five Scania New Truck Generation G360A4X2NA. The keys to the Scania trucks were handed over by Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström.
Scania Ecolution is a tailor-made partnership between Scania and customers that focuses on reducing fuel consumption resulting in reduced CO2 emissions. The partnership also focuses on reducing operating cost, translating to improved profitability while fulfilling the growing demand for environmentally-friendly initiatives.
Apart from the powerful Scania New Truck Generation enhanced engine, these trucks provide safety features such as the improved response from the Electronic Braking System (EBS).
The comfortable fully adjustable seat placed close to the door and ergonomic dashboard with touchscreen works very well for the drivers. A large windscreen with extended view, gives clear visibility from all angles for the drivers making the Scania New Truck Generation as one of the safest trucks in the world, for all road-users.
Nittsu also signed the inclusive Repair and Maintenance contract where the costs of the spare-parts are already included in the contract and keeps the Scania trucks uptime to the maximum consistently.
Nittsu is the trucking division of Nippon Express with its headquarters based in Kuala Lumpur. Its main core businesses include heavy haulage, reefer fleet, railway, domestic, milk run, and cross-border business; all of which amounts to transporting an average of 1000 containers monthly across Peninsular Malaysia, 700-800 containers monthly crossing the Thailand border and 400 containers in and out of Singapore.
Politeknik Sandakan Sabah (PSS) became the first Educational Institution of Higher Learning in Malaysia to sign the Scania Ecolution Partnership Agreement.
In an official signing ceremony held at the Campus in the Education Hub of Sandakan, the partnership was forged when Mr Tajul Ariffin Mohamed Arif, Director of Politeknik Sandakan Sabah signed on the dotted line with Mr Tom Kuiphuis, the Pre-Sales Director of Scania Southeast Asia.
Being the second of only 2 Polytechnics in Sabah, PSS was established in 2008 but fully facilitated in 2012 with its own campus. It now offers a Diploma in Agro-technology and Diploma in Aquaculture to SPM qualified students from all over Malaysia with 85 percent of them from Sabah.
“We chose to offer these 2 Diplomas due to its close association with nature, especially with PSS Strategic Plan 2019 – 2023 of transforming its building complex into a Green Campus by 2023.”
“We believe being part of the Scania Ecolution programme will help us towards our Green objective; to reduce the impact onto the environment by emitting less carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into the atmosphere via our Scania K360IB4x2,” said Mr Tajul.
PSS was very happy to be presented with this opportunity to be part of Scania’s programme that is significantly lessening the impact to the environment.
It is a programme that will not only lower PSS’ coach operation cost but will also reduce its carbon footprint by lessening the emission of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) through the reduction of fuel consumption.
To be able to utilise the full potential of the Scania coach, the drivers have to have the right attitude when handling this technologically-advanced machine.
PSS will be enlisting the drivers into the Scania Driver Training and Coaching services that will help change their mindset into believing that every individual driver matters and is part of a very big picture in the preservation of mother earth.
The Scania coach truly helps with the smooth running of all the PSS’ programmes be they in Sandakan or throughout Sabah, right up to Brunei due to the excellent uptime that it gives.
Now with the Scania Maintenance contract and Scania Fleet Mangement System Control 10 subscription and the Scania Ecolution agreement that PSS has signed for, its coach operation is virtually hassle-free.
Purchasing the Scania K360IB4x2 coach was a worthwhile investment that PSS has made and ensured the smooth transportation of PSS’ student state- side.
One of the most successful express bus operators in Malaysia – Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad (E-Mutiara) – has become the first company in Asia to adopt Scania Ecolution to reduce their fleet’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the betterment of the environment.
Scania Ecolution is more than just a product or service, it is a tailor-made partnership that is designed to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce fuel consumption.
By applying a suite of Scania’s total solutions, a company’s sustainability commitment also gets a boost to meet the demand of consumers today for more responsible practices that add to the constant pressures on fleet operators for just-in-time deliveries and tight profit margins.
“Scania Ecolution will facilitate the shift towards a sustainable transport system for transport companies whether it is transporting goods or people. It is a competitive industry that is increasingly focusing on sustainability,” said Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, Marie Sjödin Enström.
“More needs to be done to lower emissions globally to reduce global warming and address climate change. Scania Ecolution is a solution on how profitability can be achieved without sacrificing sustainability. By working together, we can make it even better,” added Marie.
E-Mutiara will work with a dedicated Scania Ecolution Manager who will monitor the progress and choose from our wide range of solutions to achieve the mutually agreed emission reduction target to achieve its sustainability goals and profitability in the long term.
The Kota Bharu based company has subscribed to Scania’s Fleet Management System, Scania Repair and Maintenance as well as Scania Driver Training and Coaching to enhance their own service offering and increase their productivity.
“E-Mutiara is truly at the forefront of change as they have always been and will continue innovate ways to provide the best experience for their customers while taking responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint,” added Marie.
“We are happy to be collaborating with Scania to achieve our mission of becoming a more sustainable business and reducing our carbon footprint. We believe that this will also be appreciated by our passengers, knowing that they are going green by choosing us for their journey,” said E-Mutiara Executive Chairman, Tuan Haji Che Ibrahim B. Che Ismail.