Volvo

The main players behind the foundation of what would become Volvo Construction Equipment were Johan Theofron Munktell and brothers Jean Bolinder and Carl Gerhard Bolinder. Their history can be traced back to 1832 when Munktell laid the foundations for the company that would manufacture Sweden’s first tractor in 1913. In 1844, the Bolinder brothers began manufacturing steam engines and then built Sweden’s first combustion engine. These two companies would merge together in 1927 to form Bolinder-Munktell, and produce Sweden’s first steam locomotive. This is considered the birth of Volvo.

The company began producing high quality, popular tractors and were purchased by Volvo 1950. From there, they began producing wheel loaders in 1954, based off their popular tractor designs. In 1966, Volvo produced the world’s first articulated hauler (aka, “Gravel Charlie”).

Volvo Construction Equipment manufactures excavators, wheel loaders, articulated haulers, skid steer loaders, compact track loaders, asphalt pavers, compactors, pipelayers, and demolition equipment. Their brand is extremely popular and remains synonymous with innovation, quality, and reliability.

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