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New UD Condor truck series makes West Australian debut

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The all-new UD Condor series will makes its WA debut at the Perth Truck Show

The all-new UD Trucks medium duty Condor series will be making its Western Australia debut at the Perth Truck Show from July 29-31.

On display will be the all-new Condor MK 11 250 as well as the Condor PK 16 280, which will be joined by the top selling Japanese heavy duty truck over 350HP, the UD GW470, featuring an Eaton AutoShift transmission.

The Condor series of trucks made its Australian debut at the recent Brisbane Truck Show to rave reviews, with the design featuring an all new cab, engine and chassis combination.

Powered by UD’s new seven-litre ECO Fleet Euro 5 compliant engine, rated at either 180kW or 206kW, the Condor series is the first Japanese medium duty class truck to feature Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology.

Safety and driver comfort has also been a priority in the design of the new trucks, with SRS driver’s air bag now standard across the range, while UD’s Front Underrun Protection System (FUPS) has been integrated into all PK model trucks.
The cab interior of the Condor series has been completely redesigned, with the centrepiece being a new CVG driver’s seat, which features multiple adjustments, as well as an all-new touch screen communications / entertainment / navigation system.

The Condor series features a new powerplant, chassis and cab.

UD Trucks have carved a highly respected reputation for trucks that perform well and return strongly on investment, and this new range is another big step up,” John Bushell said.
“Not only have we focussed on the performance of the trucks, but we have paid special attention to the truck’s exhaust emissions, as well as safety and driver ergonomics.
“With the adoption of our ECO Fleet exhaust emissions technology across the board, we are showing leadership inline with our position as a part of the greater Volvo Group.

“While some people believe that it was the European manufacturers who first introduced SCR technology for road transport, it was actually UD Trucks in Japan, and we are proud to still be further developing the system to this day.
UD continues to also lead the way with Automatic transmissions, with our customers who have already converted to autos now reaping the benefits due to their ease of use, good fuel consumption and less maintenance downtime.”
The Perth Truck Show will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, with opening times from 10am 6pm Friday and Saturday, and 10am 4pm on Sunday.

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Perth salvage and recycling company

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

The new UD GW 400 is getting the job done for Vinsan

One of Perth’s biggest demolition and salvage companies has purchased a new UD GW 400 in a bid to reduce costs and improve the efficiency of its transport fleet.

Vinsan Demolition and Salvage operates a fleet of six, mainly US built trucks, carting demolition material from sites all over Perth, back to base for recycling and re-use.

The new UD joined the Vinsan fleet in September 2009, after proprietor Vince di Angelo decided he needed a less expensive alternative to the US trucks he was using up to that point.

“The most significant factor was the value for money, the UD was $40,000 to $50,000 less expensive than the conventional US built truck, and the cab over design means we have a more manoeuvrable vehicle for operations in and around Perth,” said Vince.

“I really couldn’t justify the extra expense for the work we do, and our decision to buy the UD has been more than justified with the performance of the truck so far, it has worked extremely well.

“Our UD has clocked up almost 30,000 kilometres to date and has proved not only easier to drive around town, but it is also more reliable and economical than the other trucks.

“The intention was always to buy the UD as a trial to see how it went, and if it worked we would possibly look to buy more, and to move the fleet across to UD.

“Certainly the early indicators are that we are on a winner, and I am sure there will be more UDs to follow this one.

“The drivers really like them, it was hard to convince them that a Japanese truck would match up, but once they have driven it and realise how easy and comfortable it is to drive, they are pretty quickly convinced.

“The SCR system works well and we have had no problems with the AdBlue, it is just another part of operating the truck efficiently.” Vinsan uses the GW 400 with a new side tipper trailer carting rubble from demolition sites to landfill, as well as taking recycled materials to the company’s various operations around Perth.

“We transport building salvage to our operation in Bayswater, concrete to our Welshpool crushing and re-use operation, and green waste for recycling at Henderson,” said Vince.

The building boom in Perth has added to the work load for the UD, with Vinsan managing the demolition of an entire suburb over the past year. “The company won the contract to demolish 300 houses in the suburb of Wattleup where the government land commission was re-developing the area, it was a big job but that sort of work is our specialty,” said Vince.

Vinsan was founded more than 25 years ago by Vince and his brother Santo, and grew out of the demolition business founded by their father. “I started work with Dad when I was 14 and he passed away when I was 19, so Santo and I formed Vinsan and we built the company from there.”

Today Vinsan employs approximately 30 staff, although this swells to more than 50 at peak times when major demolition projects are underway.

Along with a fleet of trucks, the company also runs it own excavators and front end loaders to facilitate major operations all around the western capital.

The UD GW 400 is powered by a 13-litre six cylinder, turbocharged and intercooler overhead cam four valve in line six cylinder diesel, with the unit mated to a 13 speed Eaton RoadRanger manual transmission.

UD’S 20 Year long haul for Rays Loggistics

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Pic: Ray with his latest UD acquisition

After 20 years of continual UD Truck ownership, Rays Logistics’ catch phrase of “You Call, We Haul” continues to ring true today, as business is booming for the Western Sydney crane truck specialists.
From humble beginnings with a one-ton ute performing local courier work, the husband and wife team of Ray and Roslyn Sariful have grown their business to include five semi trailers and 12 rigids, working a rigorous seven day a week schedule. Rays Logistics has grown hand in hand with Glendenning based Wire Industries, which specialise in the manufacture of various wire and mesh products.

The company however made their start in the steel transport industry by being a sub-contractor for Smorgon Steel, which proved to be hard work prior to the introduction of crane trucks to the fleet. “I got an opportunity with Smorgon Steel, and along with that I got an eight ton UD,” Ray Sariful said. “After subbing for Smorgon’s for four or five years, I bought my first UD with a crane.

“Prior to that, all of the unloading was done by hand, and that was tough work, it’s hard to imagine doing that these days! “Now we’ve been with Wire Industries for 13 years, we started with three trucks, since then the fleet has grown to match the growth in their business.”

As a pioneer in crane trucks, demand for Ray’s services proved high, with Ray’s tray and crane configurations providing an ideal match to client’s needs. The company’s fleet now consists of five prime movers (including four new UD GW470s), six rigids (including two new UD PK10s) and six specialised three-quarter cab rigds.

Although the bulk of their work is in an around Sydney, the prime movers often make longer interstate trips. “I’ve had a good hard look at the competition, and they don’t even come close,” Ray said. “UD’s are built tough, but at the same time you can drive them with your finger tips.
“Between services we never even bother checking the oil, we never top the oil up, we just don’t have to do it. “You just know that between scheduled services that there won’t be any problems. “Everything that goes onto the trucks (parts wise) is genuine, you just can’t go wrong.

“We service the trucks here onsite with parts from UD in at Chullora, because we can’t afford to have them off the road at all. “We service the trucks every 10,000 kilometres, and you can feel the difference in the trucks if you are using genuine and non-genuine parts”

The six UD three-quarter cab units take pride of place in Ray’s fleet, allowing the company to haul steel up to 12 metres in length, three metres longer than on a traditional flatbed. Ray prefers to use rear mounted Palfinger Cranes due to the ease of operation, safety and weight distribution considerations.

“We got our first three-quarter cab in 2003 and haven’t looked back,” Ray said. “It’s really important, because around metro areas, the three-quarter cabs can get to a lot of places you can’t take a semi-trailer. “We have to drop off in a lot of residential areas, so it’s very important.

“Our oldest three-quarter cab has had no major work done to it in the seven years we have had it, it just keeps going and going. “The fantastic thing about the three-quarter cabs is that even after seven years of use, they are still bulletproof, and have a top resale value.

“We have some new ones being built at the moment to replace some of the older trucks in the fleet, it takes three to six months to get a three-quarter cab built up.”
A feature on the new-generation trucks is UD’s SCR emission system, which Ray believes that even in the early stages of a truck’s life provide discernible savings in fuel use.

“The new GW is a massive improvement; it’s basically a big step up over the previous models,” Ray said. “Recently we’ve made a couple of interstate trips, and you can see a fair bit of difference in the fuel economy stakes, even running a fairly high GVM.

“The new GW prime mover is great on fuel, I think the AdBlue system makes a big difference compared to the older model trucks. “It’s easy to top up the AdBlue, and there are definite advantages to using it; the savings on fuel make up the difference to the cost of the AdBlue.”

Apart from the usual rounds transporting steel products, Rays Logistics also carry general freight, pellets and scaffolding. Expansion plans for the future of the business include an imminent move into a new holding yard, which is located only a few hundred metres from the Wire Industries base, featuring near direct access to the M7 Motorway.

Ray remains hands on with the business today, regularly joining his four other prime mover drivers during busy periods.

UD TRUCKS new look for 2011

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

UD Trucks new look for 2011

UD Trucks’ distinctive red and white logo has received a facelift, with the company’s new chrome and red branding rolling out Australia-wide from January 2011.

The change completes the re-branding of the company which commenced globally in February 2010, when its name was officially changed from Nissan Diesel to UD Trucks.

Cris Gillespie, the Marketing and Communications Manager of UD Trucks Region Oceania, says that the new logo will be applied to all branding, including on the trucks, in dealerships and on all marketing material.

“UD Trucks has now been fully integrated into the Volvo Group and an important part of this integration was to re-establish the brand with a global logo that moves away from the old Nissan Diesel branding,” Cris Gillespie said.

“2011 will mark an exciting time for the UD Trucks brand in Australia with some significant new products and a renewed effort to offer some of the most environmentally friendly trucks on the market”.

“While the new logo provides a visual change to our customers, we believe that the brand will still hold true to its promise of ultimate dependability”.

Many people believe that the UD name was an acronym of “Ultimate Dependability”, the abbreviation was actually derived from the Uniflow-Scavenging Diesel Engine.

This revolutionary supercharged power plant was released in 1955, and provided the driving force for UD Trucks for several decades, with the distinctive red circle and ‘UD’ symbol over time changing from an engine identification badge to a company logo.

UD Trucks are assembled and manufactured in Japan and are exported to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, North America, Central and South America.

The current UD Trucks line up in Australia includes a range of medium and heavy duty products, with the flagship GW model being the number one selling Japanese prime mover in Australia for the past five years.

Swedish multinational AB Volvo acquired the majority ownership of UD Trucks Corporation Japan in March 2007.

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