High‑tech, always on time.
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High‑tech, always on time.

The Actros is the truck of choice for Rudolph Trucking & Handling’s air cargo transports.

Rudolph Trucking & Handling GmbH from Stuttgart’s Actros transport the exports from the region to the important European intercontinental airports.

If you want to efficiently machine the aluminium housing of an eight‑gear automatic transmission for a top‑of‑the‑range saloon, you can make good use of an extremely hard, long‑lasting and precise tool from Gühring KG. In such a transmission, there is a mere 0.003 millimetre tolerance for drilled holes. In comparison: at 0.07 millimetres, a human hair is thick in contrast. 

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Products like the special tools for metalworking from Gühring in Albstadt are transported in Rudolph Trucking & Handling GmbH’s Actros.

“Diamonds are the engineer’s best friend!”

Based on a saying by Marilyn Monroe, the motto at Gühring is therefore: “Diamonds are the engineer’s best friend!” Because the cutting edge of the special tools tailored to the respective applications is a polycrystalline diamond.

“Due to their special properties, our customers don’t just use these tools in the production of transmission housings but also in the production of numerous other vehicle components,” says Christof Schlich, head of strategic logistics at Gühring. “Units of the Actros are also machined using Gühring tools.”

From simple drills to complex multifunctional tools, the high‑tech company from the Swabian city of Albstadt primarily supplies companies from the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering around the world.

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Bernd Rocker, managing partner of Rudolph Trucking & Handling, with Christof Schlich, head of strategic logistics at Gühring.

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Safe, reliable, convenient – Rudolph Trucking & Handling’s Actros on the road in Swabia.

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Safe, reliable, convenient – Rudolph Trucking & Handling’s Actros on the road in Swabia.

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Safe, reliable, convenient – Rudolph Trucking & Handling’s Actros on the road in Swabia.

“Air cargo is indispensable. Many customers also manufacture overseas and can’t wait several weeks for a consignment to arrive by sea,” explains Schlich. Consignments have to be where they are to be put into action in time. Delays are not tolerated and the consequences can be dramatic, and an entire assembly line can even come to a standstill.

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Air cargo is indispensable: Rudolph frequently picks up consignments from Gühring in Albstadt. The manufacturer of precision metalworking tools has customers on every continent.

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Air cargo is indispensable: Rudolph frequently picks up consignments from Gühring in Albstadt. The manufacturer of precision metalworking tools has customers on every continent.

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Air cargo is indispensable: Rudolph frequently picks up consignments from Gühring in Albstadt. The manufacturer of precision metalworking tools has customers on every continent.

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Air cargo is indispensable: Rudolph frequently picks up consignments from Gühring in Albstadt. The manufacturer of precision metalworking tools has customers on every continent.

Gühring relies on Rudolph Trucking & Handling GmbH for all transports from its plants in Albstadt. The company specialises in so‑called “road feeder services” – air cargo transports that take place on the road on behalf of airlines, large forwarding agents or industrial forwarders and for which special safety rules apply. 

“After 9/11 in Germany, a decentralised security concept was chosen,” explains Bernd Rocker, managing partner of Rudolph Trucking & Handling. “This ensures that there are no bottlenecks at the airports if every single consignment had to be checked there again.”

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Every air cargo consignment has to be checked. This is usually done by X‑ray at Rudolph Trucking & Handling in Stuttgart.

Instead, companies like Gühring can have themselves certified as “known forwarders” by the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA). Road hauliers like Rudolph go one step further and become a “regulated agent”, which involves security checks of employees, properties and processes. Rudolph Trucking & Handling even operates its own X‑ray machine in its 5,000‑square‑metre warehouse at Stuttgart Airport’s Air Cargo Center to check export consignments for contents that pose a security risk. Only then are they transported to the major international airports in Frankfurt, Munich or Amsterdam in a sealed truck – and then loaded directly onto the plane.

“The drivers are impressed with MirrorCam and Multimedia Cockpit.”

Bernd Rocker, managing partner of Rudolph Trucking & Handling
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A reliable fleet is one of the keys to the company’s success. Rudolph Trucking & Handling almost exclusively relies on Mercedes‑Benz trucks. The company operates 40 of its own trucks. And six of these are now the Actros with MirrorCam. They don’t just prove their worth with their reliability, but also with their innovative technologies. “The drivers are impressed with MirrorCam and Multimedia Cockpit,” reports Bernd Rocker. “When it comes to safety and ease of use, the Actros is top‑notch!”

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One of Rudolph Trucking & Handling’s Actros with consignments from Gühring KG arrives at Stuttgart Airport.

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One of Rudolph Trucking & Handling’s Actros with consignments from Gühring KG arrives at Stuttgart Airport.

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“We need satisfied and highly motivated employees.”

Bernd Rocker
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Employees are trusted, which pays off in the end: Bernd Rocker with driver Ali Sakin, who has been working for Rudolph Trucking & Handling for 16 years.

A lot of the drivers have been working at Rudolph Trucking & Handling for a very long time. On the one hand, this is due to how collegial the company boss is, who always has an open ear for “his people”. On the other, the well‑equipped trucks also play a role. “We need satisfied and highly motivated employees,” Bernd Rocker continues. “That’s why we provide the drivers with trucks of the highest quality like the Actros. They then take on responsibility for the cargo and whether it arrives on time in a completely different way. Each of us knows that it’s their responsibility that the customer is happy.” 

And at Rudolph, they are also a little proud to be transporting fascinating products like Gühring’s high‑tech tools. Bern Rocker concludes: “Medium‑sized companies like Gühring stand for quality. It’s these companies that established Germany’s reputation as a leading export nation in the first place!”

Photos: Henrik Morlock
Video: Martin Schneider‑Lau