The rollers will be marketed by Wacker Neuson under its own brand as RC110 (10 ton), RC120 (11 ton) and RC190 (20 ton) in South Africa.
Light equipment and compact machine specialist Wacker Neuson is a market leader in its compaction equipment offering of rammers, rollers and vibratory plates.
“It is our objective to maintain this leading position. For the South African market, we see a huge potential in the heavier roller segment,” says Dennis Vietze, managing director of Wacker Neuson Sub-Saharan Africa. “Our agreement with Wirtgen South Africa is without any doubt a positive step towards achieving this goal as we are now able to enrich our existing product portfolio with 10- to 20-ton soil compaction rollers for South Africa.”
Wirtgen South Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wirtgen Group, a John Deere company, distributing leading brands such as Wirtgen, Vögele, Hamm, Kleemann, Benninghoven and Ciber. The Wacker Neuson Group successfully collaborates with the Wirtgen Group in other parts of the world so the South African agreement is a natural fit.
The agreement is bilateral and also sees Wirtgen South Africa offering light compaction equipment from Wacker Neuson, which encompasses rammers, pedestrian rollers and vibratory plates under the Wacker Neuson brand to the South African market.
With both companies recognising the beneficious synergy effect, the official agreement was signed on 12 February 2019. The addition of the soil compaction rollers under this agreement is in perfect alignment with Wacker Neuson’s objective to become a highly-skilled, reputable one-stop source for soil compaction products.
Service and after-sales service are integral to the success of the agreement which sees both companies taking responsibility for conducting their own service. Vietze assures customers that they can continue to count on the positive and professional after-sales experience that they have become accustomed to.
To help sales and technical teams be familiar with the products, professional product service and operator training workshops were conducted at Wacker Neuson’s Roodepoort premises on Johannesburg’s West Rand. Based on further training needs and requirements, Wacker Neuson undertakes to continue with refresher training on a quarterly basis.
“We anticipate new market opportunities that will effect an extension of Wacker Neuson’s footprint in South Africa. Through the continuous enhancement of our product portfolio and a steadfast commitment to service excellence, we endeavour to remain our customers’ preferred compact machine and light equipment solutions partner,” concludes Vietze.