Hiab launches Multilift for container handling

Hiab has launched the ‘Multilift Commander’ container handling unit, designed to carry out container handling duties where there is no supporting infrastructure.

Available in two lengths for 3-axle or 4-axle trucks, the Commander is made up of a lifting frame and rear support rollers made from high-tensile steel, plus a stowage frame. An electric actuator moves the lifting frame into position, with a safety latch securing the hooklift to the lifting frame. Hiab say that the Multilift Commander is suitable for applications including the emergency, fire, and rescue services; special logistics applications; greenfield infrastructure projects; and factory to terminal transportation from remote sites.

“This is a new application for the commercial hooklift market. It adds value and versatility to our customers’ hooklift trucks, as switching from handling flatracks to lifting ISO containers weighing up to 16.5 tons can now be done at the simple push of a button,” says Henri Janhonen, Director of Sales and Product Business Management for Demountables at Hiab.

“It effectively means that our customers can transport a container to any location that a truck can access, where no infrastructure such as a port crane or heavy forklift truck exists, and drop it off and collect it again at any subsequent date. The cost savings and flexibility that this provides will make a massive difference to their ability to transport goods to and from inconvenient sites, or remote locations. Uses for the Multilift Commander include cargo and intermodal applications, or large warehousing, construction, and project logistics.”