The Lee Ting San Group of Companies (LTS Group) is expanding its fleet with new Volvo FM prime movers as part of its fleet replacement exercise. LTS Group is one of the largest logistics companies that provides transportation, container haulage, warehousing and maintenance services around Penang, Northern Malaysia, KLIA and Johor.
The group has purchased 38 units of the Volvo FM370 4x2T RAS prime mover to support its nationwide and cross-border transportation services. Volvo Trucks had recently delivered 20 units of the new trucks in Prai, Penang, and will deliver the remaining units in early 2020. With this purchase, LTS Group will have a total of 80 Volvo trucks in its fleet, out of 280 prime movers.
Established in 1974, LTS Group started operating with only one truck driven by the founder himself – Mr Lee Kah Chye, who is now also Group CEO. As business grew, the company started purchasing heavy-duty trucks, which led it to become a Volvo Trucks’ customer 18 years ago with the Volvo FM10 model. The company has grown to a staff-size of over 500 and has a sizable fleet of trucks that includes rigid trucks and trailers.
With the purchase of the new Volvo FM prime movers, LTS Group is able to begin its fleet replacement exercise to achieve better efficiency and lower operating costs. The new trucks will be used for container haulage business for LTS Logistics (PG) Sdn Bhd, for both long and short haul deliveries of cargo.
Furthermore, all the new Volvo FM trucks purchased by LTS Group are fitted with Volvo’s proprietary telematics system – Dynafleet, and are covered under the Volvo Gold Service Agreement which includes the benefits of Volvo Uptime Promise.
Dynafleet is beneficial to Volvo customers who want to achieve greater profitability and efficiency through three key service areas i.e. fuel and environment, positioning and messaging. The onboard Driver Coaching function provides essential fuel saving tips to the driver. Meanwhile, the Volvo Uptime Promise is the only feature in the industry in Malaysia that compensates customers monetarily for certain duration of downtime.
Volvo Trucks’ Uptime Promise is a unique feature which provides monetary compensation to customers who has a truck on a breakdown time that exceeds Volvo Trucks’ committed time to put the truck back on the road. More than financial compensation for truck downtime, Uptime Promise also offers benefits including safe and dependable repairs carried out by highly skilled Volvo technicians, minimum loss of time and income, and maximum truck uptime.
Lee also added that his company’s satisfaction with Volvo Trucks’ aftermarket support had prompted them to take up the Volvo Gold Service Agreement with Uptime Promise for all the new FM trucks.
Lee shared: “As a logistics company which started 45 years ago and since then has been serving the needs of hundreds of clients throughout Malaysia, we have definitely gone through many market changes and seen new developments in the industry.
“We understand that the industry needs to evolve for businesses like ours to grow. That is why our approach now is to be a forward-thinking transportation company that is willing to invest into technology and innovation, in terms of integrated logistics system, warehouse management system, telematics, and RFID tracking system for our goods. This is the reason for our purchase and we look forward to putting to good use Volvo’s Dynafleet to help us increase our effectiveness.”
Mitch Peden, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia commented, “The delivery of the trucks fulfills Volvo’s commitment in helping LTS Group on achieving more productivity, competence and safety, as the Volvo FM offers the highest levels of flexibility and transport efficiency. All these are crucial for boosting profitability and business growth for our customers.”
Peden added, “Volvo Uptime Promise is designed to give customers extra protection against unplanned standstills and is offered as part of our continuous customer satisfaction enhancement effort. We would like to thank LTS Group for their loyalty, trust and support to Volvo Trucks. We believe this truly highlight our valued relationship with our customer and we will support them whenever and wherever it is needed.”
“While the Volvo FM is productive and economical for the customer, it also offers the driver a comfortable new working environment and enhanced safety,” said Peden.
The Volvo FM features a spacious and ergonomically designed cabin, a clearly laid out dashboard with all the buttons, controls and functions within easy reach, and adjustable seats with lumbar support for a more comfortable driving position.
The Volvo FM also features the groundbreaking Volvo Dynamic Steering system that boosts the truck’s first-class driving properties.