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Sobanscy Transport – Megatrailers Light and Low

May 2019

IN 1989 RYSZARD SOBANSKI STARTED A SMALL TRANSPORT COMPANY IN GLOWCZYCE, NEAR THE BALTIC SEA COAST. THE COMPANY WAS EXTREMELY WELL ORGANISED AND GREW FAST.

In 2014 their 50th commercial vehicle hit the road and in 2016 the 100th employee was taken on. 2017 brought another milestone because in that year a separate department for abnormal transport was established. During the past year Nooteboom delivered as many as eleven new trailers for this new activity of Sobanscy.

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Grzegorz Szymanowicz is responsible for the day-to-day management of the special transport department. Grzegorz: ”Sobanscy Transport started out a long time ago as a transporter agro products mainly potatoes. More than a hundred owners of large farms in Poland and other EU countries are our customers. From agricultural products, to agricultural machinery is only a small step. Our second business is the international transport of steel and coils. Clients in this field were also interested in extended trailers.

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The extendible Megatrailer is the right solution for both long and high loads

In 2016 we were looking for a supplier of reliable and low trailers. The Megatrailers of Nooteboom met our requirements perfectly. Nooteboom trailers can be used for our agricultural transports as well as the steel and coils transports. It means we can offer our customers more choice.

The majority of our Megatrailers are single extendible with one self-tracking axle. We also have a few MCO-48-03V(VM) trailers with three hydraulically steered axles. The load floor of these semi-trailers can be extended up to 29 metres. For us this is a new market segment.
At first our drivers had to get used to it, because to go from a length of 16.5 metres to an extended length of around 30 metres is a big step. On a farm yard or construction site there is often very little room to manoeuvre. But the hydraulically steered axles make it possible for us to load and unload everywhere. The Nooteboom Megatrailers are low – 980 mm! – and also very light, which gives us a lot of extra load capacity.”

With their quality service Sobanscy Transport is able to win over a growing number of European customers. In order to meet that demand Sobanscy opened new branches, first in Poznan, on the main route from Germany to Warsaw and later on in Raesfeld, Germany, near the Dutch border. So within a thirty-year period a regional Polish coal transport company grew into an international organisation with strategically located branches in Europe.

MCO-MEGA extendible Mega trailer with hydraulic steering

MCO-MEGA extendible Mega trailer with hydraulic steering

With its flexibility, multifunctionality and excellent manoeuvrability the MCO-MEGA is the ultimate mega trailer of Nooteboom. This is due to the combination of hydraulically steered axles and an extendible load floor with a loaded floor height of only 98cm approx. With the double extendible version the perfectly flat load floor can be extended to just over 29m. A unique feature of the MCO-MEGA is the proven hydraulic-mechanical Nooteboom steering in combination with an ultra-thin gooseneck. No vulnerable electronic steering is used at all. The hydraulically steered axles make the trailer extremely manoeuvrable. This steering system also saves costs because tyre wear is kept to a minimum. Outstanding reliability, low running costs, long service life and a high residual value result in a high Return On Investment. The large distance between the axles ensures that the permitted axle weight of the MCO-MEGA is 10 ton per axle at 80 km/h without exemption. Moreover, the low dead weight offers an extremely high payload for transport within the legal limits as well as transport with permit.

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OSD-MEGA extendible mega trailer with self-tracking axles

OSD-MEGA extendible mega trailer with self-tracking axles

The design of the extendible Nooteboom OSD-MEGA is based on the successful OSDS semi-lowloader from the Nooteboom SMART programme. This makes the perfectly flat load floor not only ideal for crane-loaded goods but also for the transport of heavy, self-propelled machines. The OSD-MEGA is a perfectly flat, extendible semi-trailer, with a loaded floor height of just 97cm approximately. The ultra-thin gooseneck, only 11.5 cm thick, has a technical fifth-wheel load of 18 tonnes. This means the OSD-MEGA can be combined with 4×2 or 6×2 mega tractors. With the self-tracking rear axle and chosen wheelbase of the OSD-MEGA it perfectly meets the German paragraph 70 permit regulations. The unique central box-section main beam made of high-grade steel guarantees great torsional stiffness and strength of the chassis and a low dead weight. The finish and conservation are top-quality, the chassis is always fully hot zinc sprayed.

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