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Bespoke Extended Fork Carriages for VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd

Fork Carriages - VolkerFitzpatrick

Masterhitch Europe Ltd have been asked by VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd to bespoke manufacture fork carriages to fit their telehandler. As well as the fork carriages, the skilled team also produced a set of fork extensions in order to complete the task at hand. 


The fork carriages created for VolkerFitzpatrick weighed 1000kg. As you can imagine, for an attachment this size we had to bespoke manufacture it to suit their requirements. Not only that, we also had to ensure that the fork carriage would fit into a shipping container. It would then be shipped out to the Falkland Islands for their project.  

VolkerFitzpatrick were using a Manitou MHT10180 telehandler to move containers around on site. Their standard fork carriage supplied was not wide enough to pick up the containers originally. The team at Masterhitch created fork extensions to ensure the containers were supported properly.

Fork Carriages - VolkerFitzpatrick


We understand that every machine is different and that companies have various requirements. Which is why we can bespoke manufacture fork carriages to suit you. Our team will work directly with you to discuss your needs, ultimately providing you with a fork carriage to suit any machine. 


Fork carriages are generally an all-rounder attachment that all companies should be using. They are commonly used for:

  • Agricultural work
  • On a construction site
  • In the quarry
  • Everyday work task

When materials need to be lifted and transported elsewhere, fork carriages are very convenient and easy to use. 

The benefit of using fork carriages is that you can pick up and drop off tines like any other attachment. Saving the operator time, instead of having to remove them manually.


VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd are part of VolkerWessels UK, and are one of the main leading construction and engineering companies in the UK. They can provide the following services:

  • Building Construction
  • Rail Infrastructure
  • Concreting and Paving
  • Regenerate Urban Spaces
  • Logistics Facilities
  • Retail Warehousing

They mainly cover the commercial, industrial, rail, aviation and waste and energy sectors. Chances are if you’re working in the construction industry already, you will have heard of them. With 8 UK based VolkerFitzpatrick office locations, you’ll never be too far away from them either! 


Telehandlers on their own are versatile, easy to use, and are generally a useful machine to have on any construction site. Investing in telehandler attachments, will leave you with the world at your fingertips. 

If you invest in a range of buckets, forks, and even cages, your telehandler could work as efficiently as having 3 different types of machinery on site! Not to mention the money and time that will be saved when you choose to invest in telehandler attachments instead.

A telehandler will have more on and off-road capabilities when you invest into various attachments. View our website today to view all of our current attachments. 


Do you need any telehandler attachments for your fleet? We would love to work with you on your next upcoming project. Contact us today to get a quote, or simply talk through your plans for bespoke plant accessories. 

Feel free to email the team at: mail@masterhitch.co.uk or give us a call: 01634 290022.

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Increasing Women in Engineering at Masterhitch

Women In Engineering

Last week marked International Women in Engineering Day. An international awareness campaign aiming to highlight the fantastic women who are, literally, building our world. Now, more than ever, we’re seeing women dominating what were once heavily male workplaces. Last year, the Women’s Engineering Society recorded that 14.5% of engineers in the UK were women. 

Fast forward to 2022 and that figure has risen to 16.5%. With that in mind, women in engineering are still highly underrepresented within their field. Here at Masterhitch, we design and develop state of the art excavator attachments, quick hitches and bespoke products mainly for our customers within the construction industry.

We are a team of engineering experts, many of whom are women, and today we want to help break down the barriers to encourage more girls and women into engineering careers. This year, International Women in Engineering Day aims to celebrate the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives everyday. The event is hosted by The Women’s Engineering Society and this year’s theme is “Inventors and Innovators.”

A recent report from the House of Commons revealed that companies with a higher percentage of female leaders outperformed those dominated by men. In a post-pandemic world, the research shows that women should be supported in pursuing career opportunities in a wide range of industries. 

For years women have been underrepresented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) university courses and occupations. How can we change this? 

Why is there a lack of women in engineering?

A big role in creating equal work opportunities lies within education. Throughout history, STEM subjects have typically been considered masculine. This has led to a society of young girls distancing themselves with STEM education. 

Data from the Department of Education shows that more girls stated they disliked STEM school subjects than their male peers. In fact, only 33% of girls within this research believed they performed well in STEM subjects, compared to 60% of boys. However, this doesn’t reflect their actual abilities. 

The same research shows that 68% of girls achieved great marks when compared to 65% of the boys. This clearly shows that girls are no less capable of pursuing careers they enjoy. And not just ones they believe they are capable of doing. 

Encouraging girls to take part in STEM subjects at school will pave the way for them to enter construction, engineering and science-lead fields. Alongside this, having more visible female role models for girls interested in STEM would also help. Women in engineering

Even girls who do enjoy STEM subjects at primary or secondary school are often left without any real life examples of women in engineering. Back in the second world war there was a serious problem with the Rolls Royce Merlin engines. Which would cause them to misfire or cut out. 

Despite having a whole team of engineers within the Royal Aircraft Establishment working to fix the problem, no one could. That was until Beatrice Shilling designed a brilliant solution which permanently fixed the engines. Who would have thought that the saviour would be a female engineer rather than her male counterparts? 

For girls and young women considering entering a career in engineering, it is vital for them to have role models they can relate to.

About Masterhitch Europe Ltd

Since being founded over 30 years ago, many changes have been made. However, our core values remain the same. We want to provide our customers with ground-breaking products. All of which are made to the highest standards with safety in mind at all times. 

You can get in touch with our team via mail@masterhitch.co.uk or by giving us a call on 01634 290022.

Alternatively, check out our range of excavator attachments and buckets available!

The Latest Bespoke Engineering Project By Masterhitch!

Masterhitch Steel Table

Masterhitch has been at it again. The skilled team of engineers have been busy preparing another structure, for yet another bespoke project. This time in the form of two strong steel frame table structures. Find out more about our latest project below!


Our customer commissioned Masterhitch to create two solid steel frame table structures that were going to be used for display purposes. 

What is the purpose of the table?

A secure, sturdy table was required by our customer as it was going to be used to display a crushed car on top. Once the tables had been successfully delivered, and placed where needed, a crushed car was then put on top. Finally, the next step was to place a Perspex covered over the top of the structure to provide further protection from external sources. 

Our customer also requested that we include a solid flat panel on the front of one of the sides. This was used as a display panel to show an image of the car before it had been crushed, and the reason why it was crushed. 

How big is the table structure?

We aren’t just talking about any display table, this particular structure was the biggest we have made to date. As a crushed car was being placed on top, we had to make the table to be 2 metres x 1.5 metres. 

The table itself also weighed 760kg each, which would be suitable to hold the weight of a 1.5 – 2 ton crushed car. How impressive!

Check out the different stages of manufacturing below, or view our YouTube video here.

Steel Table Structure welded

Steel Table Structure

Steel Table Structure painted
Steel Table Structure loaded

All of our other bespoke projects can be viewed here


In addition to our core services, we can also offer plenty of bespoke services to suit your needs. 

Bucket rehangs and repairs

Have you ever gone to use an excavator bucket and its fallen apart mid-use? Masterhitch have you covered! Our engineers can carry out bucket repairs and rehanging, if it is cost effective to do so. Alternatively, we can provide you with a quote to get a brand new bucket from Masterhitch. 

Profile Cutting

Profile cutting can be completed using plasma, oxy gas or even water jets. Our machinery can cut out shapes from metal sheets of up to 70mm in thickness. This is also an effective way to get defined, precise parts cut out for excavator buckets and attachments. 

Plate Rolling

Plate rolling involves a sheet of metal up to 22mm thick, being rolled back and forward through various moving plates. We can roll metal into a tube shape with a diameter of 1700mm. With our new plate rolling machine, it’s never been easier! Find out more in our recent blog post.  

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Get in touch with Masterhitch today if you’re interested in finding out more about our bespoke project services. Whether you’re looking for a digger attachment in a bespoke size or want to make an initial enquiry about an upcoming project, we would be happy to assist.

Give us a call on: 01634 290022 or email the team. We are more than happy to advise you on any of our products and assist where needed, if you aren’t sure.

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What is Plate Rolling?

Plate rolling machine

Plate rolling is incredibly popular within the construction and engineering industries. It is also an essential feature when it comes to metal fabrication. Find out more below, and view the latest plate rolling machine to join the Masterhitch workshop!


Plate rolling can be known as various things such as plate bending and even roll bending. Essentially, the machine is used to roll sheets of material in order to manipulate the shape of them. If you’re looking to buy new excavator buckets, then this is the process commonly used to bend the metal into the shape of a bucket.

Additionally, plate rolling is used for the following:

  • Pipes
  • Tanker trailers
  • Pressure vessels
  • Cylindrical parts
  • Car / Transport parts

How does it work?

Whilst there are many types of plate rolling machines, most of which will bend the metal into cylindrical shapes. There are also machines that will do the opposite and create straight pieces of metal! 

The plate rolling machine is made up of 3 or 4 metal rollers as standard. Hydraulics are then used in addition to the rollers in most scenarios to bend the material around the rollers. 


The team at Masterhitch Europe Ltd have been extremely excited for the delivery of the new Davi MCB 4-Roll plate rolling machine. Since the machine has arrived in the warehouse, it is now our latest bit of kit.Productivity is of the essence at Masterhitch and that’s why our new 4-roll machine was the obvious choice. Using the latest technology, the bottom roll clamps the plate to ensure we have perfect control over the position of the sheet during the whole forming process. 

We can now roll up to a 22mm thick plate of metal, which is 3000mm wide. We can roll this into a tube with a minimum internal diameter of 1700mm. How impressive!

Plate rolling machine

Plate rolling machine


DAVI are leaders in Research, Development and Innovation. They are also the world largest manufacturer of heavy duty plate roll, heavy duty angle roll, high productivity lines and customised rolling machines. The Italian company was originally founded in 1966. From here, they have grown massively to offer customers a diverse portfolio of heavy duty plate rolls, angle rolls, plus high productivity 4 roll and robotic lines.


H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd are known for their high quality construction machinery and excellent customer service. They can also provide bespoke digger attachments and buckets, which have been made by us using plate rollers. 

When you choose to hire from H.E. SERVICES you’ll be guaranteed plenty of benefits. For example:

  • The best machinery, that is on average only 3 years old
  • A 24 hour service for account customers
  • The choice to hire a fully qualified operator with the plant equipment

With 10 UK based depots and 2 satellite depots, H.E. SERVICES are the best choice for the job. Additionally, they have over 3500 items of plant to choose from.


Get in touch with Masterhitch today if you’re interested in any of our bespoke services, including plate rolling. Give us a call on: 01634 290022 or email the team. We are more than happy to advise you on any of our products and assist where needed, if you aren’t sure.

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The Latest Bespoke Project Completed for Ebbsfleet Engineering

Bespoke Project - Ebbsfleet Engineering Trailer

In this week’s news we are very excited to announce the reveal of the latest bespoke project. Ebbsfleet Engineering have commissioned Masterhitch Europe Ltd to carry out a special project for their client, Kimberly Clark. Find out more about the project below!


Here at Masterhitch we have modified Ebbsfleet Engineering’s existing transport / dolly trailer. How, we hear you ask?

We have extended the trailer in order to take a 33 ton paper mill cylinder out of the Kimberly Clark building. The company will be replacing the cylinder with a brand new one. Due to the size of the cylinder, this project would not have been possible without the custom engineering provided by the Masterhitch team. 

Our expert team had initial plans drawn up and signed off by the two companies. The trailer was then manufactured and painted, ready for delivery to Ebbsfleet Engineering.

Trailer drawings
Bespoke Project - Ebbsfleet Engineering Trailer


Ebbsfleet Engineering Services Ltd specialise in the installation, removal and relocation of industrial, manufacturing machinery and equipment. Based in Strood, only a stone’s throw away from Masterhitch, they were the perfect clients to work with when it came to their bespoke project. 

When you contact Ebbsfleet Engineering, you’ll also be able to benefit from the following services: 

  • Heavy crane hire
  • Project management
  • Pipework services
  • Site services and maintenance
  • Electrical and mechanical services

Get in touch with their friendly team today to find out more: https://ebbsfleetltd.com/


This wasn’t the first project we have completed for Ebbsfleet Engineering and Kimberly Clark. Over the last 12 months we have also assisted with the removal of other cylinders.

We previously made a transport frame to fit an 80 ton cylinder. This was then lifted by a 500 ton crane and loaded onto a lorry.

Additionally, we have worked with Ebbsfleet Engineering and CP Manufacturing. For this bespoke project we were asked to manufacture parts for a recycling centre being installed in Enfield. We assisted making the following parts:

  • The conveyor walls and divert shoots
  • The leg supports for the conveyors
  • A frame to hold the cyclone fans
  • The pit wall and walking floor walls

View the full details of this project here.

Bespoke projects

CP Manufacturing Bespoke Project

Kimberly Clark Bespoke Project


Get in touch with Masterhitch today if you’re interested in finding out more about our bespoke project services. Whether you’re looking for a one off attachment or want to make an initial enquiry, we would be happy to help.

Give us a call on: 01634 290022 or email the team. We are more than happy to advise you on any of our products and assist where needed, if you aren’t sure.

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We are always completing bespoke projects for companies, so make sure you check out our social media channels. You could see a bespoke attachment suitable for your needs:

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