The Hungarian fleet market performs well in Q1 of 2018
The growth of the leasing market continued. In the first quarter, the funded sum rose by 16 percent to 147 billion forints in eight years, reported by the Hungarian Leasing Association. Expansion is due, among other things, to vehicle sales. In the entire market, capital outstanding remains above HUF 1300 billion. Due to the increased investment climate of the vehicle market boom and the business sector, the Hungarian leasing market achieved significant growth in the first quarter. Because of the low interest rate environment, leasing arrangements have been cheaper. The Hungarian car market, in particular the car market, is also greatly expanding.
Tamás Pfandler, Leasing Association Board’s member said: “Two thirds of the growth is related to businesses, so company purchases continue to be the dominant.” In the fleet segment, the purchases increased by 3 percent to 18.7 billion forints. Tamás Pfandler added that a larger tender on the fleet market significantly influenced the data, and the Leasing Association expected this to reach last year’s level, and this was achieved, meaning that the fleet market is performing well. As with passenger car sales, the sales of trucks and buses also jumped this year, rising by 48 percent. Leasing market placements went down considerably, by 12 percent, to 44 billion forints. For agricultural machinery, the amount funded amounted to HUF 12 billion in the first quarter, which is essentially the same as last year. Despite the stagnation, agricultural machinery financing has been one of the most stable segments for 4 years.
The Leasing Association’s member companies have financed construction machines for more than 6 billion forints, which is doubling in annual comparison.
Good results have also been achieved in SME financing. In the case of production equipment, a further, moderate increase is expected in the exceptionally good year of 2017
The Leader of the Leasing Association also said that they also had seen signs of shortage of labor on the market. At the same time, they benefit from this, as there are numerous investments for businesses seeking to replace work.
Focus on SMEs
The members of the Hungarian Leasing Association treat small and medium-sized enterprises as priority partners as according to 2017 data, the annual growth of corporate lending reached 10 percent, while growth was 11.4 percent higher than that of small and medium-sized enterprises. The role of SMEs in the leasing market is even more spectacular, both in the Hungarian and European markets. According to LeaseEurope, a European leasing federation, the proportion of small and medium-sized companies has increased in recent years. Leasing is the most relevant form of financing for Hungarian SMEs after subsidies. Over the last 6 months, leasing was in the highest proportion.
Leasing federal data also underpins the popularity of leasing schemes among SMEs: 75 percent or more than 110 billion forints of newly funded funds in the first quarter of this year were claimed by SMEs. Of the various segments, the share of SMEs in the financing of machines was 83 percent and for lorries was 77 percent. Katalin Nyikos emphasized that leasing schemes are among the most popular among SMEs, as businesses consider it a cheap, flexible and cost-effective form of financing. They are also easy to access, and allowing quicker exchange of business tools.
2018 Global Fleet Conference Day 1: why you shouldn’t have missed it
The sixth edition of the Global Fleet Conference takes place in Rome from 28 to 30 May. More than 300 global and regional fleet experts attend the conference. More than 300 global and regional fleet experts attend the conference.
Rome was not built in a day, and neither is the road to an efficient, harmonised and value-adding global fleet management. If there is anything that has emerged from yesterday’s sessions, is that you need more than a policy and a strategy. A community spirit across the globe, fuelled by local best practices, intercultural understanding and personal contact is what puts wheels in motion.
Immediately grabbing the attention of the nearly 300 attendees from all over the world was Bruno Colmant from Bank De Groof Petercam. He highlighted the macro-economic factors that will determine the industry. “If I were a car manufacturer, I would take the necessary time to consider all possible future scenarios. The future is not linear. The scope of change will be larger than we think”, he concluded.
As inspiring as ever was data-wizard Marc Odinius from Dataforce who spoke about the general market trends, the effects of changing from diesel to petrol and an imaginary world in which all cars are electric.
Jurgen Freitag from Siemens explained that without the people in the field buying in, you are nowhere. “We need to establish a global community, driven by collaboration. This means giving responsibility to countries, alignment of objectives, country visits, building up a global memory, establish cross-country projects and foster an online community.”
Talking about establishing TCO efficiency and data transparency on a global level was Peter Szelenyi, Global Fleet Category and Regional Travel Category Manager at healthcare company Novartis.
Is green fleet management an emission impossible? That’s the topic Giorgio Elefante, Advisory Partner and Automotive Industry Leader for Italy, PwC, took on at this year’s Global Fleet Conference in Rome. What followed was an OEM panel discussion on powertrain evolution.
Although fleets and cultures may vary, safety and sustainability are common goals across the globe. Steven Schoefs, Editor-in-chief of Global Fleet, had a discussion with Raz Peleg, CEE Sales Director, Mobileye and Eelco van de Wiel, Managing Director, fi insurance about safety management & insurance trends.
Amongst many highbrow presentations, Lukas Nel from Christian relief organisation World Vision International put things in perspective. “Getting food, water and medical supplies to remote areas in very rough conditions is a big challenge.”
Safety and risk management in Africa and the Middle East is not to be taken lightly, explained Nikola Vuckovic, Manager EHSS & IFMS South East Europe region at Philip Morris International.
The content-rich first conference day ended with three expert sessions on three tantalising themes.Geotab talked about data management in telematics, whereas Sofico drew a picture on how IT systems need to become hybrid in response to the evolution towards CASE (connected, autonomous, shared, electric). Omoove explained how its technological tools allow you to build your own vehicle sharing scheme.
Last but not least, the Palazzo Naiadi at Rome’s bustling Piazza della Repubblica formed the elegant decor for a delightful walking dinner, giving the participants plenty of opportunity to network and share their thoughts.
First meeting of the Global Fleet Managers Club
“Why isn’t there a place where fleet customers can share best practices, get advice and meet each other?” That’s something fleet managers had been asking Caroline Thonnon, CEO at Nexus Communication, for many years. It is with that question in mind that the Global Fleet Managers Club has been created.
At this year’s Global Fleet Conference in Rome, this new Global Fleet Managers Club gathered for the first time. Around 40 fleet managers from around the globe met to share information, to network and to listen to each other.
“What happens in this room, stays in this room,” said Caroline Thonnon, underlining the importance of confidentiality as an essential condition to enable truly useful exchanges.
Global Fleet Manager of the Year
After these introductory words, Juergen Freitag was the first speaker to present his own case study. At the end of 2017, Mr Freitag, Head of Global Fleet Management at Siemens AG, took home the very first Global Fleet Manager Award for his successful approach to developing global fleet management.
Siemens may be a company that has been making a 5 to 7 billion profit each year for some time now, Mr Freitag is still convinced that a fleet strategy has to fit on one page. “It’s the best way to get all stakeholders on board,” he said.
In the case of Siemens, that strategy can be summarised in three concepts: more sustainable, more competitive and more digital.
Global fleet management isn’t only about implementing a global policy that all national policies have to respect, it’s also about bringing people from different countries and cultures together. At times, that requires discussing for weeks on end to convince American-based fleet managers of the importance of CO2 – a decisive criterion in many European countries and totally insignificant in the US.
On a similar emission-related topic, WLTP, Mr Freitag said that Siemens used WLTP to help them select vehicles, but it doesn’t use WLTP figures to measure emissions, relying instead on real fuel volume.
Real emissions are what matters most for Siemens as the company has indeed set the goal to be carbon-neutral by 2030. It has already invested €100 million in measures to reduce its carbon footprint.
This first meeting of the Global Fleet Managers Club was concluded by Global Fleet Editor-in-chief Steven Schoefs, who called upon all attending fleet managers to apply for the 2018 Global Fleet Manager of the Year Award.
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Panel discussion: answering the global mobility needs of tomorrow
Global Fleet Conference
Touching a variety of global topics while highlighting local approaches during a panel discussion on the second day of the 2018 Global Fleet Conference in Rome were five high-level executives from as many leasing companies:
• Alessandro Pigazzi, International Business Office Director Arval, to represent the Arval-Element Global Alliance (pictured first from the left)
• Norman Din, Vice President – Strategic Sales Wheels Inc, to represent the Wheels–ALD International Global Alliance (second from the left)
• Michiel Alferink, Vice President International Sales Athlon International, to represent the Athlon-Donlen Alliance (third from the left)
• Rick Tousaw, Senior Vice President & General Manager ARI, to represent the Global Fleet Services network (fourth from the left)
• Gavin Eagle, Managing Director LeasePlan International (fifth from the left)
The executives shared their insights on the transition from fleet to mobility management across the globe, and more in particular the position of the fleet management companies in the new mobility eco-system. Embracing innovation and technology for fleet and mobility management development proved an animated subject, just as mastering changing employee mobility behaviour. The discussion ended with a few inspiring thoughts on how to leverage quality of services in mobility management.