Moxy Dumper

Used Moxy Dumper

Of Moxy
The Beginning, 1969
Mr. Birger Hatlebakk – the inventor and founder of Moxy Moxy’s history begins with Mr. Birger Hatlebakk – a curious entrepreneur always looking for new solutions to his many great ideas. In Molde, Norway, and the surrounding areas, people still have immense respect for this man who founded two of the most important cornerstone companies of the region. By 1969, Mr. Hatlebakk was an experienced inventor and businessman who had made a career for himself developing electrical appliances out of aluminium. At his factory he also produced doorknobs and experimented with wind-power building small windmills. By the late 60s, he had started, and owned, the lighting and electrical appliances manufacturer, Glamox AS. This is to this date a major brand in the market of industrial lighting and electrical heaters.
The late 60s were prosperous times in Norwegian economy, and road building was at a peak. Due to the wet Norwegian climate and rocky, unavailable construction sites the road builders daily faced great difficulties. Mr. Hatlebakk had become aware of these difficulties, and he started pondering on ways to make the job of the road builders easier. In 1969 he started planning what would become his first dump truck and the foundation of Moxy. His vision was a machine that could do the job of regular trucks, but in tougher conditions, typical to the Norwegian job sites. This is still a core vision for Moxy.

Ford 5000 tractor with hydraulic driven rear chassis 1970 marked the production of the first dump truck produced under what was to become the Moxy brand. The prototype was a Ford 5000 tractor with hydraulic driven rear chassis. It was put to work in the building of Molde Airport, Norway, to test whether or not it could serve the purpose Mr. Hatlebakk had intended. Soon, the inventor started building his own front wagon, the D20, which was finalized the same year. This machine marked the beginning of a long and solid collaboration with another great Nordic manufacturer, Scania.

Moxy Articulated Dump Trucks D20 As newer and upgraded models soon followed, Mr. Hatlebakk moved the small hobby based dumper factory from Molde, to rural Elnesvågen, 30 minutes from Molde. The dump trucks were now built alongside Glamox AS’ electrical heaters. The new location was only a two minute walk from where Mr. Hatlebakk had grown up, surrounded by the rugged mountains of coastal Norway. He felt this scenery represented the spirit of the dump truck idea, and it would be a reminder for the staff that this was one of the types of terrain the dump trucks should be built to master. This location helped expand the production and was crucial when Moxy merged with Øveraasen Motorfabrikk & Mek. Verksted from Gjøvik, Norway. Following on from the merger huge technological advances were made.

In 1972 Moxy had developed the first dump truck with articulated frame, the Viking D15. It had 6-wheel drive, and it was a major innovation in the world of construction. Soon the small Norwegian company had gotten enough international attention to start exporting, and Moxy more than tripled sales in just a few years.

Truck no. 1000 in front of Brown Engineering AS The British company Brown Engineering took over Moxy and renamed it Moxy Industries AS. During this decade a total of 11 new dump truck models were launched. Several of these were improved versions and custom built machines such as the Coal Hauler produced some years later, specially designed for the mining industry. One of the dumpers produced during this decade was the 6200S, which had a top speed of 50 km/h. This was the first Moxy dump truck with front axle suspension and actually the first with a ZF power shift transmission.

Moxy MT40B Coal Hauler By the mid-80s, Moxy dump trucks were working on construction sites on all five continents. The giant Japanese manufacturer, Komatsu, decided to sign a renewable four year contract with Moxy. This contract was a great evidence of Moxy’s trustworthiness. It licensed the Norwegian company to build Komatsu labelled dump trucks with Komatsu’s design, simultaneously as building the Moxy dump truck in the original way. Soon, Moxy had produced two Komatsu branded dumpers of 25 and 27 tonnes with both Komatsu engines and design.

Komatsu from Moxy Komatsu and the government-owned mining company AS Olivin in 1991 bought Moxy and renamed it Moxy Trucks AS. AS Olivin became the major shareholder with 2/3 of the shares while Komatsu to the remaining 1/3. Moxy now benefited from several factors such as a substantial injection of capital accompanied by sound long term financing. Additionally, Komatsu contributed their expertise in manufacturing techniques; they helped expand Moxy’s world-wide sales network; and they helped implement the strict quality control that makes Moxy so trusted both nationally and abroad.

Towards the end of the 1990s Moxy launched their R&D project The Concept – Voice Of The Customer. This consisted of two trips to the U.S. – the world’s biggest market for dump trucks. The background for these trips was the idea that Moxy wanted to meet their existing and prospective customers and ask them face to face what they really wanted from their dump trucks. The result was interesting as it contained testimonies from all over the U.S., from the warm and humid Florida to the cold Montana and mountainous Colorado. In that way the results represented great variation in the areas of use and provided thorough information for the development of new models.

The product line Plus 1, is a direct result from The Concept – Voice Of The Customer. With great testimonies of what was wanted from Moxy’s products, the new series was developed with only one goal: to make the best dump trucks on the market. Today’s models MT26, MT31, MT36 and MT41 are all members of the Plus 1 “family”. The concept is simple: to provide better solutions than all competitors; plus one step ahead…

The 20,000m² factory, which has some of Scandinavia’s largest welding robots In 2001, the government-owned AS Olivin took over Komatsu’s share in Moxy and became the sole owner. Shortly after, a change in government led to the sale of AS Olivin, and Moxy Trucks AS was separated out. The Government became the owner of Moxy, but wanted to sell the company to ensure its competitiveness and maintain its role as one of the leaders in the ADT market.

At the end of 2002, the Norwegian Government had found a suitable buyer in the English engineering company, Thomson Group. In 2003 the Thomson Group gave the best bid, and they are to this date still owners of what is now Moxy Engineering AS.

Brian Thomson from the Thomson Group. The Thomson Group is a private, family-owned company that has great experience from engineering, real-estate and construction. Evidence of their will to make Moxy succeed can be seen in the “birth” of the MT41 the same year as the takeover. This is Moxy’s most powerful machine so far, and it is capable of 41 tons of payload – Plus 1 ton compared to competitors. That is the spirit of Moxy Engineering AS, and it is a spirit that has lived on from the drawing board of 1969: Moxy, always one step ahead of its competitors – pioneers in development and performance.

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