Volvo Construction Equipment

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Volvo Construction Equipment
FormerlyVME Group
TypeSubsidiary of the Volvo Group
IndustryHeavy equipment
  • Eskilstuna Mekaniska Verkstad
  • Munktells Mekaniska Verkstads Aktiebolag
  • AB Bolinder-Munktell
  • Volvo BM
Founded1832 (1832) in Eskilstuna, Sweden
  • Johan Theofron Munktell
  • Jean (Johan) Gerhard Bolinder
  • Carl Gerhard Bolinder
HeadquartersGothenburg, Sweden
Areas served
Key people
  • Melker Jernberg, (President)
  • compactors
  • demolition equipment
  • dumpers
  • excavators
  • haulers
  • loaders
  • material transfer vehicles
  • milling equipment
  • motor graders
  • pavers
  • pipelayers
  • road wideners
  • tack distributors
  • waste handlers
RevenueDecrease 50.731 billion kr (2016)[1]
Increase 2.246 billion kr (2016)[1]
Number of employees
13,397 (2016)[1]

Volvo Construction Equipment - Volvo CE - (originally Munktells, Bolinder-Munktell, Volvo BM) is a major international company that develops, manufactures and markets equipment for construction and related industries. It is a subsidiary and business area of the Volvo Group.


A heavily modified Volvo is used to launch large balloon payloads at Esrange in northern Sweden.

Volvo CE's products include a range of wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators, articulated haulers, motor graders, soil and asphalt compactors, pavers, backhoe loaders, skid steers and milling machines. Volvo CE has production facilities in the United States, Brazil, Scotland, Sweden, France, Germany, Poland, India, China, Russia and South Korea.

Volvo CE sells machines under three brands: Volvo, SDLG and Terex Trucks.


Volvo BM tractor
Volvo A25D
Volvo excavator on construction site in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland

Three men laid the foundation for Volvo Construction Equipment: Johan Theofron Munktell and the brothers Jean Bolinder and Carl Gerhard Bolinder.[2]

In 1832, Johan Theofron Munktell, then only 27, founds what became Volvo Construction Equipment in Eskilstuna, Sweden. In 1913, Munktell and his team produce Sweden's first tractor. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Sweden, other entrepreneurs were making progress: brothers Jean and Carl Gerhard Bolinder of Stockholm had been since 1844 manufacturing steam engines and crude engine oil.

In 1932, exactly one-hundred years after Johan Theofron Munktell’s start in Eskilstuna, Bolinder moves to Eskilstuna and both companies merge under the name AB Bolinder-Munktell. In 1934, Bolinder Munktell produces the legendary BM 25 tractor.

In 1950, Volvo buys the machine manufacturer Bolinder-Munktell (BM). Four years later in 1954, the company produces its first wheel loader H10; the world's first to feature a parallel lift arm system and attachment bracket, establishing Volvo as one of the leading construction companies in the world. They produced the world's first articulated hauler: the Volvo DR 631 Gravel Charlie - in 1966.

In 1973, the company name changes to Volvo BM AB. In 1985, Volvo BM allies itself with the American manufacturer Clark Equipment and its subsidiary Euclid Trucks. The product name Clark Michigan was abbreviated to Michigan and the three brand names Volvo BM, Michigan and Euclid were incorporated in the new company VME Group.

In 1995, VME becomes a fully owned Volvo company and changes name to Volvo Construction Equipment.

In 1998, Volvo CE became the first foreign company ever to invest in Korea. The acquisition of Samsung Heavy Industries (Construction Equipment Division ) strengthened its product offerings and presence in Asia.

In January 2007, Volvo purchases 70% of Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. In April of the same year, Volvo also finalizes acquisition of the American company Ingersoll Rand's division for road construction machines.

In July 2020, Volvo Construction sold Blaw-Knox pavers to Gencor Industries Inc.[3]

In December 2020, Volvo began the delivery of the all-electric ECR25 Electric compact excavator to customers.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Annual and Sustainability Report 2016" (PDF). Volvo. pp. 81, 92.
  2. ^ "Looking Back - Moving Forward" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Volvo CE sells Blaw-Knox pavers to Gencor". 2020-07-31. Retrieved 2020-08-10.
  4. ^ Lambert, Fred (2020-12-17). "Volvo begins deliveries of its electric construction machinery". Electrek. Retrieved 2021-08-26.

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