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Hino celebrates 100th truck sold to Brisbane manufacturer

G.James commemorated its 100th purchase of a Hino commercial vehicle at its headquarters this week.

Following recent orders of seven additional vehicles, Lewis Saragossi, Chairman and Managing Director of G. James Group was presented with a plaque.

On hand to celebrate the milestone were Bill Gillespie, General Manager – Brand and Franchise Development Hino Australia and Craig Andersson, Dealer Principal of Sci-Fleet Hino Brisbane.

The Eagle Farm transport depot of the aluminium and glass manufacturer took delivery of its 100th Hino truck, a 500 Series Wide Cab FM2628, in late 2017. The purchase coincided with the family-owned company’s 100th anniversary.

On top of the aluminium and glass products G.James manufactures it also provides solutions for skyscrapers, residential windows and doors with its subsidiary businesses working across scaffolding, park and street furniture and specialist aluminium castings. 

The Hino 500 Series Wide Cab XXL wheelbase model was fitted with an Allison automatic transmission. The chassis is mated to a specialist glass-carrying A-frame.

It now joins a fleet of over 550 vehicles that can be found in Cairns, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Perth. Most trucks have been modified for purpose and include specialist glass carriers, flat beds and medium duty trucks for city application.

According to Ian Malmstedt, Fleet Manager G.James, the company purchased its first Hino in the 1970s and had not replaced an engine on one of the trucks since then.

“They typically don’t do long hauls, but we do have one in Rockhampton that goes 12 hours west every fortnight, and it’s been quite reliable,” he said.

“Reliability is a big thing.”

A new turbo charger, revised water pump and cooling fan are part of several changes made to the 500 Series Wide Cab, which is powered by a Hino J08 6-cylinder engine. It produces 206kW of power and 883Nm of torque.

“We chose this truck because it was the right specification to perfectly fit a glass carrying body that we built in-house in 2003,” Malmstedt said.

“Glass carrying bodies are very expensive - there is a lot of work and steel in them, and we will re-use them as many times as we can.”

G.James projects of note include the Q1, Hilton Hotel and Circle of Cavill high-rise towers on the Gold Coast, Epic Apartments and Swanston Square building in Melbourne, Auckland Sky Tower and the Chifley Tower and UTS in Sydney.

“Sustained growth over several decades has seen us expand from a single glass factory in Fortitude Valley to today having over 2000 employees operating from 35 locations,” said Saragossi.

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