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Steelwrist history

  • Quick couplers for excavators

    Quick couplers for excavators are invented. Swedish excavator manufacturer Åkerman is the first to introduce a quick coupler.

  • Quick couplers are starting to gain momentum

    The Swedish market for quick couplers is starting to gain momentum and more companies begin to manufacture quick couplers as they become more popular in Sweden. The Swedish market is dominated by five companies: Dento, Bofors, Överum, Cerapid and SMP. Some companies turn their attention to the tiltrotator concept developed by Noreko. In 1986 Steelwrist predecessor Dento starts to develop a tiltrotator.

  • Crisis in the building sector

    The crisis in the building sector in the early nineties creates major profitability problems throughout the industry. Towards the end of the decade the tiltrotator is starting to be a common work tool not only in Sweden, but in the Nordic region. Gjerstad Industri A/S sees the potential in the tiltrotator and acquires Dento. Gjerstads owner dies unexpectedly and the planned factory in Knivsta is called off.

  • Development of a new generation tiltrotators

    Dsolution AB is formed. The development of a new generation of tiltrotators based on the experience from the eighties and nineties is started by Bernt Wedberg, and a prototype series is presented.

  • Steelwrist is founded

    Stefan Stockhaus and Markus Nilsson start Steelwrist AB and acquire the development project from Dsolution AB.

  • The product portfolio is expanded

    A period with a strong focus on product development, industrialization and growth starts. The product portfolio is expanded and production capacity is multiplied.
    Launch of our own control systems and quick couplers in 2008.

  • New production facility

    The financial crisis leads to a period of downsizing and rationalization. The Preferred Supplier Agreement with Volvo Construction Equipment creates conditions to consolidate operations and build a new production plant in Sollentuna, Sweden.

  • Strong growth and new markets

    Strong growth. Sales is started in several new markets. The second generation of Steelwrist control system XControl is launched in collaboration with SVAB.
    ISO certification for both Quality (ISO9001) and Environment (ISO 14001).

  • The world's first fully steel casted tiltrotator

    Large investments in product development and steel casting – the world’s first fully steel casted tiltrotator, the X07, is launched.

  • Front Pin Lock is launched

    Steelwrist patented Front Pin Lock technology for quick couplers is launched together with NCC.

  • Steelwrist safe couplers gain ground

    The X20 tiltrotator is launched and safe couplers are introduced also on tiltrotators. Steelwrist safe couplers gain ground, and when alternative solutions are presented Steelwrist is the only solution that works on all excavators, big and small, new and used.
    OEM cooperation with Yanmar Construction Equipment begins.

  • X32 is added to the product range

    The X32 tiltrotator is launched and added to the product range for large excavators (up to 33 tons). A sales organization in Germany is established and the Lehnhoff standard tiltrotators enters serial production.

  • Continued strong growth

    Continued strong growth and a focus on new markets. The product range is broadened further in order to continue to grow outside Scandinavia.

    OEM cooperation with JCB begins.

  • New tiltrotator model added to product offering

    The X26 tiltrotator is launched.

  • The SQ technology is introduced

    Continued strong growth for the company and several new products are added to the portfolio. As a part of the strategy to create a global standard for automatic quick couplers for excavators, SQ Auto Connection is launched. At the same time the High Flow tiltrotator technology is launched. X14 tiltrotator, Quantum Control System platform, ToolRec, Powertilt with Front Pin Lock technology, grapples, compactors, TMX are other new products.

    North America and South Korea are new markets with our own representation.

  • Doubled production capacity at new manufacturing facility

    Move of head office and a new manufacturing facility of 12 500 square meters in Rosersberg, Sweden.
    Launch of sweeper and V14 self-cleaning electrical connector for SQ quick couplers.
    Sales representation established in Italy and Japan.

  • Solix acquires Terratech AB

    The Swedish investment company Solix acquires Steelwrist’s mother company Terratech AB. The acquisition is part of Solix’s strategy to acquire Nordic industrial companies with a strong product portfolio and with significant international growth potential.

    Own sales representation established in Australia and Poland.

  • Open-S – a standard for fully automatic quick couplers

    Open-S – an open industry standard for fully automatic quick couplers for excavators is launched by Steelwrist and Rototilt. Open-S is owned and managed by an open and independent organisation, the Open-S Alliance.

    Steelwrist receives the Sweden’s Best Managed Companies recognition, sponsored by Deloitte in cooperation with Nasdaq.

    Launch of fully casted TCX tilt coupler and S30 quick coupler.

  • Expanded co-operation with Volvo CE

    The co-operation with Volvo CE is expanded with the launch of factory-mounted SQ Auto connection quick couplers on excavators.