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Driver safety and comfort coupled with cost-efficient operating costs, transparency in the purchasing and body-building process and excellent back-up service has made FAW the number one truck choice for medical goods manufacturer and distributor, New Horizons Metal

New Horizons Metal is a tight-knit operation focussed on cost-ef ciency and on-time delivery of its products to the medical community.

The medium-sized enterprise, based in Briardene, KwaZulu-Natal, specialises in manufacturing hospital furniture such as medical trollies, carts, gurneys or other wheeled stretchers and almost all types of metal medical equipment required for a clinically sterile environment.

“We work mainly with stainless steel or aluminium, and easy-to-clean padded top equipment, such as examination tables for clinics and doctors’ rooms. Our items are highly specified in respect of dimensions, materials used and quality standards. We have over 400 line items which we manufacture ourselves with our staff of 30 people,” explains Sagren Naidoo, a partner in the family-owned business.

“As a wholesaler to clinics and hospitals and a retailer to doctors and specialists, we also have to manage the logistics from our production plant to the end- user or consignee. Of course, one of our challenges is the input price of buying materials such as stainless steel, so it remains imperative for us to control our costs throughout the whole supply chain – from material procurement, manufacturing, packing and distribution.”

New Horizons Metals does most of its own distribution, contracting out to third-party courier or break-bulk services only when logistics or costs warrant it. “We use a FAW 15.180FL for deliveries to points in far- flung, rural areas and which are either out of reach of normal courier services or where costs indicate a saving in using our own vehicle,” says Naidoo.

“One advantage of using the FAW 15.180FL is certainly driver comfort – our vehicle features a semi- sleeper cab; a well-sprung, air-suspended seat; an adjustable steering column and air-conditioning. A comfortable driver is a better driver. We’re seeing cost-effective driving with low fuel consumption, low wear and tear and good vehicle condition all round.”

Further adding to driver safety, the FAW 15.180FL is equipped with standard features such as ABS brakes with automatic adjustment.

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