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Urgent plane transport of a 4-ton automotive mold

Urgent plane transport

What happened? A Slovak automotive plant contacted us urgently: a mold had broken on their production line. Moreover, the only specialist able to fix it is located in Portugal, 3000km away. Therefore, we needed to organize a return journey as quickly as possible to shorten the production disruption.

Challenge: The mold on the pallet weighed 4 tons and the return trip represented 6,000km. That is to say, a heavy load and a challenging journey for unplanned plane transportation.

Solution: ATC offered a complete urgent plane transport solution. We positioned a chartered Antonov with an internal loading crane. Then we monitored the pickup, delivery between the factories, and handling at the airports.

The heavy 4 tons mold was loaded on the plane and landed in Lisbon airport Portugal that same evening.

After a night of repair work, the mold left Lisbon at 10 am. It was back on the production line at 4 pm in Slovakia. Line stoppage minimized – mission accomplished.

Do you have to organize urgent corrective maintenance and spare parts delivery door to door? Get in touch with ATC today to discuss it and put in place an emergency action plan.

Did you know it? Portugal is a reference country in Europe for the machining of industrial molds. Produced in Marinha Grande and Oliveira de Azeméis, a 2-3 hour drive from Lisbon, 82% of the moulds produced in Portugal are intended for the automotive industry (source: MoldMaking)