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Shipping company buys Hino's first truck carriers

GIGA Shipping Sdn Bhd – winner of the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Niche Logistics Service Provider award – recently took delivery of two of Hino Motor Sales Malaysia's (HMSM) first truck carrier, the Hino SG2PDPA prime movers.

The company, which provides end-to-end solutions with total logistics for the automobile industry together with its related companies, took delivery of the truck carriers equipped with 320PS engines at a brief ceremony in Nilai, Negri Sembilan.

Giga Shipping managing director Datuk Kumar Prabakaran, who was on hand to receive the vehicles, said the company, which already owns 57 Hino trucks in its fleet of 150, was proud to be part of the collaboration as it not only made more economic sense but promoted safety.

“We have a strong business relationship with Hino Motor built over the past 28 years.

“We strongly believe this innovative idea of a truck carrier brings a lot of benefits to all, especially customers, logistics providers and Hino as it will improve delivery time, reduce cost as well as risks of accidents and damage,” he said.

The truck carrier has been specially designed to transport four units of Hino’s light commercial vehicle trucks or three units of its mini-bus chassis at any one time.

Kumar said the idea to transport trucks was mooted by HMSM and the company then went on to study how this was done in Japan.

“We then consulted the body builders for the design of the carrier and got it approved by the Road Transport Department.

“For now, we will use the two units to transport Hino trucks within the Klang Valley and will certainly keep our options to acquire more as the need arises,” he said.

Kumar said the company chose the Hino SG2PDPA prime movers as it was not only reliable but was one of the latest models available.

HMSM managing director Ken Iwamoto, who handed over the prime movers to Kumar, said the Hino brand had been successful, thanks to continuous strong domestic demand.

He said despite many unforeseen circumstances, the company managed to sell 2,551 units of all types in the first half of this year.

“This is also because we have evolved from being just a manufacturer to being a service provider as well and provide our customers with the best solutions,” he said.

Iwamoto said HMSM would focus on providing total support services to its customers to enable them to “maximise vehicle up-time and minimise vehicle life-time cost”.

HMSM which comes under the Toyota Japan Group manufactures Light Commercial Vehicle (Hino 300 Series), medium and heavy duty vehicle (Hino 500 series), Prime Mover (Hino 700 Series) and buses.

It was established in Malaysia in 1977.


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