History of Special Equipment


Paul Thermote & Paul Vanhalst set up their agricultural machines & forklifts repair business


Incorporation of the company Thermote & Vanhalst pvba: purchase, sales and repair of second-hand forklift


Start of the rental and local maintenance activities


Start setup of the cross-system according to OEM-references. TVH starts to supply parts to resellers


Incorporation of TVH Forklift Parts nv. The spare parts business becomes a separate business on its own.

Through continual growth and global expansion, TVH has become the world leader in the supply of spare parts for foklifts, telehandlers and access platforms


equipment rental became a separate business unit with a fleet size of 250 units


As the result of a combination of organic growth and small acquisitions in Belgium, rental fleet grew to 1.700 units

2011 - 2012

The scope of work began to change dramatically with a series of acquisitions in the rental industry in Europe

  • Acquisition of Gunco Group
  • JLG dealer in Belgium
  • Genie dealer in BENELUX + 14 countries in Central Europe
  • Operational leasing + re-rent activities all over Europe
  • Rental in Czech Republic with Statech
  • Acquisitions of Mateco (DE, LU and PL),
  • Gépber (HU), Romlift (RO) and KLC (Statech Slovakia) (SK)

2014 -2015

Global expansion in equipment rental

  • Incorporation of SEGAMAC (MX), Genie ditributor
  • Incoporation of Aerial Lift & Equipment Sdn.Bhd in Malaysia
  • Acquisition of Vamasa in Spain
  • TVH Equipment becomes an independant business unit


Launch of Special Equipment and Global Projects at Gunco in the Netherlands.

  • Dealer of Versalift in Benelux
  • Dealer of Ruthmann in Belgium and Luxembourg
  • Launch of “Special Equipment”, a division of Gunco Bv, powered by TVH
  • Set up of “International Rental”