Hanson Cement in Australia specifies Allison fully automatic transmissions in its new fleet of 20 Hino 500 Series mini-agitator trucks.
Hanson Cement has added a new fleet of 20 Hino 500 Series concrete mini-agitators, equipped with Allison Automatics, to its operations in Australia, mainly because of the safety and ease of operation that the fully automatic trucks deliver.
Hanson is growing its provision of mini-agitators to fill a niche demand for smaller concrete pours. The Hanson Cement Hino mini-agitators are equipped with 2.6 metre agitator bowls which are around one third the size of the company’s large heavy-duty agitators, which are normally equipped with 7.5 metre bowls.
According to National Procurement Manager for Hanson Cement, Neil McDermott, the severe shortage of skilled drivers has meant the company has had to look to a wider pool of drivers, many of whom can only drive automatics. “Availability of a factory-fitted Allison automatic was a vital point in choosing the spec for the Hinos because many drivers now can’t drive a manual car, let alone a manual truck,” said McDermott.
Hanson operates a fleet of 1,500 concrete trucks in Australia, representing approximately 25 percent of the Australian concrete market. Around 1,100 trucks are company-owned and operated, while another 400 are operated by contractors. The company has a range of larger concrete agitator trucks comprising Iveco Acco, Isuzu and a range of other brands. More than 95 percent of the national fleet is equipped with Allison automatic transmissions.
“Allison Automatics have been the standard in our larger heavy-duty agitator trucks for many years. In the past, not all of our smaller mini-agitators have been automatics because they have not always been available in the smaller end of the market,” said McDermott.
Safety is another reason why Hanson chose the Allison automatic equipped Hinos. An automatic allows drivers to concentrate on driving the truck without having to worry about selecting the correct gear or being distracted in dangerous situations.
“Concrete agitators have one of the highest accident rates of any truck type because of the inherent compromises with high centre of gravity and a shifting cargo,” said McDermott. “Anything we can do to minimise the tasks a driver has to complete in the truck, such as changing gears, means they can concentrate on driving the truck.”
McDermott was impressed that the new Hinos come equipped with an Allison automatic as original equipment. Coming off the production line at Hino in Japan with an Allison was another attraction for Hanson. “The fact that the Allison transmission is an integral part of the truck’s driveline and fitted as original equipment is a much better option than retro-fitted transmissions. This gives us greater peace of mind and better reliability, in our opinion,” said McDermott.
“Allison is the industry standard and they have established a very strong reputation for reliability and durability in what is a very tough industry on transmissions. Our first choice is always an Allison automatic,” said McDermott.
A global leader in building and construction materials, Hanson has an extensive production and logistics network across Australia. The company is part of the Heidelberg Cement Group, which employs more than 59,000 people across five continents with leading positions in cement, concrete and heavy building products.
Image – Hanson Cement added the new fleet of 20 Hino 500 Series concrete agitators, equipped with Allison Automatics, to its operations, mainly because of the safety and ease of operation the automatic trucks deliver.
Image – Safety is another reason why Hanson chose the Allison automatic equipped Hinos. An automatic allows drivers to concentrate on driving the truck without having to worry about selecting the correct gear or being distracted in dangerous situations.
Image – The fact that the new Hinos come equipped with an Allison automatic as original equipment from the production line at Hino in Japan was another attraction for Hanson.
About Allison Transmission
Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit allisontransmission.com