English - Nooteboom Giants on the Road Magazine English - Nr. 6 - 2019 - Page 14
GIANTS ON THE ROAD
LIGHT AND LOW
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.
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. 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
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
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. ■
The extendible Megatrailer is the right solution for both long and high loads