GREG Kean, is managing director at Lots of Watts based in Sydney and has a staff of 23.
The business has been in operation for 20 years, and has a branch on the NSW Central Coast at West Gosford.
Lots of Watts recently purchased two IVECO Daily vans for use in its sound, lighting and video hire and sales business.
The new Daily units are both 50C17 models, one with a 15.6m3 capacity on a 3950mm wheelbase that will operate in the Sydney metropolitan and surrounding areas, and the other is a 12m3 capacity mounted on a 3300mm wheelbase that will be based in West Gosford servicing the Central Coast and environs.
"We'd been using another European brand for some years and had some niggling problems, so we decided to look at an alternative. Apart from the fact we found IVECO Trucks Sydney's salesman, Rob Windschuttle, to be very knowledgeable and helpful in the selection process, the product stacked up well against our requirements," said Greg Kean.
"The quality of finish was good and the standard features of a high level. One particular standard was the rear doors opened to 270 degrees and flat against the side of the van, which is essential in our type of operation. We found this to be a cost option from some of the other suppliers."
The 50C17 gets its power from the IVECO three-litre four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with four-valves per cylinder, turbocharger and intercooler and common rail fuel injection.
It has Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) with Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) exhaust emission control. It is offered with both manual six-speed overdrive transmission and also with an automated transmission. Both Lots of Watts Daily vans are spec'd with the standard manual transmission, which has a slick-shifting dash-mounted gear lever that glides through the gate and falls ergonomically to hand.
Lots of Watts provides audio, video and lighting solutions to a wide range of clients including schools, houses of worship, theatres, television and trade customers.
It was established in 1992 and has grown to become one of Sydney's best resources for the entertainment industry. Its West Gosford branch was opened in 2005 to provide service to the expanding NSW Central Coast.
"The large cubic capacity IVECO vans are essential for the movement of our equipment," said Mr Kean.
"We manufacture, in-house, large cabinets to accommodate speakers and other sound, lighting and video gear and with some deliveries we need all the area possible to load our equipment comfortably."
Lots of Watts' sophisticated electrical equipment and componentry is of a delicate nature requiring minimum road vibration. Daily's independent torsion bar front suspension with double acting shock absorbers and long-leaf parabolic rear suspension offers the operator insulation from road trauma.
The new Daily has set another benchmark for light commercial vehicles winning the European Award for Sustainability in Transport and the Premios Europa del Transporte in Spain for innovation. The range was released in Australia in March 2012.
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