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A FO­CUS ON global fu­tur­is­tic pub­lic trans­port and clean en­ergy will hall­mark a re-in­vented Busworld Asia show – seven years after the last one – now re­branded as Busworld China and to be held in Shang­hai, March 11-13, 2019, it’s re­ported.

Busworld Kor­trijk (Europe) started in 1971 and was held ev­ery two years in Bel­gium. With more than 40 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, it is the old­est, big­gest and most fa­mous bus and coach ex­hi­bi­tion, it states.

In 2001, Busworld went world­wide and it now has five sis­ter ex­hi­bi­tions: Turkey; In­dia (29-31 Au­gust, 2018); Rus­sia; South East Asia; Latin Amer­ica – and soon China in 2019.

Only a few months ago did the lat­est Bloomberg New En­ergy Fi­nance (BNEF) Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Out­look 2018 state that a mas­sive 84 per cent of all municipal bus sales glob­ally will be elec­tric by 2030, with China lead­ing the mar­ket “in spec­tac­u­lar style” by ac­count­ing for 99 per cent of the world to­tal in 2017.

The new China event – a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Busworld In­ter­na­tional (Europe) and VNU Ex­hi­bi­tions Asia Ltd – will be lo­cated in the heart of the de­vel­oped east­ern Chi­nese coast with its vast trans­porta­tion net­work in­ter­link­ing it with cities both do­mes­tic and over­seas by air­plane and high-speed train. Hosted in the Shang­hai World Expo Ex­hi­bi­tion & Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (SWEECC), the three­day ex­hi­bi­tion “fits per­fectly in Busworld’s world­wide ex­hi­bi­tion sched­ule” it’s stated.

Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers, as bus and coach buy­ers glob­ally are recog­nis­ing the ben­e­fit of clean-en­ergy ve­hi­cles, Busworld China will meet this trend by “so­lid­i­fy­ing the do­mes­tic trade as well as in­tro­duc­ing over­seas buy­ers with clear pro­cure­ment de­mand, thus con­tribut­ing its part on sup­port­ing the ex­change of knowl­edge and tech­nolo­gies.”

Di­dier Ramoudt, president of Busworld In­ter­na­tional com­mented: “China has un­doubt­edly be­come the world’s big­gest man­u­fac­tur­ing base of bus and coach. We’ve re­ceived in­tense in­ter­est shown [in] … the Chi­nese mar­ket from our Busworld com­mu­nity and we’re glad to play a sound part in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the in­dus­try for the bus and coach sec­tor. This couldn’t be a bet­ter tim­ing for Busworld to re­turn to the Chi­nese mar­ket with VNU Ex­hi­bi­tions Asia.”

David Zhong, president of VNU Ex­hi­bi­tions Asia Ltd, shares the same vi­sion for the show, stat­ing: “VNU Ex­hi­bi­tions Asia has been serv­ing the Chi­nese mar­ket across var­i­ous in­dus­tries since 2001 and has ac­cu­mu­lated abun­dant ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing with over­seas co-part­ners to progress for­ward to­gether. The bus and coach mar­ket has been a dif­fer­ent place since the first co­op­er­a­tion. The clean en­ergy tech­nol­ogy is al­ready at mass pro­duc­tion level and VNU Ex­hi­bi­tions Asia will surely adapt into the mar­ket trend to bet­ter bridge the sup­ply and de­mand. We’re con­fi­dent Busworld China will be a must-be stop for the in­dus­try.”


Also re­turn­ing is an in­de­pen­dent plat­form for tech­nol­ogy and pol­icy dis­cus­sion, named ‘Busworld Academy’. Busworld Academy China will be run­ning at the event with James Wang, a scholar from Chongqing Jiao­tong Univer­sity, ap­pointed as am­bas­sador. Busworld Academy China will learn the lo­cal mar­ket and study top­ics such as safety, com­fort, reg­u­la­tion and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy.

It will also ex­am­ine tech­nolo­gies re­gard­ing ride-shar­ing, au­ton­o­mous driv­ing and fuel cells with ex­perts sourced lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally to speak about such is­sues.

An­other as­pect of the event will be in­dus­try awards ac­knowl­edg­ing en­ter­prises’ out­stand­ing an­nual con­tri­bu­tion in var­i­ous sec­tors such as en­ergy con­sump­tion, pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion sys­tem, com­fort and de­sign etc. Busworld In­ter­na­tional and VNU Ex­hi­bi­tions Asia spent last March vis­it­ing ma­jor bus and coach man­u­fac­tur­ers for mar­ket re­search and in­dus­try dis­cus­sion.

Above: The re­branded Busworld China re­turns after a seven-year ab­sence with a clean-en­ergy trans­port fo­cus.

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