110 ACCO compactors hit the road for SUEZ
It’s the truck sales order that company reps dream about, as leading waste management company SUEZ confirms its requirement for a record order of 110 IVECO ACCO compactors to service a newly-won 16-year contract with Brisbane City Council.
SUEZ has held continuous collection contracts with the municipality since 2002, with the new agreement officially beginning in July 2018.
The new ACCO models will comprise 104 6×4 units fitted with Superior Pak side-loaders for kerb-side collection, with the remaining vehicles configured as 8x4s, featuring Bucher Municipal front loaders for high density, multi-dwelling collection.
“There were several main factors that influenced our decision to select ACCO models for this new Brisbane City Council contract,” said Queensland state general manager at SUEZ Recycling & Recovery Australia, Peter Hudson.
“SUEZ has a long an extensive history with IVECO and with ACCO – the ACCO is a staple of the waste industry particularly for side-loader work.
“The ACCO has provided us with a great service history with over 95 percent uptime and helped us service Brisbane City Council to a very high level – we achieve a bin miss rate of just 0.06 percent, and this figure includes people that forget or place their bins out, or who bring them out late for collection”.
Helping achieve this reliable performance is the ACCO’s premium American driveline, factory-built dual-control system and an extensive local development and engineering program.
While the truck performance itself was a key consideration in selecting ACCOs for the new contract, IVECO’s ability to offer a full service and maintenance provision also weighed heavily, according to Peter.
This maintenance not only covers the truck cab/chassis but the compactor bodies as well, with IVECO working closely with Superior Pak and Bucher Municipal to provide a complete maintenance service.
“With IVECO we get a bumper-to-bumper maintenance solution – SUEZ doesn’t operate its own workshops, our preference is to concentrate on our core areas of business,” said Peter.
“We pay a fee, and vehicle and maintenance is taken care of, there are KPIs set against vehicle performance so this provides the additional peace of mind of knowing that the trucks are maintained to the highest levels and will perform for us”.
A large majority of the new ACCO fleet will likely see service for around eight years, and over this time the trucks will cover between 400,000 and 500,000 kilometres, accrue around 18,000 hours, and log average speeds of approximately 25 kilometres per hour, proof of the demanding start and stop nature of the work.
“Having IVECO based in Australia and having worked in partnership with the company for many years, it’s easy to pick up the phone if extra support is needed or if something comes up that needs attention,” he said.
“There’s never a problem in dealing with them and they can also offer additional flexibility during the truck build process – the 8×4 front-lift ACCOs, for example, will have a non-standard wheelbase. We’ve specified a shorter wheelbase to get an improved turning circle for servicing the multi-dwelling locations where space is tight.
“One option may have been to go for a 6×4 front-lift, but then we’d be losing considerable payload. IVECO was happy to customise the wheelbase and work with Superior Pak on the body requirements.
“Most of our drivers have spent many years – and for some, their whole working life – using an ACCO, so they’re very familiar with the vehicles,” he said, “this means a seamless transition from the older vehicles into the new ones”.