On the Cover: With the recent addition of two new models to the Croner range – the Croner LKE 210 freight carrier and the Croner 4x2 PKE 280 truck-tractor – UD Trucks Southern Africa is bolstering its offering for the competitive urban and inter-city distribution sector.
Since its launch in 2017, UD Trucks’ Croner range initially operated in the heavy commercial vehicle (HCV) segment only. Through UD Trucks’ expansion programme, the new Croner 4x2 PKE 280 truck-tractor will be classified as an extra heavy commercial vehicle (EHCV), operating in the up to 350 hp lightweight truck-tractor segment. The new 15-tonne LKE freight carrier will operate in the 8-tonne payload segment of the HCV segment.
Rory Schulz, UD Trucks Southern Africa’s marketing and sales director, says the company is expanding its Croner range to improve its offering in urban and inter-city distribution. “In the competitive 8 to 9-tonne payload segment, we saw the need for a fuel efficient, high payload unit with good drivability and value for money. With the new model introductions, we are improving payload, fuel efficiency and adding more driver comfort, as well as extending service intervals,” says Schulz. “With UD Trucks Telematics Services as standard and a region-wide dealer network, fleet owners are supported no matter where they operate.”
In 2017, Capital Equipment News was part of a media delegation that attended the global launch of the Croner in Thailand where the initial 13 variants were unveiled. Having introduced the 6x2 PDE280 freight carrier in 2020, the addition of these two models – the Croner LKE 210 freight carrier and the Croner 4x2 PKE 280 truck-tractor – brings the total of variants in this range to 16.
“The world has changed significantly during the past year, and so has the way we live our lives and run our businesses,” says Filip Van den Heede, MD of UD Trucks Southern Africa. “While adhering to government regulations, we also understand that there is a need to continue with economic activities, and that is why we are more committed than ever to support the logistics industry in the country.”
Wirtgen Group SA rolls in HP Series pneumatic tyre rollers
Latest on Wirtgen Group South Africa’s arrival lounge is a totally new generation of HAMM pneumatic tyre rollers, the HP Series. The range – which replaces the famous GRW line – boasts an array of innovative features, and key among them are the water and additive sprinkler system and the flexible ballasting system.
For the HP series, HAMM has developed a common platform for all model variants in every market throughout the world. For the local market, three models are available: the HP 180 with operating weights of 8 t to a maximum of 18 t; the HP 240 with operating weights of 8,5 t to a maximum of 24 t; and the HP 280 with operating weights between 10 t and 28 t.
The first units of the Hamm HP Series have arrived in southern Africa. Waylon Kukard, sales manager at Wirtgen Group South Africa, tells Capital Equipment News that the company has already sold the first HP 240 to a contractor in Zimbabwe, which he believes is testimony to the immediate interest in the new range. The first HP 180 and HP280 units are available in stock at Wirtgen Group SA’s Pomona, Gauteng facility.
One of the key talking points on the new series is the operator platform, which comes with first-class field of vision. As is customary with HAMM, the new HP series pneumatic tyre rollers offer a modern, spacious operator platform or panoramic cabin with maximum visibility over the machine and the construction site. In this respect all models comply with the new ISO 5006-2017 operator’s field of view standard which is markedly stricter than the previous provisions.
Selection, purchase and maintenance of forklifts
Forklifts are crucial to materials handling. Selecting the most productive, cost-effective forklift for the job at hand requires specialised insight. Besides size and power source, choosing a forklift also requires the buyer to consider a number of factors which impact total cost in the long run.
According to Jozua Coetzee, business development manager: sales and aftermarket for the Linde brand at materials handling solutions provider Eazi Access, potential buyers should pay special attention to the environment in which their forklifts will operate.
“It is paramount to select the forklift solution suited to your choice of power source, be it diesel, liquid petroleum, natural gas, lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries, or even hydrogen. With our Linde Material Handling forklift range, the driving parameters are all the same with the active braking system. This ensures safe operating conditions with braking and stopping being the default parameter,” he says.
He says selecting the right forklift for the job at hand is “critical” as such a purchase can be an investment over the next ten years, “if not longer”.
“Ensure that you buy the right forklift for the job and not just something generic that will ‘more or less’ fit the application; rather wait a month or two for the proper equipment to be manufactured. Alternatively, rent the forklift most appropriate for your environment.”
Forklifts are manufactured in various variants, each adapted to different applications such as warehousing; stacking; order picking; transportation; heavy and explosion-proof trucks; corrosive environments; smelters and the beverage industry.