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Recycler relies on Allison-equipped Scanias to expand services

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PFORZHEIM, Germany – Located at the edge of the Black Forest, the city of Pforzheim has expanded waste paper collection, with area-wide implementation of dedicated waste paper bins. Beginning January 1, 2013, the city commissioned Vanni + Didicher to provide these services for the next seven years, with an option to extend for another two. Vanni + Didicher purchased three new Scania P320 DB 6x2*4MNA, low-entry refuse vehicles, each has a Euro 5 DC9 engine with 9.3 liters of cubic capacity and a maximum performance of 235 kW (320 PS) at 1,900 U/min. All are equipped with Allison 3000 Series fully-automatic transmissions.

“I recommended fully-automatic transmissions for the Vanni + Didicher application, because they are perfect for the refuse sector. Even though they may require a higher initial investment, they pay off. Other transmission technologies would require about four clutch changes during nine years of operation and that means additional costs in terms of maintenance and downtime,” said Andreas Knirsch, manager of Martin Knirsch Kraftfahrzeuge GmbH, in Karlsruhe.

Allison fully-automatic transmissions use a torque converter in place of a traditional dry clutch. This reduces shock and vibrations over the entire driveline and eliminates costly clutch repairs. Additionally it multiplies engine torque at vehicle launch, substantially improving vehicle performance and maneuverability during stop-and-go operation, both in congested traffic and over urban collection routes.

Allison fully-automatic transmissions relieve the driver from having to make gear changes, allowing both hands to remain on the steering wheel so the driver can concentrate on driving. “To make the workspace more ergonomic, the shift selector is integral to the steering column. This makes gear selection much more convenient for the driver,” Knirsch explained. Furthermore, the Scania P320 features a low-entry cab, which drivers prefer.

Vanni + Didicher relies on Faun for the bodywork. The two vehicles in daily service collecting waste paper from homes are equipped with a Variopress rear loader, and the third truck with a Powerpress rear loader can also collect commercial waste.

“To date, we have had positive experiences. The support is good, the vehicles are good and our drivers are completely satisfied,” said Siegfried Didicher, director at Vanni + Didicher Recycling GmbH & Co. KG.

Overview Refuse Collection Vehicles



Scania P 320 DB6x2*4MNA


DC9 9.3 liters

Engine rating

235 kW (320 HP)


Allison Transmission, model 3200

Exhaust emission standard

Euro 5

Gross vehicle weight

26,000 kg

Wheel base

4.300 mm


2 vehicles with Variopress rear loader

1 vehicle with Powerpress rear loader


About Vanni + Didicher

Vanni + Didicher Recycling GmbH & Co KG is based in Pforzheim-Nord, Germany, and is a full-service disposal company. In addition to the three Scania Allison-equipped refuse collection vehicles, the company has a fleet of 25 trucks and approximately 45 employees.

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Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles, medium- and heavy-tactical U.S. military vehicles and hybrid-propulsion systems for transit buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including on-highway trucks (distribution, refuse, construction, fire and emergency), buses (primarily school and transit), motor homes, off-highway vehicles and equipment (primarily energy and mining) and military vehicles (wheeled and tracked). Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs approximately 2,800 people. Allison has manufacturing facilities and customization centers located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Hungary, with a global presence, serving customers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. More information about Allison is available at

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Jun 25, 2013

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Allison Transmission (NYSE: ALSN) is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in electric hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and employs approximately 2,900 people worldwide. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India. Allison also has approximately 1,400 independent distributor and dealer locations worldwide. For more information, visit