IC T50: The largest heavy and specialized transport companies in the world

12 August 2008

Heavy transport is on the move. With 11 new entries this year and some typical changes, the 2008 Transport 50 ranking of the largest heavy and specialized transport companies worldwide once again shows growth. It is a reflection of the market

In its fourth year the Transport 50 has expanded to 61 companies and is on its way to reaching 100 two years from now, in 2010. The growth this year is largely from companies in South America. In addition, there are many more companies worldwide that deserve a place in the T50.

The ranking is based on information supplied by the individual companies, using a standard form available from IC. Crucial for a ranking is both the total and a breakdown of transport capacity supplied by the company. This provides an insight into the capabilities of the company and whether it has its focus on the heavy end of the site- and project-related market or on the sector of heavy haul by road. Often, the latter does not require the extensive capacity typical for site- and project-related hauls, but the, relatively speaking, lighter trailers and low loaders.

Hydraulic modular trailers have become almost the standard when it comes to extreme weights, and their market penetration is still increasing. A typical alternative, in the form of a small two-axle dolly that can be combined to larger transporters, is used in the USA.

The information requested from companies for the T50, divided in the two main segments and further detailed as to the capacity per type of trailer and transporter, is collected on a standard form. To the best of our knowledge we verify the provided information to produce the most accurate listing. However, the listing remains just an indication.

The 2008 table

Just like last year, the top three of the T50 remains unchanged. Mammoet, headquartered in the Netherlands, takes the first position, followed by Fagioli from Italy in second place and UK-based ALE (Abnormal Load Engineering) in third.

Mammoet further strengthened its position by adding more than 8,500 tonnes of capacity to its modular trailer fleet and another 2,000 tonnes to its conventional fleet of specialized trailers.

In addition, ALE, again made a substantial investment in modular trailers where capacity jumped from 38,650 tonnes in 2007 to 55,846 tonnes. That increase gives ALE a larger fleet in modular trailers than Fagioli. Sarens remains in fourth position but has also substantially strengthened its fleet. Investment has been made both in modular and specialized trailers, increasing total capacity from 31,960 to 36,185 tonnes.

Also in the top 10, Bigge Crane and Transport steps up from 8th to 6th place and there are two other major developments. First, Keen Transport in the USA climbs from 11th to 5th position. It is remarkable because the growth was from 9,104 to 32,100 tonnes in the specialized trailer transport category. Second, is a new entry by Nippon Express from Japan, in 10th place. Nippon Express is one of the largest logistical providers, including heavy transport, in Japan and throughout the Far and Middle East.

Three new entries come in at 15, 16 and 17th positions, respectively, Superpesa Transporte Especiais e Intermodais and Transportes Cruz de Malta, both from Brazil, and Ray Anthony International from the USA. Both Brazilian companies are well-known in heavy transport. Their entry into the table has meant other companies are ranked lower.

Other new entries are JH Parabia (Transport) from India at 25, Transportes Noroccidenta from Ecuador at 39, followed at 42 by Edwards Moving & Rigging from the USA, at 43 by Transportes Montejo from Colombia, at 44 by Riechmann Transport and at 48 by Trans-United, both from the USA.

Henry A. Selinsky in the USA is the last new entry at 54. The company is active in the field of crane and rigging in addition to specialized and heavy transport.

Due to the new entries and a couple of major climbers in to the top ten, a large number of companies fell a number of places, despite not reducing their fleet size.

Should you read our T50 and either own, work on behalf of or know about a company that would qualify for a place, we encourage you to contact our office. We will be happy to supply the T50 application form. It is only with your help that we can further improve, refine and expand the list each year. Get in touch with us here at IC.

To see the table showing the full Transport 50 ranking please see the August 2008 issue of International Cranes and Specialized Transport magazine.
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