Rob Marlow

Associate Director

JR Richards and Sons

Leading waste and recycling services provider, JR Richards and Sons have invested in eight new 2015 model Iveco ACCO compactors and a Eurocargo Pantech, to meet the requirements of a new waste collection contract with Wollondilly Council on the outskirts of South Western Sydney.

The ACCOs have a 6x4 driveline and have been fitted with a selection of compactor bodies to service the contract requirements, including six sideloaders: two each in three different configurations to suit waste, recycling and organics collections.

The other two are set-up as rear loaders for conducting kerbside clean-ups, while the 4x2 Eurocargo is equipped with a Pantech-style body and tailgate lifter to collect items such as old whitegoods and batteries.

JR Richards and Sons have a long history in the waste collection industry that can be traced back to the early 1930s, and according to company Associate Director, Rob Marlow, the relationship with the ACCO model is almost as long.

“We purchased our first new ACCO in 1979, I can’t remember the exact model but it was possibly a ‘1310’, but prior to ’79 we also had several second hand ACCOs,” Mr Marlow said.

“Currently we have over 200 on the road and a further 18 in the pipeline for upcoming work.”

The new ACCOs feature a high quality American driveline consisting of an SCR engine producing 209kW and 1055Nm (239kW / 1350Nm option is also available), Allison full automatic transmission, Meritor Axles and Hendrickson suspensions.

On the safety front, the trucks are well equipped featuring ABS with Active Traction Control as standard.  The thick steel cabin easily complies with ECE-R29 cab strength regulations and is the strongest available in Australia, offering outstanding protection in front lift applications.  For sideloader work, the ACCO’s three quarter side windows provide excellent visibility.

Mr Marlow said that the ACCOs are well suited to the demanding nature of refuse work and have proven themselves with many years of successful service.

“The waste industry is fairly hard on collection vehicles with constant stopping and starting as we collect bins doing door-to-door servicing at low speeds with lots of braking,” he said.

“We also travel all roads, not just the tarred ones, and landfills are not known for their great driving surfaces, so the vehicles have to be very robust.

“Add to this the specialist nature of what we do, if a truck breaks down, you cannot just go and hire a replacement to perform what are essential services with public health implications.  So the vehicles must be very reliable and parts need to be available to ensure downtime is kept to an absolute minimum.

“These are the areas we find the ACCOs excel in, and the major reasons why we keep coming back to them,” Mr Marlow said.

Aside from the obvious synergy JR Richards and Sons and the ACCO enjoy courtesy of their long involvement in the waste industry, the two align in another important area, namely a commitment to Australian manufacturing.

Designed and built at Iveco’s Melbourne facility, 85 per cent of the ACCO’s componentry is Australian-sourced, the highest quantity of any locally-manufactured truck.
“We’re extremely pleased to be able to purchase Australian-made vehicles,” Mr Marlow said.

“As a 100 per cent privately-owned Australian company, we like to support local industry wherever possible and obviously to still be buying ACCOs after 35 years, we are happy with the product, it’s reliable and enduring.”

Iveco Australia manufactures and imports commercial vehicles spanning the light, medium and heavy duty truck segments and, under the Iveco Bus brand, buses and coaches. The commercial vehicle range includes on and off-road models beginning with car licence vans, through to road train prime movers rated at up to 140 tonnes GCM. The Acco and Powerstar vehicles, developed and produced specifically for the Australian market, complement Iveco’s worldwide best sellers such as the Daily, Eurocargo, Trakker and Stralis. Iveco vehicles are ably supported by a dedicated network of 46 dealerships and service outlets strategically located nationwide, offering aftersales services that include extended warranties, roadside assistance and programmed maintenance contracts.
Iveco’s Australian manufacturing base in Dandenong Victoria, represents a major investment in the local truck and bus industry. Iveco directly employs more than 600 people nationwide and thousands more Australians in related industries, from retailing operations to component suppliers.

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