Concrete and construction products company ACM has opened a new batching plant in Rockbank, Melbourne, acquiring 10 new Iveco ACCO 8×4 agitators to service customers in the region.
The trucks all feature 340hp engines with 1,500Nm of torque and are coupled to six-speed full automatic transmissions, and while the vehicles will only cover approximately 20,000km per year, they will face high running hours.
The new ACCOs are all equipped with 7.4m3 bowls and will service a range of customers across civil, residential and commercial sectors, according to ACM General Manager Digby Crawford.
“The great thing about the ACCOs is that they are fit for purpose – the trucks and all of the driveline componentry is proven, reliable and long lasting,” he said.
“Maintenance on the trucks and availability of parts is another benefit, you can find replacement parts everywhere, which minimises the likelihood of any downtime.
“Another attractive aspect of the ACCOs was the availability of Electronic Stability Control which is important in this application where the load has a higher centre of gravity.”
According to Iveco, Mr. Crawford did extensive research before choosing to purchase the ACCOs.
“We looked closely at five different brand trucks all up, but in the end the ACCO had the best all-round package,” Mr. Crawford said.
“The combination of low tare weight, industry standard components, cabover design which allowed us to better manoeuvre in confined spaces and superior serviceability won us over.”
Suspension on the trucks is handled via rear rubber block, while up front the trucks run integrated air suspension, a combination that has reportedly drawn praise from ACM drivers.
“The drivers are complimentary of the ACCOs, they drive well and in particular they mention that the ride is very smooth and comfortable,” Mr. Crawford said.
ACM has chosen a bright green livery for its fleet to reflect its environmentally-charged company tagline, ‘Redefining Green’.
“The Rockbank facility and the 10 new ACCO agitators are important components of ACM’s future growth and are helping us ‘Redefining Green’,” Mr. Crawford said.
“We also have another plant under construction in Clyde (South East Melbourne) which is due to open in early 2018 – a further 10 ACCOs have been ordered for this site.”