November 1 - Mammoet has signed a contract for 650 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMTs) at Scheuerle, bringing the company's total number of employed axle lines to more than 3,000.

The purchase of 650 axle lines is the largest SPMT deal for both Mammoet and Scheuerle, who have been doing business together for the past 30 years.

The transporters combine agility and manoeuvrability, allowing for precise positioning of heavy loads, and can be coupled together as required - either mechanically or arranged in a loose coupling mode on an area of up to 600 m x 600 m.

"SPMTs are an important part of our fleet, and play a pivotal role in engineering solutions and safe delivery of our services - which are all about helping our customers improve construction efficiency and optimise the uptime of their plants and installations", says Herman Smit, coo of Mammoet.

As well as the acquisition of the SPMTs, Mammoet has invested in matching power pack units, featuring 140 kW electric engines and 147 kW diesel engines, which will increase the usability of the SPMT modules, says Mammoet.

Mammoet expects the first delivery of SPMT modules from Scheuerle early in 2014, with the entire fleet expansion expected to be completed before the end of the second quarter.