Turning Up the Volume

“Repeat purchase is the best measure of success” as is evident from the 35 FAW mixers and tippers added recently to the fleet of Scribante Concrete, bringing the total number of FAW in this fleet to 89 units.

Scribante is expanding its reach in Gauteng with the commissioning of two concrete batching facilities, one in Muldersdrift and the other in Laezonia.

Going into operation at the West Rand batch plants at present, the new FAW units include 27 FAW 35.340FC 8m3 mixer trucks, six FAW 33.330FC 6m3 mixer trucks, and two FAW 28.280FT side tipper trucks.

Troy Petzer, operations manager for Scribante Concrete, explains, “We’ve been running FAW mixers and tippers in our fleet for close on three years now. Based on the total cost of ownership calculation, together with superb aftermarket service and support, our choice fell to FAW as we replaced older vehicles in the fleet and started equipping for the West Rand plants.

“As in the past, we will attend to basic service and maintenance on the vehicles on-site. To this end we’ve appointed two technicians. All technical training, driver orientation and testing, as well as 24/7 parts supply is provided and guaranteed by FAW SA whom we’ve come to trust. This was a crucial element in our purchase decision,” affirms Troy

He certainly aims to get every ounce of work out of each vehicle. However, the performance of each unit is highly dependent on the operating environment.

Pressures

“We’re not new to the pressures of transportation in Gauteng such as highways with high traffic volumes, extended peak time congestion, eTolls, and generally aggressive driver behaviour. Key to our efficiency formula is the net cost-per-cube of our concrete product. We intend to continue securing contracts, offering competitive pricing by ensuring we have a high volume throughput from our West Rand operations,” says Troy.

In turn, the demand on the FAW truck fleet will be for maximum uptime, easy and efficient driving, highly effective parts supply, and lowest cost of operation.

FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA, www.faw.co.za