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									                                         Winter 2011

The Condor Has Landed
   A customer magazine for UD Trucks Australia
                                                      ince the last UDrive hit the streets, it has been a tumultuous time for
                                                      everyone in involved in UD Trucks, with ups and downs making the start
                                                      on 2011 a very busy time for all involved.

                                                The year started with the devastating earthquake and subsequent Tsunami
                                                in Japan on the 11th of March, which has had a profound effect on the entire

                                                First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to those that have lost so much
                                                through this disaster. UD Trucks in Japan has been a part with of the recovery
COVER SHOT:                                     efforts, supplying machinery, manpower and financial support. While UD Truck’s
The new Condor series medium duty trucks have
                                                main plant at Ageo was only mildly damaged in the initial earthquake, issues with
broken cover, catch our coverage from page 10
                                                some suppliers have created some unavoidable production delays.

                                                UD Trucks in Australia have been in constant contact with our friends in Japan
                                                throughout this time, and we look forward to the imminent return to full scale

                                                On the local front, the Brisbane Trucks Show saw the launch of the all new
                                                Condor range of medium duty trucks, as well as a facelift for the rebranded Quon
                                                heavy duty trucks series.

                                                The launch was a great success, with initial feedback from the thousands of people
                                                who visited the stand very heartening.

                                                UD Trucks have been listening to what our customers want, with the Condor
                                                series featuring an all-new cab, as well as engine, while still offering a wide range
                                                of chassis and gearbox options.
                                                Highlights include the standard fitment of SRS driver’s side airbags across the
Managing Editor:            Cris Gillespie      entire range, an all-new touch screen multimedia system, and an improved drivers
Editor:                     Mark Walker         seat, which is the centre piece of the safer, more ergonomic cabin layout.

                                                The all-new ECO Fleet engine is also breaking ground for Japanese truck
Produced for UD Trucks Australia by             manufacturers by utilising Ad-Blue technology to adhere to the strict new
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                                                emissions standards.
First Floor, 419 Bay Street
Brighton, VIC, 3186
www.mediacomservices.com.au                     All in all, these are exciting time for the companies, and the foundations of a
                                                bright future.

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                                                                                John Bushell
                                                                                General Manager
                                                                                UD Trucks Australia
                                     Contents                                      8
6    UD News
     Catch up with the latest from the world of UD Trucks

10   The Condor Has Landed
     All of the news from our brand new medium druty truck series


     UD Worthy of the Big Jobs
     Worth Recycling takes UD Trucks to the cutting edge of waste recycling

     UD Proves it has the Wood on Other Trucks
     UD Trucks make sense for Timbertruss

22   HRT Poster

24   Autoshift Delivers Less Stress for Owner Operator
     Life’s a breeze for Bob Rose

27   Formula One on Water
     A look at Offshore Superboat racing

30   Nothing Lazy Here
     Dracon Civil & their practical UD PK10

32   Two Automatic Suceess Stories
     Big John & Larry Allen have seen the light

34   “You can’t have the Burger Without the Bun”
     Fresh Start Bakeries Australia in profile

38   Shippin’ Steel
     Ray’s Logistics rack up 20 years of UD use

40   Brisbane Truck Show Wrap

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   UD NEWS

    UD Truck’s New
     Look for 2011
          D Trucks’ distinctive red and white logo has
          received a facelift, with the company’s new
          chrome and red branding rolling out Australia-
    wide from January 2011.

    The change completes the re-branding of the company
    which commenced globally in February 2010, when its
    name was officially changed from Nissan Diesel to UD

    Cris Gillespie, the Marketing and Communications
    Manager of UD Trucks Region Oceania, says that the
    new logo will be applied to all branding, including on the
    trucks, in dealerships and on all marketing material.

    “UD Trucks has now been fully integrated into the Volvo
    Group and an important part of this integration was to
    re-establish the brand with a global logo that moves away
    from the old Nissan Diesel branding,” Cris Gillespie said.

    “2011 will mark an exciting time for the UD Trucks brand

                                                                                                                                                           Still #1
    in Australia with some significant new products and a
    renewed effort to offer some of the most environmentally
    friendly trucks on the market”.

    “While the new logo provides a visual change to our

                                                                                                                                             After All These Years
    customers, we believe that the brand will still hold true to
    its promise of ultimate dependability”.

    While many people believe that the UD name was an
    acronym of “Ultimate Dependability”, the abbreviation
    was actually derived from the Uniflow-Scavenging Diesel

    This revolutionary supercharged power plant was released               he figures are in, and for the sixth year running UD Trucks is   “Without some Australian engineering projects such as the installation      with the release of the GW range of heavy duty trucks in Japan during
    in 1955, and provided the driving force for UD Trucks for              the number one Japanese heavy-duty truck manufacturer in         of Eaton AutoShift into the GW470, we would not have held onto our          November 2004.
    several decades, with the distinctive red circle and ‘UD’              the over 350HP bracket.                                          number one position.
    symbol over time changing from an engine identification                                                                                                                                                             The UD SCR system has been developed to the stringent JPLT 05
    badge to a company logo.                                       Between the company’s flagship GW400, GW470 and GK400 models,            “There is no doubt our customers love the GW range of vehicles and          emission standard, with makes the UD GW the cleanest heavy duty
                                                                   and the superseded CW385/445 models, UD Trucks have topped the           with new safety, interior and exterior features being introduced into the   truck on Australian roads today.
    UD Trucks are assembled and manufactured in Japan and          market segment every year since 2005, following on from three years in   range this year, we are aiming to go number one again 2011.
    are exported to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia,      the number two spot.                                                                                                                                 UD Trucks have also led innovation in the marketplace as the first
    North America, Central and South America.                                                                                               “Traditionally some Australian buyers would not have thought to             Japanese truck to introduce an Electronically Controlled Brake System
                                                                   From January 2008 until the end of 2010, UD Trucks have sold a total     purchase a Japanese heavy duty truck, however we believe and our            (2002), gain B-Double compliance (2003) as well as obtain a Road
    The current UD Trucks line up in Australia includes a range    of 441 GW units in Australia.                                            current customers will tell you that the GW range is a true heavy duty      Train rating (2003).
    of medium and heavy duty products, with the flagship                                                                                    performer that punches well above its weight.”
    GW model being the number one selling Japanese prime           “The GW range of vehicles demonstrates the strong engineering and                                                                                    UD Trucks also hold the distinction of being the fist Japanese
    mover in Australia for the past five years.                    product development that sets UD Trucks apart from its competitors”,     While the CW range cemented the dominance of UD as the leader in            manufacturer to introduce stand alone Front Underrun Protection
                                                                   said John Bushell, General Manager of UD Trucks Australia.               the Japanese heavy duty division, it was the GW range that introduced       System (FUPS), while also remaining the only Japanese prime mover
    Swedish multinational AB Volvo acquired the majority                                                                                    buyers to UD’s revolutionary urea based SCR emission control system.        manufacturer to offer Eaton’s AutoShift AMT Transmission.
    ownership of UD Trucks Corporation Japan in March 2007.        “It is also a tribute to the local Australian UD Trucks engineering
                                                                   expertise that the GW has again finished number one.                     UD Trucks Corporation Japan was the first vehicle manufacturer in the
                                                                                                                                            world to introduce a urea based SCR system into production vehicles,

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                                                                                                                                                                 UD Trucks Supported

                      D Trucks have announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement    utilising for the 2011 season is the only heavy duty truck in Australia to   Drivers in 2011
                      with V8 Supercar’s premiere outfits, the Toll Holden Racing   meet the stringent JPLT 05 emission standard.
                      Team as well as Bundaberg Racing, continuing a long                                                                                        James Courtney
             association for the company with top-flight motorsport in Australia.   “The GW has been Australia’s number one selling Japanese prime               Toll Holden Racing Team, V8 Supercar #1
                                                                                    mover for the last six years, and it is fantastic to team the GW with the    Reigning V8 Supercar Series Champion
             UD Truck’s distinctive new red and chrome logo will be seen on the     leading teams in the V8 Supercar Series.                                     Former Jaguar F1 Test Driver
             rear-quarter panels of the Holden Commodores of James Courtney,                                                                                     1st 2003 Japanese F3 Championship
             Garth Tander and Fabian Coulthard in the V8 Supercar Series, as well   “Toll Holden Racing Team and Bundaberg Racing provide a perfect              1st 2000 British Formula Ford Championship
             as the Holden Ute of Cameron McConville in the thrill-a-minute V8      fit with our brand, and it gives UD Trucks the perfect opportunity to        1995 & ’97 World Go Karting Champion
             Ute Racing Series.                                                     connect with current and potential customers.
                                                                                                                                                                 Garth Tander
             The arrangement will see both the Holden Racing Team and Bundaberg     “We are particularly pleased to help them reduce its carbon footprint        Toll Holden Racing Team, V8 Supercar #2
             Racing transporters hauled Australia-wide behind a pair of UD GW       for the 2011 season through our fuel-saving and emission reducing UD         1st 2007 V8 Supercar Championship
             470s, the cleanest heavy duty truck in Australia.                      SCR emission control system.”                                                2009 & 2000 Bathurst 1000 winner

     Off &
                                                                                                                                                                 1st 1997 Australian Formula Ford Championship
             “UD Trucks is excited to offer the cleanest and greenest heavy duty    UD Trucks have a rich involvement in motorsport, dating back to the
             truck in Australia to Toll Holden Racing Team and Bundaberg Racing     early 1990s when Gibson Motorsport utilised a UD’s to transport their        Fabian Coulthard
             in 2011”, said Cris Gillespie, the Marketing and Communications        fearsome Nissan GT-Rs to the race tracks around Australia, where they        Bundaberg Racing, V8 Supercar #61
             Manager of UD Trucks Region Oceania.                                   proved to be almost unbeatable.                                              Racing in V8 Supercars since 2004
                                                                                                                                                                 1st 2005 Porsche Carrera Cup Championship

             “The GW470 Automated prime mover that the two teams will be            UD has also enjoyed involvement with Team Vodafone, the Clipsal              1st 2001 New Zealand Formula Ford Championship
                                                                                    500, the Sandown 500, as well as Possum Bourne Motorsport in the
                                                                                    Australian Rally Championship.                                               Cameron McConville
                                                                                                                                                                 Bundaberg Racing, V8 Ute Series #61
                                                                                    The company is also a proud sponsor of the St Kilda Football Club in         Racing in V8 Supercars since 1993
                                                                                    the AFL, who last year were a part of the famous Grand Final tie and         1st 2002 Bathurst 24 Hour
                                                                                    subsequent rematch.                                                          1st 1996 Australian GT Production Championship
                                                                                                                                                                 1st 1992 Australian Formula Ford Championship

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          he 2011 range of UD Trucks has recently been unveiled, with it cementing
          the company’s reputation for building strong, reliable, and value for money
          machinery, now with an added emphasis on cleaner emissions and safety.

     The company’s Condor medium duty range is all new, while the market leading Quon heavy
     duty range has received a facelift for 2011.

     The range enhances UD Truck’s green credentials, with the adoption of the ECO Fleet Euro 5
     compliant engines across the range, with the medium duty models the first Japanese truck
     in its class to feature Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology.

     Safety and driver comfort has also been a priority in the design of the new trucks, with SRS
     driver’s air bag now standard across the range, with other features such as Front Underrun
     Protection System (FUPS) becoming standard fitment to the PK model as well as the entire
     Quon heavy duty range.

     President of UD Trucks Region Oceania, John Bushell, says that the changes to the model
     line up gives the brand a bright future.

     “UD Trucks have carved a highly respected reputation for trucks that perform well and return
     strongly on investment, and this new range is another big step up,” John Bushell said.

     “Not only have we focussed on the performance of the trucks, but we have paid special
     attention to the truck’s exhaust emissions, as well as safety and driver ergonomics.

     “With the adoption of our ECO Fleet exhaust emissions technology across the board, we are
     showing leadership inline with our position as a part of the greater Volvo Group.

     “The Volvo Group has become the first vehicle manufacturer to join the World Wildlife Fund
     (WWF) Climate Savers Programme, which will see the company as a whole drastically reduce
     our carbon emissions by the year 2014.

     “From a safety standpoint, SRS driver’s airbags as well as FUPS being standard equipment
     is a natural progression.

     “We believe that drivers will also appreciate the many advantages of our new driver’s seat,
     as well the standard integrated audio, entertainment and navigation system.

     “UD continues to also lead the way with Automatic transmissions, with our customers who
     have already converted to autos now reaping the benefits of their ease of use, good fuel
     consumption and less maintenance downtime.”

     To bring the Australian range inline with UD Truck’s global model names, the medium duty
     MK and PK trucks now come under the Condor banner, while UD’s heavy duty GK, CW
     and GW offerings will wear the Quon nameplate, with the trucks featuring this new badge
     branding on the front of the cabs.

     There has also been a change in the naming conventions for the specific models, with the
     model code (MK, PK, GK, CW, & GW), followed by the homologated ADR GVM tonnage (eg
     11, 16, 17, 26), and the nominal horsepower output (eg 250, 280, 400, 470).

     Thus the baby of the UD Trucks Australia line up is the MK 11 250, with the heavy hitter of
     the range being the GW 26 470, with these badges worn on the lower side of each door.

     On top of the list of new features on the medium duty range is the all new seven litre,
     six cylinder, common rail, turbocharged and intercooled diesel ECO Fleet engine, which
     has been designed, developed and manufactured by UD Trucks in Japan, the worldwide
     pioneers of SCR technology.

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                                                                                        he new range of UD Trucks not only offers the standard             UD Trucks in Japan, and we are proud to still be further developing the
     The ECO Fleet system utilises SCR technology to provide a solution to              reliability, toughness and value for money owners have come        system to this day.
     reducing engine emissions that does not require a diesel particulate               to expect, but it can now add outstanding environmental
     filter.                                                                    credentials to the standard features list.                                 “While the ECO Fleet SCR technology is a new feature of the Condor
                                                                                                                                                           series, it has been tried and tested on the Quon range since 2004.
     Engineers have developed both the 180kW and the 206kW options              As a part of the greater Volvo Group push to lower Greenhouse gas
     with increased horsepower and torque- the 206kW unit has 8%                emissions, UD Trucks has introduced their cutting edge ECO Fleet           “The system easily copes with the demands of modern distribution
     more horsepower and 13% more torque than previous offerings.               technology across both the Quon heavy duty series, and also the Condor     work, while effortlessly meeting the Euro 5 emissions levels without
                                                                                medium duty range.                                                         sacrificing engine durability or oil change intervals, like some EGR or
     Owners also have significant choice when it comes to transmissions,                                                                                   DPF based emission control systems.”
     with the standard UD developed six speed manual unit joined by the         The move sees the Condor series as the first Japanese built truck in
     Allison 2500 Series five-speed automatic, and for the first time, the      its class to utilise the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology,   By utilising ECO Fleet technology, the Quon series is the cleanest and
     updated Eaton ES11109 nine-speed manual, in the PK model range.            building on the environmental standards first introduced by the heavy      greenest heavy duty truck on sale in Australia, as it actually surpasses
                                                                                duty Quon, dating back to 2004.                                            Euro 5 standards by complying with the stricter Japanese JPLT 05
     The chassis is also highly customisable, with a total of eight different
                                                                                                                                                           emissions standards.
     chassis wheelbases, with leaf or air suspension also available.
                                                                                John Bushell, the President of UD Trucks Region Oceania, says that
                                                                                the move towards lowering engine emissions is of vital importance for      For the SCR system to operate, a fluid, namely AdBlue, is added to
     The new chassis’ utilise the latest developments in material
                                                                                the transport sector.                                                      the truck’s specially designed catalytic chamber in the exhaust system,
     technology and design, with a general strength increase of 22%,
     while the 6450mm long wheelbase option has seen a 1.5% strength                                                                                       where Nitrous Oxides (NOx) are converted into harmless Nitrogen
     increase and a 50kg weight decrease.                                       “With the move to Euro 5 Emissions Standards, the entire industry          (N2) and water (H2O).
                                                                                is becoming more aware that we have to be more environmentally
     The all new Condor chassis will serve the series through to at least       responsible,” John Bushell said.                                           Not only does SCR reduce emissions, but it also has the added advantage
     2020, with the design incorporating provision for future Euro 6 power                                                                                 of lowering engine operating temperatures, provides for longer oil drain
     plants and their exhaust system, thus allowing owners to transfer a        “Fortunately for us here at UD Trucks, we have been at the forefront of    intervals, reduces fuel consumption, and prolongs engine life.
     truck’s body chassis-to-chassis for at least another nine years.           emissions control for many years.
                                                                                                                                                           Usage figures show that the UD 50L AdBlue tanks in general conditions
     The cab interior has also seen a full make over, starting with the         “While some people believe that it was the European manufacturers          last for at least 2,500 km for the MK models, and at least 2,000 for the
     all new CVG driver’s seat, which has more head support, allows for         who first introduced SCR technology for road transport, it was actually    PK models.
     more leg room, and has a seven point adjustable seat damper, as
     well as adjustable mechanical height, tilt, seat cushion slide and                                                                                    To obtain optimum reductions, the UD Trucks SCR system used on the
     lumbar control.                                                                                                                                       Quon series is complemented by a secondary emission control method,
                                                                                                                                                           via a conventional Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system, lowering
     The all-new UD Trucks entertainment system is now standard across                                                                                     emissions even further.
     the entire range, featuring a built in multimedia touch screen, CD
     player, AM/FM radio, NAVTEQ Satellite Navigation, USB, Bluetooth
                                                                                                                                                           The move by UD Trucks is in line with the objectives of the Volvo
     and iPod connectivity, with the package capable of being optioned
                                                                                                                                                           Group to lower Greenhouse gases, as it has become the first vehicle
     with up to three external video cameras.
                                                                                                                                                           manufacturer to join the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Climate Savers
     After six years of leadership in the segment of Japanese heavy duty
     trucks over 350HP, the Quon series is set to continue to stamp it’s
     authority over the competition.                                                                                                                       The WWF, one of the world’s most respected environmental
                                                                                                                                                           organisations, will utilise the services of independent technical monitors
     Changes for the heavy hitters include the now standard inclusion                                                                                      to ensure that the Volvo Group complies with it’s undertakings, which
     of SRS driver’s airbag and FUPS, the new touch screen navigation/                                                                                     include lowering the total amount of carbon emitted by trucks between
     entertainment system, as well as new A-pillar grab handles, for easy                                                                                  2009 and 2014 by 13 million tonnes compared to 2008 models, develop
     cab access.                                                                                                                                           a prototype truck with 20 per cent lower fuel consumption than 2008
                                                                                                                                                           models, develop a production truck to run on renewable gas, while also
     Making a welcome return to the UD Trucks family is the CW                                                                                             lowering emissions from production facilities.
     nameplate, which will adorn the long wheelbase CW 26 400 model.
                                                                                                                                                           The expanded use of automatic transmissions across the Condor range
     The Quon series continues to lead the way in the environmental                                                                                        is also assisting UD Trucks achieve Climate Saver goals, with the precise
     stakes, carrying on the tradition started when it became the first                                                                                    electronically controlled gear changes resulting in no over-revving,
     heavy duty truck in the world to utilise SCR technology back in 2004.                                                                                 while smoother acceleration results in less fuel consumed.

     By complying with the stringent JPLT 05 emissions standard, the                                                                                       The AMT transmissions used in the Quon series have also received
     Quon actually surpasses the current Australian Euro 5 regulations,                                                                                    an overhaul, with shift programming being set in accordance with
     and retains its position as the cleanest and greenest heavy duty                                                                                      ECO Fleet technology, in particular the “skip shifting” of more gears,
     truck in Australia.                                                                                                                                   resulting in less fuel burnt.

     Other fuel saving measures with the Quon series include ECO Fleet                                                                                     An external feature that saves on fuel consumption is the new
     shift programming on the AMT transmission models, ECO Route                                                                                           aerodynamic body styling of the cabs, with reduced drag leading to
     satellite navigation, as well as an aerodynamic cab design, which                                                                                     improved efficiency and lower fuel consumption.
     reduces drag and reduces fuel consumption.
                                                                                                                                                           Across the entire UD Trucks range, a new touch screen multimedia
     The long wheelbase CW enjoys the braking stability provided by
                                                                                                                                                           system takes pride of place.
     standard anti-lock brakes (ABS), while the prime mover GK and GW
     also have the added safety of Anti Slip Regulation (ASR) traction
     control, and Electronic Braking System (EBS), for additional piece                                                                                    Aside from entertainment features such as AM/FM radio, CD player,
     of mind.                                                                                                                                              USB, iPod, Bluetooth and external camera compatibility, the system
                                                                                                                                                           features ECO Route satellite navigation, which determines the quickest
                                                                                                                                                           route to a chosen destination, thus saving even more fuel.

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          afety is the name of the game for UD Trucks
          with their all-new truck line up, which now
                                                               UD Takes    definite gains in being able to attract and retain
                                                                           drivers, as well as draw drivers from a broader base.

                                                               the Wraps
          features SRS driver’s air bag standard                           Fleet operators are also finding superior reliability
     across the range.                                                     and less strain on major components by specifying
                                                                           their trucks with auto transmissions; the engine, prop
     John Bushell, President of UD Trucks Region Oceania,                  shafts and differential are not being worked as hard,

                                                               off new
     said that the inclusion of the SRS driver’s side airbag               so there is less down time for maintenance.”
     is a natural progression for the UD Trucks range.
                                                                           Adding to the overall comfort of occupants, Condor
     “In this modern day, there is an emphasis on                          series trucks will soon have the option of an air
                                                                           suspension left hand side passenger seat, due to its

     occupational health and safety, and transport
     operators are acutely aware of the issues involved with               availability from the corresponding USA models.
     providing the safest possible working environment,”
     said John Bushell.                                                    Owners can also specify their trucks to include an
                                                                           optional Belt in Seat configuration, which is planned

     “With SRS driver’s airbag standard across the entire                  to be available from the third quarter of 2011. Another
     range, the safety of all UD Trucks is taking a definite               major safety feature on the new PK model and the
     step forward. The fitment of airbags to the trucks is                 Quon series is the now standard inclusion of a Front
     just the tip of the iceberg; there is a whole raft of                 Underrun Protection System (FUPS).
     new safety innovations built into the new range as
     standard.”                                                            UD Trucks was the first Japanese Manufacturer to
                                                                           offer an ECE-R93 compliant FUPS, which does not
     Another major safety innovation is the driver’s seat,                 require the installation of a bull bar, thus reducing
     which is the centrepiece of the new interior layout                   weight and lifting potential payload, with the front
     for the Condor series. The new seat is proving to                     axle capacity now rated at 6,500kg.
     be considerably more comfortable than previous
     offerings, which directly reduces driver fatigue.                     The main purpose of the FUPS is to ensure that the
     Designed by CVG, the largest commercial seat                          safety features on modern passenger cars, such as
     manufacturer in the world, it features a seven position               airbags and crumple zones, deploy during a collision
     adjustable seat damper, which allows the driver                       with a heavy vehicle.
     to tailor ride comfort by easily adjusting a shock
     absorber mechanism. Other adjustments available on                    All cabins in the UD Trucks range are designed to
     the seat include mechanical height, tilt, seat cushion                comply with ECE-R29 regulations, which for the first
     slide and lumbar control. Catering for taller drivers,                time now includes the MK series trucks.
     the head rest is also approximately 80mm higher
     than in previous offerings, while the design allows for               The all-new multimedia touch screen entertainment
     25mm more leg room.                                                   system that is standard across the range, not only
                                                                           offers superior navigation and audio options, but also
     “Ergonomics are a vital part of reducing fatigue                      allows for the fitment of up to three-cameras, which
     in drivers, and with this new driver’s seat there is                  can offer the driver a full 360 degree view of the
     enough adjustment available to modify the driving                     truck’s surrounds. The system also includes Bluetooth
     environment for practically any driver size,” said                    integration, ensuring safe hands free mobile phone
     Bushell.                                                              connectivity. Also assisting in a driver’s vision are
                                                                           electronically operated and heated external mirrors
     “The new design and safety features as well as                        on all models.
     automatic transmissions, coupled with traditional
     creature comforts such as air conditioning and cruise                 Adding to UD Trucks’ safety credentials is ABS
     control are a major advantage for drivers. UD Trucks                  (Anti-Lock Brakes), which is standard across the
     customers have emphasised over the years that one                     range, Electronic Brake System (EBS) and Anti Slip
     of the main methods of improving productivity is to                   Regulation (ASR) traction control are standard on
     maximise the driver’s comfort by having their cabin as                the GK and GW models, while EHS (Easy Hill Start)
     user friendly as possible.                                            is available on most manual transmission Condor
     “Early converts to automatic transmissions are finding

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                                                                                                                                                            Worth Recycling has a close working relationship with

            UD Worthy of the Big Jobs
                                                                                                                                                            Bluescope Steel, managing their treatment facilities
                                                                                                                                                            at the Port Kembla steelworks. Recycled material
                                                                                                                                                            is used in the manufacture of coke for steelmaking,
                                                                                                                                                            freeing up enough new fuel to run approximately 5000
                                                                                                                                                            motor vehicles a year. This also delivers significant
    A Sydney waste collection and treatment company is leading the way in                                                                                   cost savings to Bluescope.
    environmental innovations, with UD Trucks providing the power to get the job
    done.                                                                                                                                                   In addition to this, the company operates a treatment
                                                                                                                                                            facility for water used in mining processes at the

               orth Recycling have been at the forefront of liquid, sludge       “The fact that the trucks are so over-engineered is very good; it’s what   Appin/Douglas Mine for BHP Billiton. Worth Recycling
               and solid waste transport, treatment and recycling since          we need in our game.                                                       also provide waste management and industrial
               1976, with their modern facilities and techniques shining                                                                                    services to Australia’s largest aluminium recycling
    through in tough economic times.                                             “They don’t do a great deal of kilometres, but they’re twisting and        plant, Alcoa’s facility in Yennora.
                                                                                 turning, stopping and starting all day long, and we’ve definitely had a
    “I think when it comes to the waste game there aren’t too many options,      good history with them.”
    what are people going to do?” Said Tony Wilson, Worth Recylcing’s                                                                                       Recycled water is also utilised in the brick making
    Transport Manager.                                                           Tony started with Worth Recycling in 1989 as a driver behind the           process, with leading companies Boral and CSR using
                                                                                 wheel of various UDs prior to overlooking the running of the fleet.
    “People can’t start pouring their waste down the drain because they are                                                                                 recycled product from the Windsor facility. Between
    having a tough time. They’ve still got to get it picked up; we’re in the     With two new GW470s configured as prime movers with vacuum                 the two companies, approximately 600kL a week is

    right place at the right time in that respect.”                                                                                                         saved for the Sydney water grid.

                    The main reason for having the
                      UDs is that they don’t break.
                 I don’t have any time off the road

                                   with them at all
    Worth Recycling’s fleet of 26 vacuum tankers, Supersuckers and liquid        tanker trailers due for commission in the coming months, Worth
    tankers feature 15 UDs of various configurations, with more on the way.      Recylcing will be replacing some of the older trucks in the fleet,
                                                                                 including a CWA 15 dating back to 1993.
    “We’re in an industry where we are providing a service, if someone rings
    and asks for their waste to be picked up, we’ll be able to do it tomorrow.   “We basically pension our trucks off within our plants when they get
    We can’t afford to have trucks off the road,” Tony said.                     old, they just run around there,” Tony said.

    “The main reason for having the UDs is that they don’t break. I don’t        “We’re at the stage now where we’re starting
    have any time off the road with them at all.                                 to replace a lot of the old ones with new

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               WORTH RECYCLING

                                                          The vacuum tankers have been specifically designed to Worth                  and blocks the whole system up.”                                         refineries too.
                                                          Recycling’s needs, with the 10,000 litre tanks capable of holding a
                                                          wide variety of waste types.                                                 A point of different for Worth Recycling is that they can manage all     “Probably half a percent of our work is dangerous goods, so it’s not
                                                                                                                                       of a service station’s waste treatment needs.                            really important volume wise, so you just have to make sure you do
                                                          “They basically create a vacuum in the tank, and through a four inch                                                                                  it right.
                                                          hose at the back of it you can suck up solids as well as liquids, mud,       “Interstate there might a waste guy who will come and pick up the
                                                          sludge, the bottom sediments out of pits, at places such as car washes,      waste, but you need someone else in to look after the separator and an   “We pick up a bit of petrol, you just have to set the truck up right and
                                                          service station sites and mechanical workshops.                              electrician in to look after any electrical problems, whereas we look    train the drivers so they know what they are doing.”
                                                                                                                                       after it all by ourselves,” Tony explained.
                                                          “They pump the waste out and truck it to the plant where it is recycled.                                                                              So what does the future hold for Worth Recycling? The specialist
                                                          We reclaim all of the oil and sell that again, we reclaim as much water      “We do it on a schedule, so the customer doesn’t have to worry about     nature of the job, and the high cost of the treatment infrastructure
                                                          as we can and resell that to industries.                                     it, we just send them a report at the end of the month letting them      is likely to see this market leader consolidate their New South Wales
                                                                                                                                       know what we’ve done and what needs to be done.”                         focus.
                                                          “We also service a large number of oily water separators. It’s a difficult
                                                          area to work in.                                                             Worth Recyling’s Supersuckers are the pride of the fleet, with           “Newcastle is an area we have been moving into more recently,
                                                                                                                                       impressive vital statistics- the hoses can reach 30 metres below         we’ve mainly worked out of the Sydney basin until now. We go up
                                                          “Anything that runs off from a service station into the drains gets          ground, and up to 200 metres away from the truck.                        to Newcastle and the Central Coast for some of the major fuel
                                                          captured into a pit.                                                                                                                                  companies who are our major customers.
                                                                                                                                       “The high velocity units have a Caterpillar C7 engine powering a
                                                          “That pit has a pump that goes from the bottom of it, which takes            massive pump, which has the capacity to pump 3,500 cubic feet per        “We’ve just moved out into other areas of waste
                                                          it up to a separator that split’s the oil from the water, the water goes     minute through an eight inch hose, so that would suck the side out of    really. It’s a lot easier to do that to set up in
                                                                  down the sewer, and the oil goes into containment.                   a mountain!” Tony said.                                                  other locations. We’ve started treating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                contaminated soil, tank bottoms and
                                                                       “You get dirt and sludge built up in the bottom of those,       “They use them for in under roads and other non-destructive              refinery bottoms, which are really hard
                                                                         and you have to pump that out regularly so that it            digging. They are set up for dangerous goods, so I can send them into    to deal with wastes.”
                                                                          doesn’t reach a level where it reaches that pickup line

     Worth Recycling opened their Windsor facility
     in 1985, which at the time was the first non-
     government owned waste water plant in New
     South Wales. Over the years, the plant has
     expanded and adapted to various other types of
     waste treatment, namely solids, oil and water
     treatment. The solids plant separates out oil and
     water, which is sent to their respective areas in
     the facility, with the remaining solids treated
     and sent to landfill. Both the water and oil plant
     produce as much reusable product as possible,
     which is then on-sold to industry.

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       UD Proves it has the                                                  A
                                                                                     Geelong company specialising in the production of pre-           With five UDs now in the fleet and running successfully, Timbertruss
                                                                                     fabricated timber trusses and wall frames has switched           is reaping the benefits of lower running costs and contented drivers.
                                                                                     almost 50 percent of its truck fleet to UD Trucks on the basis
                                                                             of better purchase price and fuel economy.                               “The drivers on our fleet love them, they don’t have to carry huge
                                                                                                                                                      weight, but our fleet is kept pretty busy and while we don’t do huge

      Wood on Other Trucks
                                                                             Timbertruss, which has been based in Geelong for the past 20 years       kilometres, the drivers have long days at the wheel,” Travis said.
                                                                             initially purchased one UD to trial it on its delivery fleet, which is
                                                                             tasked with transporting completed pre-fab trusses and wall frames       “It is important that we give them a good working environment
                                                                             to building sites all over Geelong and the Melbourne metro area.         where they can operate at their most efficient.

                                                                             According to the company’s purchasing manager Travis McDonald            “Working between Geelong and Melbourne and around the metro
   A Geelong company specialising in the production of pre-fabricated        the first UD the company acquired in 2008, a PK10, performed so          area there is a lot of traffic and a lot of stop start driving, so if you can
                                                                             well that as more trucks came up for renewal, the decision was made      keep the driver’s comfortable they will perform better and be more
   timber trusses and wall frames has switched almost 50 percent of its      to purchase additional UDs.                                              efficient.”
   truck fleet to UD Trucks on the basis of better purchase price and fuel   “That first UD shaped up so well in terms of initial purchase price,     Each of the Timbertruss UD’s is fitted with its own crane to unload
   economy.                                                                  fuel economy and driver comfort that it was hard to choose another
                                                                             brand for ongoing purchases,” Travis McDonald said.
                                                                                                                                                      the trusses and wall frames on site.

                                                                                                                                                      On the prime movers the crane is mounted on the truck rather than
                                                                             “Following the initial PK10 we purchased another similar truck and       the trailer, reflecting the fact that the bulky loads are not weight
                                                                             then had to replace some of our prime movers, so we had a close look     critical.
                                                                             at UD’s GW line up.
                                                                                                                                                      “Our loads are reasonably heavy but nothing that is going to put us
                                                                             “They measured up in every area and we have since purchased a            over weight, our main challenge is the bulkiness of our loads,” Travis
                                                                             GW400 and two GW470s for delivering our heavier frames and               said.
                                                                             trusses on semi trailers.”
                                                                                                                                                      The company has around 15 different drivers who regularly pilot the
                                                                                                                                                          fleet on delivery runs, putting its own pressures on the trucks.

                                                                                                                                                                                    “With a range of different drivers you
                                                                                                                                                                                     obviously have different techniques and
                                                                                                                                                                                     driving styles, however I have to say
                                                                                                                                                                                      that as well as being the driver’s first
                                                                                                                                                                                      choice, the UDs also stand up to life on
                                                                                                                                                                                       the fleet better than our other trucks,”
                                                                                                                                                                                        Travis added.

                                                                                                                                                                                       “We are definitely pleased with our
                                                                                                                                                                                       UDs and will be looking closely at
                                                                                                                                                                                         adding more to the fleet as trucks
                                                                                                                                                                                            come up for replacement.”

    Travis McDonald with
    Timbertruss’s new GW470

Proud Supporters of the Toll Holden Racing Team
UD GW470

    Autoshift Delivers Less                                            A
                                                                             Brisbane owner driver is making significant savings since                 long time and this is by far the best and easiest truck I have ever had the
                                                                             switching to a UD GW470 Autoshift to haul steel products                  pleasure of piloting.”
                                                                             in and around Brisbane, thanks to its ease of operation and
                                                                       economical fuel consumption.                                                    By specifying the flagship 470, Bob says the engine is never really
                                                                                                                                                       working that hard and that has meant excellent fuel economy.

 Stress for Owner Operator
                                                                       Bob Rose of Rose Transport configured the GW470 Autoshift as a
                                                                       rigid, and admits some might think the truck is a little overpowered.           “I could have chosen a UD PK10 but that would have been near the top
                                                                                                                                                       end of its performance envelope, particularly with the crane on the back,
                                                                       “I don’t think it is overpowered, I prefer to say it is under stressed,” says   however with the GW470 it easily purrs up and down the hills without
                                                                       Bob Rose.                                                                       fuss or stress, put nine tonne on this and it is hardly working,” said Bob.

     A Brisbane owner driver is making significant savings since       Bob says he chose the new GW 470 because he has always liked UDs,
                                                                       and believes the engineering is superior to opposition Japanese brands.         “This is very under stressed, and as a consequence it is never working
     switching to a UD GW470 Autoshift to haul steel products in and                                                                                   very hard and my fuel economy is already excellent despite the fact that
                                                                       “I’ve always liked UDs and I have never been a great fan of some of the         it is still very new and hardly run in.”
     around Brisbane, thanks to its ease of operation and economical   other Japanese trucks, but UD has a much stronger construction in my
                                                                       opinion,” said Bob.
     fuel consumption.                                                                                                                                 Bob is also enthusiastic about the safety aspects of the Autoshift which
                                                                                                                                                       he says is particularly easy to use even on steep descents.
                                                                       “This GW has got a big heavy, tough diff, and unlike a lot of others it
                                                                       has double rail chassis which makes it easier to put the crane on back          “A perfect illustration was coming down the Toowoomba range the
                                                                       and cart steel.                                                                 other day with 6.5 tonnes on board, it started to run on me, I very
                                                                                                                                                       simply put it in low, touched the brakes and changed down one gear she
                                                                        “Many of the other trucks I was looking at had diffs half the size of this     held it all the way to the bottom, it is magic,” said Bob.
                                                                       thing, which only made it easier to choose the UD.”

                                                                                                                                                       “It means you won’t wear out the brakes out, I can go down the range at
                                                                       However it is the effortless power and torque of the 13 litre UD turbo          40 km/h and the Autoshift is able to hold it, it is much easier than on a

                                                                       I don’t think it is overpowered, I
                                                                        prefer to say it is under stressed
                                                                        diesel and the convenience and ease of operation of the Eaton Auto              manual Road Ranger, on those you have to brake too hard to get it back
                                                                       shift that really won Bob Rose over.                                            to get into low gear.

                                                                       “I really love the Autoshift, it is the way of the future, in the city I can    “It is also much easier on the drive line and on the gear, it always
                                                                       drop it back into manual and it will hold the gear.                             choosing the optimum gear as well as that it is easier on start ups easier
                                                                                                                                                       on braking it is just easier all round.”
                                                                       “You can go up and down the box when you need it and with low range
                                                                       you can bring the speed back very quickly and safely, but if you want to        Bob was also impressed with the financial side of the equation, and says
                                                                       let the box do the work you can let the                                         the UD GW 470 was a lot less expensive than many of the other trucks
                                                                       clutch out and just steer it, it is much                                        he was considering.
                                                                       more relaxing to drive in Brisbane’s
                                                                       busy city traffic.                                                              “This truck also looks great and blokes come up to me and ask for my
                                                                                                                                                       card, they like the look of it and it attracts business,” Bob added.
                                                                       “I’ve only done about
                                                                       8500 km so far and I                                                            While most of his work is in and around Brisbane carting primarily
                                                                       just love it, I’ve been                                                         for One Steel, Bob also has some occasional longer runs down into
                                                                       driving trucks for a                                                            Northern New South Wales and also to Roma, Dalby and Chinchilla.

                                                                                                                                                       “Most of my work is in the construction industry, but this truck is just
                                                                                                                                                       as easy in the city as it is on the highway,” said Bob.

                                                                                                                                                        “I had to do a trip to Nimbin in Northern NSW and some of the roads
                                                                                                                                                       there aren’t that great, the GW handled it with ease, it rode and steered

                                                                                                                                                       “The other truck travelling with me hung in there until we hit the hills,
                                                                                                                                                       but this one just keeps pulling.”

                                                                                                                                                       Interestingly Bob has configured the GW with the crane at the back of
                                                                                                                                                       the vehicle keeping weight off the front axle and also keeping the crane
                                                                                                                                                       away from the heat of the engine.

                                                                                                                                                       “The main reason for putting it at the back is to get the crane away from
                                                                                                                                                       the heat of the motor, but also many of the companies I work for like

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UD GW470                                                                                                          OFFSHORE SUPERBOATS

                                                                                One on
                                                                               Q. What do you get when
                                                                               you cross a big rig, with a
                              the crane at back rather than at front for
                              safety reasons,” Bob said.                       Formula 1 car, with a boat?
                              “The crane definitely operates a lot cooler
                              and having it away from the noise of the
                              motor means you can hear instructions            A. You get an Offshore
                              better , it is a lot safer plus it not as hard
                              on your front tyres, plus and it doesn’t take
                              away from the pay load on the front axle.

                              “The advantage of having the crane is you
                              can lift 2.5 tonnes of steel and you can
                                                                               With 1,800 horsepower on tap,
                              unload yourself without having to wait for
                              the tower cranes if there is a delay, which
                                                                               these 12 metre long beasts
                              makes for much better efficiency.”               are capable of speeds of over
                              Bob says the other great aspect of the GW        250kmh, which is achieved on the
                              is its high level of comfort and smooth ride.
                                                                               unpredictable high seas.
                              “The comfort in the cab is excellent, the cab
                              is suspended, the seats are air suspension
                              and I have airbag rear suspension which
                              helps the ride laden and un-laden, but it
                              also means I can drop the rear end while
                              unloading which stabilises the truck when
                              I am using the crane and it is a lot safer and
                              more stable.”

                              Bob says the SCR emission system has
                              been easy to use and has certainly not been
                              a problem for the veteran driver.

                              “The Ad Blue has been very good easy to
                              add,” Bob said.

                              “I get it from the local servo in 15 litre
                              drums, and it is easy and relatively
                              inexpensive, so it has just not been a
                              problem as far as I am concerned.”

Bob Rose with his new GW470

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OFFSHORE SUPERBOATS

                                                                                               composite hulls mated to twin V12 Lamborghini              The baby class of the Australian championship is the Supercat
                                                                                               powerplants valued at around $1.5million. Materials        Outboard 400 HP, whose 1600kg machines are capable of 155km/h
                                                                                                such as Kevlar and carbon fibre not only make the         in open water.
                                                                                                 boats light, but also greatly improve their strength
                                                                                                 and safety.                                              With the boats capable of such high speeds, much of the rule books
                                                                                                                                                          stipulate many conditions that put an emphasis on safety. From
                                                                                                  Every boat has a two-man crew, with the navigator       driver and throttleman personal safety equipment such as crash
                                                                                                  taking care of steering, while the throttleman          helmets, life jackets, a diver’s facemask must also be accessible by the
                                                                                                   controls speed and the attitude of the boat.           crew in the event of a submersion.
                                                                                                   Picture working the pedals of your truck, while
                                                                                                    your passenger takes care of the steering; it’s       The boats must also be fitted with bilge pumps, fire extinguishers,
                                                                                                    a combination that requires incredible co-            an on board VHF radio, suitable anchors and tow lines, as well as a
                                                                                                     operation and trust. A big part of success           knife (for cutting free of snagged harnesses or clothes), and even a
                                                                                                     on race day comes from propeller choice              bucket in the event of the vessel taking on water.
                                                                                                      considering the local conditions, dictating the
                                                                                                       ability for boats to ride the plane efficiently.   Particular attention is also placed on the construction of the boat’s
                                                                                                                                                          “survival cell”, with guidelines outlining construction methods, as
                                                                                                         The sheer size of the boats require cranes to    well harness mounting (five or six strap ala car racing), and head
                                                                                                         be on hand lift them in and out of the water,    protection. Many of the boats are fitted with secondary exits in the
                                                                                                  with the boats transported practically on their sides   event of an inversion, while boats are also fitted with engine cut-off
                                                                              (right), as their 3.7m width proves too bulky for road movement. Plans      switches, much in the same manner as earth bound racing machines.
                                                                              are afoot to see the boats width reduced to allow for flat transporting,
                                                                              doing away with the expensive tilt trailers. The boats can race in          The Australian Offshore Superboat Championship is highly
                                                                              practically any condition, with one of the only factors capable of          accessible to the masses, with races held on the doorstep of major
                                                                              halting the events being the inability of cranes to operate in severe       populations, with the viewing of the action available from the shore
                                                                              weather.                                                                    for free. Typically, race day courses are around 10km in length, with

             hey are some of the fastest, most powerful and exciting racing                                                                               qualifying held over a shorter distance.
                                                                              While the Class One boats sit at the top of the performance rankings,
             machines on the planet. The figures are staggering- 1,800        several other classes allow those on a budget to compete alongside the
             HP, 4,800kg, 260km/h; Class One Offshore Superboat’s are                                                                                     The series visits a wide range of locations along the eastern seaboard
                                                                              big guns. The Supercat 1050 HP class caters for twin-hull boats, 32 to      of Australia, from Townsville, Mackay and Redcliffe in Queensland,
     the kings of the seas. Picture your UD GW470 going the speed of a        40 feet in length, running twin Mercury V8 inboards, capable of up to
     Formula One race car, on water. Welcome to the world of Offshore                                                                                     Newcastle in NSW, as well as the season ending events in Geelong
                                                                              215km/h.                                                                    and Williamstown in Victoria.
     Superboat Racing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The sheer size of the Class One boats creates
                                                                              The Supercat Outboard 600HP have a minimum weight of 1800kg,                The starting order of the races is determined with a qualifying
     Although the class has roots dating back to 1964, current day Class      and despite their relative lack of horsepower, they are still capable of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             some logistical nightmares.
     One boats are at the cutting edge of sophistication, with their                                                                                      shootout on the day before racing, with main events varying around
                                                                              speeds in excess of 185km/h, as seen below, with class leader Saracen.      one hour in duration.

                                                                    Offshore Superboat                                                                                                            Class One Offshore Superboat                 UD GW470 (prime mover only)

                                                                            UD GW470
                                                                                                                                                          Engine                                          2x 8.2 litre V12s                          13.1 litre inline six
                                                                                                                                                          Max Horsepower                                      1800 HP                                     460 HP
                                                                                                                                                          Fuel                                          95 octane pump fuel                                 Diesel
                                                                                                                                                          Fuel tank capacity                          800 litres (2x 400 litres)                         400 litres
                                                                                                                                                          Weight                                               4800kg                                     8010kg
                                                                                                                                                          Overall Length                                    12.6 metres                                 7.18 metres
                                                                                                                                                          Overall Width                                      3.7 mettres                               2.49 metres
                                                                                                                                                          Top Speed                                   260km/h (@ 8700rpm)                          100km/h (@1868rpm)

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     Nothing L azy Here...
     For Sydney based civil construction
                                                 or Sydney based civil construction company Dracon Civil, the easiest
                                                 way to get a job done is to keep it in-house, and have all of the
     company Dracon Civil, the easiest           equipment on hand to get the job done.

     way to get a job done is to keep      Company directory Sarkis Draybi recently added a custom build UD PK10
                                           lazy axle tip truck to his fleet, with the move paying instant dividends,
     it in-house, and have all of the      increasing efficiency with its versatile design.

     equipment on hand to get the job      “All of our trucks are built exactly for a purpose, everything has its place
                                           and use,” Sarkis Draybi said.                                                       “It’s great, it’s really helping us move our business
                                                                                                                               along. It’s a nice truck to work with, it’s smooth, it’s
     done.                                 “We’ve got a mixed bag of trucks, from an American bogey drive truck                easy to drive, the brakes, the clutch, the steering, it
                                           and trailer, to a service truck, and utes. The new UD is perfect; it does           really doesn’t require much effort.
                                           everything we ask of it.
                                                                                                                               “About 95% of our work is done on asphalt,
                                           “We don’t need high horsepower, American trucks are great trucks, but               so I don’t need a bogey drive. When fully
                                           they lack the manoeuvrability we need around tricky work sites. With the            loaded, the lazy axle lifts up into place, it
                                           axle up you can turn the truck on fresh asphalt, and it won’t tear it up.”          saves on wear and tear, it’s a multi-use truck.

                                           Sarkis started the business out 12 years ago from the back of a ute                 “We use it for all sorts of things, with the
                                           constructing driveways. These days business has grown to include all civil          drop down sides and internal tie downs, it’s
                                           works, traffic control, kerbs, gutters, council footpaths, plant hire, as well as   very versatile. From form work to pellets
                                           residential and commercial concrete works.                                          to reinforcement, concrete pipes, moving
                                                                                                                               equipment and moving waste, it does the job
                                                        “From the ute we expanded the business with the addition of            perfectly.”
                                                                       a bobcat, from that we needed a truck, and
                                                                             it’s grown to the point now where we              Apart from the lazy axle and specialised body,
                                                                               have three excavators, two bobcats              the PK10 also features a Palfinger crane,
                                                                                   and several trucks,” Sarkis said,           which has been handed down from an old
                                                                                      who sees the addition of the                     truck.
                                                                                                    UD PK10 as
                                                                                                       an ace card in                           Dracon Civil has a staff
                                                                                                        chasing new                                   of 12, with work

                                                                                                                                                                                          coming from both the public and private sectors, with recent jobs
                                                                                                                                                                                          including an extensive car park rebuild for the Parramatta City Council,
                                                                                                                                                                                          including kerb, gutter and drainage work, and 1.6km of kerb, gutter and
                                                                                                                                                                                          drainage in north western Sydney.

                                                                                                                                                                                          With all of the work done in house, all of Dracon’s equipment serves
                                                                                                                                                                                          a specialised purpose. For instance, an amenity truck features include a
                                                                                                                                                                                          microwave, running water, and a compressor and other creature comforts,
                                                                                                                                                                                          while all trucks are refuelled onsite, meaning little in the way of downtime
                                                                                                                                                                                          waiting at service stations.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sarkis predicts future expansion away from Dracon’s traditional Sydney
                                                                                                                                                                                          stomping ground, with their small size yet extensive hardware inventory
                                                                                                                                                                                          making the company appealing to small to medium sized developers.

                                                                                                                                                                                          “The private sector is going to be the growth side of the business, and I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                          really looking to step up growth in the short term,” Sarkis said.

                                                                                                                                                                                          “We’re going to stick with UD, and for the next truck we’re going to go

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UD PK9 & PK10

     Two Automatic Success Stories
             erth based owner driver Big John Antulov reckons he has                metropolitan area, from Mandurah in the south to Lesmurdie and Mt
             never driven a better or more comfortable truck than his new           Helena in the east, and Mindarie in the north.
             UD automatic, with the move to his new UD PK10 improving
     efficiency, comfort and safety.                                                “The most amazing thing is how good the truck is in hilly operation, it just
                                                                                    marches up the hills and the braking is particularly enhanced by the auto,
     One of the main attractions to UD for John was the availability of an          it is really amazing,” John said.
     automatic truck in a range of chassis lengths, meaning he could put a
     12 pallet tray (eight metres in length) on the road for considerably less      “Even with a full load on board tipping the scales at around 14 tonnes all
     outlay than an automatic truck from a competitor brand.                        up, it still performs superbly; it never ceases to amaze me.

     According to John, the pricing aspects along with the government               “The fuel consumption is something that is also extremely pleasing with
     tax rebates during 2009 drew him to purchase his new UD PK10                   the UD even with the automatic.
                                                                                    “A lot of other drivers thought I was mad and that it would use a lot
     “I saw a story in the newspaper about the UD automatics, and while I           more fuel, but in fact it is more economical than my old manual; with the
     have never owned a UD before I remember another company having                 automatic programmed it is returning 3.5km/ litre.”
     them on fleet and the fact that they couldn’t say enough good things
     about them,” said John Antulov.                                                John opted for the PK10 airbag suspension model, with the
                                                                                    move proving to be a revelation.
     “When I started to investigate automatic trucks I discovered that UD
     had the best range and availability.                                           “I used to have a really bad lower back problem, but the ride
                                                                                    is just fantastic and it doesn’t matter whether you have a full
     “To get an equivalent automatic from some of the competitors you have          load on board or the truck is empty, I couldn’t go back to a steel
     to alter the chassis and that means the UD will cost anything up to            suspension truck,” John said.
     $25,000 less than a similar truck from a competitor brand.
                                                                                    “In the heat of the last Perth summer this truck performed
     “But it was only when I took delivery and started driving it that I realised   brilliantly and was just so comfortable to drive, it was just like a
     how good a truck this was, it just blew me away, I actually enjoy going to     big car in many ways.”
                                  work these days.”

                                    The truck is used primarily for hauling

                                    bulk bags of soil, fertiliser, mulch, sand                                                                                             Queensland water truck contractor has made the switch to            The new PK9 Automatic is normally driven by Larry’s son Andrew,
                                    and blue metal for a landscaping supply                                                                                                UD Truck’s PK9 Automatic to increase efficiency and improve         while Larry drives an older PK265.
                                    company that covers the entire Perth                                                                                                   driver comfort.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “I have been lucky for the last couple of weeks when Andrew has been
                                                                                                                                                                   Larry Allen, who along with his son Andrew operates two UDs out of          on holidays and I’ve been driving the automatic, it has been a real
                                                                                                                                                                   their base at Buccan, between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, added the        pleasure, I think I might have to sell the old PK and buy myself a PK9
                                                                                                                                                                      new PK9 in September 2009, making it the tenth UD he has owned           Automatic!” Larry said.
                                                                                                                                                                       since 1976.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “It has great brakes and we run all steel suspension because I think
                                                                                                                                                                        A committed UD buyer, Larry says the performance of past UDs           that is better than airbag when you are carting water, it is a bit more
                                                                                                                                                                        has been so good he finds it hard to buy another brand of truck.       stable and easier to manage in my view.”

                                                                                                                                                                           “I bought an American truck once but came straight back to          Larry does all of the maintenance on his trucks himself, but quickly
                                                                                                                                                                            UD, the quality is better and the purchase price and running       adds there is never very much to do.
                                                                                                                                                                            costs are much lower,” said Larry Allen.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Yes, we do all our own maintenance, but what do you do to a UD?
                                                                                                                                                                               “This new automatic is perfect for our work because you         Nothing really because nothing ever goes wrong, they are pretty bullet
                                                                                                                                                                                don’t have any strain on the driveline, it is particularly     proof,” Larry said.
                                                                                                                                                                                good for slow creeper work when we are watering a new
                                                                                                                                                                                landscape or returfing project.                                Andrew Allen backs up his Dad’s opinion on ‘his’ new UD PK9 Au-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tomatic and says he has never driven a better truck, particularly in this
                                                                                                                                                                                “For our application you can dial up a gear and keep it        application.
                                                                                                                                                                               there, it won’t change up thinking we are going to go faster
                                                                                                                                                                             and you can control it very easily.                               “It is comfortable, it has plenty of grunt and works extremely well,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Andrew said.
                                                                                                                                                                        “We mainly do work for landscape contractors and local councils,
                                                                                                                                                                   covering parks streetscapes, new road side plantings.                       “The auto makes it easier to climb over kerbs without damaging your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               driveline and clutch, which is important when you are doing landscap-
                                                                                                                                                                   “We have an 8,000 litre tank on the back and a pump that can throw          ing work; it is just so easy to drive.”
                                                                                                                                                                   water 80 metres out from the truck, which is important because we
                                                                                                                                                                   often have 10,000 square metres of turf to water in.                        It is only a matter of time before Larry adds a second PK9 Auto to his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               operation and notches up his 11th UD.
                                                                                                                                                                   “We use an aluminium tank to keep weight down and switch them from
                                                                                                                                                                   truck to truck; our current tank is 18 years old and still going strong.”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          FRESH START BAKERIES

“You Can’t Have the Burger without the Bun”
                                                                                                                                                              have. They do about 10 to 14 drops a day, everything is on wheels, so
                                                                                                                                                              they only do a bit of manual handling.”
    UD Trucks are providing the driving force to ensure the McDonald’s restaurant
                                                                                                                                                              In 2011 McDonald’s will be racking up their 40th year of operation
    chain have the fresh buns and muffins on hand to service their 1.7 million                                                                                in Australia, with FSBA, through its various guises, being a supplier
    daily customers in Australia.                                                                                                                             throughout. While 80% of the bakery’s products are destined for
                                                                                                                                                              McDonald’s Restaurants, the other 20% is for retail sale through
                                                                                                                                                              foodstuffs giant, and former owner of the bakery, Goodman Fielder.
    Fresh Start Bakeries Australia (FSBA) has the massive task of                  it was the best truck he has ever had. Hopefully the change can extend     FSBA Liverpool also produces many of the muffins, pastries and cakes
    supplying over 360 million hamburger buns and 83 million English               the working life of our drivers.                                           seen in over 500 McCafe sites Australia wide.
    muffins annually, to over 820 McDonald’s restaurants Australia wide.
                                                                                   “The automatic transmissions have a five year warranty, and we only        Supplying McDonald’s with millions of buns a year is a massive task,
    Production is centred in two state-of-the-art bakeries, one in Liverpool,      keep the trucks for four or five years. When we considered the amount      with the Liverpool facility capable of producing a remarkable 5,000
    New South Wales, and the other in Dandenong South, Victoria. On                we were spending on clutch replacements, it makes a lot of sense to go     dozen buns per hour, the highest bakery production capacity available.
    local delivery runs within three hours of the bakeries, FSBA have              auto.”
                                                                                                                                                              Under Goodman Fielder ownership, regional production also took

    chosen a selection of UD MKs and PKs to get the job done.
                                                                                                                                                              place at facilities in Western Australia and Queensland. Skill shortages,
                                                                                                                                                              the cost of capital and relatively inexpensive transport have seen the
                                                                                                                                                              operation scale back to the pair of facilities.

          One driver went to the managing director and said                                                                                                   The Liverpool site supplies as far south as Wagga Wagga, all the way
                                                                                                                                                              through to Far-North Queensland, Darwin and down to Katherine in
          it was the best truck he has ever had. Hopefully the

                                                                                                                                                              Australia’s red centre. The Victorian bakery supplies the remainder, with
                                                                                                                                                              regions including Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western

          change can extend the working life of our drivers.                                                                                                  Australia. FSBA works in closely with McKey Distribution, who handle
                                                                                                                                                              the bulk of supplies to McDonald’s restaurants nationally.

                                                                                                                                                              For the 11 trucks based at FSBA in Liverpool, all of which being UDs,
    General Manager of FSBA Liverpool, Bradley Wright, joined                      FSBA spec their trucks to run with a bull bar, driving lights, UHF         the growing number of stores and changing storage capabilities in the
    the business in 1997, and says that UD Trucks have been utilised               radio, tinted windows, stone guards for the windows, as well as a rear     restaurants, have provided a fluid situation for logistics planners.
    throughout his time with the company.                                          reversing camera with sound, which Bradley says is vitally important,
                                                                                   especially with children running around the busy restaurants.              “On average they are doing three and a half deliveries per McDonald’s
    “Reliability and service are the two big attractions for us. These                                                                                        store per week,” Bradley said.
    trucks have to go, you can’t have the burger without the bun, and it’s         All told, FSBA in Liverpool has around 220 staff, with 20 of those being
    guaranteed supply. It’s the service, and the reliability of the vehicle that   drivers. Its fleet operates seven days a week, despite the fact that the   Stock for Queensland and Northern Territory restaurants is freighted on
    sets them apart,” Bradley said.                                                bakery only produces Mondays through Saturdays. Each truck averages        specially developed mezzanine deck B-Double trailers to Brisbane, with
                                                                                   100,000km a year, with a high percentage of the work completed in          McKey freezing and transporting products for the North Queensland
    “UD gave me an automatic rigid truck, they put it here for a month, we         stop-start city traffic.                                                   market. Products destined for the Northern Territory are line hauled
    loaded it up with empty crates just to simulate the weight, and two or                                                                                    out of Brisbane to cold stores in Darwin, which are then delivered south
    three drivers took the opportunity to take it out and have a run.              “Some of the drivers are probably nudging up to 20 years of service with   to Katherine.
                                                                                   the company, and the new automatics will hopefully assist in extending
    “We then added five new automatics to the Liverpool fleet in 2010.                                    the drivers working lift with the company.          Goods for Tasmania are frozen in Melbourne and transported by
                                                                                                                                                              McKey over Bass Strait, while Western Australia receive frozen goods
    “I was sceptical at first; I was worried that (the automatics) might be a                              “It’s probably one of the better driving jobs to   via train, with McKey handling deliveries as far north as Broome, some
    problem from an industrial point of view. But                                                                                                             5,000km from the Victorian manufacturing facility.
    we haven’t had one complaint, and even one
    driver went to the managing director and said

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                                              RAYS LOGISTICS

          After 20 years of continual UD
         Truck ownership, Rays Logistics’
        catch phrase of “You Call, We Haul”
       continues to ring true today, as
      business is booming for the Western
     Sydney crane truck specialists.

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           rom humble beginnings with a one-tonne ute performing local           “Between services we never even bother checking the oil,
           courier work, the husband and wife team of Ray and Roslyn             we never top the oil up, we just don’t have to do it. You
           Sariful have grown their business to include five semi trailers       just know that between scheduled services that there
     and 12 rigids, working a rigorous seven day a week schedule.                won’t be any problems.

     Rays Logistics has grown hand in hand with Glendenning based Wire           “Everything that goes onto the trucks (parts wise) is
     Industries, which specialise in the manufacture of various wire and         genuine, you just can’t go wrong. We service the trucks
     mesh products.                                                              here onsite with parts from UD in at Chullora, because
                                                                                 we can’t afford to have them off the road at all.
     The company however made their start in the steel transport industry
     by being a sub-contractor for Smorgon Steel, which proved to be hard        “We service the trucks every 10,000 kilometres, and
     work prior to the introduction of crane trucks to the fleet.                you can feel the difference in the trucks if you are
                                                                                 using genuine and non-genuine parts”
     “I got an opportunity with Smorgon Steel, and along with that I got an
     eight ton UD,” Ray Sariful said.                                            The six UD three-quarter cab units take pride of
                                                                                 place in Ray’s fleet, allowing the company to haul
     “After subbing for Smorgon’s for four or five years, I bought my first      steel up to 12 metres in length, three metres longer
     UD with a crane.                                                            than on a traditional flatbed.

     “Prior to that, all of the unloading was done by hand, and that was tough   Ray prefers to use rear mounted Palfinger Cranes
     work, it’s hard to imagine doing that these days!                           due to the ease of operation, safety and weight distribution

     “Now we’ve been with Wire Industries for 13 years, we started with
     three trucks, since then the fleet has grown to match the growth in their

     As a pioneer in crane trucks, demand for Ray’s services proved high,
     with Ray’s tray and crane configurations providing an ideal match to
                                                                                     The new GW is a massive improvement; it’s
     client’s needs.
                                                                                 basically a big step up over the previous models
     The company’s fleet now consists of five prime movers (including four
     new UD GW470s), six rigids (including two new UD PK10s) and six
     specialised three-quarter cab rigds.
                                                                                                                                                                 “We have some new ones being built at the moment to replace some of
                                                                                 “We got our first three-quarter cab in 2003 and haven’t looked back,”
     Although the bulk of their work is in an around Sydney, the prime                                                                                           the older trucks in the fleet, it takes three to six months to get a three-
                                                                                 Ray said.
     movers often make longer interstate trips.                                                                                                                  quarter cab built up.”

                                                                                 “It’s really important, because around metro areas, the three-quarter
     “I’ve had a good hard look at the competition, and they don’t even come                                                                                     A feature on the new-generation trucks is UD’s SCR emission system,
                                                                                 cabs can get to a lot of places you can’t take a semi-trailer.
     close,” Ray said.                                                                                                                                           which Ray believes that even in the early stages of a truck’s life provide
                                                                                                                                                                 discernible savings in fuel use.
                                                                                 “We have to drop off in a lot of residential areas, so it’s very important.
     “UD’s are built tough, but at the same time you can drive them with
     your finger tips.                                                                                                                                           “The new GW is a massive improvement; it’s basically a big step up over
                                                                                 “Our oldest three-quarter cab has had no major work done to it in the           the previous models,” Ray said.
                                                                                 seven years we have had it, it just keeps going and going.
                                                                                                                                                                 “Recently we’ve made a couple of interstate trips, and you can see a fair
                                                                                                         “The fantastic thing about the three-quarter cabs       bit of difference in the fuel economy stakes, even running a fairly high
                                                                                                         is that even after seven years of use, they are still   GVM.
                                                                                                         bulletproof, and have a top resale value.
                                                                                                                                                                 “The new GW prime mover is great on fuel, I think the Ad Blue system
                                                                                                                                                                 makes a big difference compared to the older model trucks.

                                                                                                                                                                 “It’s easy to top up the Ad Blue, and there are definite advantages to
                                                                                                                                                                 using it; the savings on fuel make up the difference to the cost of the
                                                                                                                                                                 Ad Blue.”

                                                                                                                                                                 Apart from the usual rounds transporting steel products, Rays Logistics
                                                                                                                                                                 also carry general freight, pellets and scaffolding.

                                                                                                         Ray’s unique three-quarter cabs allow for extra         Expansion plans for the future of the business include an imminent
                                                                                                         long lengths of steel to be transported into tight      move into a new holding yard, which is located only a few hundred
                                                                                                         residential areas.                                      metres from the Wire Industries base, featuring near direct access to
                                                                                                                                                                 the M7 Motorway.

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