Dutch Roll Group has announced a joint venture with Saudi Arabia based FTE Heavylift for heavy-lift transportation, installation, and marine works for the Saudi Arabia market. They will integrate their services and operate as one company.

The new company, Roll FTE, is to provide end to end factory to foundation solutions. The head office will be based in Dammam with operational yards in Jubail, Dammam, Jeddah and Rabigh.

The company will also have the relevant transport licenses to execute transportation by road. Roll FTE’s large fleet of conventional hydraulic axles, SPMTs (self-propelled modular transporters), mobile cranes and various installation equipment will be based in Saudi Arabia to deliver comprehensive door to door solutions.

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Investments in marine assets

The joint venture also plans on investing in marine assets, which will be registered and based in Saudi Arabia to accommodate the growing number of projects requiring a combined marine and land transportation solution.

‘The integration of FTE Heavylift is a key step forward for Roll Group in the Middle East Region,’ says Nimalan Logeswaran, Regional Sales Director for Roll Group MEA. ‘FTE has a strong local presence and is held in high regard with both local and international clients. By consolidating our equipment and expertise, we can offer our clients tremendous value with optimised solutions for their heavy-lift requirements. Roll FTE will own both marine and land based assets in the country thereby providing a one stop shop for our client’s needs in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia).’

Fawaz Al Shammari, CEO for FTE Heavylift adds: ‘Combining our local knowledge and project expertise with the global capabilities and engineering expertise of Roll Group, will enable us to offer projects in KSA an end to end solution with one contractor. We will bring to the local market the know how of Roll Group, especially in the marine transport and alternative lifting solutions to cater different project specific requirements.’

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Roll Group and FTE

Roll Group was started in 2006 in the Netherlands, and it has since developed into one of the key providers of heavy haulage solutions worldwide in both land and sea, including the Middle East Region. Roll Group has offices in the America’s, South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

FTE Heavylift division was started in 2013 and has grown to become the leading service provider for heavy-lift transports and installation in the area.

Picture: In February 2021, Roll Group completed its first Factory to Foundation project in the Middle East for which it deployed the Bigroll Biscay (picture by Roll Group).