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GEODIS adds fully equipped Mercedes Trucks to service its expanding Asian road network

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Geodis adds seven Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units to its fleet of prime movers in the Asia-Pacific Region (APAC). Equipped with the latest security and safety technology the leased fleet will be utilized on the logistics operator’s owned network in Southeast Asia.

The new Actros 5 models, supplied by the manufacturer’s Malaysian distributor, Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn Bhd and leased from Euroasia Total Logistics (ETL), will be the first of their type to be sold by Mercedes-Benz in Malaysia.

In recent times, Geodis expanded its road network in the region with service destinations in Vietnam added to its existing full and partial load service linking Singapore with Malaysia and Thailand. 

The network will eventually connect with Chinese markets on a day-definite, door-to-door basis delivering a road transport alternative to the more costly air, and slower ocean, options.

“The rapid expansion of our road mode offerings along the spine of Southeast Asia’s economic backbone has resulted in more than 50% increase in volumes since the service’s inception in late 2019. Linking Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, and now into Vietnam, our owned network brings reliable transit times and cargo security. This new equipment will further enhance these service attributes and aid the fast-growing businesses of our high-tech, retail, eCommerce, and FMCG customers.”

 Lakshmanan Venkateswaran, Sub-Regional Managing Director – South East Asia of GEODIS

With the supply of the Mercedes-Benz Actros tractor units, Hap Seng Truck Distribution Sdn Bhd breaks new ground. 

“The units feature state-of-the-art safety and security technology including fifth generation Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and MirrorCam in place of a conventional rear-view mirror. The MirrorCam is truly innovative and aerodynamically sophisticated. This creates a saving on the fuel of up to 1.3% and offers improved visibility to the rear and in the area of the A-pillar. The MirrorCam also provides added safety during manoeuvring by panning the camera image according to the vehicle’s movements,”

Mr. Derrick Sim Leng Huat, Chief Executive of Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn Bhd. 

The Actros 5 have been delivered at a Key Handover Session in Kuala Lumpur on January 15 at which the lease provider Euroasia Total Logistics (M) Sdn Bhd’s Group CEO, Mr. Darren Lee said, “It is not just the safety features of these trucks that make them a superior choice but also their improved fuel efficiency and longer service intervals in comparison with older models. Downtime is reduced with regular maintenance required only every year (or 55,000 km); a significant upgrade over the industry standard of six months (or 30,000 km). There are few competitors that can match their performance and we applaud GEODIS’s decision to employ them.” 

 The vehicles ensure that the cargoes are well protected and its keyless starting and remote key access ensure that the driver’s presence is close to the vehicle at all times together with the remote key, otherwise, the vehicle cannot be operated. 

In addition, specially designed door extensions conceal the access steps into the vehicle which enhances safety and contributes to theft protection.

GEODIS has been expanding its road network capabilities since March 2021, by offering both standard and personalized solutions including its RoadDirect, RoadFast, and RoadSave services.

In conclusion, Lakshmanan Venkateswaran said, “If ASEAN aspires to see more freight traffic, road borders must see improvement in clearance procedures. Belt road initiatives need the ASEAN countries to harmonize the documentation required to transit their territories. Our owned network and trusted partners play a role in coping with these obstacles, but improvements would be welcomed. Just so our investment in better vehicles will assist with the challenge of driver recruitment and retention”.

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