For hauling really heavy stuff!

11 November 2019 | Motors

Autohaus MAN Truck & Bus delivered the first ever MAN TGX 41.680 8x4/4 Heavy Abnormal Truck Tractor in Africa, dubbed the “Black Lion” last week.
The 680Hp vehicle with 8x4 twin-steer driveline and certified to haul 250 000kg, is purpose built to do exactly what it does: Haul really heavy stuff!
Namibia is the first country in Africa to receive a heavy abnormal vehicle of this magnitude. The TGX is one of only two in Africa, the second still belonging to the MAN SA factory.
Branded with the “Toni Maurer Fahrzeugbau”, a Germany-based family owned business that specialises in special vehicle builds, alterations and modifications for MAN products, this is not just a heavy hauler, but a complete group effort from MAN, ensuring the client gets the best quality in product.
To keep the arrival as quiet as possible, the vehicle was driven to Swakopmund Autohous during the night and hidden there to reduce public visibility. This already proved difficult, as the Black Lion tends to turn heads and draw attention wherever it goes. The next morning, the vehicle was quietly driven directly to the Walvis Bay Plant & Tool Hire premises and stored inside the warehouse, until registered, completely branded and officially handed over.
Walvis Bay Plant & Tool Hire, a 100% Namibian owned family business, took delivery last Thursday (7 November). The hand-over was a big one for both MAN and the Stauder family.
Walvis Bay Plant & Tool Hire has been operation for the past 21-years and trades in various types of plant equipment, but specialises in extra heavy haul cargo, crane hire in various sizes and much more. No job is too big for this team, and they are some of the most insightful people you will meet.
Reinhold Stauder, who started this business with only one welding machine, saw an opportunity in the Namibian market and has since grown his business into a successful empire. Both Reinhold and his son, Manfred, are hands-on every day, managing every aspect of operations. Reinhold himself is often seen steering a crane or operating plant equipment on sites.
The fact that they own the first ever MAN TGX like this, is not only suited but also forms part of a long history and legacy for the Stauder family, seeing that the first truck Walvis Bay Plant owned was a MAN F9. This specific vehicle is still on their premises, not in use, but still operative.
With the delivery of the Black Lion, both MAN and Walvis Bay Plant have taken the Namibian industry to the next level. The TGX is not only a strong new edition to the company fleet, but also a great addition to the Namibian industry.
The Stauder family are known for excellent service, dedication to their clients and hard-working force to be reckoned with throughout the SADC region.

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