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Jakarta Post

RI automakers kick off first commercial vehicles expo

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 1, 2018   /   04:59 pm
RI automakers kick off first commercial vehicles expo Trade Minister Airlangga Hartarto steps out from a vehicle displayed in the Gaikindo Indonesia International Commercial Vehicle Expo (GIICOMVEX) 2018 in Jakarta on March 1 as PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) president director Warih Andang Tjahjono (left) looks on. (Antara/Audy Alwi)

The Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) kicked off on Thursday the first-ever exhibition for commercial vehicles, the Gaikindo Indonesia International Commercial Vehicles Expo (GIICOMVEC).

Thirty-two participants from commercial vehicle manufacturers and their supporting companies, such as Daihatsu, Hino, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, are participating in the event.

All of the makers have incorporated many locally made components and have product assemblers in Indonesia, Gaikindo general chairman Yohannes Nangoi said.

The exhibition, which is located at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), aims to attract more than 3,000 potential buyers from various industries such as logistics and mining, as well as oil and gas.

“Due to increasing demand for commercial vehicles, we feel that it is necessary to organize such an event,” Nangoi said in his opening speech at the expo.

Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, who inaugurated the event, lauded Gaikindo’s move.

“Right now, there is a need for transportation for all purposes and the demand keeps increasing,” said Airlangga. “I believe that this country can fulfill the demand for its own commercial vehicles that are produced locally so that they could employ local workers, too.” (bbn)