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You can find all the latest news from the heavy and abnormal transport sector and the heavy lifting industry here, including new equipment and legislation, and recent information from manufacturers and operators. Click on the headline to read the full story, or use the search facility below to find specific information.


ALE goes for the ADDRIVE

Since it was founded in 1983 in Hixon, Staffordshire, ALE has grown into one of the world’s leading heavy haulage companies with numerous operating centres on all five continents. For many years, the industry giant’s road success has been supported by Goldhofer Transport Systems, with more than ...

Sweet success for Van der Vlist

Van der Vlist recently moved a 15m long generator from Germany to the Bury St Edmonds in the United Kingdom. The 3.1m wide unit was 3.85m high and had most of the 50t weight centered in the middle. A 2 bed 4 vessel bridge trailer with supports was used to ensure that the unit was […]

Mercedes-Benz Arocs eight-wheeler plugs a gap for A Rhodes (Haulage)

Portable accommodation transportation specialist A Rhodes treated itself to a special 50th birthday present in the shape of a muscular 8×4 Mercedes-Benz Arocs with impressive 85 tonne-metre Effer crane. The latest addition to the York-based operator’s fleet has joined a Mercedes-Benz ...

DOLL wins tender offer for Algeria

It was not for the first time that the German trailer manufacturer DOLL secured the contract for the production of vehicles destined for the Algerian state enterprise ENGOA. The ‘Entreprise nationale des grands ouvrages d’art’ is a governmental organisation for public works related to ...

Baldwins guilty of corporate manslaughter

Baldwins Crane Hire has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter after the death of its operator Lindsay Easton at the Scout Moor wind farm in East Lancashire four years ago. Easton, 49, died when the brakes failed on a 130 tonne mobile crane he was operating sending it careering down a ...

Faymonville: HighwayMAX sets new heights in North America

A new product puts the ‘cat among the pigeons’ – the Faymonville HighwayMAX from Belgian trailer manufacturer Faymonville is an extendable on-road heavy haul trailer with nine hydraulically steered pendular axles and a technical payload of 260,000 lbs. It is compatible with ...

Van der Vlist: Cleaning up in Kazakhstan

Van der Vlist recently completed a long transport from the port near their office in St Petersburg, way down to Atyrau in Kazakhstan. They collected a Kenworth T800 vacuum truck which had been shipped in from Canada at St Petersburg port, and loaded the 21 ton vehicle onto their 3 axle low ...

Mercedes-Benz SLT weighs in with first Heavies award

An Arocs SLT heavy haulage tractor unit took centre stage at the inaugural Heavies celebration, where Mercedes-Benz carried off the ‘Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year’ trophy. Organised by the publishers of HeavyTorque, the only magazine dedicated to those for whom the abnormal is normal, the ...

The Heavies 2015: The heavy haulage awards

The Heavies 2015: Recognising Industry Excellence A night of celebration The commercial vehicle industry is one of the unsung heroes of British business and commerce. It keeps the wheels of UK PLC on the move. Building and maintaining infrastructure to feed renewal and growth is vital, and the ...

Bob Gowans Joins Andover Trailers as Commercial Manager

Chartered Mechanical Engineer Bob Gowans has joined Andover Trailers to take on a new role as Commercial Manager, bringing with him over a decade of experience within the heavy truck sector. Bob, 33, joins the Hampshire-based plant body and heavy haulage trailer manufacturer after four years at ...

Goldhofer STN-L4 Presented at Bruntingthorpe Plantworx 2015

Goldhofer STN-L4 showcases its talents for transporting all kinds of construction machinery at the UK trade show. When the construction plant industry gathers for the 2015 Plantworx trade show at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, Leicestershire on 2 – 4 June, Goldhofer – the German quality ...

Millers of Longton Ltd’s First New Recovery Truck is Volvo FH16-750

Lancashire-based Millers of Longton Ltd have taken delivery of a Volvo FH16-750 6×4 rigid. Supplied by Thomas Hardie Commercials, Preston, it is the company’s first-ever brand new recovery vehicle and is equipped with a 40-tonne rotator fitted by Boniface Engineering of Thetford, Norfolk.

Andover Trailers Top Choice for Scottish Firm Jim Wilmer & Sons

A timber harvesting company, Jim Wilmer & Sons has replaced an eight-year-old Andover Trailers step frame with a new bespoke-built trailer from the company, after being impressed with Andover’s attention to detail and the proven build quality of its trailers. David Wilmer, Director of ...

Two successful trade fairs for DOLL

In February this year Breakbulk Africa Congress in Johannesburg and IDEX in Abu Dhabi DOLL took their place at the two important trade fairs of the Heavy Haulage and Military Industry. From 16 to 19 February 2015 DOLL took place in Breakbulk Africa Congress, Johannesburg. However, the first ...

Belgian trailer manufacturer Faymonville presents its “HighwayMAX”

New high performance HighwayMAX multi-axle trailer for North America Faymonville Manufacturing specialises in custom trailers, equipped and built for the special requirements of the heavy haul industry. Faymonville proudly announces a new trailer concept, the “HighwayMAX”, an extendible on-road ...

Lorenz Dietsche appointed member of DOLL Management

Effective 1st March 2015 Lorenz Dietsche (49) has been appointed Chief Sales Officer at DOLL Fahrzeugbau GmbH. He will join Mark Toschek and Thomas Fred Herkommer on the company’s Board of Management. Lorenz Dietsche has long-standing experience in the automotive sector. For more than ten years ...


Redruth-based Highway Plant Hire has purchased a new short-length plant body which has been designed and manufactured by Andover Trailers to help the business deliver plant to sites with restricted access across Cornwall. At just 6.15m long, the LPPB18 plant body is mounted to an 18 tonne MAN ...

Van der Vlist Tackle the Ice in Russia’s Ulyanovsk

Van der Vlist recently helped in the project to build a new car tyre manufacturing facility in Ulyanovsk, south western Russia. They were asked to arrange for some equipment in boxes measuring up to 3,75m long, 2,72m wide and 1,69m high to be moved to the construction site from the port of St ...

Van der Vlist Deliver 162m Tower Sections to Brighton

Van der Vlist have recently been helping with sections for a new 162m high tower in the southern UK city of Brighton. The job involved moving tower sections for the Brighton i360 tower, at up to 12m long and 66,5 tonnes, they varied in diameter- from 3,9m up to 4,5m meaning that although low ...

Van der Vlist on Scheudle with Volkswagen in Western Poland

Van der Vlist were recently enlisted to help with a big project in Western Poland. The construction of a new Volkswagen factory just 30km from Van der Vlist’s Poznan office is a great boost to the local area, with production planned to start in 2016 at the factory, schedules are tight.


A new series Volvo FH16-550, Euro 6-compliant, 6×4 Heavy Haulage tractor unit, plated for STGO CAT 3 operation up to 150-tonnes GCW, has entered service with Manchester and London based Northbank Demolition Company. The FH16 is the first Heavy Haulage artic to be operated by the company. ...

Adrian Murphy new Chief at the helm for Hewden

National Plant hirer, Hewden, has today announced the appointment of Adrian Murphy as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. Based at the firm’s Manchester Head Office, Adrian takes up the new role with immediate effect.

DOLL appoints Thomas Fred Herkommer as Chief Operating Officer

Effective today Thomas Fred Herkommer (55) has been appointed Chief Operating Officer at DOLL Fahrzeugbau GmbH. He is going to manage the company together with Chief Financial Officer Mark Toschek. Well-known expert to drive production optimization High order backlog Double-digit growth planned ...

Hoist Liftruck ships first UK-bound FR Series 25/35

Keith Rhodes Machinery Installations will be the recipients of the first FR Series extendable counterweight Hoist Liftruck in the United Kingdom. A Hoist Liftruck FR Series 25/35 extendable counterweight liftruck is on its way to Gloucester and will be the first truck of that series in the ...

Andover Trailers keeps Alan Blaylock Haulage rolling seven days a week

Specialist rail contractor Alan Blaylock Haulage Ltd. has purchased a bespoke tri-axle step-frame trailer from Andover Trailers, relying on the trailer’s durability to move road rail vehicles and other plant across the north of England seven days a week. The business, based in Carlisle, ...

Twin-axle low bed semi-trailer from Faymonville extends vehicle fleet

de Meuron values the MegaMAX for boat and building  Dynamics and flexibility are two of the important cornerstones in the corporate philosophy of Christian and Myriam de Meuron. Their eponymous transport company based in Gerzensee has undergone constant development since its establishment in ...

British Truck Racing Champ Mat Summerfield Halts MAN HQ

Staff at MAN Truck and Bus were treated to a show-stopping experience when British Truck Racing champion Mat Summerfield rolled up at their HQ. The three-times British champion, and current title holder, spent the day at the Swindon site, meeting staff and displaying his purpose-built 1150BHP ...


A selection of articles from recent issues of HeavyTorque. Simply click on the image or title to read the article.

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HeavyTorque is a quarterly magazine that brings you news, in-depth features and comment from experts in the sector. The HeavyTorque website gives you access to the main articles from every issue of the magazine. You can choose to read individual articles online, or download them, with a charge for premium content. Or you can subscribe to the magazine to get unlimited access to all the content. The website also brings you all the latest news from the abnormal transport and heavy lifting sectors, updated daily. And you can find out more about the industry’s prestigious annual awards, The Heavies – including previous winners, award categories and how to enter next year’s awards.

From the well written articles to the exceptional photos, Heavy Torque is a market leader in our industry. At Van der Vlist we love keeping up to date with the latest news and projects, even making our own appearance in 2016. We could not recommend this magazine enough.

James White, Commercial and Business Development

Van der Vlist Group

HeavyTorque is an essential read magazine for decision makers within the heavy haulage and specialist transport industry and provides a great opportunity for manufacturers to make their mark. The adverts are well produced, editorials exceptionally informative and the staff’s support has always been excellent. Promoting our products in HeavyTorque magazine is one of the best marketing decisions we have made.

Martin Pickering

Marketing Communications Manager

Kelsa choose to advertise in HeavyTorque because its content is clearly for serious players in the haulage industry, with a wide range of informative articles. We know that it reaches the right people and covers aspects of trucking most others do not, offering information on changes within the industry as well as new products and services. As a designer I’m also aware of the extremely high quality of the photographic content and print. We are really happy with the service we receive and have no hesitate in recommending HeavyTorque to truckers everywhere.

Frank Seddon

Kelsa Truck Products Ltd

I certainly enjoy reading HeavyTorque - and whilst we do not operate any heavy haulage ourselves - we do so on a sub-contract basis. Therefore, it’s good to see what equipment is being used by both suppliers, and the industry operators alike. The content and photographic quality is always first rate. Keep up the great work!

Duncan Rogers, Managing Director

Projector Lifting Service Ltd

HeavyTorque magazine is a class apart. Its orientation illustrates our sector on a different level. The general look is really unique and we value the highly informative content. The magazine is an ideal communication platform and partner for the Faymonville Group – who offer the complete transport solution for payloads from 15t to 15,000t… and beyond.

Alain Faymonville, President

Faymonville Group

HeavyTorque is the magazine for the heavy haulage industry. The Magazine offers a very high standard of ads and editorial and the design and content is always exceptional. Advertising in HeavyTorque has been a great decision for us.

Katie Marshall, Marketing Manager

RUD Chains

HeavyTorque has set a new standard in specialist print and on-line journalism. Not only is it attractive and appealing with great photography and layout, but the features provide in depth and incisive insight into this highly specialised sector of the road transport industry.

Phil Moon, Marketing Manager

DAF Trucks Ltd

From the drivers’ viewpoint, HeavyTorque is a must-read for those interested or associated with the heavy haulage industry. The title is very informative on a wide range of projects - not only in the UK - but worldwide. On another note, it was a personal privilege (as a driver) to be invited to the industry awards evening, The Heavies… but to then be awarded 'The Heavies Hero' in 2017 was an amazing achievement. May I say a massive thank you to my fellow peers for their continued support and nominations!

Kevin Brookes, Driver (and Heavies Hero 2017)!

Ascroft Transport

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Linda Galt, Director

Galt Transport

HeavyTorque is a “must read” for renowned decision makers of the heavy haulage industry and therefore a great opportunity to make one’s mark. The ads look fabulous, editorials are exceptionally informative and the staff’s support has always been great. Advertising in HeavyTorque Magazine is one of the best marketing choices we have made.

Mrs Brunhilde Rauscher-Doll, Director

DOLL Fahrzeugbau GmbH

Heavy Torque has quickly established itself on the market. An interesting magazine peppered with facts and information around the heavy transport industry. An unusual format, superb images and good articles are the key to your success. Congratulations! Keep it up!

Erich Traub, Marketing Manager

Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft