ALE’s widening trailer innovation wins industry award

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ALE’s new widening trailers have been crowned Innovation of the Year at The Heavies, an awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of the last year and recognising industry excellence within the UK heavy haulage and abnormal lift industry.


On announcing the winner, the judges were extremely enthusiastic about the winner in this category, describing the trailers as “a truly innovative solution to a major problem with very heavy loads”, and “pushing the boundaries of 21st century heavy haulage.”


ALE launched their new fleet of widening trailers last year. The trailers can be manually widened to 4.3m whilst loaded, making these the only trailers of their kind in the UK. With lower imposed ground pressure, these trailers are more inclined to achieve route clearance compared to other trailers. As the wider distribution of axle weight and gross load over the structure will result in less stress on the bridge and bearings, the trailers provide a more favourable solution for bridge owners and local authorities.


ALE was also highly commended for one of the most coveted awards, the Project of the Year award. ALE was highly commended for the combined use of SPTs, SPMTs, AK912 crane and their Mega Jack 800 system to perform the roll-up, jack-up and load-out activities of a jacket and topside in Lowestoft. In the words of the judge: “With the use of their SPTs, SPMTs and the Mega Jack lift system, this was another successful example of ALE’s capabilities to complete enormous tasks: with the utmost safety and pride.”


This follows on from last year’s successful win for the Job of the Year and the Project of the Year awards.


Matthew Rushton, Senior Sales Manager for ALE, who received the awards, said: “Congratulations to all involved in the organisation of The Heavies 2017, which yet again proved to be another successful year recognising the hard work by all in the UK Heavy Haulage Sector. For ALE to be recognised for its launch of widening axle technology is a proud moment for all concerned in the project and underlines our commitment to leading the way in bringing innovative solutions to the market.”


In its third year, The Heavies award ceremony was held at the Peterborough Arena, UK, in March.


The award ceremony was attended by hundreds from the UK heavy transport industry and the 16 categories honoured the achievements of industry organisations who have contributed towards innovation, outstanding service, efficiency and quality.

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