Navistar, Phoenix in Deal to Sell Front Discharge Mixers

By Tom Berg, Truck Editor | January 25, 2012

Editors note: Navistar divested Continental in 2014. Indiana Phoenix ended its agreement with Navistar in 2015. Phoenix was to assemble new trucks using Navistar diesels and Continental drums, but few were ever made, a source said. Phoenix continues to build glider-kitted trucks using rebuilt and remanufactured powertrain components under its own name.

Navistar International and its Continental Mixer subsidiary have completed an assembly agreement with Indiana Phoenix and say they are ready to take orders for integrated front-discharge mixer chassis.

Navistar and Continental also said they are adding models to their planned line of integrated mixer trucks. The announcements came Tuesday at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas.

As announced last year, the front-discharge mixer truck will use a Phoenix rear-engine chassis, Navistar MaxxForce 13 diesel and Continental body, and will be sold and serviced through Continental dealers in the United States and Canada, said Steve Guillaume, Continental’s general manager and a Navistar vice president.

The truck will be assembled by Indiana Phoenix at its plant in Avilla, Ind., with a variety of available axle configurations. The drum and associated componentry will come from Continental’s factory in Houston, Tex.

The MaxxForce 13 diesel, rated at 415 or 430 horsepower and 1,450 pound-feet, will be built at the Navistar engine plant in Melrose Park, Ill. The engine uses Navistar’s Advanced EGR emissions system which needs no liquid urea tanks or SCR aftertreatment. This alone saves about 400 pounds compared to competitors’ engines, Guillaume said.

The 12.4-liter engine had previously been certified to meet EPA 2010 emissions limits for International truck models, so was a logical choice for the new mixer truck, he said. It has been thoroughly tested at Navistar’s Fort Wayne technical center for use in the Phoenix chassis.

The latest Navistar-Continental integrated mixer products include a Bridge Saver truck model for bridge formula states requiring long wheelbases, and a trailer mixer with a high-capacity drum. The trailer mixer is due out this summer and can be pulled by an International WorkStar or other tractor. It’s aimed primarily at Canadian markets, though this type is also used in some U.S. locales.

The Bridge Saver truck uses a WorkStar chassis and a Continental barrel fabricated of Hardox high-strength steel specifically formulated for concrete mixers. This new design saves nearly 2,000 pounds versus comparably spec’d steel mixers and retains the durability advantages of steel over composite materials, Guillaume said.

Controls for the mixer can be tied into the truck’s Diamond Logic multiplex wiring system to allow easier and more efficient operation of the drum.

Continental’s dealers will sell and service the integrated mixers. The company now has 29 dealers with 120 locations in 24 states and Canada, Guillaume said. More will be added soo