In the two years since launching in sub-Saharan Africa, Terex Trucks’ Generation 9 Articulated Dump Trucks (ADTs) have seen considerable success,with orders for applications ranging from coal mining operations in South Africa and mine construction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC,) through to contract mining and plant rental.
Terex Trucks’ ADTs are distributed in Southern Africa by the Heavy Equipment Division of Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE,) part of Eqstra Holdings, and are powered by Scania engines, known for high uptime and reliability, and superior overall acceleration.
“The significantly improved fuel consumption of the Generation 9 ADT further enhances the attractiveness of the Terex Truck, especially taking into consideration that fuel costs play a significant part in the overall running costs,” says Calvin Fennell, New Business Development, Eqstra Heavy Equipment division.
In addition to superior technical features, the Generation 9 ADTs are supported by Eqstra’s commitment to living with and supporting its machines throughout their complete lifecycle.
“Our comprehensive service ranges from developing appropriate commercial and technical packages tailored to our client’s needs, with financing, where required, through our in-house facility, to full training and aftermarket support,” says Fennell.
Eqstra’s Heavy Equipment division offers a range of service and maintenance contracts to suit clients’ needs, guaranteeing a machine availability of 85% - 90% on machines covered by its planned maintenance programmes.
The man-on-site aftermarket facility meets the need for high equipment availability at the lowest possible cost. “By locating the facility, staffed by Eqstra’s mechanics, right where the machines operate, we provide immediate service response when it is needed the most,“ adds Fennell.
Completing the product lifecycle is the divisions used equipment sales, providing clients with guaranteed trade-back options on ADTs purchased from the company. Now part of Volvo Construction Equipment, Terex Trucks will continue to operate as a standalone company, offering its renowned product range through its existing dealership network.
“Client interface and service delivery will continue unchanged, to the world-class standards our clients expect from Eqstra Heavy Equipment and Terex Trucks. However, Eqstra sees a significant advantage from the Volvo backing, which, as one of the leading global companies in the industry, brings an established business focus in construction and mining to our as- sociation with Terex Trucks,” adds Fennell.
“Terex Trucks maintains a permanent rep- resentation in South Africa to support Terex Trucks and its clients. This combined with the in-country presence of OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers,) such as Scania, for major ADT components, means that clients have global OEM support and expertise right on their doorsteps, as well as all parts available locally,” notes Erik Lundberg, Business Manager – Sub-Saharan African, Terex Trucks.
Generation 9 ADTs are marketed by Eqstra Heavy Equipment in two models, the 28 ton TA300 and 38 ton TA400. Besides the ro- bust engine and heavy duty frame, the company assures us that they offer low operational costs and exceptional traction capabilities in all conditions. The integral transmission retarder and adaptive transmission controls provide increased safety and machine control, with smooth shift changes for high productivity. Brakes are fully enclosed against damage, allowing for longer service intervals and reduced maintenance costs. Opera- tor comfort is critical to reducing operator-fatigue related accidents, and Generation 9 ADTs offer excellent ergonomics and operator interfacing.
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