Arange of multipurpose backhoe loaders has been launched in South Africa, specifically for small businesses and plant hire companies, says equipment supplier HPE Africa GM Neil Sauls.
The H930s and H940s backhoe loaders are manufactured by Korean manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries and were launched in South Africa in June.
“These machines come optional with Hyundai’s Hi-mate remote management system, which uses global positioning system satellite technology to continuously access service and diagnostic information on the machine,” he says.
The Hi-mate fleet-monitoring system provides plant hire companies with real- time monitoring of machines on a digital map, while colour coding represents the service status of a vehicle, he adds.
The Hyundai backhoe loader is suitable for smaller and start-up businesses and Hyundai has identified the South African market as one of the largest markets for its new backhoe loader range, explains Sauls.
“HPE Africa aims to establish working relationships with new businesses at grass-roots level and help them grow. We will provide support and advice for customers and also increase our market share and geographical footprint,” he says.
The Hi-mate system also enables com- panies to monitor machine service and maintenance history. Information such as maintenance inter- vals, corresponding hour-meters and maintenance item replacement dates ensure the machinery is properly maintained to operate continuously.
“HPE Africa has increased its market share by about 2% year-on-year and is among the top four earthmoving equipment suppliers in South Africa. We hold a substantial amount of spare parts at our Jet Park facility and 76% of our employees are involved in services to customers. “Hyundai recently opened a new parts distribution centre in Dubai, which will enable quicker parts distribution,” he says.
The equipment supplier is also a fully fledged Cummins engines dealer and under- goes three-monthly audits. It scored exceptionally well in its most recent audit, in May, says Sauls.
The company is also the sole distributor of the hydraulic hammers and drills of Korean manufacturer Soosan, which complement its existing range of excavators. The hammers have a high-impact rating and were designed to have low noise and vibration levels.
The company also has branches in Durban, East London and Cape Town and recently opened a branch in Harare, Zimbabwe. It reports significant growth at all the branches and exceptional growth at the Cape Town branch, and expects a similar outcome at the Zimbabwe branch.
The backhoe loaders will be available from the end of July, concludes Sauls.