Spectrans joins UD million km club
What started out as a small transport business in 1989 is now a flourishing family-owned company with 120 staff members and over 200 customers across South Africa.
Durban-based Spectrans Road Freight is celebrating 21 years as a company specialising in moving general freight around the country.
Since its founding, it has reached several important milestones, not least that four of the UD trucks in its fleet have reached over one million kilometres without any major repairs or refurbishments.
“We started buying UD trucks in 2004 from the CMH dealers in Westmead and Pietermaritzburg,” says Duggie Sathenna, director and founder of Spectrans Road Freight. “We now have over 50 UD trucks in our fleet and are looking forward to even more units reaching this important milestone soon.”
Sathenna says he is most impressed by the value for money and reliability the trucks offer. “They have exceeded our expectations and maintain an exceptional track record in our fleet. Very importantly, our drivers are very satisfied, ensuring a happy and productive workforce.”
Spectrans has three depots in Durban (handling mostly long-distance transport around the country), as well as depots in Randvaal and City Deep that mainly carry out deliveries in the Gauteng area. The vehicles are maintained either in-house by Spectrans, or at UD Trucks dealerships in the area where the vehicles operate.
“Our most important goal is excellent customer service and we continuously strive to make our customers’ transportation experience as hassle free as possible,” notes Sathenna. “Therefore, we must be able rely on our UD fleet to get the job done on time. We have never been disappointed.”
Spectrans’ vision is to be one of the leading providers of less-than-container-load (LCL) and medium-load transportation in South Arica. For this reason, the company views UD Trucks as its transport partner when it comes to delivering service excellence.
“Over the years we have received excellent back-up from UD Trucks, especially from CMH Westmead and Pietermartizburg, where we have continually received personal and professional service that accommodates our evolving requirements,” says Sathenna.
Spectrans mainly uses UD 90 (HCV) and UD 390 (EHCV) vehicles in its countrywide operations. Both units are geared to achieve excellent fuel consumption and gradeability, ensuring that a high average speed is attained to boost productivity.
According to Johan Richards, CEO of UD Trucks, the company believes the UD Trucks range offers customers versatility, quality and ultimate dependability when they need it most. “We are very proud to be associated with a company of Spectrans’ calibre and are looking forward to building a long and successful partnership with them going into the future.”