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SPECIAL TRANSPORT The company has become a true specialist Special transport TRANSPORT IS A MAJOR CHALLENGE IN HIGH-VOLTAGE TECHNOLOGY. LARGE COMPONENTS AND COMPLETE SYSTEMS MUST BE TRANSPORTED SAFELY AND RESPONSIBLY WITHOUT PUTTING OTHER ROAD USERS AT RISK. VAN GRINSVEN KRAANVERHUUR & TRANSPORT IN SCHAIJK HAS THE ANSWER. THIS COMPANY STARTED IN THE 1960S WITH TRAILER-MOUNTED CRANES AND LATER EXPANDED ITS SERVICES WITH MOBILE CRANES, (INTER)NATIONAL TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND TRANSIT, AND INDUSTRIAL REMOVALS. 27 that even develops complete trucks on a regular basis to meet its clients' requirements. In 2010, for instance, a Mercedes Benz 2544 was converted with the aim of improving the flexibility and manoeuvrability of very long cargo. This was done in partnership with Mercedes Benz and Broshuis, manufacturer of trailers for special transport. Speciality: transport of transformers. More recently, in the summer of 2015, together with various partner companies, Van Grinsven developed several new trailers for transporting power-transformer components more efficiently. CEO Marco van Grinsven explains the necessary modifications: “In one truck, we have fitted a second hydraulically operated load floor that allows us to double the loading space during a transport. With other units it's possible to have a platform rise out of the truck bed using hydraulic cylinders. Covers that lie on top of the transformers can then be placed diagonally in the tautliner. This enables us to load pallets under the covers and this provides us with even more cargo space. Finally, we have developed three flatbeds for transporting transformer tanks. These have been built to reduce cost while travelling without cargo so no exemptions are required. Another benefit of these flatbeds is that transformer tanks up to 40 tons can be transported, eliminating the need for different vehicles. That results in significant savings on incidental and long-running exemption costs. We now have seven of these vehicles on the road for Royal SMIT Transformers B.V. The great thing is that our fuel consumption and toll-road costs have dropped sharply by investing in new tractors that comply with the highest environmental standards. These cost savings are passed on fully to Royal Smit Transformers B.V. This world of power transformers is a very specialised market. But our share in it goes beyond just transporting large transformers. Among other things, we also collect, store and deliver components such as transformer tanks, covers and conservator tanks.” “IN THE WORLD OF HIGH-VOLTAGE TECHNOLOGY, TRANSPORT IS A MAJOR CHALLENGE”


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