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Van Eck Launches Brand-New, User-Friendly Website


The household name in innovative transport solutions Van Eck proudly announces the launch of a brand-new, user-friendly company website.

The brand-new website is meticulously designed to enable quick and easy access to company and product details and a better user experience.

The company website includes Van Eck’s “Eckcellence” history since 1912, benefits of choosing Van Eck revolutionary Eckstreme Twindeck series, visionary Ecko Co2mbi longer and heavier vehicle series, reliable partner of airline companies Eckspert aircargo series as well as Eckcellence distribution vehicle series as well as full list of Van Eck’s expanded service network and company news including Trailer Innovation 2021 Award in the category ‘Environment’.

Last but not least, it is possible to get in touch with the Van Eck’s expert team members through the website.

View Van Eck’s new website at www.vanecktrailers.com which is available in English, Dutch and German.

Van Eck is the winner of Trailer Innovation 2021 Awards 3rd Place in Category “Environment”


Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck has taken the 3rd place at Trailer Innovation 2021 Award category “Environment” with the innovation Smart Rollerbed Vehicles with NMLU (New Modular Loading Unit).

Founded in 1912, Van Eck has a strong tradition of innovative logistics and had made its first success Trailer Innovation Awards in 2005 with Twindeck Trailers as in Top 3. 

Van Eck is the only trailer manufacturer to design and produce its own rollerbeds. Since 1983 Van Eck has been expertly producing rollerbed box and curtainsider vehicles, that are of the highest quality, impeccably designed and manufactured to function with precision, presenting unparalleled operational efficiencies in air cargo business and in special general cargo applications. Van Eck also has the expertise to transform any trailer into a rollerbed vehicle with rollerbed platfom vehicles custom-built for special uses.

Taking its inspiration from air cargo like loading and unloading efficiencies as well as packing standardization and warehouse management ease of use, Van Eck expert team had been working in European commission backed Horizon 2020 project developing smart loading units namely NMLU – new modular loading unit to streamline all general cargo packing loading, unloading and documentation process like the air cargo business.

Smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU are a new concept and have the vision to transform the logistics system with fast automated loading and securing of cargo. Next to those operations, smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU also provide betterment directly in warehousing operations and at large in railway, ferry and aircargo operations. The practicality and safety side of this concept addresses health and safety issues during loading operations, including COVID risk.

For NMLU’s to present the efficiencies, calculated to be %20 loading capacity increase, and overall system efficiency of 50%, the trailers that will work with NMLU’s need to have rollerbed systems. The quality of rollerbeds, as well as the trailers, the precision fitting and durability under all conditions of use guarantee the success of the overall NMLU enabled system. All these qualities are presented in Van Eck box, curtainsider, and recently developed rollerbed 45ft containers focusing on the efficiencies that can be quickly generated in intermodal transport. As intermodal transport is the most similar to air cargo logistics systems among other general cargo logistics and warehousing, it is envisioned intermodal logistics with central hubs of train stations and ferry docks would be the starting point to implement the NMLU system transformation. Recently developed Van Eck rollerbed 45ft container is the first step in general implementation and initial commercialization of the project.

Smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU’s load capacity efficiencies not only contribute to lowering the CO2 emission but also reduces waste to further contribute to sustainability by eliminating the need for plastic and box packaging.

As the expert manufacturer in producing precision and high-quality trailers fitted with its in-house design and manufacture rollerbed, Van Eck has taken the first steps to transform the general cargo operations ecosystem by providing the most efficient high quality and durable rollerbed vehicles that can seamlessly work with NMLU’s to the market. Van Eck is proud to continue to support this eco-friendly system beyond initial innovation to full commercialization.

Van Eck delivers B-Double LHV to Dekker Chrysanten


Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck saw Dekker Chrysanten return as a customer, after the latter was more than satisfied with the first purchase from Van Eck, a refrigerated trailer. “There was sufficient reason to be the first to ask Van Eck whether they can supply a B-Double LHV,” said Aschwin Hooyboer, Head of Logistics at Dekker Chrysanten.

Dekker Chrysanten is a global player when it comes to growing and selling these colorful flowers. The company is represented on several continents with its own branch. Most cultivation work just happens in the Netherlands. In order to be able to serve the growers with fresh cuttings from the head office in North Holland, the six Dekker Chrysanten trucks drive almost round the clock. “We have six trucks, twelve trailers and fourteen drivers because we do not prefer to leave trucks stationary,” explains Hooyboer. Two trucks are now being used as LHV. “This allows us to carry more block pallets. A total of 42 pallets will be carried in the LHV. So with both long combinations, we get three trailer combinations off the road. ” Van Eck built a new front part for Dekker Chrysanten to which the standard trailer is coupled. However, this part was also equipped with a slider lift. “We do this because we cannot unload at a dock by every grower,” explains Hooyboer. Both LHVs operate exclusively within the Netherlands. Van Eck has prepared the equipment for the transport of flower carts. “That way, we can also recharge effectively and our combinations run empty less often,” says Hooyboer.

Liquid gas

Dekker Chrysanten does not go far enough to reduce the number of trucks on the road while maintaining a consistent transport performance. “We will start using the first LNG trucks during the year to further reduce the environmental footprint of our transport performance. Ultimately, we also intend to drive the LHV with LNG trucks in front of it, ”Hooyboer explains further. “An additional advantage is that these trucks are more comfortable for the driver and that they will use this gas economically. This is how we make our transport activity in the Netherlands more sustainable, which we can safely call intensive. ”

Dekker Chrysanten

At the Dekker Chrysanten headquarters, cogeneration is already being used for the cultivation of the flowers in order to be able to meet its own energy supply. In the countries where Dekker Chrysanten is active, it works as little as possible with harmful pesticides, fair wages are paid and local education initiatives are supported.

Van Eck delivers Mega Curtain Aero Engine Carrier and Mega Aero Engine Carrier to Georgi


The German specialist in air freight and high-quality transport Georgi has been a Van Eck customer for decades. Recently, Mega Curtain Aero Engine Carrier and Mega Aero Engine Carrier trailers were delivered by Van Eck.

The main reasons why Georgi comes to Van Eck for the purchase of new trailers are diverse. “First of all, Van Eck can supply trailers with an internal loading height of more than three meters,” explains fleet manager Hubert Hohl of Georgi. “Secondly, Van Eck always carries out our orders precisely, which is very evident with these trailers, which are equipped with numerous facilities to simplify and speed up loading and unloading,” says Hohl.

Higher and wider

The trailers that Georgi ordered this time have, in addition to a sliding roof, also the possibility to raise the entire roof sixty centimeters over its full length. In addition, the side walls at the rear can be shifted outwards, allowing high and wide machines, for example, to be loaded quickly, safely and damage-free. The technique used to change the trailer in this way comes from Van Eck’s own expertise. Six roller conveyors have been concealed in the loading floor of the trailer and the drive for these has been installed centrally under the loading floor. This creates a trailer with an unusually large loading volume and with exceptional facilities for quick and safe loading and unloading.

Multiple locations

Immediately after delivery, the first of these two trailers left for the Amsterdam, or rather Schiphol branch of Georgi to load a machine. Georgi also has branches in the Czech Republic and Poland, as well as directly at Frankfurt and Leipzig airports. Van Eck has been supplying Georgi with trailers since the mid-1980s. “We have seen the company grow further and further because it has always opted for the most efficient equipment,” says Hans van Eck. Georgi now has a fleet of 400 tractor units and another 470 trailers. It is also striking that Georgi is one of the few German haulers that has a number of LHVs working on a structural basis for several customers. In addition to air freight, Georgi also specializes in pharma transport, dangerous goods, conditioned transport, machine transport and the transport of high-quality cargo.

Van Eck is Proudly Nominated in Trailer Innovation 2021 Awards


After first participating in 2005 with now industrsy benchmark Van Eck Eckstreme Twindeck Trailers, expert manufacturer Van Eck has been nominated in Trailer Innovastion Awards 2021 with Smart Rollerbeded Vehicles with NMLU in the cagetory ‘Environment’. 

Van Eck is the only trailer manufacturer to design and produce its own rollerbeds. Since 1983 Van Eck has been expertly producing rollerbedded box and curtainsider vehicles, that are of highest quality, impeccibly designed and manufactured to function with precision, presenting unparalled operational efficincies in aircargo business and in special general cargo applications. Van Eck also has the expertise to tranform any trailer into a rollerbedded vehcile with rollerbedded platfom vehicles custom built for special uses. 

Taking its inspiration from aircargo like loading and unloading efficiencies as well as packing standardization adn wrehouse management ease of use,  Van Eck expert team had been working in European commission backed Horizon 2020 project developing smart loading units namely NMLU – new modular loading unit to streamline all general cargo packing loading unloading and documentation process like the aircargo business. For NMLU’s to present the efficiencies, calculated to be %20 loading capacity increase and overall system efficiecny of 50%, the trailers that will work with NMLU’s need to have rollerbed systems. The quality of rollerbeds as well as the trailers, the precision fitting and durability under all conditions of use guarantee the success of the overall NMLU enabled system. All these qualities are presented in Van Eck box, curtainsider and recently developed rollerbeded 45ft containers focusing on the efficiencies that can be quickly generated in intermodal transport. As intermodal transport is the most similar to aircargo logistics systems among other general cargo logistics and warehousing, it is envisioned intermodal logists with central hubs of train stations and ferry docks would be the strating point to implement the NMLU system transformatipn. Recently developed Van Eck rollerbeeded 45ft container is the first step in general implemtation and inital commercialization of the project. For this vision and general achivements in developing the new rollerbeded vehicle and overall involvement in the innovation of NMLU’s, Van Eck has been nominated in Trailer Innovation Awards 2021 in category ‘ Environment’.  

Van Eck team included Horizon 2020 project Clusters 2.0. project NMLU (New Modular Loading Unit) systems has been developed to adress the problems of conventional loading operations such as time spent in loading and unloading, hazards for health and safety during loading and unloading operations, improper load securing risks and excessive use of packaging material. 

Smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU are a new concept and have the vision to transform the logistics system with fast automated loading and securing of cargo. Next to those operations, smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU also provide betterment directly in warehousing operations and at large in railway, ferry and aircargo operations. The practicality and safety side of this concept addresses health and safety issues during loading operations, including COVID risk. 

While developing NMLU, Van Eck shared its experience with the ability to design and manufacture the highest quality vehicles with precision and the highest capacity in rollerbed, air cargo operations and packaged loading.

NMLU is a new element between the trailer and pallet and a standard packaging method developed to maximize trailer capacity. Smart rollerbeds with NMLU has the vision to transform the logistics system by offering efficiency in loading and unloading operations, reduction of packaging time, eliminating occupational health and safety hazards, enabling proper load securing, creating a cloud platform for digital documentation and full capacity use of the trailer. The new concept developed by Van Eck offers operational efficiency benefits up to 50% and load capacity efficiencies of average 20%, distributed along with the players of the logistics systems.

Smart rollerbed vehicles with NMLU’s load capacity efficiencies not only contribute to lowering the CO2 emission but also reduces waste to further contribute to sustainability by eliminating the need for plastic and box packaging. 

As the expert manufacturer in producing precion and high quality trailers fitted with its inhouse design and mufacture rollerbed, Van Eck has taken the first steps to transform the general cargo operatiosn ecosystem with providing the most efficient hight quality and durable rollerbedded vehicles that can seamlesly work with NMLU’s to the market. Van Eck is proud to continue to support this ecofriendly system beyond initial innovation to full commercilization. 

Please watch the innovation nomination film for all the details of the project 

Aeroflex intensifies cooperation with Van Eck


When it comes to innovation, Van Eck is the company that has the reputation to uphold. Van Eck plays an important role in the Aeroflex project, in which research is carried out with the support of the European Commission in cooperation with other parties into more efficient and environmentally friendly freight transport. Two prototypes are being developed for this purpose.

One of the two prototypes in this project is under construction at Van Eck. And that is only part of the story. “The starting point of the Aeroflex project is to work with larger and heavier, but also more versatile combinations in order to achieve more efficient road transport in Europe. This project also explicitly looks at the intermodal possibilities of the developed vehicles”, says Ben Kraaijenhagen, who leads the Aeroflex project and has a long track record in the development of trucks, trailers and logistics systems.

Intermodal

The trailer that is being developed at Van Eck is a greatly improved version of a trailer that was developed for an earlier project. “As a result, this trailer has become significantly more versatile. In the first place, the trailer is now also suitable for transport on the train,” says Ton Bertens, engineer at Van Eck full title who is working on the Aeroflex file. “Furthermore, there is a coupling at the rear under the chassis, with which a dolly can be coupled, which in turn couples with a second trailer. This creates an A-Double, Twin Trailer or Van Eck Super Eco Combi, of two trailers. This is in line with the goals of Aeroflex and with developments that play a role elsewhere in European road transport.” Bertens further explains that more aerodynamic aids have been fitted on the side and rear to further reduce the tractor’s fuel consumption. “Cargo Cams’ have also been installed at the front and rear of the load compartment. These are cameras to better estimate the loading volume and we have developed a software program especially for this trailer that allows the planner to load the trailer optimally”. These aerodynamic features will also be tested in the intermodal shipment if they withstand all forces coming from the high speeds.

By railway testing

Now that the trailer has been made suitable for transport by rail, we will see when we can start with a test-drive where the trailer will be put on the train in Luxembourg and taken off again at the Spanish-French border. The versatility of the Aeroflex trailer is demonstrated by the fact that it can also be part of a Super Eco Combi or Twin Trailer combination added Mr. Bertens.

Logistic thinking

“As a project committee, we have always advocated for Van Eck’s involvement in this project,” says Ben Kraaijenhagen. “This company thinks along with logistics systems. You can also see that in their product portfolio. They are better than anyone familiar with the requirements of sub-sectors in road transport and can therefore respond in a practical manner to the questions we are working on with this project, ”says Ben Kraaijenhagen.

Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck invest in its after sales network to sustain the continuity of its customers’ operations


Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck offers custom-made vehicles and invested in its after sales network to offer eckcellent service to its customers.

In addition to its main manufacturers’ service in Beesd, Van Eck recently added 99 new service points from 13 different countries in order to sustain the continuity of its customers’ operations. New service network expansion includes Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, and United Kingdom, to its service network and is committed to achieving minimum downtime and maximum customer satisfaction.

For easy customer access, Van Eck updated its website with the “Find Service Point” page which enables to get the direction to the nearest service point and get more information about them.

Furthermore, for faster and more efficient response to the customer after sales requirements, Van Eck invested in the necessary IT infrastructure and connected its authorized service points with a service portal for timely and diligent warranty handling.

From its main service point located in the production plant in Beesd, the Netherlands, Van Eck offers maintenance and repairs, changeovers, adjustments, and periodic maintenance services with the highly-qualified Aftersales team.

Swiss Post and Hugelshofer rely on Van Eck


Expert trailer manufacturer Van Eck serves its many customers around Europe and the world with its highly specilized trailers. The Swiss Post, for example, has been relying on Van Eck trailers for years.

For transport, the Swiss Post cooperates with a number of logistics service providers. They have special trailers in the striking yellow Post colours. Van Eck recently delivered a new Eckstreme Dubbledeck Trailer to Swiss logistics service provider Hugelshofer, a versatile company consisting of four divisions. In total, Hugelshofer has a fleet of 170 vehicles and 300 employees. The Logistik division carries out the work for the Swiss postal company. This is a well-known customer of Van Eck. “The Eckstreme Double Deck Trailer has more than proven itself in our work”, says Erwin Gloor of the company. “We have been driving for the postal company for at least 20 years. We have been working with Van Eck since 2005. They developed the double-deck trailer with us. The trailers drive short distances and are always heavily loaded”.

Intensive commitment

The double-deck trailers are used intensively. Hugelshofer says that the trailers drive short distances and are always heavily loaded. “These trailers are loaded and unloaded up to eight times a day every day. This entails the necessary wear and tear, ”says fleet manager Erwin Gloor of Hugelshofer. “Van Eck took up the challenge and made sure we got the right trailer available, improving it where necessary,” said Gloor.

Better productivity

The use of a double deck trailer was obvious for Hugelshofer from the outset. “By working with a double-deck trailer, we reduce the number of trips and save up to thirty percent CO2 emissions. The condition for this is that you have to have a suitable deployment area in which these trailers can be used to their full advantage. That’s certainly the case with us,” Gloor says.

Drivers

Hugelshofer comes with these trailers in places that are difficult to reach. “The space at many customers is extremely limited, which is why the tour is often millimetres for our drivers. It requires our drivers to know exactly what they can and can’t do and not get nervous right away. It goes without saying that drivers who want to drive a double-deck trailer have to go through a induction programme”.

Maintenance

Hugelshofer maintains the trailers in-house, but the workshop is managed by a specialist company and is therefore officially not owned by Hugelshofer “This guarantees professional maintenance,” says Gloor. “Every three months, the trailers are expected in the workshop for an overall inspection.”

Van Eck delivers 17 SPECIAL airfreight trailers to Transweb Japan


Trailer manufacturer Van Eck has delivered seventeen new SPECIAL airfreight trailers to its loyal Japanese customer Transweb. “Some years ago, we found Van Eck on the internet and we visited them at the IAA in Hanover. More appointments followed and we ordered several trailers. The recently ordered SPECIAL airfreight trailers will hit the road in our country soon”, Takeshi Maesawa declared. 

Maesawa has lived an impressive career. Starting as a truck driver, he established his own company and he made it grow in several directions. Apart from airfreight, TransWeb is also specialized in container transport, in car transports, and in logistics around events as well as in motorsports. Also, TransWeb is known for transporting exclusive cars for the Japanese market. “This went very well. The Italian manufacturers asked us to execute the pre-delivery inspections as well, the final step before a car is delivered to the customer. We see this as a great honour. It lead to the establishment of a special, dedicated location where we do pre-delivery inspections only”, Maesawa explains. The establishment was realized at the outskirts of Tokyo. “Before manufacturers come to such a decision, they must have done proper investigation if TransWeb is the right partner to entrust such an important step in the quality process towards the end customer.”

Special Trailer

These activities and services require special trailers, and Van Eck seemed to be the proper address, according to Maesawa. However, there must be a mutual understanding to work together very closely. Meanwhile, TransWeb has worked together with van Eck for the past seven years. Trailers feature a specially lowered loading floor to create more inner space, enabling TransWeb to transport more exclusive cars in a safe way. “We have proved this with our customers time and again, and we will do the same now in airfreight”, Maesawa explains.  “With trailers we use for racing teams in motorsports, as well as on many other occasions, Van Eck has proved to be a close partner ready to figure out solutions that work for us. Meanwhile, there was never at any point a concession when it comes to buildquality”, Maesawa says. TransWeb now runs a fleet of 70 trailers and 50 trucks. Also, Transweb operates a fleet of seventy rigids. 

Timing

Maesawa likes to see his trailers to be delivered in time. “Van Eck trailers clearly fit our job. They are robust and reliable en delivery is at the right time. This helps tremendously in operating our business the way we prefer.”He appears also to be satisfied with the assistance of Van Eck when it comes to importing trailers into Japan and to ensure that documents are perfect. The new SPECIAL airfreight trailers will be shipped to Japan. A previous stock of two trailer was driven overland with new trucks from The Netherlands to Wladiwostok, in the east of Russia. There, they proceeded on a ferry for the final part of the journey. 

Van Eck celebrates its 100 year anniversary!


Our legacy is innovation’

For over a century we at Van Eck have dedicated ourselves to the adventure of sustainable transport solutions. The coachbuilder’s workshop set up in 1912 by Johannes Van Eck in Lexmond has grown into an internationally operating trailer manufacturer specialising in custom-made transport vehicles. And that is what we are celebrating this year! 

The celebration of our 100 year existenceis a chance to confirm again our involvement in our values and vision: a strong customer-oriented approach; a constant search for innovation; a preference for challenges; the focus on long term relations with our customers and suppliers and a deeply rooted belief in the valuable part that sustainability plays in European road transport. 

This year we are celebrating our centenary with the motto: ‘Our legacy is innovation’. Since our family business was set up, our whole organisation has focussed on developing innovative vehicles which gives our customer a head start in their logistics service provision. Our success means above all the discovery and development of new transport solutions that save costs and spare the environment. 

We have to thank our enthusiastic employees, suppliers, but above all our customers for our 100 years of existence and our innovative performance. That is why on the occasion of our centenary, in cooperation with our suppliers, we have developed four anniversary vehicles. These innovative vehicles give the customer a great number of competitive advantages and we are offering them to the customer at a special anniversary price. In the coming year the customer can take advantage of these special Anniversary Editions

We realise that our past is based on this innovation, but it is certainly also the key to the future. In addition we want to continue to offer a perfect product in the future and of course with excellent service. We have already been working together well with our staff, our suppliers and our customers for many years. Together we shall continue this successful policy. At the same time we shall continue to focus on attention for and personal contact with our customers. Now and in the future.

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