On September 15th 2019 Konecranes Lift Trucks, specialists in the manufacture and service of cranes and lifting equipment celebrated 25 years of operations. 2019 is also a celebratory year as it marks 15 years since the company joined the Konecranes Group, a milestone that reinforces their position as one of the global leaders in the industry.
The company was founded when nine industry experts came together to buy a local manufacturing company in Silverdalen, south-east Sweden in 1994. The team of Hans Carlsson, Nils-Olof Larsson, Hans Matzner, brothers Conny and Roger Persson, Anders Sandström, Göran Skogsborn, Paul Westergren, and Olle Österlund designed and built their first reach stacker before moving operations to Markaryd one year later in 1995.
Conny and Roger Persson are still with the company to this day. However the other seven pioneers have since left although their legacy carries on as Konecranes Lift Trucks continues to develop the business and do what the team always wanted – to build lift trucks “with heart” for their many different customers’ world! The company has grown at an impressive rate since the launch of their first machine, it is now producing lift trucks in Sweden, China and France, and has sold nearly 10,000 across 120 countries.
Originally called as SMV (Silverdalens Mekaniska Verkstad) which translates to Silverdale Mechanical Workshop, they joined the Konecranes Group in 2004, and opened a manufacturing facility in China in 2007, other notable milestones include the acquisition of Linde container handling in 2013 and Terex MHPS in 2017 with the latter bringing the company substantial opportunities for growth and the market leadership position.
Konecranes CEO, Panu Routila said, “Since the acquisition of Lift Trucks the business has become an integral part of Konecranes’ operations and success, helping to expand our company’s global footprint and setting the standard for production excellence and technology leadership,”
“I look forward to more growth and critical contributions from Lift Trucks in the future.”
Senior Vice President of Business Unit Lift Trucks, Andreas Falk said, “I’ve always felt honored to be a part of the Konecranes Lift Trucks team, a big thank you to all our employees and partners who have worked tirelessly to achieve many remarkable things.”
Due to the 15th September falling on a Sunday this year Konecranes employees will celebrate around the world on Friday, September 20th.