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Leading specialist truck and applications dealer MV Commercial has completed a multi million pound deal to acquire Fruehauf out of administration. The deal sees MV provide a secure future for the well known brand as well as protecting 120 jobs. An immediate cash injection and commitment to further investment over the next three years make up part of the deal alongside a modernisation of Freuhauf’s Grantham site and the addition of a truck sales and rental facility on site.

CEO of MV Commercial, Thomas O’Rourke, commented on the deal: “This is a hugely significant day for both businesses; and an opportunity we couldn’t turn down. Fruehauf has a fantastic product range, a rich heritage, and a wealth of talent within its team which will be complemented by MV Commercial’s strength and experience in the marketplace.

Talking about MV’s plans, Thomas continued “With immediate effect we are starting work to scale production back up, enabling us to commit to a delivery schedule for outstanding customer orders and begin building new stock trailers for MV’s own contract hire and ready-to-go fleets.”

MV Managing Director Steven Cairns added: “Geographically, Grantham is the perfect fit for us to develop a true ‘super site’. We should have 80-90 trucks and trailers available for sale on site within a month, and the manufacturing workforce back in the factory building at pace again. He continued, “We are so excited for the potential this acquisition brings and committed to ensuring there is a lot more Fruehauf product available in the marketplace. For long-time Fruehauf customers, we are confident this is very good news.”

A return to the legendary ‘Crane Fruehauf’ name, which was used from 1961 until around 1998, is also planned with Thomas commenting “MV Commercial is best known for building the biggest and most capable crane trucks in the market. Cranes are a huge part of what we do, so we certainly weren’t going to turn down the opportunity to put the ‘Crane’ back into ‘Crane Fruehauf’!”

Airdrie based MV Commercial was recently included in the London Stock Exchange Group’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’, one of only 48 Scottish companies mentioned. The annual report recognises the UK’s fastest growing and most dynamic SMEs.



As we approach that time of year again after a very unorthodox 2020, we hope you have all managed to stay safe and make the most out of Christmas this year.

We will be closing for Christmas break from Monday 21st December until Monday 11th January 2021.

We hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Thanks, Fruehauf Ltd



Fruehauf are exhibiting at Highways 2019 after a very successful showing of our Aggri-Roll products at the 2018 show.

Come and see us on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November at the NEC Birmingham.

The show so far has been fantastic!

David Thomson (Fruehauf Sales Director) and Tony Simmons (Orwell Truck & Van) next to our Aggri-Roll RTS MKIII



We are excited to announce that Fruehauf and Granco will be attending the CQMS Construction and Quarry Machinery Show 2019. We will be exhibiting a brand new Aggri-Roll TTS MKII.

Come and see us on the 21st & 22nd of June, we will be in Zone 3 at Stand 5.

                                                                                                                                               See the Aggri-Roll TTS MKII at CQMS 2019


During this past week, November 6th to the 8th, Fruehauf attended Freight in the City, a high profile show taking place in London, and also Highways, a show dedicated to the road laying industry, being held out of the Birmingham NEC.

Making its debut to the public and industry was the Aggri-Roll RTS MK3, the latest addition to the Fruehauf range. 

The Fruehauf Aggri-Roll boasts a discharge time of two minutes, allowing it to deliver a payload quickly and safely without the need to tip. It is constructed from insulated Hardox, and can carry a load of up to 250 degrees Celsius, making it a versatile addition to a fleet for safer delivery of payloads and carrying different materials.

David Thomson & Rory Holbrook 

The Team in front of the newly introduced Fruehauf Agri-Roll

Fruehauf Agri-Roll RTS MK3 – Safest Non Tipping Solution Available


This past week Fruehauf attended Freight in the City, a show dedicated to helping transport companies achieve lower-emissions.

Dennis Eagle attended the event with a newly delivered Dennis Eagle chassis, complete with a Fruehauf Con-Lite body. The vehicle was dressed up in a safety themed livery to highlight the benefits of a low-access cab and also the safety elements that come along with it.


The temperature may have dropped below freezing as Fruehauf headed to LAMMA 2016 in January, but they came away with nothing but positives.

Making their first appearance at LAMMA, the UK’s largest agricultural and machinery show, Fruehauf were the only trailer manufacturers present, and the show generated several leads from farmers and farm contractors alike.

Visitors to the stand were keen to find out more about the range of tipper trailers Fruehauf manufacture – from bulkers and semi-bulkers to aggregates and specialist trailers while they also displayed some of the latest models from their rapidly-expanding range of alloy and steel rigid bodies.

Fruehauf’s ability to consistently manufacture tipper trailers in short timeframes without compromising on quality has contributed to their success, meaning the trailers maintain high residual values and offer significant weight savings.

The show was an unqualified success for Fruehauf, and they are already expecting a return in 2017 – whatever the weather.



Farmers Weekly editor, David Cousins, has chosen our trailers as one of the pieces of kit to watch from Cereals 2015, amongst the likes of drills and mowers.

It may surprise some people to find us at a farmers show, but in fact of the 115 or so trailers we make a month, half of whom are involved in the farming industry.

Big farms can run up haulage bills of £30,000, so it can makes good financial sense to run your own truck (and maybe haul your neighbour’s crops too). In fact more than 50% of ag haulage companies were started by farmers.

Step frame, straight frame and sloper frame versions are all available with the sloper offering the biggest load capacity. A variety of rear door configurations and a full range of sheets are also available.

The Smooth Sider range benefits from the new Performance Chassis and 30mm standard plank sides. There is also a heavy duty step frame version with 50mm plank sides and a thicker section.

Thicker crossmembers over the kingpin create a flatter floor, a top rail shaped to avoid loading damage and an extended near sub-frame increasing strength, make the Performance Smooth Sider the only viable alternative to the Performance bathtub.



Fruehauf headed to Harrogate for Tip-Ex 2015 where they exhibited the newest version of the Halfpipe aggregate tipper trailer and their latest steel rigid bodies.

The new Halfpipe has an improved design and is more lightweight than previous versions with several key features and benefits.

Meanwhile, Sales Director David Thomson also outlines the Fruehauf steel rigid body utility vehicles, which are proving propular in London.

These include the steel rigid body with grab in a new configuration.