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MAJOR axle and suspension manufacturer GIGANT has awarded NZH an exclusive axle and suspension dealership for Australasia. This will be the family-owned German company’s first venture into our market.
NZH managing director Brenden Lyons says expanding into the axle and suspension sector is a further step in realising NZH’s growth strategy. "Securing the Gigant dealership has been one of the key elements in the long term plan of NZH which sees the company developing into a solutions based supplier to the transport industry. We also have the technical capacity to add this to our portfolio.
We have planned for this growth, we have the capacity for it and we will continue to identify opportunities to continuously improve NZH’s product and service package to our customers. In addition, our current South Island manager Grant Farquhar, who will drive the new division as product manager, has extensive experience in this sector,” he says. Based in Dinklage, Germany, GIGANT also has plants in France. It is the third largest axle and suspension manufacturer in Europe, its traditional core market. Brenden says GIGANT’S products are readily usable in New Zealand, the result of their experience in the Scandinavian market. NZH opened negotiations with GIGANT after seeing the company’s exhibition at the Hanover Show in October 2006. The companies did a mutual due diligence to investigate the possible scope of cooperation and in February this year the deal was concluded.
“GIGANT’S research proved this to be a good opportunity to enter this market. Again, the NZH reputation as a professional, results-driven company made us an attractive partner,” Brenden says. NZH will carry extensive inventory of the 19.5 disc and drum products, with a sprinkling of other products in the range. Brenden is particularly impressed with the company’s range of products and attitude towards customer service. “We have access to a range of product much wider than any local competitor can offer. In particular, GIGANT has a genuine 5.5 axle. Other products of interest to us are the 17.5 axle, suitable for low loaders; the 19.5 axle with disc and drum brake, modular air suspension and with dual wheels; the 22.5 range with disc and super singles; and the 17.5, 19.5 and 22.5 steer axle range in both singles and duals.
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