Hammar is working constantly with supporting customers in after sales and technical support. Our After Sales team has recently been set up to handle all After Sales issues, for our customers convenience.
Within governmental and community relations Hammar always have an open dialogue, to ensure the best cooperation in local matters.
The story of Hammar Maskin is a classic story of entrepreneurship from the parts of Sweden traditionally known for small businesses.
It began when Bengt-Olof Hammar was studying at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg and was doing a dissertation about sidelifters. He borrowed a modest startup capital, designed a prototype, packed his Volkswagen Beetle with photo slides and documentation and started travelling the length and breadth of Sweden trying to sell his product. Eventually the owner of a haulage firm had the courage to buy the prototype. Bengt-Olof Hammar used the money from the sale of the prototype to purchase raw material for four new swinglifters. And that's how it all started.
The first factory was built in Olsfors in 1975, a modest building with a floor area of 3,200 ft² (300 m²). After only two years the factory had to be extended to three times that size.
Since then the factory has grown step by step. Today, HAMMAR sideloaders are built in modern, spacious (136 700 ft²) surroundings, flexibly adapted for the work.
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History in brief
1974 - Bengt-Olof Hammar designs his first sideloader, the SL30S model.
1976 - The Hammar SL20 BH is launched. The Olsfors factory is extended
1979 - Volvo orders 11 HAMMAR. The factory is extended again.
1981 - Hammar buys Kalmar LMV's sideloader production line.
1984 - The US Army orders 10 HAMMAR.
1985 - The company moves to larger premises outside Olsfors.
1987 - Delivery of the first 150 model.
1988 - Hammar designs the world's first sideloader for 45-foot containers.
1990 - Delivery of the first 160 model.
1992 - The TRIOLIFT sidelifter production is purchased. The 160-series is launched.
1995 - Hammar Australia Pty Ltd is established.
1996 - The factory is extended by 21,500 square feet.
1998 - Hammar New Zealand Ltd is established. The first HAMMAR 190 is built.
2002 - Work begins on extending the Olsfors factory by a further 21,500 sqft.
2003 - Hammar Malaysia Sdn Bhd is established. The HAMMAR 180 model is launched.
2004 - 30 years anniversary, Hammar celebrates the best year ever with record sales.
2005 - The patented HAMMAR Gooseneck chassis is launched.
2006 - HAMMAR Lift Inc. in USA is founded with its own production.
2007 - HAMMAR #200 is delivered in Norway.
2008 - The 500th HAMMAR is delivered in Australia and the 250th in Malaysia.
2009 - 35 years anniversary. Total work space area 136 700 ft².
Thanks to our good profitability and excellent solvency, Hammar Maskin has been awarded the highest credit rating - AAA – from Dun & Bradstreet (Soliditet) in not less than 13 years, of which eight years consecutively. It shows that we live up to the demands that our customers and business partners have a right to demand from us.