The story of Konecranes Lift Trucks

In 1959 our first lift truck was shipped from our factory in southern Sweden. We put our heart into that first delivery, making the truck with great care and craftsmanship. Our attitude is exactly the same today, over half a century later. We now sell and service our lift trucks all over the world as part of Konecranes, the world's leading provider of smarter lifting equipment and service. Visit our production facilities and you'll find a close-knit community of Konecranes people with a common passion: making the hardest-working, longest-lived lift trucks in the world.

We live and breathe lift trucks.

At our modern production plants in Markaryd, Sweden, and Shanghai, China, we combine the latest technology with efficient manufacturing methods and fine craftsmanship.


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History of Konecranes Lift Trucks

a business unit of the Konecranes Group.

Year Milestone
1947 Founding of SMV (Silverdalens Mekaniska Verkstad)
1959 Production and delivery of our first fork lift truck
1994 Appointment of new management
1995 Opening of a new production plant in Markaryd, Småland, southern Sweden. A complete new truck range was introduced, including fork lifts, container lift trucks and reach stackers.
1998 Delivery of the world’s largest reach stacker for handling containers on river barges. Factory and office extension.
2000 Introduction of a new fork lift truck concept, the SPECTRA range, 10-16 tons and 18-25 tons. Introduction of a new range of empty container handlers, stacking 5-8 high, 9 tons capacity, single and double stacking.
2002 Factory and office extension & Certified according to ISO 9001:2000.
2003 Certified according to ISO 14001:1996. Introduction of new range of 60-ton fork lift trucks, first delivery to a UK steel mill. Patent obtained for the SPECTRA fork lifts.
2004 SMV became part of KCI Konecranes of Finland through acquisition. SMV became a business unit of Konecranes with the legal name Konecranes Lifttrucks AB. Introduction of a new range of reach stackers for laden container handling & intermodal handling, the TB & CB series.
2006 KCI Konecranes launched a new global master brand strategy and identity, and dropped "KCI" from the brand name. Konecranes Lift Trucks business unit introduced a new range of 10-16 ton fork lift trucks with higher performance and a new range of empty container handlers with 4-6 high single stacking and 8 tons capacity. Factory and offices were expanded for an increased annual production capacity.
2007 Production facility was opened in Lingang (Shanghai), China.
2011 Major investment in facilities in Markaryd, Sweden to meet growing demands.
2013 Introduction of the world’s first hybrid reach stacker, the SMV 4531 TB5 HLT for container handling, with a lifting capacity of 45 tons. Konecranes and Linde Material Handling sign agreement in container handling lift truck business.
2014 Acquisition of Linde Container Handling
2017 Konecranes acquire Terex MHPS, extending it's port cranes and lift truck offering
2018 New distribution channel in China
2019 Launch of new Liftace reach stackers
2020 Introduction of E-VER, electric forklift with Li-ion battery
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