Terex Trucks places Babcock in strong position

The TR100 rigid dump truck is traditionally the preferred option for hard rock applications

The TR100 rigid dump truck is traditionally the preferred option for hard rock applications.

The inclusion of the Terex Trucks range into Babcock’s product portfolio has placed the company in a strong position to lead in the distribution of rigid and articulated haulers in the southern African market.

Following the acquisition of Terex Trucks by Volvo Construction Equipment in June 2014, Babcock was appointed as the official distributor of the range in southern Africa in October 2015. The Terex Trucks range is suitable for heavy construction, quarrying and open cast mining applications.  Babcock reasons that this range is “well known for its robust, durable designs, competitive pricing and the ability to operate under extreme working conditions”.

Dave Vaughan, sales director for Equipment at Babcock, says that the Terex Trucks range of rigid dump trucks with payloads from 32 to 91 tonnes and articulated dump trucks from 25 to 38 tonne payloads will greatly complement the other Volvo Construction Equipment products that Babcock represents. “The Babcock Group is delighted to represent Terex Trucks in southern Africa and looks forward to offering our new and existing customers the high levels of service they deserve,” says Vaughan.

Babcock’s brand-new, purpose-built branch in Middelburg was specifically designed to facilitate the Terex Trucks range into Babcock’s operations, with nine-metre-wide work bays to accommodate the larger TR100 trucks, the largest of the Terex rigid dump truck range. The new branch will serve as the distribution centre for Terex Trucks in southern Africa and will be supported by the Terex Trucks local sales and aftermarket resource in South Africa.

Erik Lundberg, regional business manager for Terex Trucks in southern Africa, says that one of the main advantages of Terex Trucks over other products in the same category is the aftersales support that is available for the trucks through Babcock, with its Middelburg branch ensuring immediate access to parts, availability of qualified service technicians and appropriate maintenance facilities.

The new branch already has an opening stock order of six Terex Trucks TR100 rigid dump trucks, three TR60 rigid dump trucks and four TA300 articulated dump trucks. Lundberg explains that of the Terex Trucks products, the TR100 rigid dump truck is traditionally the preferred option for hard rock applications in areas such as Rustenburg and the Northern Cape, while the TR60 has traditionally seen more use in the coal mining regions of Mpumalanga.

One of many customised features of Babcock’s new Middelburg branch is the 1 615m² warehouse which can accommodate the inventory and stock lines required for the Terex Truck range. Babcock has made a considerable investment in stocking Terex Trucks parts, to ensure maximum availability of components required to repair and maintain the trucks and to ensure that down-time is kept to a minimum for customers.

Equipment Africa says: This is a new strategic alliance set to expand Terex Trucks’ customer reach, while adding a new product segment for Babcock, the rigid dump truck. The Terex Trucks product, together with the backing of Babcock and their parts and aftermarket teams, is a winning recipe.

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