Commercial Vehicles conference helps businesses increase efficiency and save on operational costs

Transport and automotive industry heavyweights to address pressing issues at commercial vehicles event in Dubai

Dubai, UAE, 17 January 2010: Commercial vehicles operators across the Middle East can significantly reduce costs by increasing fuel efficiency and undertaking regular vehicle maintenance, says an industry expert.

According to Fabio Castello, Managing Director of Scania Middle East, commercial vehicles professionals can optimise transport efficiency and save on operational costs in several ways.

"Transport efficiency is a combination of many factors such as correct specification of equipment to ensure it suits 100 per cent of the tasks being performed, proper vehicle maintenance to reduce breakdowns, increase uptime and reduce repairs, and one of the key factors is increasing fuel efficiency," said Castello.

Castello will deliver a presentation on innovative ways for local commercial vehicles operators to save on costs at the new Commercial Vehicles Conference, from 9-10 March at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, taking place alongside Commercial Vehicles Middle East (, the region's only specialised event for all types of commercial vehicles, parts and services, from 9-11 March.

With over 30 technical and leadership sessions, the high-level conference will focus on current risks being faced by businesses and how the commercial vehicles and transport sector can minimise the impact of the economy on their business. It will attract technical and operational fleet managers from across the Gulf and wider Middle East region, and representatives from government departments and transport authorities in the UAE.

Covering five main areas, the conference programme will highlight leadership and regulation, ownership and financial best practices, efficiency and effectiveness, fleet and employee safety and managing the environmental impact of fleets. The presentations will be delivered by industry experts from the region’s leading transport organisations.

Nick Webb, Director of Streamline Marketing Group, organisers of Commercial Vehicles Middle East said: "The challenging economic climate, particularly in the last 12 months, has lead many commercial vehicles operators to re-evaluate their costs and processes, and implement better business practices."

"The Commercial Vehicles Conference will offer professionals managing a diverse range of fleets an opportunity to discuss ways to improve efficiency, lessen the impact of the downturn and find solutions to take the industry forward."

Ian Godfrey, Director, CIP Development Services, in the UK will outline how large or small companies can improve efficiency and profits, without a significant increase in costs on day 2 of the conference. "Our Continuous Improvement Process is designed to decrease wasted time in dealership, transport and manufacturing operations, but particularly in service and workshop departments, resulting in increased efficiency, faster turn around of vehicles, higher customer satisfaction and increased profits."

"Large and small companies can benefit from this process and will be impressed by the potential cost savings for their business," Godfrey said. The two day conference will be followed by specialised industry seminars and a series of certified, technical workshops organised with the support of international professional groups and regional government departments.

Taking place for the first time in Dubai, Commercial Vehicles Middle East is an important event for fleet engineers, transport, fleet and logistic managers and senior management from every sector of the region’s road transport sector to meet and do business with commercial vehicles suppliers.




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