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Mammoet and ALE merger creates world’s largest heavy equipment operator

Mammoet confirms that the acquisition of ALE completes today

Mammoet has announced the completion of its acquisition of ALE, creating the world’s largest heavy lift and move company by far, which will now operate as one entity under the Mammoet brand.

A statement from the Dutch multinational, already the world’s largest lifting service provider before the merger, said the acquisition was completed on January 8 and, over the coming months, a fully developed integration plan will be rolled out “focusing on bringing the two organisations together while maintaining safe and world-class service levels to our customers”.

The combined business will offer unparalleled global coverage with over 140 offices and branches worldwide ensure proximity to the world’s most important industrial and urban areas and thus the company’s customer base. British giant ALE was one of the three biggest heavy lift and move companies in the world and was among Mammoet’s biggest competitors in the sector before the acquisition.

Paul van Gelder, Mammoet CEO, said: “We are looking forward to working together with our new colleagues all over the world and establishing long-term relationships with our customers, existing and new. We will put all our efforts into supporting them with their activities aimed at enhancing cities, businesses and communities that are all part of the transition to a more sustainable future. As their goals increase in size and complexity, we must reshape ourselves to support them while keeping our primary focus on safety.

“For that, we want to understand our clients’ business and challenges better than anyone else. Regardless of their size, industry or location. We will keep improving our services and support them to build smarter, safer and stronger across the world.

“We feel a fundamental connection to these words. They express our desire to challenge conventional thinking, minimise risk and lead innovation in the industry. Which is why we have chosen to take them on board in our new brand proposition. Together, we are Smarter, Safer, Stronger.”

According to a statement by Mammoet’s, its combined team of dedicated professionals as well as its fleet of heavy equipment are now the world’s largest, significantly enhancing scalability, innovation capabilities and efficient mobilisation like no one else in the industry. This enhances its ability to deliver in the safest, most efficient and cost-effective way possible, from single day local jobs to multi-year megaprojects.

Mammoet says it is the only global heavy lifting and transport business with a large R&D facility run independently from its operational activities, allowing it to innovate for the long term in close collaboration with customers. Innovations to date, such as the PTC and SK crane ranges and the Mega Jack, have shortened project schedules and redefined industry practices, the statement added.

As a result of the acquisition, Michael Birch, until now member of ALE’s executive board of management, has joined as chief commercial officer on Mammoet’s executive board, which now consists, apart from Birch, of the following members: Paul van Gelder, CEO; Kees Voormolen, CFO; Jan Kleijn COO; and Ivonne Verlinde, chief human resources officer.

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