Hino backs Bodyworx information program

Truckmaker points to improved operational outcomes

Hino backs Bodyworx information program
A Hino chassis


Hino Australia has embarked on an extension of its Bodyworx program, which now comprises a series of information seminars for truck body builders, component suppliers and engineering certifiers.

Hino launched Bodyworx in early 2018 with the creation of an online portal containing technical and regulatory information to assist with the design and construction of truck and bus bodies on Hino chassis.

The maker says it has a responsibility to actively share information with body builder and component supplier business partners.

"Hino is at the forefront of the operational, safety and technology integration between the truck and the body, with body builders, component suppliers and certifiers now requiring a far greater understanding of the intricate workings of these systems than ever before," Hino Australia manager of product strategy Daniel Petrovski says.

"It is also essential that they understand the implications associated with fitting a body to a Hino chassis and that there can be differing impacts on the vehicle’s chassis from the various body types and the body mountings that can be chosen.

"At Hino, our trucks are built under the guiding principles of quality, durability and reliability, and by providing this next level of information to our body builders, we are equipping them with the knowledge about the Hino trucks they require to build and mount their bodies to the end customer’s vehicle.

"We know that a correctly integrated body provides our customers with superior operational outcomes, which is a positive for everyone."

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More than 200 body builders nationally were invited to attend the first round of the Hino Bodyworx seminars, which ran over two months in five capital cities, it notes.

It covered topics such as body-mounting guidelines, recommendations and specifications, CAD drawings, detail on technology systems employed in the various Hino models and how bodies need to be built to integrate with them.

"The Bodyworx seminars are a natural extension of the information already available on the Hino Bodyworx portal," Petrovski adds.

"They allow Hino direct contact with the body builders and component suppliers and provide context, and importantly enable us to answer specific questions that industry participants may have.

"Feedback from the seminar attendees has been very positive, and we believe it will ultimately lead to better outcomes and products for our customers."

Hino quotes feedback from Licensed Certifiers Association (LCA) president Pete Weatherby.

"The event was an excellent opportunity for AVEs and body builders to establish important business links with Hino and more so important with the growing applications of technologies," Weatherby says.

"We recommend the Hino Bodyworx events to all of our LCA members, including our AVE counterparts interstate."


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