As HSR Southern Cross celebrates its 20th anniversary, Founder Martyn Cross takes Waste Management Review through the company’s history.
HSR Southern Cross, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is an Australian owned business with a strong community conscience.
Committed to safety, first-class products and service and exceptional after sales support, the team at HSR Southern Cross have a diverse and extensive knowledge of waste equipment.
The company began in March 2001 as Southern Cross Auto Electrical. It was established by Martyn and Ailsa Cross with the primary focus of serving the needs of Australia’s growing waste and recycling industry.
Martyn explains that the company commenced working out of a small factory unit in Lidcombe, Western Sydney. “But it wasn’t long before we outgrew the premises,” he says.
In 2005, Hydraulic Spares and Repairs was established as a complementary business to Southern Cross Auto Electrical, with both businesses operating under the same roof.
This allowed Martyn and Ailsa to offer a full range of services including electrical, PLC programming, fabrication, hydraulic, mechanical and air conditioning.
“We were primarily servicing multinational waste and recycling companies and Local Government Councils,” Martyn says.
“2006 saw the businesses move to a larger premise in Silverwater, NSW, enabling us to take on large scale elaborate projects in house.”
In 2016, Hydraulic Spares and Repairs were appointed the exclusive Sydney distributor for HYVA truck mounted equipment.
“2017 saw the amalgamation of the two companies to form HSR Southern Cross, streamlining our processes and services for our customers,” Martyn says.
“Founded over 40 years ago, HYVA is one of the leading international providers of innovative and efficient transport solutions for the waste and environmental management sector.”
Providing mobile refuge compaction solutions for a range of multinational waste companies, HSR Southern Cross is the exclusive HYVA Waste Equipment Distributor in Australia and operates not only as a distributor of HYVA equipment, but also as a Certified Australian Manufacturer of HYVA brand skip loaders and HYVA waste equipment.
Servicing Veolia, Remondis, SUEZ and JJ Richards, Martyn says HSR’s relationship with HYVA allows them to provide products that facilitate higher payloads, longer lifespans, and efficient and faster collections.
“Before working with HYVA, we identified a gap in the Australian market, whereby operators wanted to look at other models, due to a level of dissatisfaction with readily available compaction technology,” Martyn says.
Today, HSR Southern Cross is based in Arndell Park, central to most major arterial roads like the M7, M4 and M2.
“At over 5500sqm, our purpose-built facility is truck and trailer friendly, eliminating the need to disconnect before entering the site,” Martyn says.
“HSR Southern Cross is committed to safety and compliance, while providing first class services with industry leading products and support.
“The team at HSR Southern Cross have a diverse and extensive knowledge of the industry with over 140 combined years of expertise.”
The company now employees more than 32 workshop staff over two manufacturing and service facilities in Arndell Park.
The team includes certified and competent trades people, who perform hydraulic fitting, fabrication, electrical, air conditioning and mechanical duties, as well as a trade certified procurement officer and mechanical engineer.
HSR Southern Cross has a fleet of seven mobile auto electrical, hydraulic fitting and welding service vehicles, and an extensive service and repairs department capable of extensive works.
Additional capabilities include a hydraulic test bed facility to enable pre-installation testing of hydraulic cylinders, valving and components, as well as complete inhouse machining and fabrication facilities.
“We also have hook loader, skip loader and garbage truck loan vehicles for our customers, ensuring our customer are never truly off the road,” Martyn says.
HSR Southern Cross hold stock of all popular cranes, hook loaders and rear loader compaction bodies to ensure all equipment needs are met as timely as possible.
“HSR are a certified Australian Made manufacturer of skip loaders and mobile waste equipment including rear loading refuge compactors. We are proudly Australian owned and operated, we look forward to another strong 20 years servicing our customer’s needs,” Martyn says.