Hydrauliska Industri AB (Hiab) was established in Hudiksvall in 1944, when the Swedish ski manufacturer Eric Sundin came up with the idea to convert the power produced by a truck’s engine into a lifting motion. Serial production of the first truck-mounted loader crane soon got under way.
Across the water in Raisio, Finland, Mikko, Mauno and Martti Terho had established Multilift, the company responsible for developing a mechanical, cablelift demountable for trucks. The product was a success.
Today Hiab is the global market leader in load-handling solutions, and a part of the cargo handling company Cargotec. Hiab has five product lines, which have emerged through a mergers and acquisitions history, dating back from the company’s inception.
Huge demands on loader cranes
Hiab loader cranes has built a solid reputation over 60 years, for providing cranes able to reliably handle the most demanding challenges in practically any imaginable road-works environment.
Each Hiab loader crane model is built on the company’s expertise and understanding that a typical road-works environment places huge demands on the versatility, speed, reliability and safety of a truck-mounted crane.
Cranes for specific tasks
Cranes like the HIAB XS 166 equipped with a clamshell bucket, demonstrate how Hiab’s machines provide a perfect solution for such tasks as removing provisional road surfaces, and loading old asphalt. Able to handle up to 800kg at a time, Hiab’s clamshell buckets ensure quick and efficient operations.
Typical roadwork operator comments usually highlight the ease of use, provided by Hiab’s radio-control facility, which allows a user to move about freely and find the best operating position, irrespective of the working environment.
Increased safety is a major benefit, as the Hiab remote control enables an operator to stand some distance from the roadside, to carry out the job. An added bonus for a driver operating a Hiab crane is not having to breathe in the fumes that arise when asphalt is being laid.
Broad range of applications
Hiab is proud to offer the world’s broadest range of loader-cranes, which ensures wide-spectrum versatility of application use, to roadwork’s operators. Renowned for their enduring quality and low maintenance needs, Hiab cranes excel at onsite excavation jobs such as raising street gullies.
Hiab cranes are ideal for uncovering leaking water or sewage pipes, installing lighting poles or lifting platform sections, as well as laying the foundations for and placing noise-protection barriers.
Service and accessories
Hiab’s cranes can be equipped with a wide variety of buckets, personnel baskets and grapples for handling poles, for example. Hiab’s unique XS range ensures there is always a crane suiting any specific need, with a wide range of options to fit any road-works application, even if it requires a tailor-made solution. And with a dealer network in 100 countries, a Hiab service workshop is within easy reach.
Hiab Cranes is a part of Hiab Group, the world’s leading supplier of on-road load handling equipment. The product range includes:
- HIAB loader cranes
- Loglift and Jonsered forestry and recycling cranes
- Multilift demountables
- Zepro, Focolift, AMA and Waltco tail lifts, as well as
- Moffett and Princeton Piggy Back® truck-mounted forklifts.
In 2007 Hiab’s net sales totalled €931 million. The company delivered almost 60,000 load-handling units and employed 4,400 people. Hiab is part of Cargotec Corporation, the world’s leading provider of cargo handling solutions.