Palfinger UK Leicester Update

by T H WHITE on 26th September 2023 No comments

We are thrilled to share that we have made a few cosmetic changes to our Palfinger Leicester depot, adding new Palfinger UK signage to the front of our building, making it easier for you to locate us. Additionally, we have revamped our reception area and waiting room to provide a more comfortable and pleasant environment for those awaiting their lorries.

Since the acquisition of Truck Hydraulic Services back in April, everyone at Palfinger UK has been busy ensuring a smooth transition for all customers, whilst continuing to offer the highest level of service. The addition of the Leicester site has been great for our existing customers in the Midlands, whilst new customers brought on board due to the acquisition have seen the benefit and support of Palfinger UK’s National Coverage.

Palfinger UK Managing Director, Alan Johnson adds “The original Truck Hydraulics Team and their various Palfinger UK colleagues have blended together quickly and worked hard to ensure we maintain service levels to existing Customers whilst broadening our offer on a number of other fronts under the Palfinger UK brand. Strategically in terms of our portfolio of products and services, and operationally in terms of service levels and financial performance, we are very happy with how the first few months have gone and I would like to thank all colleagues concerned for their significant efforts.”


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by T H WHITE on 3rd April 2023 No comments

With effect from the 1st April 2023 Palfinger UK has acquired Truck Hydraulic Services Ltd in Bardon.

Palfinger UK is the official UK distributor for Palfinger lorry cranes and Epsilon construction, recycling and forestry cranes. With over 30 years of experience, Palfinger UK is the largest national lorry crane provider that offers in-house assembly, bespoke body-building and servicing for the entire life of the equipment.

Having been in discussions with THS Managing Director Greg Wykes for a number of months both parties believe the transition is a good fit for all stakeholders concerned. Palfinger UK is pleased to confirm that all of the THS staff have become Palfinger UK employees, and will therefore remain the familiar faces trusted by their many customers.

Alan Johnson, Palfinger UK MD adds “The acquisition of Truck Hydraulic Services Ltd aligns with Palfinger UK’s strategic aspirations to bolster its support of field service operation and workshop capabilities throughout the Midlands. Bridging the gap between depots in Devizes and Bradford creates an even more accessible business with scale to meet our customer’s needs”.

If you have any questions relating to the transfer, please contact

3rd April 2023

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Palfinger UK receive more glowing testimonials

by T H WHITE on 14th April 2022 No comments

In a typical month, Palfinger UK completes 1,600 service-repair jobs for Customers across the UK. It’s a sad fact that usually, the very small number jobs which don’t go to plan are the ones we get to hear about. We know we’re not perfect, but when we get it right….it’s really great to hear!

We recently received the following feedback from Westley Eabor, at Kier Highways Limited. Westley is a Transport Technician and Service Scheduler for the Birmingham PFI and BHISC contract run by Amey and Kier, and has looked after their Hitachi/Novuna vehicles over the last few years.

Westley wrote: “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the Palfinger UK team. I have found all the staff to be very professional, knowledgeable, and approachable and the service to be nothing short of exceptional.”

He continues: “The booking system and options available are professional, and flexible. The level of communication has been almost flawless across all channels, resulting in maintenance and repairs being completed on-time and to a very high standard, reducing the downtime of our vehicles. Furthermore, the documentation we receive is fantastic as it is highly structured, coordinated, and user friendly. We have not seen anything of this level within the industry and both internal and external auditors have been highly impressed with these reports. Please pass on my gratitude and appreciation to everyone for all their hard work and professional service.”

Thank you, Westley! Feedback like that makes our significant investment in our colleagues, processes and systems worthwhile, and we are grateful to you for getting in touch.

If you would like to know more about how Palfinger UK can add this level of value and support to your business, please call on 01380 733513 or via our website


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The Palfinger PCC115.002 Crawler Crane arrives in the UK

by T H WHITE on 1st November 2021 No comments
Palfinger UK are pleased to announce the arrival of our first ever PCC115.002 Crawler Crane in Devizes. With features like a demounting crawler power unit, all-terrain stabilizers, and overstretching knuckle boom this crane has already drawn a crowd as staff from across the business take a sneak peek.
This all-rounder excels in a variety of different areas of operation, with key features such as Pick + Carry functionality to move loads around site, 360 degree stability with 100% lifting capacity, and a max. lifting torque of 104.4 mt/1023.9 kNm.
Over the next few weeks, the team will be undertaking extensive operations training, whilst arranging demonstrations with customers who have already expressed their interest.
Contact us if you would like to find out more or to arrange a demonstration.
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T H WHITEThe Palfinger PCC115.002 Crawler Crane arrives in the UK


by T H WHITE on 1st November 2020 No comments

In addition to being one of the UK’s leading suppliers of Lorry Loader equipment, did you know that Palfinger UK also offers a range of aftersales opportunities, including accredited training?

Our dedicated training department delivers high quality training to customers across the country. With a team of experienced instructors covering the whole of the UK, our training is ALLMI accredited and recognised by HSE, so you know you’re receiving the very best standard of tuition from industry experts.

We can also register you for seven hours of study time to contribute to your JAUPT Driver CPC.

All operators who successfully complete our Lorry Loader Operator or Slinger/Signaller courses receive an ALLMI identity card and certificate along with registration on the ALLMI Operator database for five years. After that, experienced operators need only to take refresher courses to update their knowledge.

At Palfinger UK we pride ourselves on the highest quality of instruction too, with all our trainers audited by ALLMI and achieving excellent scores in recent years. None more so than the newest recruit Zoe Ellis who joined the team at the end of 2019 with 11 years industry experience. In her 2020 ALLMI audit Zoe achieved a hugely impressive score of 97.5%, receiving 307 points from a possible 315!

In addition to our ALLMI courses delivered across the country, our Falkirk-based trainer is also able to offer IPAF and PASMA training courses for customers wishing to update their mobile access and platform qualifications.

To find out more and register an interest in our training courses, visit

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by T H WHITE on 1st August 2020 No comments

With models available for all GVW truck chassis variation, Palfinger UK offers the widest range of hookloaders on the British market. 

Able to handle a variety of different container lengths, with low transport height and increased tipping capacity, Palfinger hookloaders enable you to move more containers more easily.

High tensile steel is used to reduce the weight of the hookloader too, delivering increased payload, meaning each lift will earn you more money, fuel costs are reduced and the life of your vehicle is increased.

Flexible and robust with low dead weight and great lifting and tipping capacity, Palfinger hookloaders are particularly suited for waste and scrap metal disposal, as Bithells Waste Management Ltd testified when the family-owned business took delivery of two brand new DAF CF 400s from Lancashire DAF, both fitted with Palfinger T22 Hookloaders supplied and installed by Palfinger UK. 

The dual cylinder Palfinger Telescopic T22 Hook loaders are equipped with an easy-to-operate Pro-Active Drive control system (PAD) and feature soft-stop landing, reducing shock or damage to both truck and bin. Their unique hook arrangement is perfect for handling a wide variety of containers.  

Palfinger UK, part of T H WHITE Group, is the UK importer of Palfinger products. As well as supplying lorry cranes, hookloaders and skiploaders. The company has extensive body-building facilities in Devizes, Falkirk and Bradford (Yorkshire). Call 01380 733513 for details or visit

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by T H WHITE on 1st August 2017 No comments

Barrier Rigs, the multi-purpose vehicles widely used by highways contractors, are a great example of how the T H WHITE Lorry Cranes division can cater for individual customer body building requirements, no matter how complex.

Perhaps because T H WHITE is the UK importer of Palfinger cranes, the company has earned a justified reputation for installing these premium high-tech cranes on a wide range of chassis. More recently, Orteco pile drivers have been added to the lineup and our customers are generally well aware of the service we offer in fitting these to all kinds of vehicles. Less well-known is the fact that T H WHITE operates state-of-the-art body building workshops where our skilled technicians will build any kind of body to suit your application.

Taking the Barrier Rig example, here is one truck that does it all. Fitted with a Palfinger crane it gives users the ability to lift and manoeuvre loads and remove roadside equipment and debris. The Orteco pile driver can both drive in and pull out posts, while the steel dropside truck body at the rear provides a safe area for operatives placing and collecting cones for instance, as well as a loading bed for equipment. Other options, such as winches, work lighting, hole hammers and borers can be added as required, while finished vehicles can be branded and labelled to your specification.

The bodywork options offered by T H WHITE are almost limitless. Literally working from the ground up, our technicians start with the bare chassis and build the bodywork exactly to your specification. We can incorporate steel, alloy, GRP or cage-style drop side sections, safety rails, walkways, central stairs, water tanks, storage compartments, electrical systems and a whole range of specialist designs to meet individual requirements.

What’s more, our body building service is not restricted to vehicles fitted with cranes – we will happily design and build flatbed or dropside bodies of any style for lorry or small truck chassis.

The benefit of the T H WHITE approach for the customer is a true one-stop-shop service where we will fit a crane and build the bespoke body, fully kitted out with all necessary accessories, and then type-approve it.

If you would like to talk through the options and learn more about how we can build exactly the right vehicle for your business, call our specialist body building team on 01380 722381.

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by T H WHITE on 1st May 2017 No comments

Palfinger cranes have a justified reputation for quality, durability and reliability. The Austrian company makes cranes for a vast range of applications but has never designed a crane specifically to serve the needs of the UK builders merchants market – until now.

palfinger bm26

Unveiled at the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC in late April, the Palfinger BM26 crane is the first in a series of new cranes for builders merchants. By taking a simple approach and designing a crane that combines all the features needed for straightforward ‘lift and place’ tasks, Palfinger has created a strong, rugged design that represents outstanding value and is ideal for the safe loading of heavy pallets, banded bricks, blocks or timber, sacks of sand and ballast, or concrete pipe sections and castings. In fact there is nothing you would normally find in a builders merchant yard that this crane can’t handle.

The BM26 is designed for 26t (GVW) trucks and has a maximum lifting capacity of 1,620kg at 8m and a slewing angle of 420 degrees. The boom features sophisticated geometry giving it the ability to work with heavy loads in confined spaces with a maximum stabiliser spread of 6.6m. It is not always necessary to deploy the stabilisers on both sides as stability is monitored by the HPSC-E electronic stability control system ensuring the crane always operates in complete safety.

A high speed boom extension makes for fast, efficient use, and all movements can either be controlled from the onboard control panel or the six function portable radio remote control unit.

Protected hose guidance and hose drum are fitted as standard and a hydraulic supply is carried through the boom for auxiliary equipment.

palfinger bm26

Palfinger cranes are distributed in the UK by T H WHITE Lorry Cranes which also provides national after-sales service. At its headquarters in Devizes, Wiltshire, T H WHITE Lorry Cranes also operates a commercial body-building facility with a state-of-the-art paintshop. We offer a complete one-stop shop for conversion of a truck chassis into a fully-specified vehicle, fitted with your choice of crane and bodywork. There are no middle men, meaning that you benefit from the simplest, most cost-effective solution.

For full details of the Palfinger BM26 Builders Merchants crane, please visit, call us on 01380 722381, or email us at

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by T H WHITE on 1st February 2017 No comments

It is an unavoidable fact that due to the environments in which they operate commercial vehicles are susceptible to body damage. Whilst it’s important to maintain vehicles in a good, safe condition, the situation everyone wants to avoid is having the vehicle out of action for extended periods while it is sent for repair.

It was to help operators maintain their vehicles in prime condition and minimise down-time that T H WHITE Lorry Cranes launched a mobile body repair service in 2015, which has proved extremely popular and effective.

on site lorry crane vehicle repair

Two specially-equipped vans are currently in service covering the Midlands, London, the South East and the Home Counties, carrying out on-the-spot repairs at times to fit in with your schedule. The repair service is also available in the north on request and it is planned to add a third van specifically to cover the North of England.

The mobile facility with its workshop tools and extensive stock of parts is capable of undertaking a surprising range of repairs including dropside, side impact protection, rear under run and floors. Both vehicles are fitted with onboard generators and welders capable of all site welding, including aluminium.Routine body inspections (T H WHITE’s online compliance system) can also be carried out on-site and estimates can be provided for all repairs.

lorry crane on site vehicle repair

To find out more about our on-site commercial vehicle repair service call us on 01380 722381, then select 1 for Service, 2 for Breakdowns and Defects, 2 for Body Repairs, or visit our website,

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by T H WHITE on 7th December 2016 No comments

As UK importer of lorry cranes from the global Number One manufacturer Palfinger, T H WHITE has now re-entered the market for hookloaders and skiploaders with a superb, newly engineered range.

Uniquely in the UK we are offering a three year full warranty on all products, which are also supported by our aftersales national network.

For the latest information, or to book a demonstration, please contact: Steve Bretherton, Area Sales Manager (North): 07825 453170, or Mike Connolly, Area Sales Manager (South): 07917 555149, mike.connolly@;

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