Off-highway truck customization specialists opening new production facility outside São Paulo
PHILIPPI-Hagenbuch Inc. (PHIL), specialists in off-highway truck customization, say production of their patented rear-eject body will begin in Brazil in the second quarter of 2020, to better serve markets in the South America region.
PHIL’s rear-eject body debuted in 2000 as a safer alternative for articulated trucks. The patented design eliminates the need to raise the body of the truck when discharging materials, allowing for safer offloading while in motion and in the presence of overhead obstacles such as power lines etc.
PHIL say this versatility increases efficiency without reducing stability by providing a lower center of gravity and allowing discharge on downhill slopes and in conditions with soft footing.
Manufactured exclusively using Hardox 450 steel, the PHIL rear-eject body is said to be the most robust ejector body available on the market globally.
Additionally, with only one cylinder and no rollers, bearings or greasing required, the rear-eject body minimizes maintenance while providing the reliably necessary for heavy-duty applications in extreme environments ranging from –40 to +49 degrees C.
‘If the truck’s hydraulic system will work, the PHIL rear-eject body will work,’ said Josh Swank, PHIL’s vice-president of sales and marketing. ‘Our design naturally minimizes material carryback, is designed to work easily in areas with low overhead height restrictions and versatile enough to haul anything from rock and ore to fly ash, scrap steel and refuse.’
With a wide array of off-highway trucks operating in South America, PHIL will have the ability to build their full range of chassis-specific designs in Brazil. Whether the client has a Volvo, John Deere, Komatsu, Caterpillar, Volvo, Bell or Terex articulated truck, PHIL say they will be able to source the specific ejector body – either standard duty or mining duty – from the new manufacturing operation outside São Paulo.
‘As we expand our efforts into the Brazilian market, we continue to look for representation or an independent representative to assist our local sales effort within the country,’ added Mr Swank. ‘Until this happens, the PHIL sales department in Peoria, Illinois, will work directly with the off-highway truck dealers throughout the country. We are looking forward to this new expansion and the opportunities it provides.’