September 25 - ALE plans to develop a new generation of trailer - the all terrain transporter - that will allow for the delivery of heavy and oversize loads to inland locations via minimally prepared roads.

ALE's research and development department is working together with a manufacturer to develop the new trailers, which the company claims will be a first for the heavy transport industry.

"Currently, a lot of road preparations have to be done to bring big loads to new developed areas on deep inland locations with conventional trucks and trailers," said ALE group technical director Ronald Hoefmans.

"We started to research into a solution that would solve the problem more effectively and we came up with the all terrain transporters, which can perform the task at higher levels of safety and save clients a huge amount of money on road preparations.

"These self-propelled transporters almost move with the speed of conventional trucks and have the flexibility of an SPMT. In addition, their large wheels and the number of drive axles enable cross-country operations."

Hoefmans added that the new ALE concept will enable trailers to travel longer distances, climb steeper slopes and move across unprepared roads, while also having more horsepower.