First Volvo A60H haulers sold at bauma 2016
South African firm Burgh Plant Hire has become the first customer to place an order for the new Volvo A60H articulated haulers unveiled at Bauma 2016. Pictured from left: Carl Zietsman, Martin Weissburg, Martin Lundstedt, Stanley van der Burgh, Roger O'Callaghan, and Tomas Kuta
South Africa-based Burgh Plant Hire has become the first customer to place an order for not just one but three of the new Volvo A60H articulated haulers unveiled last week at bauma 2016 in Munich.
“It feels great to be the first customer for the A60H. It’s a good product – a magic machine,” said Stanley van der Burgh, Burgh Plant Hire director.
Van der Burgh already owns a fleet of more than 100 Volvo machines for his company’s coal mining operations – the majority of them articulated haulers – so had full confidence in the new model.
“We run a huge fleet of Volvo A40s and we don’t think there’ll be much difference except we’ll be moving more product quicker. They’ll just fall into the usual fleet with no changes,” he added.
The Volvo A60H offers an impressive 40% higher payload than the company’s previous largest articulated hauler, the A40G and will no doubt help to improve the productivity and efficiency of Burgh Plant Hire’s operations.
When it comes to maintenance and servicing, Burgh Plant Hire will be supported by independent Volvo dealer in Southern Africa, Babcock International Group. The dealer recently inaugurated its 100 million rand (53 million SEK) branch nearby in Middelburg, South Africa, cementing its commitment to Volvo customers in the coal mining business. Over the years Babcock has cultivated a strong relationship with Burgh Plant Hire.
“With all OEMs there are challenges but Volvo stands up and sorts the problem out with great backing and great service. We are very happy with the team we work with at Babcock,” he concluded.
A long-standing customer, Burgh Plant Hire also placed an order at bauma 2016 for one Volvo EC950E excavator. The 90tonne model, Volvo CE’s biggest ever, was also unveiled during what is the world’s largest construction equipment exhibition.