1990 – 2000
During this decade, ADR made significant advancements in the construction techniques of agricultural axles, distinguishing itself from competitors. Recognizing the market's evolving demands for increased capacities, improved braking capabilities, and higher speeds without compromising stability and safety, ADR's engineers realized that existing methodologies fell short.
To address these challenges, ADR strategically acquired COLAERT ESSIUEX, a specialized French company known for producing axles, leaf springs, and suspensions. This acquisition allowed ADR to expand its product range and effectively cater to emerging needs. Additionally, ADR became the pioneering manufacturer to introduce ductile iron hubs, a ground-breaking solution that overcame the construction limitations associated with steel forging. This bold decision involved substantial investments and rigorous testing. However, it propelled ADR to the forefront, establishing it as the world's leading manufacturer of agricultural axles.
This decade also witnessed the introduction of self-steering axles in the market. These axles were crucial for agricultural machinery equipped with two or more axles featuring wider and larger wheels. ADR played a pivotal role in this development by successfully designing and industrializing a comprehensive range of self-steering and steering-driven axles, with load capacities ranging from 7 to 22 tons. Leveraging the expertise of Colaert Essieux in suspension design and manufacturing (including bogie, tandem, tridem, and quadrem), the ADR Group was able to offer complete, ready-to-assemble solutions for agricultural trailers.