With rocketing steady growth in recent years, China has become the world’s largest commercial vehicle market possessing a whopping 50% of the world’s market share. Despite the challenges of stricter emission standards and tightened fuel-efficiency policies that the industry is facing, China’s commercial vehicle market is expected to surge from its 4.3 million units in 2010 to 5.2 million units in 2015 due to the strong demand from industrialization and urbanization.
Noppen hosted the 4th China Commercial Vehicle Summit in Shanghai, on 6-7 December, 2012. Attended by over 150 prominent industry leaders, senior directors and engineers from China’s commercial vehicle OEMs, vehicle design institutes, R & D centers as well as technology providers, this congress illustrated China’s latest industrial policies, advanced technology solutions, and the most up-to-date progress reports on major projects in China.
Opening speech at the congress was given by Mr. WANG Dongming, Research Fellow, Director of Transport Industry Policy Research Office, Institute of Comprehensive Transportation, National Development & Reform Commission who introduced on the status of commercial vehicle emission control in China and stressed on the importance of establishing a sustainable transportation system. Mr. LI Qingsheng, Chief Consultant, Automotive Industry Developing Institute, China Automotive Technology & Research Centre presented on Current Status and Outlook on China Commercial Vehicle Market. He analyzed the major macro economic factors, as well as emission control policies affecting the commercial vehicle market, forecasted on each market segments and stressed that adjusting marketing strategies and product range to take advantage of the industry’s transformation is the key to obtain sustainable development for the major commercial vehicle OEMs in China.
Mr. WANG Jianye, General Manager of Shaanxi Automotive Datong Special Vehicle Co Ltd, made a insightful presentation on Reflections on Converting to LNG Powered Commercial Vehicles. Managing one of the largest specialized NGV production plants in China, Mr. WANG was quite confident about the NGV market, he said that with Chinese government’s ambitious plan of cutting vehicle emission and the rising oil prices acting as two major drivers, converting to alternative fuel is very promising despite of the challenges that the industry is facing, including the lack of charging facilities and the society increasing awareness on NGV safety. Mr. Leo LU, General Manager, Business Development, Planning & Communications, Navistar Group presented on School Bus Social Benefits and Product Safety. The morning session ended with a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Leo LU, and joined by Mr. WANG Jianye, General Manager, Shaanxi Automotive Datong Special Vehicle Co Ltd and Mr. LU Xionghua, Deputy General Manager, SAIC Motor Commercial Vehicle Company Ltd. Industry experts discussed on the major issues including prospects of converting to new energy/alternative fuel, SAIC light commercial van projects progress, the international market entry for Chinese vehicles as well as the trends of commercial vehicle in the future. “The summit was great with intensive case studies and has gathered industry experts to discuss on the major challenges that the industry is facing.” Noted by attendee from R&D Center(Shanghai), Weichai Power Group.
Industry leaders introduced their most up-to-date technology information. Mr. Gordon D LAMB, Global Diesel Engine Oils Development Advisor, BP Castrol introduced on the latest innovation in engine oil for NGV application. Mr. Frank KLOOSS, General Manager, GF Automotive Kunshan Co Ltd, gave a overview on how GF as a market leader offering a full range of products could help reduce commercial vehicle weight, which will still act as a effective approach for CV emission control. Mr. Harri OJALA, President, Wiring Systems, Europe and APAC, PKC Group introduced on PKC’s innovative wiring system solution designed for the commercial vehicle industry. Mr. Husayn ANWAR, President & Chief Representative, Westport Innovations Inc, gave an overview on Westport’s latest HPDI LNG engine applications for heavy duty transportation. Hutchinson Industrial Rubber Products (Suzhou) Co Ltd noted “Very good platform to communicate on the latest technologies as well as industry trends.”
Keynote speakers at the event were Mr. YING Shanqiang, Director, Material Development, FAW Group Who presented on Technological Approaches of the Lightweight of Commercial Vehicles; Mr. Jeffrey TSOI, Director of Engineering, Cummins EA R&D who introduced on Cummins’ latest HD emissions technologies for upgrading CV from Euro 4 to Euro 6; Mr. Tommy XU, Director, Strategy and Business Development, Scania presented on Scania Practices on Sustainable Development; Mr. ZHUO Bin, Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University; Technical Adviser of Chairman, Yuchai Machinery Corporation Ltd, a distinguished expert dedicated to the research and development of Chinese natural gas engine shared his expertise with an in depth case study of Technical Characteristic and Development Prospect of CV Natural Gas Engine; Mr. WANG Tianling, CTO of Powertrain, Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co Ltd, shared his opinion on NGV from a truck OEM’s perspective, he assessed the power resources of LNG heavy duty truck as well as the major technical routes for converting to natural gas as alternative fuel, and analyzed the application of LNG heavy duty truck in Chinese Market. “The one-one meeting are very meaningful for exchanging the latest technical issues.” Noted by attendee from Yuchai Machinery Corporation Ltd.
Over a panel discussion on Opportunities and Challenges of Developing NGVs in China, which was moderated by Mr. ZHUO Bin, Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University; Technical Adviser of Chairman, Yuchai Machinery Corporation Ltd and joined by Mr. JIANG Zaixian, Vice General Manager and Senior Engineer, Power Division, Sinotruk (Hong Kong); Mr. SUN Ying, Deputy Director, R & D Center, C & C Trucks and Mr. WANG Ronghuan, Deputy General Manager, Weichai Westport Inc. Experts from different industry segments exchanged their ideas on NGV development, major issues discussed including government’s supporting policies, the adoptable price strategies for the OEMs, the major technical challenges and safety issues, corresponding laws and regulations as well as the establishment of a sound charging facility network to formalize and support the rapidly growing market. “Very good platform to learn the latest technologies, gain industry insights and promote communication within the industry.” Noted by Youngman Bus.
Other Keynote speakers at the event were Mr. LI Fei, Deputy Director, Department One, General Layout Design, Commercial Vehicle R & D Center, Jianghuai Automotive Group who presented on Upgrade the Performance of the Chassis, Lead the Light Duty Truck; Mr. TAO Jianzhong, Deputy Director, After Treatment Department, R & D Center, Weichai Power Co Ltd introduced on The SCR Technology for Adapting to Chinese Commercial Vehicles. <.em> Noppen would like to express special thanks to all the 4th China Commercial Vehicle Summit sponsors, supporters and high quality attendees who came together to make this a very successful and informative event.