MTAB has developed a modern new vehicle for the transportation of artwork.
MTAB’s two new art trucks were rolled out in October 2013. One will be stationed in Denmark, with European traffic as the priority. The other will be located in Stockholm, ready to serve the Nordic region.
The vehicles have been specially fitted by leading body builders in Sweden and can without doubt be described as the most modern art trucks in the world. The design of the vehicles is based on the exacting demands of the largest leading museums and on our own 40 years of experience in handling and transporting valuable and fragile artwork.
“We’ve developed most of the vehicle’s climate and security solutions ourselves. There are no international reference points, so we’ve used our own experience and all the technical innovations that have emerged in recent years,”
says Simon Fors, CEO of MTAB and Head of Development.
“The vehicles are constructed to ensure that the climate inside remains constant whatever the weather outside. The system is designed to balance the tiniest variations in temperature and relative humidity. These values are controlled using state-of-the-art technology and according to the wishes of the client.”
A major technological challenge has been the humidification-dehumidification system. In our dry, winter climate in the Nordic countries, the ability to add moisture is as important as dehumidification in the summer months and when the vehicles are transporting goods in Europe.
The system monitors these values and alerts you if, for example, the water level becomes too low.
“Water is a great challenge in our Nordic latitudes. The vehicle must never ever be exposed to the risk of freezing,” Simon Fors explains.
The walls of the truck are reinforced with sheet metal and MTAB has had a double locking system installed, with the courier carrying one of the keys. The locks are classified to the highest level of security for the cargo space, with a separate locking mechanism in addition to the remote-controlled central locking system which also secures the cargo space.
The cargo space makes maximum use of its carrying capability in compliance with the EU requirements for height and length.
The vehicles are registered and approved with a driver’s seat that ensures maximum comfort and safety. Video cameras inside the vehicle enable the courier to monitor the cargo from the cab. MTAB has installed stabiliser legs on the lift platform to prevent unexpected movements during loading. The lifting platform has a longer and sturdier design for safer handling.
“We’ve invested millions of kronor in our art trucks to make sure we remain at the forefront of technological developments and to enable us to satisfy the increasingly exacting demands of our clients at the leading museums,” Simon Fors says. “Obviously, this will benefit all of our artwork clients. They know that MTAB’s vehicles are the best in the world and offer the highest level of security.”