Allison provides economical and assured transmission replacement for leading Australian waste management company

Theiss Services has chosen Allison Transmissions to “re-gear” a front loader equipped Volvo refuse truck in a bid to save money and ensure long term reliability and service.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Thiess Services has discovered that it is a less expensive proposition to fit a new Allison transmission to its Volvo FM12 than to overhaul the original factory fitted Powertronic transmission. The switch to Allison has additionally enabled Thiess to extend oil change intervals up to 6,000 hours (with the use of approved TES295 transmission fluids such as TranSynd) compared with the 500 hour intervals required on the truck’s original equipment automatic transmission. The company is also taking advantage of Allison’s Extended Transmission Coverage (ETC) which commences at the end of the standard warranty period and increases the transmission coverage period for a total of five years with unlimited kilometre/unlimited hour coverage on the Allison transmission. According to Thiess Services State Plant Manager for New South Wales, Kym Jones, the company’s experience with Allison automatic transmissions in a range of refuse trucks over many years gave it the confidence to re-gear the Volvo FM12. “We have more than 200 trucks in our fleet and around 80 percent of these trucks are equipped with Allison transmissions. We have had a terrific run out of them over the 18 years that I have been working with Thiess-Services,” says Jones. Virtually all of our side loader domestic garbage trucks, which are mostly Iveco Accos, are equipped with Allisons in what is probably the most severe application possible for a small to medium truck,” he added. “When it came to our Volvo FM 12 Front Lift it was simply better value to replace the Volvo transmission than to overhaul it, especially given the Allison had a five year unlimited kilometre warranty,” says Jones. The conversion was carried out in January 2010 and the Thiess Services Front lift was quickly back on the road servicing various waste service clients throughout the lower Hunter Valley area, 160 km north of Sydney. “It was a relatively easy conversion and the Allison hardware didn’t prove to be a problem at all, the software took a little longer but all is working very well,” continues Jones. “The conversion has proved to be highly successful, the Allison 4500 has smart up shifts and down changes and the drivers love it because it is smooth and easy to use. Another benefit has been improved fuel economy which is already proving to be strong with the Allison despite the fact that it is still early days,” he added. About Thiess Thiess Services is one of Australia’s most versatile, innovative and diverse environmental and utilities contracting organisations. The company was established 21 years ago and has grown into an independent and flourishing subsidiary of parent company Thiess Pty Ltd, and now represents almost 20 percent of the company’s annual turnover. Thiess Services is committed to delivering long-term, cost-effective, high quality, environmentally responsible outcomes for clients while maintaining a safe and healthy work environment for its employees and the community. About Allison Transmission, Inc. Allison Transmission, Inc. (Allison) is the premier global provider of commercial duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems. Allison products are specified by over 250 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers and are used in many market sectors including bus, refuse, fire, construction, distribution, military and specialty applications. Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 3,000 people. Regional headquarters with dedicated support staff are located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Japan. With a global presence in 80 countries, Allison has over 1,500 distributor and dealer locations. More information about Allison is available at ### Press Enquiries Claire Dumbreck, Propel Technology, Bloxham Mill, Barford Road, Bloxham, Banbury, Oxfordshire, UK, OX15 4FF. +44 (0)1295 724130 / +44 (0) 7768 773857. Miranda Jansen, Allison Transmission Europe B.V. Marketing Communications, Baanhoek 188, 3361GN Sliedrecht - The Netherlands , Tel: +31 78-6422 174.