Allison Transmission

SITA chooses Allison automatic transmissions

Press Release   •   Feb 01, 2010 10:26 GMT

Iveco CNG / Allison 3500s feature in sideload CNG refuse trucks

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Allison Transmission, the premier global supplier of commercial
duty fully automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems, has supplied the
transmissions for the first Australian order of a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Allison
equipped refuse fleet for SITA Environmental Solutions.

SITA Environmental Solutions (SITA), one of Australia's leading recycling and waste
management companies, placed 23 Iveco 6x4 ACCOs with the Allison 3500 into service
during the middle of last year.

SITA represents one of a number of fleets in Australia trialling CNG solutions, reflecting a
wider trend across a number of vocations within Australia and overseas.
Robert Cavagnino, Allison Manager of Sales and Marketing for Australia & New Zealand,
explained that along with the exploration and application of clean energy, CNG is becoming
the selected technology to help transporters generally improve environmental protection.

“Allison Transmission has actively responded to this trend by engineering and applying its
conventional fully automatic transmissions into CNG engine equipped vehicles,” says

“Our electronic controls, coupled with the latest torque converter technology and
powershifting greatly assist in improving vehicle performance, which is key in maximising the
efficiency of CNG engines.”

“Across other vocations, we have also worked closely with the Boral fleet to introduce Allison
equipped–CNG engines into their most recent Concrete Agitators, and we’ve had a rapid
uptake of the technology across the bus and coach sector.”

SITA’s State General Manager SA, Greg Panigas, says that the sideload Iveco CNG trucks
were chosen because of their efficiency, reliability, and most importantly, smooth stop-start

“We run Allisons in all of our domestic trucks, simply because we like their transmissions
best,” said Panigas.

“They do a good job – in particular, we find the automatic transmissions handle the stopping
and starting really well, which is crucial for refuse trucks.

“In fact, we’ve been running with Allison transmissions for 30 years.”
Robert Cavagnino, Allison Manager of Sales and Marketing for Australia & New Zealand,
said the CNG engine combined with the automatic transmission creates an environmentally
conscious and fuel efficient vehicle.

“We worked in conjunction with Iveco’s team to review the engineering to ensure the engine
characteristics were optimal, and it was determined optimum startability would be maximised
through torque converter selection and the final drive ratios, which were altered to 6.83 to 1,”
says Cavagnino.

About SITA
SITA Environmental Solutions, Frost & Sullivan’s Asia-Pacific 2009 Waste Management
Company of the Year, is a SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT and Sembcorp Environment joint
venture, provides weekly services to over 43,000 commercial and industrial clients and more
than 3 million residents across Australia. SITA’s services include domestic, commercial &
industrial waste collection; waste assessments; resource recovery and recycling options;
processing of organic materials into compost; renewable energy facilities; hygiene services;
waste treatment; and product destruction. More information on SITA’s services can be
obtained by calling 13 13 35 or visit

Allison Transmission, Inc. (Allison) is the premier global provider of commercial duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems. Allison products are specified by over 250 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers and are used in many market sectors including bus, refuse, fire, construction, distribution, military and specialty applications. Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,900 people. Regional headquarters with dedicated support staff are located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Japan. With a global presence in 80 countries, Allison has over 1,500 distributor and dealer locations.

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