Envirosite chooses Hyundai for business growth

By: Carene Chong

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Queensland recycling and demolition business Envirosite has grown by 60 per cent in the last 12 months and have relied on Hyundai and its Hi-Mate remote monitoring system to cope with growing demand.


In the past year, the company has doubled its staff and expanded its fleet with four new Hyundai Construction Equipment machines.

Envirosite's latest acquisition, a R235LCR-9 23.5-tonne excavator comes with a standard Hyundai Hi-Mate remote monitoring system which reports engine hours, fuel consumption and machinery travel hours to the company on a daily basis.

Envirosite's Director Myron Lichtnauer says the business boom is being driven by a strong infrastructure sector and a return in market confidence.

"We specialise in demolition, recycling and asbestos removal and have found a lot of our new business requires us to work in small spaces, which is not surprising given the market trend of going up rather than out as the population in urban centres expands," he says.

Lichtnauer adds Envirosite was hiring competitor's excavators to keep up with demand but when it came time to purchase, the company decided to look around despite being historically loyal to another manufacturer.

"We found that while there are a lot of zero tail swing machines on the market, none matched the Hyundai in terms of stability," he says.

"Coupled with this, we found the support from our Hyundai dealer to be exceptional, which is really important given our business growth," he says.

"In fact, prior to dealing with Hyundai we were doing all of our equipment maintenance in-house but based on the level of service we've experienced, we've now outsourced this to our dealer."

Lichtnauer says the Hyundai dealership and Hi-Mate system have been invaluable to the business.

"The Hi-Mate system alerts me to replacement times for commonly wearing parts and tracks routine maintenance timeframes, alerting me via an SMS or email. This enables increased productivity as I can factor in downtime well in advance," he says.

"Our Hyundai dealer can also log into the system, so I've got a backup should I get too busy to book a service or order a part and we've found the turnaround times in parts and servicing well exceed our expectations."

Lichtnauer also uses the Hi-Mate system to track data on machinery work hours and location so as to provide 100 per cent accurate progress reports to clients.

"Prior to Hi-Mate, we had to rely on the operators to remember to manually log start and stop times, which is by no means fool proof. Providing accurate reports to our clients adds to our services offering, which then leads to new business recommendations," he says.

On top of working hours, Lichtnauer is also happy with the Hi-Mate system's ability to measure trends on fuel consumption which in turns allows the company to accurately report the information at the tendering stage to ensure operating costs are covered.

Along with the new R235LCR-9 excavator, Envirosite has also added a Hyundai HSL650-7A skid steer loader and a Hyundai R27Z-9 mini excavator to its fleet four months ago.

According to Lichtnauer, the HSL650-7A skid steer loader was chosen due to its ease of operation while the R27Z-9 mini excavator for its versatility.

Lichtnauer says the purchasing moves have allowed the company to free up internal resources for business development plans which include opening a waste transfer recycling station.

"The station will recycle everything from plastic to concrete, steel and timber, which means once we've demolished the building we can recycle the materials ourselves.

"Once the transfer station is operational, we will need to expand our fleet further to move materials and manage waste.  When the time comes we'll certainly be looking at what Hyundai has to offer given our satisfaction with the current equipment in our fleet."

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