Founded in 1983, ALE is now one of the world’s leading international heavy transport and installation contractors with a global network of operating centres and a large fleet of heavy cranes, specialist transport and installation equipment. Providing engineering, heavy lifting, transportation, installation, ballasting, jacking, skidding and weighing services across the world, we are known best for our exceptional project management and engineering intelligence.
As the business grew new territories were entered with the first major international office based in Abu Dhabi to service the oil, gas and power industries across the UAE. In 1995 Mark Harries took on the role of Managing Director, leading the business as it continued to expand into new regions across the globe through organic growth and business acquisitions. In 2006 skilled engineers within the Research and Development (R&D) facility come up with the first concepts for the world’s largest capacity land based crane, which was later launched in 2008 and named the AL.SK190.
In 2011 ALE launched the record breaking Mega Jack, this system would go on to change the way construction is completed in the offshore industry; by allowing lifts at capacities never before seen we truly are the innovators in the industry. This same year saw the second AL.SK190 crane constructed and available to the market. During 2012 several new offices were announced in Brazil and Iraq; the company entered joint ventures with both ECR heavylift in Australia, Roll-Lift in Canada and AG&P in the Philippines to offer solutions to the market in these regions. In 2013 ALE announced the opening of our Caspian office; we won the ESTA award for transportation job of the year. We also announced that our JV with AG&P was working on a project to create an innovative solution for challenges faced in the loading-in and out of project cargo in parts of the world with extreme tidal variations, the solution was named – Hydro Deck.
In 2014, ALE announced its new Innovation Series brand with the launch of the Mega Jack 800, performing it’s first project in June – the 1,570t Loenerslootse bridge exchange over the Amsterdam-Rijn canal in Nigtevecht, the Netherlands.In October, ALE unveiled the latest addition to their fleet – the Trojan truck. Heralded as the first in the next generation of vehicles in the heavylift industry, the Trojan truck signals a major breakthrough in capability, fuel efficiency and reliability.