History Milestones of Innovation


The story of Huddig begins

John Sonerud founds the company Svenska Hymas AB together with his brothers and three Norwegian stakeholders. The idea was to retrofit excavator arms onto agricultural tractors. During the first year there were 8 employees working in the company and they managed to manufacture 75 agricultural tractors with excavator arms.


Continuous development

During the 1970´s the excavators were continuously developed which resulted in improvements such as knuckle boom, boom sleeve and the mechanical quick mount for buckets and tools. The collaboration with the Finnish company Valmet begins. The factory in Hudiksvall utilized stripped Valmet chassis for its own conversion and superstructure. As many as three out of four of Sweden’s backhoe loaders were produced in Hudiksvall during the 1970´s.


Manufacturing increased

In 1972 a collaboration was formed with Bröderna Lundbergs Mekaniska Verkstad in Skellefteå, Sweden. The aim was to increase the sales by entering into export markets. During these years the manufacturing volume increased and the number of employees in the factory also increased to nearly 140 in 1975.


Volvo BM 616/642 backhoe loaders

From 1974 to 1986, all Volvo BM 616/642 backhoe loaders were manufactured at the Hudiksvall factory. The machines were a Volvo tractor chassis that were built up with Hymas backhoe and loader units, as well as a cab. During the 1970’s, an estimated three-quarters of Sweden’s tractor backhoes were manufactured in Hudiksvall.


Hudiksvalls Mekaniska AB was founded

In 1981 the decision was taken to close the factory in Hudiksvall due to decreasing order intake from Volvo BM who was one of the largest customers at the time. This resulted in a winding-up agreement with the Lunberg company who also transferred their production back to Skellefteå.

This announcement created a strong cohesiveness among the employees who decided to form an employee owned company. On the 1st of January 1982 the Hudiksvalls Mekaniska AB took over the ownership from Hymas. Thanks to the remaining period of the contract with Volvo BM the factory was in production and at the same time the development of a new backhoe loader began.


A New Chapter Begins

During 1982 the development of a new backhoe loader was made and the result was an advanced, powerful articulated machine in the 10-tonne class and the Huddig 960 was born. The new Huddig 960 was launched at Elmia woods in May 1983 where it was met with great success. In the autumn 1983 the serial production of Huddig 960 was started and with a production capacity of two machines per week.


Huddig AB was founded

The company as it is today, was founded in 1986. In the same year the lighter version; Huddig 760 was developed as a complement to the 960. The 760 was created with the need for a compact, but powerful machine in mind. The Huddig 760 has strongly contributed to the establishment of Huddig machines as the “Rolls Royce” of the backhoe loader market.


Bestseller in several markets

The years from 2001 to 2007 were very positive regarding the further development of Huddig. Sales increased and new order placement became stronger than ever. The Huddig machines became bestsellers in several new export markets. Volume growth was 15-20 % annually.


Muddy Mary was launched

The the conceptual machine, “Muddy Mary” was launched. The Muddy Mary is a 1260B which is specially equipped with tracks, to enable work on ground with poor weight bearing capacity. It was developed after Huddig received a special request from a customer in Scotland. Huddig also celebrated 50 years in the business in 2009 with customer activities in Hudiksvall.




Product development and continuous growth

As the machines were developed to become more advanced the 1060C and 1260C were launched. The Finnish market continued to grow and became a solid base for Huddig. It was decided in 2012 to establish a daughter company in Finland, named Huddig Oy.


Huddig develops the City, Cable, Rail segments

The concept focuses on solutions for efficient and productive working in compact urban environments, utilities and line work and the task of getting on an off railway lines.