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FUSO FJ26-280C HYP Testimonial

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The FUSO FJ26-280C HYP receives a 6-cubic metre capacity stamp of approval!

Métier Mixed Concrete is the first company in South Africa to put the FUSO FJ26-280C HYP under rigorous testing for a month. Both management and drivers give this enhanced product a thumbs up and declare it fit to accommodate a 6-cubic metre capacity. This is one of the key buying factors for the company that has now purchased six models of this game-changer, expanding its current fleet which is approximately 100% Daimler products.

Métier Mixed Concrete started from humble beginnings in 2007 with one plant in Durban, and despite a relatively volatile operating environment over the years, the company has made great strides which led to the development of six additional plants in Gauteng. This flourishing company is a 100% subsidiary of Sephaku Holdings Limited and is well-positioned as a market leader in the construction industry, remaining at the forefront of ready-mix concrete technology.

The company has been a long-standing valued customer of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa for the past 13 years, operating with predominantly the Mercedes-Benz Axor and Arocs models. With a near 100% Daimler fleet, it proudly boasts 100-170 vehicles between its fleet and owner-drivers. Métier Mixed Concrete confirms that they have been waiting in great anticipation to add reliable and durable FUSO products to their fleet.

Fast-forward to April 2021, FUSO Trucks lives up to its promise of delivering “Simply better trucks” with the successful launch of the FUSO FJ26-280C HYP. Since its entrance to the market, it has had everyone wondering so “What’s the HYP all about”. Métier Mixed Concrete is thrilled to be the first company in South Africa to give feedback on the outstanding performance of this remarkable vehicle.

Doug Thring; National Operations Manager of Métier Mixed Concrete had this to say: “Being the first company to be granted the opportunity to test this new truck is a privilege for us. We are delighted to see that FUSO Trucks values constructive feedback from their customers, this tells you a lot about the brand and what they stand for. After a month of testing the vehicle, we are extremely impressed with its overall performance. We strongly believe that it is the best product for our current and future business growth, and a perfect solution for the greater industry. The 6-cubic metre payload capacity is a game-changer, the low fuel consumption, and driver comfort. These key factors have influenced our company to purchase six models directly after the testing”.

Suitable for application  

The FUSO FJ26-280C HYP is specifically fitted with hypoid rear axles (single reduction axles), contributing extensively to low fuel consumption and reducing the tare weight of the vehicle. This is to ensure that the vehicle can accommodate a 6-cubic metre concrete mixer and still comply with the permissible axle loads.

We are exceptionally happy that the brand has set the bar high with the FJ26-280C HYP to meet our business needs. After obtaining the weighbridge results, this vehicle quickly proved that it is suitable for the application. I can safely say that it is an impressive truck that can operate under the toughest conditions and is suitable for the South African market”, comments Thring.  

Fuel economy goes a long way

In every corner of South Africa, fuel costs continue to be a challenge for fleet owners. The fluctuation of these costs and consumption play a significant role in the overall profits of fleet companies. As the price of fuel may be beyond the fleet owner’s control, the only way to mitigate these costs is to focus on vehicle fuel efficiency, operating parameters, and driver behaviour.

Thring further adds: “After a month of intensive testing, the fuel economy achieved on the vehicle met our expectations. We are pleased with its consumption and the better turnaround time, this will contribute significantly to fuel efficiency and reduce the total cost of ownership. With the new models that we have recently purchased, we certainly look forward to further savings, which will become tangible profits in the long run”.

Increased productivity

Looking into the construction industry, it is evident that most truck manufactures are investing further in several options to enhance driver comfort and safety to increase productivity. The FUSO team has invested heavily in the FJ26-280C HYP to ensure that these key factors are a priority.

Thring says: “From a driver’s point of view this is a robust truck suitable for the South African terrain. The vehicle drives very well, it offers smooth gear changing and better handling on turning circles. There were absolutely no issues even driving it on wet sites, it went everywhere and showed no signs of getting stuck. I can confidently say that it is a vigorous vehicle and drives very well in most conditions”.

Why there’s hope for Metier Mixed Concrete and the South African construction industry?

It is no secret that the construction industry has been under significant pressure for some time.

“It has been tough for a while even before the pandemic, and it got tougher after the first hard national lockdown. We only started to see a pick-up in construction works within 2 months of lockdown for a sustainable level of production. For this reason, we have witnessed many small to medium, independent and some of the large operators closing down”.

“With this said, we remain optimistic as the industry is starting to build its way back to positive growth, while in the same breath, we are also cautious as in the past ten years we have had a lot of peaks and valleys. We are seeing an increase in the tender activity and some decent infrastructure projects. These positive developments have also given us the courage to further expand our business in Cape Town. As we further grow our business, we look forward to further invest in the FUSO brand when a business need arises. The team has done its homework with this new model, it aligns perfectly with our business ambitions of building a concrete legacy in South Africa and I would certainly recommend it to any ready-mix concrete company looking into expanding its fleet”, concludes Thring.

We wish Métier Mixed Concrete unending success as they take their business to greater heights and continue to expand into other regions, and most importantly we look forward to seeing the contribution these new models make to their business.

What Metier Mixed Concrete look for in a truck:

Key buying factors

* Suitability for the application

* 6-cubic metre payload

* Price, service, and after-sales support

 Operating Hours

* Approximately 8hrs a day