The German city of Herzogenaurach is best known as the home of the two sporting goods giants Adidas and PUMA.


The latter built a road-crossing bridge, known as the “PUMA Bridge,” in a town of 23,000 inhabitants in Central Franconia. The bridge, connecting the sporting goods manufacturer’s two buildings, is made of a total of 140 tons of steel and glass, has a length of 85 meters and is located over the Hans-Ort-Ring.

The project commissioned by PUMA was carried out by Heinrich Lamparter Stahlbau, an industrial construction specialist based in Hesse. Universal Transport was contracted to transport four bridge segments by road between Lamparter’s headquarters in Kaufungen (near Kassel) and Herzogenaurach. Not to be taken for granted, the total train length of 45 meters, and the construction of the approximately 300-kilometer route, which required precise and conscientious planning.

Universal Transport transported the four segments from Kaufungen to the PUMA site in Herzogenaurach in two different weeks, and the segments were then installed there. Each transport took two days, using so-called “adapters”. In the rainy German summer of 2017, but also in subsequent seasons, the bridge now allows employees to move between individual parts of the building without getting their feet wet.

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