Development of a Michels crane structure

250 truck bodies are annually produced and delivered in the field of automotive construction. The advantage for the customer is that all requests and proposals about the structure, whether it is assembly, painting, lettering, etc. can be discussed with a representative.
Our job begins from the top of the chassis. The customer chooses the type of truck, whereby our close cooperation with the technical departments of various truck manufacturers are another advantage for the customer. We always work out what is best for the planned construction in consultation with the respective truck provider. Whether wheelbase specifications or the auxiliary drive, we assist in all matters. After delivery of the truck chassis by the customer, all technical arrangements are checked and recorded.

Takeover of the chassis and control of facilities and equipment

After this, the "birth of a MICHELS construction" begins with the creation of the subframe (in our example). Based on the truck body guidelines, this is adapted for the chassis. After completion of the subframe, it is disassembled, sandblasted, primed, painted, and reassembled. This process seems complicated, but is an ideal surface treatment and protects the structure from corrosion for years. After the auxiliary frame is connected to the chassis, the loading crane is mounted and connected hydraulically. Optimal utilisation of the space requirement and the consideration of the weight distribution is paramount here.

Production of the auxiliary frame for mounting the loader

Finally, the trailer or tipper is manufactured and assembled in our assembly department. Again, all the parts are sanded and primed before the final coat of paint is applied in our own paint shop.


Adaptation of the trailer frame

(here with the example of a low-rise)


Painting the construction

From standard colour to a metallic finish – or processing water-soluble paints – at our company all options are available. Labelling the vehicle is also not a problem for us.




We can take care of all approvals such as TÜV, UVV, and tachograph verification before the vehicle is handed over to the customer.


Transfer of the entire structure to end customers

Instructing the operator about the structure is essential for handling the equipment safely and is thus of course included in our services. We are also happy to offer extensive training for crane operators. Handing over the structure to Mr Timmerhaus Jr. is taken care of by our sales representative Manfred Libuda.


First use after delivery

In our example, the structure of a FASSI F 600 loading crane was presented with a low construction platform. This structure was ordered by the Timmerhaus Spedition  company in Oberhausen. Timmerhaus is in possession of several 30 mt and 50 mt loading cranes. As the newest workhorse, a 60 mt loading crane from FASSI was delivered. The Timmerhaus company originated in the 15th century. At that time, it was mainly involved with agriculture. At the beginning of the 20th century, during the Industrial Revolution, Heinrich Timmerhaus transported bulk materials and steel products for Gutehoffnungshütte in addition to agriculture. The company still does this today. In 1985, the Timmerhaus Spedition und Transporte GmbH was founded by Heinz-Willi Timmerhaus. Not only was national and international long-distance traffic expanded, but their offers were also tailored to the market. Timmerhaus specialised in transport of any kind; the main focus is on the heavy and special transport sector. (More at