HMF was established in 1945 by Arne Bundgaard Jensen. The story goes that Bundgaard wanted to open a bicycle and auto repair shop in Højbjerg, Denmark, and in order to make this happen, he then sold his Nimbus motorcycle and borrowed money from his relatives. This was the beginning of HMF.
Since the very beginning, product development and quality have been cornerstones of our DNA. In 1947 a need for agricultural trailers came about, and so started the production of trailers and tipping bodies, and in 1952 we produced our first crane.
A year later, in 1953 the first crane was sold to Sweden and so our international crane adventure started. These were the first highlights of our journey, and since then we have been one of the pioneers of the industry.
We were the first crane manufacturer to become ISO certified, and through innovation we contributed to improve the capabilities within safety with the introduction of our EVS system.
Today, we are one of the world’s leading crane manufacturers with subsidiaries in Denmark, Germany, Norway, and UK, and sales and service partners worldwide.
1945 - Founded by Arne Bundgaard Jensen at Oddervej 64 in Højbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark.
1947 - Start-up of production of agricultural trailers, the “HØJBJERG-Vognen”. Production stopped in 1956.
1950 - Start-up of production of tipping bodies and telescopic cylinders.
1952 - The first truck-mounted HMF loader crane produced.
1953 - HMF starts to export loader cranes.
1959 - The company moves to Oddervej 200, in Højbjerg, Denmark, where it is situated today.
1972 - Højbjerg Maskinfabrik A/S acquires the Danish trailer factory, DAPA A/S, (”DANSK PAAHÆNGSVOGNSFABRIK”).
1976 - Expansion, Sales & Service Centre in Roskilde, near Copenhagen, Denmark.
1980 - Production is started in a new factory on Frichsvej 35 in Galten, near Aarhus, Denmark.
1982 - New Sales & Service Centre opens in Nørresundby, Northern Jutland, Denmark.
1987 - The subsidiaries HMF (UK) Ltd and HMF Ladekrane & Hydraulik GmbH in Germany are established.
1998 - EVS and SLM (RCL) patent application - patents* are received in 2004 and 2014.
1999 - Bundgaard Holding ApS is established.
2000 - Arne Bundgaard Jensen passes away.
2006 - New strategy with standard product range and focus on core competencies, such as robot cells.
2008 - New environmentally friendly quality coating (EQC) paint facility. Further new arm factory and assembly lines with tact control are established.
2009 - HMF receives the Automation Prize awarded by the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI) – welding robot cell for crane arms.
2013 - HMF Norway is established.
2016 - Innovative crane range with almost 100 crane models.
Today - 100% owned by the Danish foundation, Bundgaard Fonden. As such, our long term vision is set continued focus on our customers, product line, service, and global network of industry professionals.
*Patents expire automatically after 20 years, which means the patents for EVS and SLM are expired today.