TruckX 2017, South Africa’s premier event for the commercial transport industry, takes place on July 12 and 13 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand. Here’s a preview!

This year’s TruckX promises an all new experience. With the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit making its début as the new venue for the event, the expo and conferences have been designed to offer an interactive platform through test drives of vehicles and a hands-on approach to issues that affect the trucking and fleet industries.

TruckX 2017, South Africa’s premier event for the transport industry, runs for two days – from July 12 to 13 – and this year’s programme promises to be fun, action-packed, engaging and unforgettable!

TruckX to Feature Launch of Eicher Trucks by VECV

VECV, a joint venture between Volvo Group and Eicher Motors, is all set to introduce its leading truck brand, Eicher, into the South African market. Eicher trucks are known for their class-leading fuel efficiency.

With a presence in over 32 countries globally and a vehicle population of half-a-million, the brand has already started operations in the country through a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary known as VECV South Africa (Pty) Ltd.

VECV brings together the Volvo Group’s global expertise and world-class technology, along with innovative engineering and proven fuel efficiency from Eicher. This approach has resulted in the development of the Eicher Pro series, designed and developed to usher in a pro league of trucking.

The Eicher Pro series is a range of next generation trucks which are equipped with the latest version of the Volvo Group’s engine management system. Eicher Pro Series has been tested for more than 500 000km across Africa and Asia, including rigorous endurance and performance testing for over 200 000km in South Africa.

Don’t miss your opportunity to test drive the truck at Kyalami! To attend the expo, register online now at Entrance is free!

TruckX Spawns FleetX

This year sees the introduction of South Africa’s premium fleet and light commercial vehicle expo – FleetX – which will run alongside IMHX, the event’s International Materials Handling Exhibition and Workshop.

“The fleet industry is a growing sector – so it makes perfect sense to align it to TruckX,” explains exhibition organiser John Thomson of SA Trade Promotions. “Cost containment, increased efficiencies and great productivity are the overriding concerns of fleet owners.

“FleetX is an ideal platform for fleet owners to explore alternatives, learn about the latest developments and engage with new technologies. The addition of FleetX also widens TruckX’s appeal to include fleet owners who operate light commercial vehicles,” he adds.

The relocation of TruckX, FleetX and IMHX to the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit has opened up exciting possibilities for the show’s growth and diversification. “With its dynamic handling circuit designed for advanced driver training, its technically challenging 4×4 track, its vast amount of both outdoor and indoor exhibition space, many show participants are using the opportunity to give visitors a hands-on, unforgettable experience,” says Thomson.

“The inclusion of the dynamic handling track and test drives at TruckX is a ‘first for the industry’ event,” he says. “Top vehicles from OEMs including Eicher will be available for test drives around the track.”

Industry Organisations Rally Behind TruckX

Ten high-profile industry organisations have backed the revamped event:

  • The African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA)
  • Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI)
  • Road Transport Management System (RTMS)
  • SA Refrigerated Distribution Association (SARDA)
  • South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA)
  • Southern African Shippers Transport and Logistics Council (SASTALC)
  • Transport and Logistics Students Association (TaLSA)
  • Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA)
  • Women in Logistics and Transport: South Africa (WiLAT)

Conferences Enjoy Growing Support

The popular and well-supported conference agenda – now expanded to two days – continues this year with an enviable line-up of topics and speakers. Day One, the TruckX Conference, focuses on heavy commercial transport, while Day Two, the FleetX equivalent, is dedicated to issues affecting the fleet industry.

Confirmed speakers for Day One include:

  • Kate Stubbs, Managing Executive: Business Development & Marketing at Barloworld Logistics, who will explain smart logistics strategies;
  • Tony Smallwood, Vodacom’s Executive Head of IoT Solutions in South Africa, who will discuss the medium’s impact;
  • Adrian van Tonder, Chairman, Road Transport Management System, who will outline the importance of truck safety compliance;
  • Adrian Velaers, Senior Technical Advisor, Sasol, who will discuss the benefits of clean fuel to the transport industry.

Confirmed speakers for Day Two include:

  • Brand Pretorius, author, speaker and retied Chief Executive of McCarthy Limited, who will discuss the real value of good leadership;
  • Ben Theron, Chief Operations Officer of OUTA, who will provide the organisation’s latest insights regarding Government’s plans for toll roads;
  • Craig Parker, Programme Manager For Mobility at Frost & Sullivan, who will examine digital transformation-trends in the mobility industry;
  • Simphiwe Nghona, Head of Group Vehicle and Asset Finance at Standard Bank, who will provide latest perspectives on trends in the fleet industry.

This year will be the fourth that both Ctrack and Standard Bank sponsor South Africa’s premier trucking, fleet and logistics conference and exhibition.

Established in 2014, the annual TruckX conference and exhibition has seen a large increase in popularity due to its relevance in the marketplace. The objective of TruckX is to host an informative and effective event for the trucking sector.
With industry research being presented, key notes, panel discussions and the latest products on display, TruckX is seen as South Africa’s premier trucking, fleet and logistics conference and exhibition.

Its participants and representatives include a variety of service providers, among them tanker and trailer manufacturers; tyre suppliers; parts distributors; telematics, insurance and finance providers; fuel and lubricant companies; refrigerated transport specialists; driver training and road safety advisers; environmental agencies and fleet service experts.

For more information on the TruckX exhibition, email Sarah Howarth – For information regarding the TruckX and FleetX conferences, log on to or call Faith Matura on 011 803 2040.