THE YEAR WAS 1959. Sweden's economy had really picked up after the war and the standard of living in the country was getting ever better. More homes would be built, new infrastructure would be created and new railway lines would be laid. The need for construction machinery increased dramatically. John Sonerud, a Swedish innovator and contractor, saw the need for machines and decided to create a brand new product to meet demand. He talked to his brothers, brought in three Norwegian investors and together they founded the company Svenska Hymas AB.
John's idea, to retrofit backhoes to agricultural tractors, was as simple as it was ingenious. The response from the market was huge and the success was a fact. During the company's first year, 75 agricultural tractors with retrofitted backhoe arms were delivered.
IN THE 1960S , Svenska Hymas AB flourished. The company grew steadily and the number of incoming orders remained stable. During the 1970s, the development of new tools continued, for example, the articulated side-angling backhoe, catapult boom and mechanical quick couplers saw the light of day. The company collaborated with Valmet in Finland and was thus able to use stripped tractor chassis for its own conversions and bodybuilding. This meant faster production and higher profit margin. New markets were attracted and to ensure production during an export venture, the company merged with Bröderna Lundbergs Mekaniska Verkstad in Skellefteå. Together, the companies made joint efforts to export abroad, to countries such as Germany, France and Spain.
1974 was an important year in the company's history. It was the year when the collaboration with Volvo began, which meant that Volvo model 616/642 backhoe loaders were manufactured at the Hudiksvall factory. The continued high demand benefited the company, which in the 1970s supplied nearly three-quarters of Sweden's backhoe loaders.
1981 would prove to be a test of strength for Svenska Hymas AB. Due to declining orders received from the company's largest customer, Volvo, the decision was made to close the factory in Hudiksvall. The contract with Bröderna Lundbergs was terminated and the company moved its production back to Skellefteå. It was a tough time, but the closure created a strong cohesion among employees. The company would then be rescued. On January 1, 1982, Hudiksvalls Mekaniska AB was founded, which was owned by the employees. The new management immediately began to develop its own product while the company built the last machines based on the contract with Volvo BM.
In 1983 the results of their own initiative was presented - Huddig 960 – an advanced, powerful and articulated backhoe loader in the ten-ton class. Success is immediate and during the autumn series production of the machine starts with two examples a week.
1986 was another springboard for the company. The company changed its name to Huddig AB, Huddig 960 continued to reap sales success, but the market lacked a smaller and more diverse model as a complement to the larger machines. The engineers went back to the drawing board and created one of the company's biggest sales successes – Huddig 760. The new machine quickly helps to make a Huddig the "Rolls Royce" of the market.
AFTER THE TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM Huddig AB entered a very expansive period. Sales rise dramatically as new export markets open up and between 2001-2007 volume growth is 15-20% annually.
The reputation of the efficiency and reliability of the Huddig machines reaches more and more European countries and just in time for the company's 50th anniversary in 2009, the Development Department faces a challenge from a company in Scotland – "to build a machine that can travel on our softest fields and bogs". The result was the current iconic Huddig 1260B Muddy Mary – a powerful machine fitted with tracks for the best possible traction on difficult terrain.
THE HIGH PRODUCTION RATE continued and in 2011 and 2012 the 1060C and 1260C models were launched. These machines were even more powerful, flexible and advanced compared to their predecessors and further contributed to the popularity of Huddig machines.
In 2013 Huddig set a new industry standard when they created the City, Cable and Rail segments with machines specially equipped for each area of use. This meant that each machine could become even more efficient and productive in their respective segments.
2015 was the year Huddig revolutionized the industry with the Huddig Tigon machine concept. The groundbreaking and unique technology, which combined the powerful Cummins diesel engine with smart and efficient electric power, allowed more power to be extracted from the drive package than the machine actually produced. At the well-attended launch in Hudiksvall, the technology generated great interest and the concept received a lot of attention both nationally and internationally. Between 2016 - 2018, the technology was further refined and between 2018/2020 Tigon machines undergo mandatory field tests for the planned start of sales in 2021.