• A Mercedes-Benz Actros 2663 transports ÍSTAK's heavy-duty construction machinery.

    Actros 2663: ÍSTAK transports heavy-duty construction machinery.

    Photos: Christoph Börries

Tourism in Iceland is in full swing.

Increasing numbers of tourists are pouring into Iceland. If you count the number of overnight stays, on average there are almost 30,000 tourists in the country every day. With just 337,000 inhabitants, it is among the highest quotas in the world. To ensure that the country’s infrastructure doesn’t collapse, building sites have popped up everywhere. For Sigurdur Sigurdsson and his nine Mercedes-Benz trucks, that means there’s a whole lot of work to be done. The 53-year-old Icelander is a trained carpenter and today works as a Service Operations Manager at ÍSTAK. The company is located in Mosfellsbær, about 15 kilometres north of the capital Reykjavik, and is one of Iceland’s largest construction companies. ÍSTAK and its 330 employees are predominantly involved in large-scale projects financed by the state: schools, hospitals, power stations, ports, tunnels, roads and bridges.

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Sigurdur Sigurdsson, Service Operation Manager at ÍSTAK in Mosfellsbær.

Infrastructure in need of some TLC.

The buildings developed by the company are familiar from daily life on the island. Amongst other things, ÍSTAK built the international Leifur Eiríksson terminal at the airport in Keflavik and renovated the Hallgrímskirkja, the country’s largest and most famous church, as well as the parliament building in the capital, Reykjavik. Sigurdur Sigurdsson explains: “As a construction firm on a rather sparsely populated island without any real network of supplier companies, we have to be able to offer everything from a single source: that ranges from the planning of groundwork right up to the production of complete ready-made building components.” ÍSTAK’s fleet is accordingly big and very varied. It comprises around 350 vehicles, among which there are numerous heavy-duty diggers, wheeled loaders, cranes and other construction machines and eight boats.

Cost-efficiency is crucial.

Alongside the four brand-new Arocs 2653 with Meiller tipper body currently in operation for ÍSTAK as part of the expansion of the airport, there are also a further five Actros tractor units in the fleet. With the youngest member of the fleet, an Actros 2663, the company currently transports up to 120 tonnes of heavy machinery to more than 20 building sites spread across the entire island. “We find that the trucks from Mercedes-Benz are extremely reliable in the rough conditions here,” says Sigurdur Sigurdsson. “By using tractor units and tipper trucks from Mercedes-Benz, we managed to reduce our maintenance costs and thus increase our competitivity.” Video at RoadStars.

ÍSTAK uses the Actros 2663 to reliably transport up to 120 tonnes of heavy machinery – even on steep and unpaved tracks.

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