The Donauwoerth-based company Heavydrive has been on the road to success since 2006
The success story of Heavydrive GmbH started in 2005 with a striking idea: Existing mini crawler cranes on the transport and lifting market were able to lift and position loads. What they could not do, however, was drive under load. Then, mechanical engineer Günter Übelacker developed light, stable transport equipment and thus the HDL series was born. The clever construction of the glass transport wagon guarantees stability by the goods to transport itself. This intelligent construction was patented by the German Patent Office in Munich. Demand was tremendous: The new HDL series took the company to global leadership within just a few years.
In 2006, Guenter Uebelacker founded the company Heavydrive consisting of two employees in Pfreimd in Oberpfalz, Germany. With a vacuum suction system by Woods Powergrip, an assembly crane SLK 25, a HDL 800 and a transporter the company expanded in the renting area and laid the foundation for the Heavydrive rental park. In November 2006, the company moved to Donauwörth, where its headquarters are today.
From this time on, Heavydrive began its success story. Thanks to increasing turnover, the company was able to increase its team to six employees. Being present at international trade fairs such as Glasstec in Düsseldorf, Frontale in Nuremberg or the window construction trade fair in New Delhi, Heavydrive has soon become known as an all-in-one provider of lifting and transport solutions.
In 2007, the first large-scale international project followed: putting glazing of the façades of seven high-rise towers in London City for the company Gebr. Schneider in Stimpfach. Heavydrive was responsible for the complicated static calculations for the building shells, supplying a Helm rail system from the product series HSS and MKZ. Alongside its day-to-day vehicle hire business, the Donauwörth-based company completed the project within the deadline of a few months, achieving a turnover of just under 115,000 euro.
One year later, Heavydrive once again demonstrates its competence in the next large-scale project. Heavydrive takes on a job that involves moving two complex pieces of art made of steel and glass for an exhibition in the Guggenheim museum in New York, taking care of everything from packaging to transport. The largest element of these pieces of art is a glass pane measuring 3.20 metres in diameter. For transport by ship from Bregenz to New York, company founder Guenter Uebelacker developed special racks, making sure that the pieces of art were delivered to the Guggenheim Museum in New York safely and on time. This project earned Heavydrive a turnover of more than 100,000 euro.
The reliable single-source service provided by Heavydrive is also much in demand on the Arabian peninsula. In 2009, for the construction of the then second tallest building in the world, the Royal Clock Tower in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Guenter Uebelacker signed a supply contract to the tune of around 580,000 euro, which roughly matched the company's annual turnover at that time. The construction of the 601-metre-tall royal clock tower comprising heavy glass elements weighing up to 1,800 kilos required innovative equipment. Heavydrives solution: seven different MRK cranes equipped with purpose-developed overhead manipulators that are designed to lift extremely heavy glass panes even at considerable heights. Here is an example of this master stroke of engineering: A 3-axle manipulator in the form of a basket which is adapted to a car crane. This enables the assemblers to transport and install the heavy glass panes weighing 1,800 kilos from the outside of the building, even at a height of 560 metres. Within only six months, Guenter Uebelacker managed to develop and produce this new equipment in Japan, Italy and Germany, including the time-consuming certification process carried out by TÜV Nord. With this successful project, the company reached a turnover of one million for the first time.
Heavydrive has secured a foothold in this sector thanks to its customised assembly and transport solutions for any construction site situation. Increasing demand calls for expansion: In 2010, the company moved to the 10,000 square metre factory premises in Kuesterfeldstraße in Donauwoerth and increased its team to eight employees. The rental park has also steadily increased: The company's range of products includes different MRK mini cranes by the manufacturers Maeda and Unic, various vacuum suction systems (VSG) with a payload of up to 2,500 kilos, glass fitting equipment (GMG), motor chain hoists (MKZ), glass transport wagons (HDL) as well as assembly cranes (ML). The company also rents out all-terrain telescopic forklift trucks (GTS) and lifting platforms (GTB and SB).
At its headquarters, the company offers professional servicing and repairs on machinery and has its own wash facilities for both small-sized and large-scale equipment. Here, trained staff perform maintenance and repair work on company-own and external equipment and guarantee 100% machine operation. A dedicated test area enables employees to check the equipment's vacuum power and adjust the vacuum suction systems for each construction site situation accordingly. The company's central location in Donauwoerth ensures quick and reliable delivery. The equipment is kept in two well-organised warehouses and is "on-call" at all times and can be shipped to Frankfurt and Cologne in 3 and 5 hours, respectively. For small equipment, Heavydrive even offers worldwide overnight delivery including all customs and transport documents.
Thanks to the continuous growth of the company, the car pool is also growing. In addition to the existing transporters and twelve-ton trucks, managing director Guenter Uebelacker invested in a new fleet of Iveco Daily vans in 2013 with 3.5 ton trailers for transporting loads of 2.5 tons.
The increase in staff to 12 employees called for an increase in office space. In December 2013, Heavydrive expanded its administrative building by 300 square metres. The office employees moved into newly renovated offices with a large social room and the workshop and assembly employees got a new lounge area and a master office.
The success of the Donauwoerth-based company continues Today, Heavydrive GmbH offers a wide range of products that have helped make the company a market leader in a sector which promises strong growth. Managing director Guenter Uebelacker knows the market and has a clear vision: "When I cast my net, I always do so with a view to the future. I do things nobody else has ever done before me and never lose sight of the goals: to be better than the market expects us to be. “
To achieve this goal, Heavydrive is continuously developing new, innovative specialist equipment for a vast range of construction site scenarios as well as any other problematic situation. From practice for practice. Quality and reliability are what's most important. By 2015, the company plans to increase its staff to 16 and expand its vehicle fleet to include 26-tonne 3-axle trucks. In the medium term, a subsidiary in central Germany is planned.
|2019||Foundation of a subsidiary in Russia|
|2018||Foundation of a branch office in Switzerland and expansion into the USA and Dubai|
|Spring 2016||Moving to Tapfheim and expansion of the company premises to 18,000 square meters
Turnover of more than 2 million euros
|2015||Development of the product series "Heavy suction systems for capacities of up to 6,000 kg"|
|2014||Numerous international large-scale projects in Sweden, England and the USA
Expansion to 16 employees
|Dezember 2013||Expansion of the company premises and of the employees to 12 people|
|2013||Increasing the fleet of vehicles|
|2010||Moving to Kuesterfeldstraße in Donauwoerth onto 10,000 square metre halls, storage area and offices with an expansion to 10 employees|
|2010||Renaming of the company into Heavydrive GmbH|
|2010||Large project: Makkah Clock Tower|
|2009||Expansion to 6 employees|
|2008||Large project: Moving pieces of art, Guggenheim Museum New York|
|2007||First large project: Steel work planning and façade glazing, London City|
|November 2006||Moving the headquarters to Donauwoerth, Goethestraße|
|February 2006||Foundation of the company in Pfreimd with 2 employees|
|2005||Developing and patenting of the HDL glass transport wagon|
Watch the interesting video of the assembly in action here.
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