English - Nooteboom Giants on the Road Magazine English - Nr. 6 - 2019 | Page 56

GIANTS ON THE ROAD Silvasti has within 25 years’ time become the leading specialist in abnormal transport in Finland. The company has branches in Finland, Germany, Russia and all the Scandinavian countries. During the severe winters in Finland the equipment is taxed to the limit. Ville Silvasti: “Our Nooteboom trailers are extremely reliable. Their simple operation is important to us as well. Nooteboom delivers trailers to us that can cope with the long, cold Scandinavian winters.”  ■ 1  WHO IS VILLE SILVASTI? I am a 41-year old transport entrepreneur and I am convinced that many improvements can be made in the special transport sector. 2  WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE? From a very early age I used to accompany my father and he taught me everything there is to know about transport. He sold his transport company in 1988 and I started my own business in 2002. Later on I took over my father’s former company again. 3  IN WHICH YEAR DID YOU OBTAIN YOUR HGV LICENCE? In 1998 I got my driving licence and I needed it urgently because I used to drive myself when our company was still small. 4  DO YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR ONE PARTICULAR BRAND? QUESTIONS TO VILLE SILVASTI Director Silvasti 56 I don’t have a passion for one particular make of truck, because the technique of the various truck brands is becoming more and more similar. I have more passion for specialist trailers, because they earn us our money. For investments in trailers with a load capacity of up to 100 tonnes I prefer Nooteboom. 5  WHICH COMPANY IN THE TRANSPORT SECTOR SERVED AS AN EXAMPLE FOR YOU? None of them, because I believe we have to set an example ourselves. I try to always be a step ahead of the competition.