CTE supplies 18 machines to the City of Rome
By Maria Hadlow10 February 2012
Since September 2011 the City of Rome's Department of Environmental Protection has been using a fleet of CTE truck-mounted articulated platforms, 17 units of the 20.8m working height ZED 21J models and a 28.7m working height ZED 29J.
The contract was awarded following a tender placed in May 2011 to a task-force comprising CTE; Roscini, an experienced Nissan dealer based in Rome, and Tecnoalt, a specialist platform rental, sales and service which is part of the CTE group and also based in Rome.
CTE said that contracts for government agencies are increasingly provided by companies working alongside each other to provide various services. To meet the requirements of the tender the task force had to ensure both the supply of the equipment and deliver after sales services such as extended warranties, direct assistance at the customer's headquarters and replacement vehicles in case of downtime over 48 hours.
Mr Roscini, the Nissan commercial vehicle dealer in Rome said that through Tecnoalt he had been aware of CTE for the last eleven years and during that time they had established a successful partnership and supplied a variety of ZED platforms installed on Nissan vehicles to customers in the Lazio region.
The companies worked on the tender for over a year, Mr Roscini said, "After a discussion with the CTE team we recognised that the ZED 21J and ZED 29J were the models that met the requirements of the tender. Moreover, the tender required an after sales service that only CTE/Tecnoalt and of course Nissan branches could guarantee here in Rome.
"The selection phase included an inspection of our workshops and those of CTE/Tecnoalt by experts from the City of Rome, and we passed this without any problems.
"The ZED 21J is the only platform with a jib that offers maximum working height of over 20m, working radius of over 10m and can be installed on a Category B (up to 3.5t) commercial vehicle. During operation the Nissan Cabstar remains extremely compact and the working envelope covers an incredible working area. The stabilisers are very narrow and there is zero tail swing, both of which were important factors for Rome. Do not forget that Rome not only has wide streets and open spaces but also many smaller gardens, trees along the Tiber, and much more. Now the city can maintain its trees without causing any disruption to traffic."
The machines will be used mainly be used for pruning, which is why it is important that all the hydraulic pipes and electric cables are inside the boom of the ZED 21J and ZED 29J. This means that falling branches and trunks cannot damage these services and jeopardize the function of the machine.