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UD Trucks Launches The New Quester In Pakistan

UD Trucks Corporation, together with VPL Limited, the authorized distributor of UD Trucks in Pakistan, today launched the all-new UD Quester heavy-duty truck range in Pakistan.

The UD Trucks Quester range was launched on the 29th of June at an impressive ceremony held at Expo Centre, Karachi. The unveiling of Quester created hype among the audience who were eagerly waiting for its launch since its announcement early this year. Among the audience were guests from the Japanese Embassy, Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority, National Highway Authority, leading transporters, banks and senior management of UD Trucks and VPL.

Quester – Made To Go The Extra Mile

Quester is the first in a new generation of UD Trucks specifically developed for the world of heavy-duty transportation outside of Japan. It benefits from Japanese quality heritage and insights from the local markets. It is developed with the global resources of the Volvo Group of which UD Trucks is a part. It makes customers working day simpler and more productive. Quester provides complete solution for long haulage, distribution, construction and mining segments. This is backed up by a wide range of configuration with easy body mounting offering a tailored, purpose-built solution for all type of applications. Quester is the optimum transport solution for businesses that wants to grow.

Quester is UD Trucks’s most cost-efficient truck ever. It’s wide driveline options, the ability to optimize the powertrain with respect to power output, transmissions and rear axle ratios, minimized aerodynamic drag that decreases the wind resistance, long oil change intervals and fuel coaching system help in cutting fuel costs and maximizing uptime, resulting in quick and dependable payback.

Quester has wide range of different product types such as 4X2T, 6X2T, 6X4T for long haul, 6X4R long chassis for regional distribution, 6X4 and 8X4 tippers for heavy duty construction and mining applications. The 6X2T and 6X2R configurations are available with a bogie lifting axle which is used to lift the axle in the unladen condition. The lifting function on the third axle gives the truck better traction when activated. It also gives better fuel consumption, extended tyre life and a smaller turning radius. It can be supplied with bogie press which is used when higher traction is required.

Quester features and specifications comply 100% to OGRA and NHA safety regulations. Quester is available with factory fitted ADR package as an option. The ADR package includes a battery safety switch and insulated terminal and lamps.

Commenting from the launch, Mourad Hedna UD trucks President in the MEENA region: “We are very excited about the arrival of the Quester range in Pakistan. With the new Quester, we have now built on our tradition of reliability and durability, to launch our new customer promise, ’going the extra mile’.

“I am confident that Quester will be a big game-changer for UD Trucks and VPL, our partner in Pakistan. More than 400 full-time experts from around the world, with extensive knowledge and experience, have been involved in designing, developing and validating ?Quester and its associated services”. The team has spent over a million engineering hours and ˝˝65,000 tests hours to build the ultimate trucking machine”.

“We are confident that UD Trucks Quester addresses the top concerns every fleet owner has, namely fuel consumption, durability, productivity, maintenance and safety in a smart and modern fashion,” said Mr. Waqar Asghar, CEO of VPL. “Customers will benefit from every extra mile that they get from Quester.”

UD Trucks is a transport solution provider expert in fuel efficiency and uptime, offering a range of medium and heavy-duty trucks, and special vehicles. As one of the leading Japanese truck brands, UD Trucks was established in Japan in 1935, and in 2007 became part of the Volvo Group, a world-leading manufacturer of trucks, buses and construction equipment, and drive systems for marine and industrial applications. Nowadays, UD Trucks, with its headquarters in Japan, conducts sales and services in more than 64 countries through a worldwide network of over 233 dealers.

VPL is a leading importer of trucks, buses, construction & mining equipment, generators and tools in Pakistan with a country wide after-sales support network. In addition to UD Trucks, VPL is also the authorized distributor of Volvo Trucks, Volvo Buses, Volvo Construction Equipment and Volvo Penta. VPL is part of the Panasian Group which has been responsible for the Volvo business in Pakistan since the mid-1970s.

Shell Pakistan Inaugurates New Tank Lorries At Its Machike Oil

Shell Pakistan Limited (SPL) inaugurated the induction of new state of the art oil tankers to its Haulier fleet at Shell Terminal in Machike, Sheikhupura in Punjab, last week.

SPL is committed to playing its role in road safety by inducting a total of 120 new compliant oil tanker into its dedicated haulier fleet to date with a plan for another 100 by December 2018.

The event was attended by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), DG Oil, Member Oil, Senior officials from Rescue 1122 and National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) along with media. An overview of the Downstream value chain was presented that demonstrated the role of each individual in ensuring the safe operations of the Oil & Gas Industry in mobilizing the nation.

“By investing in the addition of these tankers, the total number of Shell dedicated haulier fleet has now increased to 630, which places SPL in a leadership position with regards to compliant fleet in the Industry. Being the oldest multi-national in the country, we have always been at the forefront in introducing international products, offering and standards to the Pakistani market,” said Jawwad Cheema, Managing Director, Shell Pakistan Limited.

SPL was the first company to bring in ADR standards to Pakistan in 1998, setting industry standards in transportation and handling of oil products, with its global safety requirements being shared and adopted across Pakistan’s supply chain.

Last year, Shell engineers worked with an OEM in China to develop enhanced tank lorry designs that comply with the country’s, international and OGRA’s required fleet standards. The supplier modified existing tank lorry designs and developed compliant tank lorries at competitive rates with reduced lead time for delivery to Pakistan. These tank lorries are now being inducted across the industry, increasing the number of country standard compliant fleet in the country.

The multi-grade conversion of the white oil pipeline of which SPL is the largest private shareholder, is scheduled to be ready by 2019 will significantly reduce primary movement of fuel by road. Owing to Pakistan’s geography, road transport will continue to exist for secondary transport and investment in safe transportation is essential to make the roads of Pakistan safer.

PSO Leading Fuel Brand Among Car And Bike Users Across Pakistan: Pakwheels Report 2017

Pakistan State Oil, the nation’s largest and most trusted Oil Marketing Company, has won two of PakWheels’ latest People’s Choice Awards in both car and bike categories. The awards are based on PakWheels Automobile Industry Survey Report 2017 for which the automobile website collaborated with the LUMS Centre of Research. For the first time, the survey includes an entire section on bikes to give a truly complete picture of the industry and its latest trends.

PSO has won and maintained the trust and loyalty of millions of its customers present in every length and breadth of the country with seamless supply of fuels amid the toughest of situations and relentless quality control. Being the nation’s flagship Oil Marketing Company, PSO takes it as a responsibility to deliver the very best to its customers. The company continues to play its leadership role in transforming the fuels landscape in Pakistan. PSO became the first mover of higher RON grade fuels in Pakistan with the launch of RON 92 fuels in 2016, and recently the RON 97 range of fuels.

As per the report, PSO dominates when it comes to choice of fuels among car as well as bike users nationwide. Of the 77% car owners who use standard fuels, 35% prefer PSO fuels; and of the 23% premium fuel users, 35% choose PSO. Similarly, out of 89% bike users who use standard fuels, 36% choose PSO; and of the 11% premium fuel users, the choice of 34% bikers is PSO. Furthermore, Pakistan State Oil also holds a prominent place in the bike motor oil category with a large market share.

The survey report from the largest online marketplace for car shoppers and sellers in Pakistan is a testament to PSO’s dominance and prominent share in the fuels market. PSO believes that it is the unyielding trust and loyalty of its customers that make it the leading fuel brand in Pakistan. The achievement simply adds to company’s passion and energy to do even more to serve customers better through expanding its footprint further, improving quality of fuels, and introducing new products that cater to their evolving fueling needs.

CPEC’s First Phase Completion Is Appreciative, Energy And Infrastructure Have Improved: Mian Zahid Hussain

President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), President AKIA, Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain last Monday said that 2018 is an important year regarding China – Pakistan Economic Corridor as first phase of this historical project comprised of energy and infrastructure sectors have successfully completed. Second phase of the CPEC project is about to begin which is comprised of establishing special economic zones. SEZs will bring industrial revolution in the Country and is the beginning of development for the people of Pakistan through which GDP will rise by 2 percent.

The veteran business leader while talking to the business community of Gwader and Karachi said that in the first phase of CPEC Motorways and Highways have been built and extended while railways network will be focused in the second phase. Karachi – Peshawar main line will be upgraded with an estimated cost of $ 8.2 billion while $ 3.5 billion will be spent on Karachi circular railway to make it operational. Initially, Rashakai in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, Dhabeji in Sindh and Faisalabad in Punjab have identified for special economic zones where both countries will take practical measures to take the National economy and job market to new heights through industrial development, increased production and exports.

The former minister said that partially energized Port Qasim Coal Fired project to get operational soon can produce 1320 MW energy. Two wind projects of 50 MW each will come into production in September this year. 660 MW China-Hub Coal Power Company is estimated to start operations in December 2018. Quaid-e-Azam Solar in Punjab has started supplying 7 hundred MW electricity and helped in reducing the power shortage. $150 million Eastbay Expressway project is expected to be completed this year. $130m worth Freshwater Treatment facility is supposed to be completed on priority which will supply five million gallons per day of fresh water to Gwader and will overcome the water shortage in the locality.

Mian Zahid Hussain said that with completion of CPEC projects Pakistan’s GDP will get stable and all sectors of the economy will positively progress including trade and industry. 7000 MW electricity has added to the national grid through the completed projects of CPEC while 10000 MW more to be added after completion of the ongoing projects which will meet the energy requirements and will help the Country attaining the self sufficient position.

Daraz Mobile Week’ Year’s Biggest Mobile Sale Set To Start On July 3rd

Daraz’s highly anticipated Mobile Week – the year’s single biggest phone sale- is kicking off on the 3rd of July. The familiar theme of a sale that promises #MobileSabKayLiye returns! This is a bring-all-your-friends kind of mega sale event with Mega Deals, Flash Sales, Exclusive Launches and Brand Vouchers.

The sale will feature amazing discounts on smartphones and phone accessories, with exclusive discounts on Mi, Infinix, Honor, OnePlus, Samsung and more.

From mid-range phones to premium flagships, Mobile Week will up the ante from past years.

Director Marketing, Daraz Group, Mehdi Raza, commented, “Daraz Mobile Week is about bringing mobile phones to everyone. Whether you’re looking for a budget, mid-range or premium phone, Daraz Mobile Week is promising something for everyone- all pocket-sizes, preferences and personalities!”

“Our assortment of heavily discounted mobiles will be generous enough to accommodate an equally diverse customer base,” he adds.

Mobile Week- one week; nonstop brand discounts!

As in previous years, there will be a featured brand each day of the week-long sale, beginning with Mi on the 3rd of July; Infinix on the 4th; Honor on the 5th; OnePlus on the 6th; Samsung on the 7th; and the 8th and 9th of July opening the gates on ALL brands.

Co-sponsors bringing out the best in the region’s tech

Daraz Mobile Week 2018 is co-sponsored by Mi, Infinix, OnePlus and Honor. Each one of these brands has done their part to put Asia on the global consumer technology map. What do they have in common? They’re all going to be featured, shoulder-to-shoulder, as event co-sponsors, bringing their trusted technologies (and latest launches) to Daraz Mobile Week.


Exclusively yours: 3 brand new phones set to launch

Daraz Mobile Week 2018 will bring several exclusive phone launches. The Redmi Note 5 launches on the 3rd of July; the Infinix Smart 2 on the 4th of July and the OnePlus 6 on the 6th of July.

Mobile Week 2018: A truly app-friendly, mobile-first sale event

Mobile Week is integrally a celebration of Daraz’s growing emphasis on the Daraz APP and mobile-first thinking. To this end, customers are invited to scan the QR code below and enjoy a RS.1000 discount.

APP is where it’s at!

Download the Daraz APP to enjoy a truly optimized, enhanced experience of Mobile Week. Expect APP-only deals, vouchers and much more.

METRO Cash & Carry Pakistan’ Un Women Promoting Women In Trade Initiative

METRO Cash & Carry Pakistan has joined hands with UN Women by signing Women Empowerment Principles to promote Women in Trade (WiT) initiative to enhance the capability of informal workers, along with its employees in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 – to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Women in Trade (WiT) initiative is an international employee network within METRO AG aiming to support and promote the professional development of women. Within the local chapter, METRO Pakistan has set two goals which is to ’drive cultural change in the company’ and ’focus on female employment & development internally and externally.’

UN Women and METRO Pakistan will be working together to enhance women’s access to organized work opportunities. The Seven Principles for Women’s Empowerment – a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact – provide a set of guidelines to assist companies focus on key elements, integral to promoting gender equality in the workplace, marketplace and community, through policy and action. This includes the promotion of women to executive positions, career development opportunities for female employees, supporting women-owned companies as vendors and service providers, promoting a positive image of women in marketing campaigns and enhancing basic facilities within the company (childcare, maternity and paternity leave, flexible work options, etc.).

In pledging to promote gender equality within the organization, Mr. Marek Minkiewicz, Managing Director of METRO Cash & Carry Pakistan, said, “By signing the CEO Statement of Support for the Women’s Empowerment Principles, the entire METRO Pakistan’s team shows its support to promote and enhance gender equality within its chain of wholesale stores. METRO Pakistan aims at promoting Women in Trade in Pakistan and is committed to focus on female employment and development.

With the belief that gender equality promotes equal opportunities for employees, who then feel empowered to work towards achieving organizational goals, METRO aims at not just providing barrier-free work environment for all its employees, but also enhancing capability of female farmers, home based workers and at the same time, bridging the gap between the corporate sector by acknowledging, appreciating and celebrating success of female labor force.”

On this occasion Mr. Jamshed Kazi, Country Representative, UN Women, also contributed by saying, “The positive spirit of this gathering gives me great confidence that we will see concrete results of this partnership soon. I acknowledge that METRO Pakistan is already underway with a promising initiative, WiT (Women in Trade), which is a concrete example of the company’s commitment towards gender equality and women empowerment at every level.

Equality between men and women is a fundamental human right. Women Empowerment is a key driver of sustainable development. Equality Means Business!”

By signing the seven steps of the Women’s Empowerment Principles, METRO Pakistan takes on a global approach to four key areas: promoting economic development through female entrepreneurship, championing gender diversity in business and corporate level, public-private partnerships for advancing women’s economic opportunities and providing potential business and investment opportunities through supplier diversity and marketing practices.

To date, more than 52 Pakistani companies have made a public commitment of support over the last two years by signing onto the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Kohinoor Textile Mills Limited Rawalpindi Goes Solar With Reon

Reon Energy Limited announced its latest project at Kohinoor Textile Mills Limited, Rawalpindi. The 1-Megawatt solar installation will provide considerable savings in energy-costs, along with an expected reduction of 970 tonnes in annual carbon emissions.

“I want to congratulate KTML for being a pioneer in its thinking about the issue of sustainability in its energy mix. The plant will deliver significant commercial savings to KTML,” said Mujtaba Haider Khan, CEO, Reon Energy.

Mujtaba further added, “In Pakistan we’re gifted with high solar irradiation and now there’s a clear incentive for consumers and businesses in the form of cheap financing from State Bank of Pakistan and a net-metering policy that allows you to export excess back to the grid to earn credits. We’re proud to be a partner of choice for businesses, like KTML, creating long term value for the society, economy and the environment. The effect of climate change in Pakistan has been more evident in the past decade in the form of extreme weather events, higher temperatures especially along our agri-belt and increase in pollution linked health issues. It’s imperative that we adopt sustainability as a core value in everything we do to leave this planet and the country in a better shape for our future generations.”

Reon Energy Limited, part of the Dawood Hercules Co, is the largest industrial solar solutions provider in Pakistan. Reon brings with it unparalleled delivery track record working with local and international groups such as Unilever, Coca Cola, Abbott, and Servis coupled with a dedicated team that provides the best possible solution as per customer’s needs.

JS Global’s Pakistan Investment Conference In The Us Comes To A Successful Close

JS Global Capital (JSGCL), Pakistan’s leading brokerage and investment banking firm, organized the third of its kind Pakistan Investment Conference 2018 from 25-27 June 2018 in the United States.

The high-powered delegation included Kamran Nasir -CEO JS Global Capital Ltd, Khalid Mansoor- Member Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce (OICC), Ehsan Malik – CEO Pakistan Business Council, Richard Morin – CEO Pakistan Stock Exchange and Sulaiman Mehdi – Director Pakistan Stock Exchange.

Comprised of representatives from business advocacy platforms such as Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI) and Pakistan Business Council (PBC), the delegation included corporate entity heads and senior management from many leading Pakistani companies including Engro Corporation (ENGRO), Hub Power Company (HUBC), United Bank Limited (UBL), MCB Bank Limited (MCB), Meezan Bank (MEBL), JS Bank (JSBL), DG Khan Cement (DGKC), Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim (FFBL), Fauji Foods, (FFL) and AGP Limited (AGP).

Aimed at encouraging foreign investment in Pakistan, these corporate representatives met with leading global asset managers to share current performance and future strategy reports. Meetings were also held with key officials from the US State Department and US-Pakistan Business Council at US Chamber of Commerce. Furthermore, the delegation engaged with a multi-cultural audience at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington.

In the course of these meetings, the conference partners identified a wide range of investment areas in the domestic economy where Pakistan and the US can mutually collaborate to significantly strengthen their bilateral economic ties. The visit by the delegates was well-received by both the US government and corporate sector.

During these interactive discussions, potential trade and investment partners reflected on the fact that the implementation of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has also led to considerable demand for machinery, agriculture, e-solutions and water storage solutions

An in-depth report on Pakistan-USA bilateral economic ties and potential growth sectors in Pakistan was circulated to US policy makers, think tanks and other commerce stakeholders, which was greatly appreciated by all the stakeholders.

Emphasizing the need to strengthen economic ties between both countries, and continuing the rich historical relationship between Pakistan and the US, conference participants pledged to work together for a positive outcome. An encouraging outcome of these sessions was the acknowledgement that continuing foreign investor confidence backed by reduced risk of loss in the capital market, political stability and improved security scenario has resulted in a boom for the domestic consumer market.

The conference was heavily followed by local media wherein JSGCL’s role in portraying a more constructive view of the nation on the international stage was appreciated. Coverage of the event was also broadcasted on various channels in Pakistan and US.

In conclusion, this engagement is expected to further increase the current all-time high trade between Pakistan and US and increase the country’s Foreign Direct Investments as well.

JazzCash And NBP Open Service For Bureau Of Emigration & Overseas Employment

JazzCash has collaborated with National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) to provide fee collection service to Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment. From now onwards, all Pakistani citizens pursuing overseas employment can pay the application fee through the JazzCash Mobile Account or any of the nationwide JazzCash retailers.

Sharing thoughts on this collaboration, Saeed Ahmad, President & CEO – NBP, stated, “This partnership with JazzCash allows us to not only simplify work at our end, but also leads to time saving and convenience for the applicants. Leveraging the bank’s financial expertise coupled with the strength of JazzCash’s extensive network, we are continuously striving to provide digital solutions to the financial needs of our customers.”

“Our partnership with NBP goes from strength to strength, as we both share the common goal of utilizing technology to provide ease to our customers. By making the application fee payment process for emigration and overseas employment more convenient, we are looking to help millions of Pakistanis by saving them from unnecessary hassles, added Aniqa Afzal Sandhu, Chief Digital & MFS Officer -Jazz.

As per official figures, more than 1 million people applied for their overseas employment and emigration in 2017. These candidates had to fill the fee form and visit the nearest NBP branch for payment, which was quite a hassle considering the long queues at these branches – with the process usually taking two days. By utilizing JazzCash’s service, the process time will now drastically reduce to a matter of mere minutes.

NBP and JazzCash have also partnered to introduce digital payments collection facility for Passport Fee Payments, Tax payments at Baluchistan’s Excise and Taxation Department and Public Service Commission Fee payments.

Engro Energy, IBA Karachi Ink Mou To Educate Students From Tharparkar

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi and Engro Energy Limited (EEL), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support higher education of students from the district of Tharparkar. Under the agreement, EEL will provide scholarships for up to 4 students belonging to this district. Mr. Shamsuddin A. Shaikh, CEO, Engro Energy along with Dr. Mohammad Nishat, Acting Executive Director, IBA Karachi, signed the MoU on behalf of the two organizations.

Marking this momentous occasion, Mr. Shamsuddin A. Shaikh, CEO, Engro Energy said, “The students from the Tharparkar districts are talented and full of potential and with the advent of this program, we aim to train them to serve within their community, as well as the country”.

Shedding light on IBA’s many initiatives, Dr. Mohammad Nishat said that the IBA has been reaching out to far flung areas in Pakistan to attract the best talent through our National Talent Hunt Program since 2004. “Through this concerted effort, we have been able to help hundreds of financially challenged yet deserving students to get admission into the IBA, which has helped transform their lives and that of their families”, said Dr. Nishat.

Over the past six decades, the IBA has evolved into a multi-department institution for higher education, while remaining a premier business school. During 2016-17, approximately 787 students at the IBA received financial assistance worth Rs. 231.5 million; all scholarships are provided on a need-cum-merit basis.

Eighteen Hosts Its International Launch In London At The Dorchester

After establishing its strong presence within the real estate industry of Pakistan, and extending its foothold in Dubai, Eighteen has now announced its arrival in northwest Europe with a grand launch event in London, at The Dorchester. The event attracted several overseas Pakistanis along with the who’s and who of the localites of UK.

Speaking at the auspicious occasion of Eighteen’s launch in London, Mr. Tarek Hamdy, CEO, Eighteen said, “Eighteen has completely revolutionized the real estate projects in Pakistan by adding the modern state of the art feel to all our projects, thus redefining the way people want to live. Next in line is our network expansion, which aims to provide accessibility and convenience to our consumers across the globe, and today I am extremely honored to announce our arrival in the United Kingdom.” Mr. Hamdy further emphasized on how Overseas Pakistanis have not been let go of their roots in Pakistan and always long for a home back home.

He further added, “Eighteen, with its highly esteemed partners, is resolute towards creating a new lifestyle destination, and this commitment towards offering an enhanced future insight is highly benefiting for our consumers across the globe.”

The event further saw an endorsement for Eighteen by Baroness Warsi. Born to Pakistani immigrants in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, Baroness Warsi is best known for being the first Muslim to serve in the British Cabinet. She said “Eighteen shows a side of Pakistan that many are unaware of. It projects all the glory behind our country and sets a benchmark for current and upcoming real estate projects.”

The colorful and lively event managed to entertain the audience with thrilling performances of renowned Canadian artist; Josh. While the scrumptious dinner arrangements were another reason of delight for the guests.

The audience later interacted with the Immersive 360 degrees, experience zone and were briefed on the grand project and how it aims to impact the real estate industry around the globe and in Pakistan.

Eighteen has been designed around a championship golf course and will consist of 2000 residential units of 3 to 7 bedrooms villas and apartments. It will have an iconic Golf Clubhouse, a shopping Mall, 5-Star boutique hotel, medical facilities, educational unit and a business district.

The master plan was conceptualized by Calisson RTKL and developed by renowned architects and urban planners WATG. The unique and challenging golf course has been designed by IDG in the UK.

Eighteen, is ten minutes away from the new Islamabad International Airport and is the ideal development for local and overseas Pakistanis who enjoy luxury living and state of the art amenities. Eighteen will be the benchmark for all future real estate projects in Pakistan.

For more information about Eighteen please phone +92 (0) 51 111 11 1818, email: sales@elite-pk.com or go to the website www.eighteenislamabad.com.

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