Hino is the entrepreneur’s choice
Pieter Hamman, MD of Freightcor Logistic Solutions, is an entrepreneur who can be justifiably proud of his success in the fuel transport business – starting from humble beginnings to becoming a stalwart in the Royale Energy Group of companies.
Trucks and transport have always been Hamman’s passion. So, after resigning from his job with the South African Police Service in 2000 and “armed” with a small pickup truck with a tanker/trailer combination, he started distributing fuel from wholesale depots to smaller users. At that stage the company was called Action Fuels.
“As the business grew I found the need for a larger vehicle. So I purchased an old Ford Louisville truck which I set about rebuilding in between doing my regular fuel deliveries. With this vehicle, I could increase my delivery volumes considerably, which allowed me to look at expanding my business,” added Hamman.
A visit to the SA Truck and Bus Exhibition, at Auto Africa in 2003, set the stage for the future growth of Action Fuels. Hamman showed interest in the new Hino 700, which was being displayed for the first time at the show. The Hino sales executive, Piet Smit, closed a deal with Action Fuels after the show and has remained at the forefront of all the Hino truck deals concluded with the company since that time.
In 2015, Royale Energy and Action Fuels merged their transport divisions into a company called Freightcor Logistic Solutions. Today, Freightcor has a fleet of 40 trucks in total – consisting of tankers and tautliners – 17 of which are Hino 700s.
Royale Energy is the biggest private fuel distribution company in South Africa, and it supplies some 35 million litres of fuel per month. With the merger, all the trucks that were previously with the other group companies have been placed under the Freightcor banner.
“I have built Freightcor on very solid principles and one of them is being hands-on every inch of the way. I am extremely happy with the service from the Hino dealer in Vereeniging. Good communication has been the key to establishing a sound working relationship over the years.
“I find the Hino trucks to be very reliable and easy to maintain even in the event of requiring roadside assistance. Problems are easily diagnosed and rectified, usually without the need for specialised diagnostic equipment. I can quite safely say that part of the success of my enterprise has definitely been the Hino brand,” says Hamman.
All new drivers receive extensive training before being allowed on the road. Hamman has found that the most effective method so far is to use the older Hino drivers, some of whom have been with the company for more than ten years, to train the recruits. For a company whose fleet covers more than 400 000 km per month, this method has reduced the accident rate to a minimum. However, Freightcor employs four trainee drivers every second month and, if successful, they will become permanent staff.
Freightcor is a success story for Hamman and, with his entrepreneurial skills in the forefront of his endeavours, he concludes: “I feel that these are still early days for the company but we can build Freightcor into a major force in the transport industry, competing with the biggest and the best.”