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Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa, 2009/10/14 - Under the leadership of Thani Shirawi, Executive Director, Al Shirawi Enterprises has been the appointed sole distributor for Scania trucks and buses since 1981. NYSE: MIXT; JSE: MIX
Al Shirawi Enterprises is one of the largest manufacturing, engineering, trading, marketing, distribution, contracting and service industries in the region.
Scania and its range of vehicles is an easy choice for tough conditions with immense reliability designed for heavy loads. The trucks are designed to tackle poor roads or power its way ahead where there are no roads at all.
Al Shirawi Enterprises focuses on the core benefits of what telematics can deliver to its customers in this environmentally challenging market. The uptime of vehicles operating in the construction, transportation and service sectors is paramount to any operator. The environmental and climatic conditions of vehicles operating in Dubai are some of the most challenging. High temperatures combined with sand and dust and a wide variety of driving skills present operators with a major challenge.
The combination of service excellence combined with the real time provision of vehicle, engine and driver based information is key in ensuring that operators’ vehicles spend more time on the road and less time in the service bay. The FM Communicator, a premium on-board computer developed by MiX Telematics, offers vehicle tracking, data recording and communications, which is accompanied by a choice of internet based reporting and analysis software.
Al Shirawi combines the core skill of fuel management and driver training (provided by MiX Telematics’ specialist division, SafeDrive International) into a package where operators can benefit from the knowledge that the vehicles and drivers are passed on driving in an economic and safe fashion.
MiX Telematics (mixtelematics.co.uk) provides the FM Communicator (specifically, the FM3316), RIBAS display unit and other associated products to Al Shirawi in order for them to effortlessly offer the following services to their customers:
• Reports on vehicle and driver performance, which include over speeding, over revving, excessive idling, driving out of green band and low awareness levels of drivers;
• Incentive based competitions for drivers in order to improve driver behaviour;
• Reduction in operating costs;
• Increased uptime and decreased faults within vehicles;
• Reduced fuel costs, tyre costs, maintenance and accident fees;
• Reduction in carbon emissions, reducing carbon footprints;
• SMS or email notifications in real time when deviations occur;
• Weekly or monthly reports on vehicles and drivers;
• Web based fleet management tool accessible from around the world.
Mike Baker, MiX’s International Key Account Manager for Scania group says, “It has been a pleasure working with the team at Al Shirawi. ASE has created an innovative approach to combining leading edge telematics with innovative service management. I am certain that the customers of ASE will witness these benefits, with regard to reduced cost of ownership and servicing, for many years to come.”
Johan Sjöstrand, ASE’s Business development manager says, “We have found that MiX Telematics has the perfect product for both Scania and our customers. The systems provide the key data required for ASE to drive benefits directly to our user base. The FM Communicator is the enabler of our service operation.”