10 oct 23

First Fleet APAC Expert Meeting: Navigating the Diversity of Fleet Management in the Asia-Pacific Region

The inaugural Fleet APAC Expert Meeting recently brought together industry experts and professionals to shed light on the intricate landscape of fleet management in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The event served as a platform for discussions, showcasing the diverse range of challenges and opportunities faced by fleet managers across different countries.

The inaugural Fleet APAC Expert Meeting is available to view on our YouTube channel by clicking this link.

Overview of Fleet Maturity Across APAC

One of the key highlights of the event was the comprehensive overview of the leasing product landscape in APAC. The session explored the varying degrees of fleet maturity across different countries. Notably, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea were identified as countries offering mature fleet management products. In contrast, some countries were still in the infancy stage of fleet development, with leasing products either underdeveloped or nonexistent. This insight emphasized the substantial disparities within the APAC region.

Fleet Manager Panel Discussion

The Fleet Manager Panel Discussion featured prominent industry figures, including Monika Adamus from Elanco, Aravind Valluvan from Novartis, and Mukul Patwardhan from Eaton. The panelists shared their experiences and perspectives on fleet operations, electrification, and safety, which emerged as the central concerns for fleet managers in the APAC region.

Electrification, in particular, was a recurring theme, as many countries in APAC are actively pursuing eco-friendly initiatives and transitioning to electric vehicles. The panelists acknowledged the complexities of implementing electrification and stressed the importance of knowledge sharing among fleet managers to navigate this transition successfully.

Safety was also a major focus, as ensuring the well-being of drivers and the security of assets remains a top priority for fleet managers. The discussion shed light on the challenges faced by fleet professionals in different APAC countries and underscored the value of a supportive network like Fleet APAC.

Insights from ALD-LeasePlan and ORIX

Towards the conclusion of the expert meeting, Thierry Faure from ALD-LeasePlan and Cameron Gurr from ORIX provided valuable insights into their networks and the solutions they offer to APAC fleet managers. Both companies brought to the forefront their mature products and expertise in fleet management, which can significantly benefit companies operating in the region.

Both speakers also emphasized their commitment to helping customers overcome cultural challenges. Understanding the unique cultural nuances and business practices in different APAC countries is crucial for the success of fleet management initiatives. By offering tailored solutions and cultural insights, these companies are contributing to the growth and development of fleet management across the region.

Importance of Collaboration

The First Fleet APAC Expert Meeting was a resounding success, shedding light on the diverse landscape of fleet management in the Asia-Pacific region. The event underscored the importance of collaboration, knowledge sharing, and tailored solutions to address the specific challenges faced by fleet managers in different APAC countries. As the region continues to evolve, initiatives like Fleet APAC will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of fleet management and driving innovation within the industry.

Authored by: Yves Helven