28 Mar 2019


For the first time in its history Busworld landed in Jakarta for the brand new Busworld Southeast Asia exhibition. The place to be for all Southeast Asian bus lovers was the JIexpo. Almost 6,900 unique visitors came to check out the latest designs of buses and coaches, components and spare parts, combined with attending presentations at the Conference organised by Busworld Academy.

This first edition was held from 20 to 22 March and welcomed the biggest and most popular bus and coach builders in the region: Mercedes-Benz, Volvo Buses via its importer Wahana Inti Selaras and among others the Indonesian bodybuilders New Armada and Laksana.

The exhibition was splendid. The exhibitors had made a great effort to design and build their booths and the whole venue looked very attractive. And there were some scoops like the brand new Mercedes-Benz OF 917 coach and a double decker coach with a body of Adi Putra on the Volvo B11R chassis. As a demonstrator Laksana had build a bus quite simular to the Volvo 7900 on a B8R chassis.

Being a bodybuilder market, Indonesia has around 600 of them including 100 specialized in bus body building. New Armada and Laksana, present at Busworld, belong to the top. Mostly they build on chassis from Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Scania, all Euro 3. At this point it was not clear whether Indonesia is opting for a higher emission norm like Euro 5 or 6. Safety systems are getting more standard. For the mini and midibuses chassis from Isuzu and Fuso are widely used. The decision and matchmaker in this bodybuilding system is the Operator who chooses the chassis and then the body. The quality of the finishing is good and matches European standards. Coaches for long distances are very luxurious with comfortable seats with leg rests often in a 2+1 lay out.

Askarindo is the federation of bus bodybuilders in Indonesia, and formed a partnership with Busworld as did the operators represented by Ipomi, the federation of young bus and coach operators in Indonesia. In respons Didier Ramoudt, president of Busworld International, noted to double the size of the exhibition in 2021 and was backed by Baki Lee, President Director of GEM Indonesia, co-organising partner of Busworld, who stated that the focus of the next edition will be much more on electric buses. The Indonesian bus market is rapidly growing due to expansions in public and tourism transport and an urgent need of renewal of the fleet.

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