BULUGAYA ENGINEERING MEETS TIGHT DEADLINE FOR HINO CASH-IN-TRANSIT VEHICLES
Bulugaya Engineering, located in North Riding, Randburg, recently took on and met a very tight schedule to build seven Hino-based bullet resistant cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicles for Fidelity Security Services. The order was placed on February 9 and the finished vehicles were supplied well before the end of March deadline.
What made the challenge even tougher is that it occurred at a time when Hino SA had built out the previous Hino 300-Series 611 model and was ramping up production at its Prospecton plant, near Durban, of the all-new 300-Series where the nomenclature has changed to 614 in line with a change in specification.
This meant the production team at Bulugaya Engineering had to work with two different cabs, as one of the major changes on the new Hino 614 is a totally new-look cab that has a strong family resemblance to the Hino 500- and 700-Series models.
This meant Bulugaya had to build the last Hino 611 CIT vehicles, using the previous generation cab, as well as the first to build such a unit using the all-new 614 model. Three of the vehicles were built on the 611 chassis-cab and four on the new 614 underpinnings.
Bulugaya has been building bullet resistant armoured vehicles for the cash-in-transit industry since 2004 and has built more than 300 of these units, most of them on Toyota Dyna 4-093 or Hino 300-Series chassis-cab platforms.