Babcock International has been appointed by Terex Trucks as the official distributor of its rigid and articulated haulers in southern Africa, effective 1 October 2015.
In addition to supplying new machines, Babcock will also provide parts and other essential aftermarket support services to customers in South Africa and neighbouring countries.
Headquartered in Scotland in the UK, Terex Trucks, a division of Volvo Construction Equipment, is a manufacturer of off-highway rigid and articulated trucks that are used in mining, quarry and construction applications around the world. The Volvo acquisition, which includes ranges of rigid dump trucks with payloads from 32 t to 91 t and articulated dump trucks from 25 t to 38 t payloads, will greatly complement the other Volvo Construction Equipment products that Babcock represents.
Paul Douglas, long-standing MD of Terex Trucks, confirms the company’s ongoing commitment to its products, customers and dealers. “Our new Volvo-owned, yet independent, status gives us the best of both worlds,” he says. “We retain our organisation structure in its current form with its entrepreneurial spirit, customer focus and speed of execution, with the added benefit that being part of a global leader in the construction and equipment industry brings with it.”
The acquisition has given rise to the strengthening of the Terex Trucks distributor and dealer network globally. “We have seen a large increase in distributor interest since the acquisition has been made,” says Douglas.
Babcock is well geared to incorporate the Terex Trucks business into their current infrastructure, especially with the opening of their state-of-the-art branch in Middelburg which will serve as the head office for the Terex Trucks brand. This branch has been designed with large work bays that will accommodate trucks up to 100 t.
Commenting on the appointment of Babcock as the southern Africa distributor, Douglas says that Terex is very impressed with the commitment to customer support that Babcock embraces. “We are convinced this will be a great partnership which will leverage the strengths of Babcock and Terex Trucks in a win/win for end users.”
Roger O’Callaghan, CEO of Babcock International Group Africa, regards the move as highly beneficial to the two companies.
“Babcock is very excited to incorporate Terex Trucks into our current portfolio. We believe the additional products complement our existing range and give us an opportunity to provide new customers with the Babcock “trusted to deliver” service. We have a long and successful relationship with our Volvo CE partners and look forward to an equally rewarding relationship with our new Terex Trucks friends,” he says.
There has also been positive feedback from Babcock’s sales and marketing division who are upbeat about the inclusion of Terex Trucks into their product portfolio.
“What is abundantly clear, in the short time we have been dealing with Terex Trucks, is that the rugged and simplistic design of the Terex truck is perfectly suited for the harsh local conditions in which our customers operate,” says Babcock equipment sales director Dave Vaughan.
“The addition of these machines into our product portfolio will strengthen our offering considerably and allow us to engage in markets in which we were previously unable to participate. 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.
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