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BCS Logistics expressed satisfaction that DCVM was able to provide the company a vehicle that met its requirements and high specifications.
Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Malaysia (DCVM) Sdn Bhd recently hosted a vehicle handover for its customer, BCS Logistics Sdn Bhd, at its headquarters in Batu Caves, Selangor. The official handover of 4 Dongfeng T-Lift 375.cm 6x4 concrete cement mixer trucks was the second batch of vehicles that the company ordered.
“We purchased 8 Dongfeng T-Lift concrete cement mixer trucks from DCVM. Four units were delivered to us early this year and we are satisfied with the overall performance of the trucks,” said BCS Logistics Executive Director J.C. Tan.
BCS Logistics is using Japanese rebuilt trucks all the while and this was the first time that the company decided to give this China brand a try. Tan noticed that the market perception about China trucks had changed; the China truck brands were gradually but steadily gaining more and more acceptance in recent years among industry players.
Dongfeng was not the first China brand that the company started with. “We were using another brand but found that there were too many electronic components in the truck. These electronic components are sensitive and expensive, which required familiarisation and extra care. There was an instance when washing the truck, our driver accidentally splashed water onto the electronic components, resulting in damage. This made us realise that what we need is a simple but tough, durable and dependable workhorse.”
Tan was cautious this time. Apart from finding out more about Dongfeng manufacturer Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles Co, Ltd (DFCV) and its range of products, he also listened to feedback from those who were using Dongfeng trucks.
“DFCV’s parent company Dongfeng Motor Corporation is a Chinese state-owned automobile manufacturer. It is one of the big three automobile manufacturers in China. DFCV was formed in January 2013 as a China-based medium- and heavy-duty truck manufacturing joint venture between Dongfeng and Volvo. All these increased our confidence in the company and its products.”
Tan’s confidence in Dongfeng trucks was further enhanced when he met Lim Khoon Yee, the Managing Director of DCVM, who happened to be his senior in high school. DCVM is the sole distributor and importer of Dongfeng trucks in Malaysia.
“Lim offered me 3 years warranty for the vehicles, which showed his high confidence in Dongfeng’s products,” Tan added.
Safety, reliability and durability, Tan said, were the key factors being considered when buying a concrete mixer truck. “We have to keep downtime to a minimum as when the truck breaks down, the cement would harden within 2-3 hours if no action is taken. Thus, the safety and reliability aspects of the truck are very important. To minimise our truck downtime, we have our own 24/7 roadside assistance.”
He expressed satisfaction that DCVM was able to provide the company a vehicle that met its requirements and high specifications. The first batch of Dongfeng T-Lift 375.cm 6x4 concrete mixer trucks that was received proved that the vehicles were a perfect fit for the company.
The T-Lift concrete mixer truck with a Gross Vehicle Weight of 34 tonnes, Lim said, was based on the T-Lift 375 rigid chassis truck and came fitted with the same 375hp Euro 2 compliant Cummins engine and ZF nine-speed transmission drivetrain that was used in Dongfeng’s Kinland 375 prime mover. The key selling point of the T-Lift concrete mixer was its reliability factor as it used the same drivetrain as that in the Kinland 375 prime mover, which many customers found to be relatively fuss-free.
“Our fleet is well equipped with leading safety features such as beacon lighting, being GPS enabled and many more. We have to maintain our concrete mixer trucks in tiptop condition as our clients, for instance Lafarge Malaysia, would send their independent inspectors to check our vehicles to ensure that they are fit to operate,” added Tan.
Although BCS Logistics has its own workshop, Tan said the company would send its vehicles to DCVM for scheduled maintenance.
Tan set up BCS Logistics in 1996. He is an accountant by profession but made a career change to marketing after a few years of practice. He served as a marketing executive in a company that dealt with ready-mix cement. The opportunity came when this company decided not to continue its investments in concrete mixer trucks but to outsource its transport service to a third party. The company approached him and that led him into the industry.
Starting with two trucks and one client, BCS Logistics grew tremendously over the years to command a fleet of more than 160 concrete cement mixer trucks. The company currently ranks 3rd among the cement mixer logistics players in Malaysia.
“Today, the price difference between the rebuilt truck and China truck is not that significant. The maintenance cost and risk of breakdowns for a new truck is lower compared to a rebuilt truck. In addition, it is the norm that for prestige projects, clients would require that we use new and good quality vehicles or vehicles that are not more than 3 years old to transport their ready-mix cement. Thus, we would gradually change all of the rebuilt concrete cement mixer trucks in our fleet to new ones and would definitely buy more Dongfeng's.”
东风商用车马来西亚私人有限公司（DCVM）近日在其位于雪州黑风洞的总部，为其客户BCS物流私人有限公司主办了一个交车仪式。这次正式移交的4部东风T-Lift 375 .cm 6X4 混凝土搅拌卡车是该公司订购的第二批车辆。
他对东风商用车能够提供符合该公司的要求和高规格的卡车感到满意。他们接获的第一批东风T-Lift 375.cm 6X4 混凝土搅拌卡车，证实了它们非常适合该公司的运作。
林君玉说，基于T-Lift 375整体式卡车底盘的T-Lift混凝土卡车车全重为34吨，搭载375马力欧2康明斯引擎和运用于东风天龙375牵引车的ZF 9速传动系统。T-Lift混凝土搅拌车的主要卖点是它采用了天龙375牵引车的传动系统 ，而该系统被很多客户认为应用起来相对轻松许多。
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