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Our history

The Kranlyft Group has always tried to be one step ahead of its competition within the lifting industry ever since the company was founded in 1963.
This has been achieved through our never-ending curiosity in new, smarter and more cost-efficient solutions.

Our first major breakthrough was when we introduced Kato hydraulic mobile cranes to the European market in 1969.
We soon achieved market leadership with Kato in many European countries.
This success was followed up with the introduction of aerial work platforms in the mid 1970’s through representing leading American manufacturers as well as our own production line in Ireland.

After many years of success with these products we shifted our focus to Mini Cranes from Japanese manufacturer Maeda Seisakusho Ltd., Co. in 1999.
The introduction of this new way of thinking took time to grow in popularity, but being true to our original core values with smarter and more cost-efficient solutions, the Maeda Mini Cranes have gradually grown to be a great success. During the last few years a large number of new manufacturers and competitors have emerged in the Mini Crane market trying to replicate this achievement.

The Mini Cranes from Maeda have added sustainability to our core values and we have maintained market leadership through class leading quality and the highest standards of service. We now represent Mini Cranes in all markets in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa through our own companies or external distributors.

In 2015 we introduced light weight, long reach mobile cranes from Germany into the British market with immediate success as these cranes met a growing demand for this type of crane.
Following this success we are now introducing machines from Klaas GmbH in Germany into the Swedish and Danish markets, still true to our core values.

Since April 2016 the Kranlyft Group now consisting of AB Kranlyft and AB Mölnlycke Bilfjäderservice, situated in Mölnlycke outside Gothenburg, Sweden together with Kranlyft UK Ltd. in Bristol, UK are owned by Storskogen Utveckling AB who are an investment company in Stockholm with a focus on long term ownership in companies with both strong market and financial positions.

We are now well positioned for the future, especially as we now experience the growing importance the sustainability factor impacts decisions within our industry.

We are still curious about new technologies and very much look forward to the challenges we will meet within the lifting industry in the future.