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Hiab Truck

The Benefits of Using a HIAB Truck for Goods Transportation

Hiab is actually an abbreviation of the brand name Hydrauliska Industri AB, a Swedish company that began manufacturing hydraulic cranes in the mid-1940s. The word Hiab has become synonymous in haulage with any kind of lorry-mounted crane or lorry loader, much like the word ‘Hoover’ is commonly used to describe vacuum cleaners of any brand. In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know about the Hiab truck.

What is a Hiab?

The Hiab is a type of truck originally designed to lift and transport goods. Hiabs are typically used for loading and unloading containers or other industrial cargo at ports, factories, warehouses, and construction sites. These vehicles are made up of a truck and hydraulic crane combined in one vehicle to make loading and unloading cargo more efficient. The engine of the truck is used to power the hydraulics of the crane, allowing cargo to be transferred smoothly from the vehicle to the drop point without the need for an external crane hire to do the heavy lifting. This makes transporting heavy, industrial cargo incredibly efficient. The flexible arm of the crane can reach into areas that would be otherwise inaccessible, to collect and deliver cargo to any location, even where access is limited. 

How did the Hiab originate?

Invented in 1944 by the Hydrauliska Industri AB company, the HIAB soon after revolutionized the industrial transportation industry. Sweedish, entrepreneurial, inventor Eric Sundin had made his living through the production of skis at his first startup business in 1925.

His company, Sundin’s, grew rapidly after attracting the attention of the Sweedish Military who were regular buyers of his merchandise. In 1936, after 11 years of rapid growth, Sudin moved his operations to an industrial plant in Hudiksvall where he developed his fascination for hydraulics.

Sundin was already utilizing the power of hydraulics to manufacture skis in his facilities, and it didn’t take him long to work out that the engines of vehicles could be used to power a hydraulic system.

The fact that the crane was truck-mounted meant that his entire system could be transported anywhere for the convenience of the user. After years of trial and testing, Sundin realised his idea in 1947 idea when he presented the world’s first hydraulic truck-mounted crane and established the HIAB company which would serve to change the haulage industry forever.

The road to today’s HIAB company

Eric Sundin didn’t stop there. He continued to develop new technologies and improve upon the performance of the HIAB over the course of his remaining years. In 1952 he formed the Sunfab company, which still exists today, run by the Sundin family. The company continued to grow rapidly and by 1954 had invented its first hydraulic piston pump.

Demand for Sundin’s intelligent inventions was so high that the family couldn’t keep up with the rate of expansion and eventually sold the HIAB business to an investment company in 1965.

Since then, HIAB has changed hands many times. Initially being purchased by Partek in 1985, which was later taken over by but the KONE Corporation in 2002. In 2005 the KONE Corp split into two companies, KONE and Cargotec, with Cargotech taking over ownership of HIAB where it remains today.

What can a Hiab lorry be used for?

These powerful vehicles are incredibly versatile. After working in the haulage industry for any length of time, it soon becomes apparent how varied the work really is. No two loads are ever the same.

Almost everything that exists was at one point transported using either a truck, lorry or HIAB vehicle, particularly large or heavy objects or machines, manufacturing and industrial materials, down to the very basics, like food and supplies.

For the most part, HIAB’s are used in the transportation of abnormal loads which more often than not pertain to construction, agriculture, landscaping, infrastructure, and energy sectors.

Industries that utilise HIABs

HIAB’s are commonly used on building sites of all sizes to maneuver heavy equipment and machinery, or transport building materials such as wood, bricks, concrete, stone, and so on.

You’ll also likely come across a HIAB at farms or large-scale landscaping projects as they are ideal for transporting large quantities of soil, sand, asphalt, and other heavy materials and equipment.

Most often though, the HIAB finds its home within the transportation and heavy haul industry. Haulage companies like ours rely heavily on the flexibility that a HIAB provides in transporting and delivering cargo for a client.

The hydraulic crane on the HIAB makes the need to hire a separate crane to load and offload cargo at each site wholly redundant. The extendable cranes also make delivering goods quickly and with precision a breeze for haulage companies.

What are the benefits of HIAB truck hire?

  • HIABs can transport and deliver cargo with ease, as well as loading and offloading on-site without the need for a separate mobile crane.
  • These vehicles are able to move goods within a site from one area to another, securely.
  • They can be utilised across a wide range of sectors including construction, farming, shipping, and energy.
  • The HIAB truck exists as a single unit, which can be easily moved, unlike traditional cranes, and perform a lot better on soft surfaces, compared to a mobile crane.
  • This versatile machine is ideal for reaching into tight or restricted spaces with the loader crane capable of up to 180 degrees rotation and 16.5m in length.
  • HIABs are also more compact than traditional cranes and are easier to move making them ideal for urban construction sites.
  • Using a HIAB is a highly cost and time-effective alternative to using a standard crane, as there is no need to prep the site in advance or coordinate with a crane company to offload goods at the site. We find using HIABs helps to reduce overall costs for our clients and helps deliveries to run a lot smoother.

Dyce Carriers’ vehicles

Our HIAB’s have been known to transport a range of bizarre and interesting cargo across the UK. From industrial bridge segments to housing frames, to helicopters and even other trucks, there is no limit to what can be achieved when you have the right equipment at your fingertips.

At Dyce Carriers, we have made it our mission to continually invest in the latest road load handling equipment to ensure, not only that our clients receive the best service, but also, that our drivers and operators are working with equipment that is both safe and efficient.

Our Hiab’s have revolutionized the service we are able to provide our customers. With quick and easy mobility of the mounted crane, our operators make swift work of delivering even the most unusual loads to all those tricky to reach places.

This piece of kit also eliminates the need for external crane hire, making loading and offloading quick, easy, and highly efficient, not to mention cheaper, for our customers.

In our industry, logistics planning is an essential component of our operations. Our talented team of logistics professionals work hard behind the scenes to determine, how, when and where our trucks will be loaded and offloaded, creating route plans, coming up with innovative solutions to complex logistical problems and coordinating the use of our specialist equipment to ensure deliveries run smoothly.

Are you looking for reliable and professional transport services?

Dyce Carriers Ltd is the best choice for your transportation needs. With almost 50 years of experience in transporting goods and a range of bases throughout the UK, there is nothing our team can’t handle. Our fleet includes over 50 specialist vehicles including a number of HIAB that can handle cargo loads of any size, from small boxes to 80-tonne special type loads.

You won’t find another provider of on-road haulage with a proven track record of success like ours. In an industry where no two jobs are ever the same, our talented operators, drivers, and personnel meet every new challenge with equally unique and creative solutions. With our flexible, prompt, and efficient services, you can be sure that your shipment will arrive on time, every time without any hassle or delay. Call now on 01224 723571 for more information or send us an enquiry https://dyce-carriers.co.uk/contact-us/.

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Dyce Carriers sponsor Scottish motocross racer Elaine MacEachern in 2021 season

The team at Dyce Carriers has chosen to sponsor Scottish motocross racer, Elaine MacEachern, in the upcoming 2021 season of the WMX British Championships. DCL’s founding family, the Moir’s, have been involved in motocross sports since the ’80s, and have lent their support to a number of teams and riders throughout the UK.

The motocross season is now well underway with Covid restrictions continuing to lessen over time. Elaine kicked off the racing season at the end of April after her long-awaited return to the sport after three and a half years.

After speaking with another experienced rider, she decided to start her training by racing every weekend at various events across the UK in preparation for the first round of the WMX British Championships at Lyng, Norwich on the 23rd of May. 

The first round of the WMX British was held on a brutal hilly sandy track and despite some first race jitters, MacEachern got off to a great start qualifying second for gate pick.

“In my first race I managed a great kick-off and was first off the start, but straightaway I realised my left-hand grip was loose and my hand was slipping off as I approached corners, causing me to crash and finish in 3rd place.

“It was a frustrating start to the day, but I knew I had it in me to recover and come back stronger in the second and final race of the day.

MacEachern taking the lead in round 1 of the WMX British Championship.
Photo credit: Jc_photographii

“I started out strong again in race two, making it round the first corner in the leading position. After a bad line choice, I found myself in second but was able to pace myself catching up with the leader and making a pass for the top spot. I was ecstatic to pull a comfortable lead bringing home first place in the second race.”

MacEachern finished in second place overall for the day, only 2 points behind the first-place competitor. With the support of her sponsor, Dyce Carriers, she is now preparing for round 2 on the 26th and 27th of June at Little Silver near Exeter.

Discussing her training for the second round MacEachern commented:

 “I have not slacked in preparation for the second round, my dad and I have continued to work hard each weekend and will continue to do so.

“I know I am able to win this British and I will push to achieve this for my sponsors, my family, and myself.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dyce Carriers sincerely for all their help and support in making this possible. It has been an incredible return to the sport, and I will continue to push my limits and give my all each week.” 

Commenting on the sponsorship, Dyce Carriers’ director Jason and Candice Moir said:

“We are thrilled to be supporting young motocross talent like Elaine. Her passion and drive for the sport shines through on the track.

“It was great to see her coming in second overall in the first round and we’re looking forward to watching her race next weekend as round two gets underway. Of course, we wish her the best of luck for the race. She’s got the whole team at Dyce Carriers standing behind her.”

The third and final round will be held two weeks after Little Silver at Whitby, Yorkshire on the 10th and 11th of July. 

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Mental Health at Work: Why it’s important to discuss mental health issues

Mental health is a serious topic for many people. It’s something that we don’t often want to talk about, but the reality is, when you work with others and are in a position of leadership, it cannot be ignored. When you’re in charge of people who rely on your guidance and direction for their livelihoods every day, you have a responsibility to make sure they know what resources are available if they need them. That’s why Dyce Carriers take the time to ensure drivers understand mental health issues and know where they can get help if needed – all while making sure drivers feel comfortable discussing mental health topics at work.

What is mental health awareness in the workplace?

Mental wellbeing is being able to cope with the day-to-day stresses of life, being able to work productively and positively with others, and realise one’s self-worth and potential.

The stress that Covid-19 has placed on our lives, coupled with financial and job insecurity has had a huge impact on people’s mental wellbeing.

At Dyce Carriers, we were fortunate in many ways to be classed as keyworkers, and while our office staff were able to continue working from home our drivers remained out on the road, transporting essential cargo for businesses all over the UK.

Some people have struggled to adapt to the “new normal” of working from home as they may develop feelings of isolation, anxiety, or depression. Others find freedom and flexibility in remote working, preferring this to office life.

HGV drivers experience something similar. On one hand is a sense of freedom, out on the road, soaking in the scenery; on the other loneliness and a lot of time to be left alone with your thoughts. It is understandable why drivers might feel anxious or depressed, particularly at a time when our country has been surrounded by such uncertainty.

Add to that a stigma around mental health and culture which has traditionally encouraged men to suppress their emotions and “toughen up”, it is easy to see how truckers may struggle to open up about their mental health.

At Dyce Carriers, we make it our job to ensure the wellbeing and happiness of our team. No one gets left behind.

Why should employers care about mental health at work?

We spend a considerable amount of time at work so it is really important that people are able to reach out to their co-workers when they need support, and that employees can recognise the signs of a colleague who is in need of help.

Discussing mental health openly in the workplace helps to wash away the negative stigmatism that is associated with mental illness making it easier for staff to be honest about any issues they may be experiencing.

Apart from being the right and humane thing to do to make sure everyone in your team is valued and cared for at work, it is also good for business and long-term productivity as it prevents employees from reaching mental exhaustion or burnout.

We seek to minimise sources of unnecessary stress and promote good mental health and wellbeing at work so our team will always be at their best, both personally and professionally. This is particularly important for our drivers who shoulder an immense responsibility and regularly use heavy and dangerous equipment to lift, transport and offload precious cargo for our customers.

How do we do it?

There are several ways to reduce stress at work, including promoting healthy living and a strong work/life balance, addressing any practices that may cause avoidable stress to employees, and making our operational systems more effective.

Our Aberdeen Yard Manager, Gary Kinnell, goes above and beyond in his role. Gary completed a number of mental health training and suicide prevention training courses with the NHS a few years ago which he puts to good use.

Gary runs a series of mental health awareness presentations, which continue to play on a loop through our TVs and provides support materials to staff that can be found posted around the premises. He utilises materials from the NHS team in Aberdeen, posters, leaflets and so on that promote healthy wellbeing.

Perhaps most importantly, he speaks regularly with the drivers on his team in a one-on-one to check in on how they are doing. Often our drivers will come to him if they are having any issues. It takes a lot of confidence for an employee to raise concerns about mental health issues they may be experiencing before it gets out of control. This is only possible if the working environment supports that.

“It helps if you have an open-door policy,” remarked Gary, “which all the staff knows I have.”

“During the pandemic, I was calling the drivers on a daily and weekly basis as there was a lot of anxiety going about, which the team was really grateful for, including the management in the depots.”

“I am hoping to get on some mental health ambassador training courses now that classroom-based training is starting to come back.”

“Gary has done a lot to help open up a dialogue about mental health in the workplace and encouraged our team to be more thoughtful about the impact they have on each other and allowed us all to talk honestly about difficult topics.” said Jason Moir, Managing Director. “Every workplace should have someone like Gary.”

Another way to support employees is by investing in state-of-the-art equipment that will make their time at work easier, safer, and enjoyable. The trucks we deploy for national haulage journeys are fully equipped with a top-of-the-range XXL cab which includes a fridge, microwave, TV, coffee maker, and leather interior for maximum comfort. It’s so important to invest in equipment that is both efficient and reliable so that our team can be sure it will not fail them.

How to help a colleague who is struggling with mental health

Step 1. Reassurance:

The first step is to reassure them that it’s OK to talk about these issues and that their feelings will be respected. If they are not ready to open up or are worried about speaking to a manager then let them know that you care and will be there for them when the time is right.

Step 2. Encouragement

The next step is to encourage them to speak with the manager or supervisor one-to-one about their mental wellbeing and ask for support. Remind them that help is available.

Step 3. Avoid making assumptions.

Everybody experiences mental illnesses in different ways. Avoid making any assumptions about a person’s symptoms and their ability to carry out their work. There are many people who are able to manage their mental health problems and function highly at work. 

Step 4. Respect confidentiality.

Ensure their privacy is respected by not discussing anything they have revealed to you in confidence.

Our final thoughts

Being able to talk openly about mental health in the workplace is essential. Like physical illness, mental illness must be treated with equal severity and steps must be taken to ensure employees feel safe and supported at work. Work is where we spend most of our time, so having strong relationships with our co-workers and reducing unnecessary stresses in the workplace goes a long way to helping improve the mood and productivity of your team. Make sure to do what you can to create an open culture at work where staff feel confident enough to speak truthfully about any struggles they may be experiencing and get the help they need.

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In it for the long Haul

Dyce Carriers Ltd, have increased their fleet with the addition of five new MAN Trucks to be distributed between their various depots.

One TGX XXL 510 44 Ton, an XLX 510 44 Ton and an XLX 510 65 Ton are bound for the DCL depot in Poole, Dorset. Another TGX XXL 510 44 Ton is headed for the Dalgety Bay branch and a third one will remain at Aberdeen headquarters.

All five trucks were leased from Norscot MAN Truck & Bus Aberdeen. These 510bhp vehicles are designed to provide high levels of driving and living comfort, a lot of torque and low fuel usage. This ensures journeys are both economical and safe.

Two of the XLX MAN Vehicles will be placed into a full-time contract at Wytchfarm while the remaining three trucks will be used on National Haulage journeys. These vehicles are fully equipped with a top of the range XXL cab which includes a fridge, microwave, TV, leather interior, and a coffee maker. Boasting efficient performance and total reliability in all fields of application, these vehicles are perfectly designed for extreme performance within long-haul and distribution transport, making them a great new addition to the DCL fleet.

The trucks will soon be DVS approved for Greater London deliveries with audible left turn warning, proximity sensors, and a three camera DVR system supplied by Kinesis.

Managing director, Jason Moir is hopeful that the addition of these new trucks will allow Dyce Carriers to keep on top of the growing demand for haulage and transport over the coming year as well as aiding Dyce Carriers in their pursuit to gain Silver Accreditation from Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

“After the first lockdown hit in 2020, we shrunk in size, but continued to operate as key workers,” says Jason. “Now we are hopeful that the UK will gather strength again in 2021 and we want to be prepared to provide our customers with the same level of service that they have come to expect from Dyce Carriers Ltd.”

As Lockdown measures begin to lift in 2021, haulage companies will need to adapt and move quickly as various industries begin to recover at different rates. Businesses’ will be looking to sure up their supply chain resilience post lockdown and investments in infrastructure will be critical to the recovery of the UK economy.

Dyce Carriers will be well prepared for this shift, operating a modern fleet of vehicles and trailers and offering a first class, reliable service to clients up and down the UK.

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Talking the talk – Hiab, Hotshot, Ad-hoc

Like all major haulage firms, there is a lot of language and vocabulary that is specific to our industry, to those unfamiliar it can be confusing, so we’ve written a short guide to help you understand a few of the more obscure terms, that are critical to our business.

One of Dyce Carrier’s trucks taking advantage of it’s fitted crane

What does Hiab mean?

Hiab is technically a brand name – Hydrauliska Industri AB. Since that is a bit of a mouthful, most people abbreviate it to simply Hiab. Founded in Sweden in 1944, it was founded by Eric Sundin, who created a way to use a truck’s engine to power hydraulic loader cranes. This provides an obvious advantage as it means that trucks can effectively load and unload themselves, provided the drivers are as skilled as the drivers we employ at Dyce Carriers!

Since 1944 the company has gone through many different acquisitions and name changes, and now the name Hiab enjoys the same sort of ubiquity and universal use as words like ‘hoover’ which are technically brand names but are used to describe the generic product, like “truck mounted crane” or “hydraulic loader”.

It should be noted that we at Dyce Carriers Ltd use Fassi Cranes, which are fitted to our vehicles at Macs Trucks.

At Dyce Carriers we have 4 self-load Hiab trucks, with cranes offering a 14-ton lift, which can make for a substantially easier, safer and less costly job.

What does Hotshot mean?

With our close ties to local industry, ‘hot shots’ are something that Dyce Carriers specialise in. In the simplest sense, ‘hot shot’ means transporting smaller and usually time critical loads to accessible locations. At Dyce Carrier’s this often takes the form of offshore equipment for the Oil and Gas sector.

The trucks used for hot shot work are generally of a smaller scale since time sensitivity is more important than carrying a heavy load.

At Dyce Carriers we offer 24/7 support to all our clients and can marshal the necessary resources to transport whatever cargo is urgently needed, at extremely short notice to unsure that the client’s needs are met.

What does Ad-hoc mean?

Ad-hoc is a Latin phrase, essentially meaning ‘when needed’. In haulage this means a one-off transportation of a particular cargo or goods. Whilst this can sound like a straightforward, move A to B, it can quickly get complicated when cargo can weight several tonnes and needs to be loaded and unloaded.

Clients often approach us at Dyce Carrier’s with these sort of haulage headaches, which we have significant expertise in solving and making simple.


This blog of course only covers the tip of the iceberg with regard to the wide variety of specialist words that we use as a leading haulage provider in Scotland. We offer a wide variety of different services for our clients, to find out more why not look through the rest of our website?

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