A NEW partnership has been cemented between FAW Trucks and Scribante Concrete of Port Elizabeth. FAW will soon offer technical training to the Scribante technicians, as well as driver training for all the FAW vehicle drivers, and a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week parts-on-call undertaking along with some of the new FAW vehicles Scribante Concrete has recently added to its fleet.
The Chinese vehicle manufacturer FAW will soon complete its R600-million truck assembly plant in the Coega Industrial Development Zone. Production is expected to start in July. FAW will produce 5000 trucks annually for the southern African market.
With its head office in Port Elizabeth, Scribante Concrete operations manager Troy Petzer said the company ran Mercedes-Benz Atego and Axor, Volvo FM9 units and had more recently also decided to acquire the FAW vehicles.
“Replacement cycles and rebuild costs indicated that FAW would fit the bill in our operations nicely with excellent trade-in arrangements,” Petzer said.
As Scribante Concrete has a self-service operation, they rely on parts and service support.
“It’s a matter of FAW delivering on its promise to us in back-up, response time to our needs and unwavering support to keep the FAW fleet up and running at all costs. In our industry, timing is the true test of our success.
“Our clients face severe penalties if they don’t deliver a build project on schedule, so we in turn have to be on time. Thus our operation cannot absorb any undue fleet downtime.”
Scribante Concrete has 16 primary plants spread out across South Africa and Lesotho, as well as mobile plants wherever required. One such plant is at the site of the massive Baywest Mall building site outside Port Elizabeth.
“This is a huge project entailing more than 60000 cubes [m3] of concrete,” Petzer said.
“Over the last eight years our fleet has grown from 35 vehicles to 115 vehicles, of which 84 units are mixer trucks equipped to carry either six or eight cubes of ready-mixed concrete. The remaining 31 are primarily tipper trucks used in the preparation process of the ready-mixed products supplied to customers.”
Scribante Concrete runs 35 FAW trucks in its fleet and has 15 more on order.
Another Eastern Cape company, Concrete 4U, earlier this year invested in 13 FAW specialist mixer trucks. Concrete 4U operates in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, East London, Colesberg and Mthatha. –