Métier Mixed Concrete is the first company in South Africa to test the FUSO FJ26-280C HYP for a month. Both management and drivers declare this enhanced product fit to carry a 6-cubic metre capacity. This is one of the key buying factors for the company that has purchased six models of this game-changer, expanding its current fleet, which is approximately 100% Daimler products.
Métier Mixed Concrete started 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 six additional plants in Gauteng. This flourishing company is a 100% subsidiary of Sephaku Holdings Limited. It has been a long-standing valued customer of Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa for the past 13 years, operating with Mercedes-Benz Axor and Arocs models.
Métier Mixed Concrete confirms that they have been waiting in great anticipation to add reliable and durable FUSO products to their fleet. In April 2021, FUSO Trucks lives up to its promise of delivering “Simply Better Trucks” with the launch of the FUSO FJ26-280C HYP.
Doug Thring, National Operations Manager of Métier Mixed Concrete says: “Being the first company to test this truck is a privilege for us. We are delighted that FUSO Trucks values constructive feedback from their customers, this says a lot about the brand and what they stand for. We are 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 industry”.
Suitable for application
“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
Thring further adds: “After intensive testing, the fuel economy achieved 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 purchased, we look forward to further savings, which will become tangible profits in the long run”.
Thring says: “From a driver’s point of view this is a robust truck suitable for the South African terrain. The vehicle drives well; it offers smooth gear changing and better handling on turning circles. There were no issues even driving it on wet sites, it went everywhere and showed no signs of being stuck. I can confidently say that it drives very well in most conditions”.
Why there’s hope for Metier Mixed Concrete and the South African construction industry?
“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 two months of lockdown for a sustainable level of production”.
“With this said, we remain optimistic as the industry is starting to build its way back to positive growth, while we are also cautious. We are seeing an increase in the tender activity and decent infrastructure projects. These developments have also given us the courage to further expand our business in Cape Town. As we grow our business, we look forward to further invest in the FUSO brand when a business need arises”, concludes Thring.
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