, [Weihai Haiyue Jianguo Hotel] Weihai, Shandong Province, China
WEIHAI, CHINA, 27-28 OCTOBER 2011 – Urbanization is progressively developing within China and this change is a catalyst for another, high demand for commercial vehicles. The year 2011 marks the beginning of the ‘12th Five year Plan’, an outline of goals and plans set by commercial vehicle manufactures. An indicator of the growth of the commercial vehicle industry is apparent from the truck market, which is projected to reach 600 billion RMB over the next 10 years.
The 2nd Annual China Commercial Vehicle Summit took place in Shandong province, a key truck-manufacturing base in China. There were 150 attendees present, including government officials, general managers and technical directors from auto industry associations, design institutes and major heavy truck companies. They all had the desire to discuss the China’s newest industrial policies, examine domestic and overseas advanced solution applications, share best practices and develop technical partnerships. “It's topic is highly relevant to this industry, there are lots of information we can refer to, thank you! One-to-one meeting is very productive.” ExxonMobil
The conference began with an opening speech from Weihai Municipal Government who warmly welcomed all the delegates and expressed his excitement towards the expanding commercial vehicle industry. Yu Weijiang, Chief for Division of Vehicle Management, Road Transportation Department, and Ministry of Transport, shortly followed him. His presentation addressed the interactive development of the road transportation industry and commercial vehicle manufacturing industry as well as 3 key points in the work of operating vehicle technology management. The three points were; recommending vehicle models for drop and pull transport, vehicle fuel consumption management and vehicle dynamic monitoring. The delegates found his presentation particularly informative and interesting to listen to, they took his advice on board. Another interesting speaker on day one of the conference was Dr. Kim Jong-Shik, President& CEO Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Company Limited. He shared his opinion on challenges and lessons from a joint development program for a new truck range to address different markets and customers. After his presentation many attendees asked him questions to learn more about his experiences in international cooperation. “This event has gathered all the elites from the national heavy duty truck industry.” Beijing Hella In the afternoon of day one TANG Dagang, Director of Vehicle Emission Control Center of Ministry of Environmental Protection took to the stage to speak about China’s diesel fuel and implementing emission standards. His presentation gave the audiences a clear and general idea about the national emission standard, which is a hot topic among both truck manufacturers and suppliers. His presentation addressed the following questions, ‘How to control vehicle emission pollution?’ ‘When to carry out national emission standard?’ and ‘Besides fuel, what other technical issues we need to pay attention and to solve if the national emission is carried out?’ The attendees were particularly impressed with his speech as it was topically relevant to them and covered a wide range of topics. “A very well organised event, it provided an excellent opportunity to participants to get update on key issues from important stake holders of heavy duty sector.” BP/CASTROL China Lubes
Day two of the conference included a speech from Tommy XU, Director, Strategy and Business Development from Scania China Strategy Center. A highly anticipated speaker, he spoke on the morning of Day 2 and began his speech by asking two questions to the delegates, “How much is the volume of production for Scania in China?” and “When will Scania set up factory in China?” He then went onto to answer these questions and talked about China’s and the world’s HDT market and what’s new in Scania. The delegates found his presentation to be of use and praised his speech skills as his presentation captured the delegate’s attention. Another speaker on Day 2, Tim Chang, the Deputy Director of Engine Engineering and Chief Technology Specialist for Weichai Power Co. Ltd. made a 3 part presentation; firstly he talked about the development focus of commercial vehicles’ power train, and potential of internal combustion engines to efficiency and emissions. The second part of his speech concentrated on introducing the importance of commercial vehicle diesel engine efficiency and emissions, and emissions regulations for CV HD diesel engine and lastly he introduced Weichai Power.
Interesting innovations and introductions came from Americas Commercial Transportation (ACT) Research Co., LLC with their President and Senior Analyst Kenneth Wm. VIETH III giving a tremendous global forecast and an analysis of the current market conditions. He also spoke about heavy truck demand drivers and explaining how to understand the cycle and the underlying driver demands. His presentation also referred to the assumptions in regards to historical heavy trucks sales in China and he summarized by stating that there is no substitute for heavy trucks. History is an excellent guide to the future; no amount of modeling is a substitute for knowing what is actually occurring in the market. Other interesting new information came from Alcoa: Ross Simmons, General Manager of Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products (Asia, Australia & New Zealand) made a presentation on innovations at Alcoa. At Alcoa, innovation drives many applications and Simmons explained how aluminum can increase cargo capacity, reduce fuel consumption and emissions as well as keeping maintenance costs to a minimum. Furthermore, it has an increased resale value. He also went on to share the ‘China Bus Project Case Study’ and other successful stories in regards to commercial vehicle application.
Kenneth Wm. VIETH III also acted as moderator for a panel discussion that occurred on day two of the conference. The members of the panel were Dr. KIM Jong-Shik, Tommy XU, and YUAN Wangui, Vice Chief Engineer, M&H DV Center Engineering Research Institute, Beiqi Foton Motor Co.Ltd. They discussed a number of important topics such as international cooperation in the commercial vehicle industry and the chances and challenges that domestic truck manufactures are facing through international collaboration. The delegates listened intently to what each of them had to say and took on board their advice. “It is a great event in heavy duty vehicle industry, it gathered experts and top level managers, provide people from different units of the same industry chain a good opportunity of learning and exchange informations.” Sinotruck.
Other notable speakers at the event included, Shandong Heavy Industry Group Co. Ltd, Beiben Heavy Duty Truck Company R&D Center, Harbin Institute of Technology, Jianghuai Automobile Co. Ltd. (JAC), Research Institute of Petroleum Processing, SINOPEC, China North Engine Research Institute and CNOOC Gas & Power Group. “The attendees you have invited are all decision makers or technology experts, you have provided a good platform for us ,on which we can learn from each other or strengthen our communication and friendship. Good work!” LIU Changming, Sinotruck.
Noppen would like to express a special thanks to all the great speakers at the event, the Weihai Municipal Government as well as the sponsors including 3M. Alcoa (China) Investment Co. Ltd, BP/CASTROL China Lubes, Eberspaecher Exhaust Technology (Shanghai) Co.Ltd, ExxonMobil, Mobicool Electronic (Shenzhen) Co.Ltd, NOK-Freudenberg Group Sales (China) Co.Ltd, Pacbrake Company, PKC, Remy Inc, SGS and Sulzer Metaplas Gmbh .