Press Release

South Africa’s Leading International Trade Fair for the Automotive Industry targeting Trade Visitors from the Sub-Saharan Region

6 - 9 May 2015
Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec


Roger Houghton
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Transport conference will be highlight of Truck Competence at Automechanika Johannesburg

The transport industry is the lifeblood of any modern economy and in South Africa this industry faces many challenges, but also has lots of opportunities for growth and profit. It is for these reasons that the FOCUS Conference and Truck Test Awards function will be the most important event for the Truck Competence initiative at Automechanika Johannesburg, which takes place from May 6-9 at Expo Centre, Nasrec.

The organisers have put together a varied programme for the event, which starts at 10:30 on Friday, May 8 with five highly qualified speakers who will cover a number of interesting topics and burning issues. In addition the event will be the platform for the announcement of the results and prize giving for the Focus on Transport and Logistics magazine’s latest Truck Test.

The results will be eagerly awaited as this year the test fleet was made up of 16 extra-heavy truck-tractors representing 80% of the players in this major segment of the local truck market.

The event, which will be held in the Clubhouse Restaurant, will, kick off with a presentation, quaintly titled “Jailhouse rock: avoid six years behind bars!,” to be delivered by Adrian van Tonder, senior manager of Road Transport Management Systems (RTMS) and Performance Based Standards (PBS) at Barloworld Logistics. He will explain the latest amendments to the National Road Traffic Regulations and how RTMS can be used as a valuable mitigating tool.

Paul Nordengen, research group leader, network asset management systems, at CSIR Built Environment, will then deliver a paper entitled “Slashing transport costs and improving truck safety the SMART way.” in which he will elaborate on the benefits of PBS, a subject on which he is a world authority.

Next up will be Jim Ward, technical manager at Unitrans Logistics, who will speak on "Transport – an industry in balance,” which will deal with many of the challenges facing the trucking industry currently.

Loane Sharp, an economist at the Free Market Foundation as well as being a controversial and sought-after speaker, will address a topic which will attract a great deal of interest, namely “The future of labour in South Africa.” His address will include projections about the use of labour in various sectors of the economy, including the transport, logistics and distribution sectors.

Finally Martin Dammann, managing director of HTM TransSolve, will announce the results of Truck Test 2015 in terms of payload, fuel consumption, average speed and payload productivity achieved by the various combinations over a set route. Nine truck-tractors with tautliner interlinks and seven truck-tractors with tridem reefer rigs took part in this year’s event. Dammann will explain the rules, methodology employed and the challenges faced, as well as interpreting the results.

The FOCUS Conference and Truck Test event includes lunch and the cost is R1 400 per delegate or R10 000 for a table of eight. The contact person for bookings is: Tania Cleary at or 011-782-1070. You can also register online at

Background information on Automechanika Johannesburg

Automechanika Johannesburg is part of the global group of Automechanika automotive aftermarket business- to-business trade shows and business events with its portfolio of 15 trade fairs in 14 countries (4 continents).

Automechanika Johannesburg is licensed to SA Shows Messe Frankfurt (Pty) Ltd, part of the Messe Frankfurt Group. It is the largest event of its kind on the African continent and serves South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa since 2009

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Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organisers, generating around €550* million in sales and employing more than 2200* people worldwide. The Messe Frankfurt Group has a global network of 28 subsidiaries and around 50 international Sales Partners, allowing it to serve its customers on location in more than 160 countries. Messe Frankfurt events take place at more than 30 locations around the globe. In 2014, Messe Frankfurt organised a total of 120* trade fairs, of which more than half took place outside Germany.

Comprising an area of 578,000 square metres, Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition grounds are home to ten exhibition halls. The company also operates two congress centres.

The company is publicly owned, with the City of Frankfurt holding 60 per cent and the State of Hesse 40 per cent.

Further information on the company can be found at
* preliminary numbers (2014)

Adrian van Tonder, senior manager RTMS and PBS at Barloworld Logistics Jim Ward, technical manager at Unitrans Logistics
Loane Sharp, an economist at the Free Market Foundation Paul Nordengen, research group leader, network asset management systems, CSIR Built Environment

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Roger Houghton on 082 371 9097 or at

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