BOBCAT (bobcat or bobcat) - a leader in the production of construction equipment for road construction, agriculture and utilities.
The history of Bobcat technology begins in the forties of the twentieth century. During this time, under the influence of market demand, the technique has undergone significant changes. Technologies, design, lineup changed, and the manufacturing company itself changed.
Today the Bobcat family is represented by:
dozens of different devices.
The introduction of modern production technologies such as numerical control such as CNC and robotics, strict quality and cost control allowed the company to remain competitive in the world market.
The company has indeed undergone many changes, but one thing has remained unchanged since 1947: a commitment to high standards of quality and professional excellence. The whole world has the opportunity to be convinced of this by the example of each mechanism coming off the production line of the company's conveyor.
In 1947, Edward Gideon Melrow, a descendant of Norwegian immigrants, founded Melrow Manufacturing.
The plant was then located in a small village called Gwinner (North Dakota, USA). It was built in response to the increasing demand for combine harvesters and spring harrows (spring tine harrows) that Edward Gideon developed on his own farm.
The first invention of Edward Gideon was the Melrow Pick-up, a mechanism used in combine harvesters that harvested crops with minimal grain loss.
Until the end of the fifties of the last century, the company's activities were focused exclusively on the production and sale of these two agricultural implements. After the death of Edward Gideon in 1955, his sons Lester, Clifford, Roger and Irving, as well as son-in-law Eugene Dahl, took over the business. Clifford became president of the company.
Today, a network of more than 900 dealers in 75 countries is engaged in the sale of Bobcat equipment.
1994 - Purchase of production facilities of Lot. The total number of personnel in Europe, including field personnel, is about 100 people.
The European center for trade and delivery of goods, located in Lot (Belgium), sells Bobcat goods in Europe, the Near and Middle East, the CIS (former Soviet Union) and Africa.
The Asia Pacific Trade Development Bureau is based in Singapore.
The Japanese sales office is headquartered in Yokohama, while the sales of goods in Latin America are carried out from offices in Miami, Florida.
In 1995, Ingersoll Rand, a leading manufacturer of construction equipment and industrial equipment with more than 40,000 full-time employees worldwide, became the owner of both Melrow and its parent company, Clark Equipment Company (for an amount of 1 , $ 7 billion). Melroe forms part of what would later become the Ingersoll Rand Infrastructure Sector.
Despite the fact that the idea of creating small-sized loaders was adopted and used by many competitors, Bobcat (the founder of this type of equipment), thanks to constant modernization and quality improvement, remains the sales leader all over the world today.
1998 Melroe is renamed Bobcat. Melroe Europe became Bobcat Europe. The staff of dealers in Europe totaled 100 people. Bobcat has expanded its range of mini excavators with the launch of the 337/341 5-tonne models.
1999 Bobcat Europe launches its first compact loader, the 864.
2000 - Bobcat Company bought Sambron SA, a long-standing telescopic lift truck manufacturer, located in Pont-Château, northwestern France.
2001 - The Bobcat Company builds its 500,000th Skid Steer Loader. Introduced in Europe, the A220, the world's first compact loader to combine all-wheel steering and skid steer with a simple flip of a switch in the operator's cab.
The company acquired Superstav, s.r.o., a manufacturer of compact backhoe and front loader excavators located in Dobris, Czech Republic.
2002 Bobcat builds its 50,000th mini excavator.
A new midi excavator, model 442, with a lifting capacity of 7.5 tons, was launched into production.
The dealer network in Europe has grown to 140 dealerships.
2003 - For Bobcat Europe, a production development center was organized in Dobris, Czech Republic.
2004 - The first Bobcat 553 skid steer loader is produced at the former Superstav plant in Dobris, Czech Republic.
2005 - Ingersoll-Rand divided the infrastructure sector into two sectors:
Compact Vehicle Technologies, consisting of Bobcat and Club Car,
Bobcat Europe entered the articulated wheel loader market with 3 new models. Bobcat Europe's excavator line has been expanded with the launch of the 444 12.5 ton midi excavator.
Discontinued the production of compact excavators with backhoe equipment and a frontal bucket in Dobris, Czech Republic.
Bobcat has generated worldwide sales of over $ 2 billion.
2006 - Bobcat introduced the first Model 319 mini excavator designed and built in Europe.
A new headquarters for the administration opened in Waterloo, Belgium. Objects in Lot are closed.
2007 - New Megacentre Puurs II logistics space for Bobcat machines and parts opens in Puurs, Belgium.
A new European factory and training center opened in Dobris, Czech Republic.
Bobcat launches the S100, the first skid steer loader designed and manufactured in Europe.
The modern T2250 model with telescopic lift is also being launched in Europe.
The number of dealers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has reached approximately 170 people.
In 2007, Ingersoll Rand sold Clark Equipment Company to the Doosan Korea group, along with the rest of its construction equipment group. Clark Equipment is currently doing business as Bobcat. Bobcat owns worldwide trademark registrations under the name "Bobcat", which clearly refers only to equipment manufactured by Bobcat.
2008 Bobcat celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Skid Steer Loader.