HED: The evolution of TruckX
As publishers of Future Trucking & Logistics, Fleet and AutoFleet magazines – well-respected publications within South Africa’s automotive industry – the Future Group is closely involved in many aspects of the country’s commercial transport sector.
Through this interaction the Group is aware of the value that well-structured, pertinent conferences and exhibitions can add to the trucking, fleet and logistics sectors.
Now in its fifth year, the evolution and sustained growth of TruckX is worth considering. The inaugural event was staged in 2014 at Sandton’s Maslow Hotel, drawing 250 delegates. Feedback indicated that an exhibition component would be welcomed and, in 2015, the new-look show moved to the Sandton Convention Centre to accommodate a display of trucks, trailers and products from associated suppliers. About 500 industry representatives attended the conference, with hundreds more visiting the exhibition.
The following year’s event – again held at the Sandton Convention Centre – drew 722 delegates to the conference and recorded a notable increase in the number of visitors to an enlarged exhibition of vehicles and products, including those representing OEMs, transport operators, the telematics industry, the fuels and lubricants sector, the aftermarket, road safety and driver training organisations, the recovery sector, tanker and trailer services, and the financial sector.
Again, feedback from those who attended indicated that the event was very well received – so much so that it became evident that, with the growth in the exhibition side of the show, the Sandton Convention Centre would no longer be suitable as a host venue.
Accordingly, TruckX 2017, now co-located with FleetX and IMHX, a materials handling exhibition, moved to the International Convention Centre at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, which was perceived to offer ample space both inside and out to accommodate conference and display needs.
Importantly, use of the facility’s dynamic handling track was secured to allow for demonstrations of vehicles, test drives and other interactive events. Further, the services were secured of John Thomson, one of the most experienced exhibition organisers in South Africa, to run the event. It’s his team which will be handling all of TruckX 2018’s logistics. And again, the eve-expanding two-day business-to-business show will be staged at the Kyalami venue, with additional space already secured.
With a record-breaking 2 187 visitors attending TruckX 2017, it’s no wonder that a number of blue-chip OEMs as well as organisations and brands representing all sectors of the trucking, logistics, fleet and materials handling sectors chose to exhibit at the event. On the conference side, a high-powered line-up of experts addressed a range of topics of relevance to the trucking, logistics and fleet sectors, drawing more than 1 600 delegates.
If you represent the fleet industry or the material handlings industry, you may be interested in taking part in the 2018 event which will be held at Kyalami on July 11 and 12.
We believe that the positive feedback received in the wake of the latest renditions of TruckX and FleetX indicates that the synergies provided by the enlarged format are of immense benefit to all participants. Accordingly, we invite YOU to take advantage of the opportunity.
Who should attend?
- Fleet managers
- Fleet owners
- Fleet operators
- Fleet executives & management
- Procurement managers
- Transport & Logistics managers
- CEO’s & Financial directors
- C-Level executives
- Public sector decision makers
- OEM executives and management
- Truck Dealerships
- Vehicle importers and distributers
- Component suppliers
- Aftermarket companies
- Automotive news media