Erik Snr was old school. Viking heritage dictated this gnarly swede dig his way to an honest living for his clan at the end of a shovel.
Unfortunately times were tough in the thirties and he had enough up top to know that the old way just wasn’t going to cut it in trying times. He needed a machine. And he knew where to get it.
Enter the forefather of Volvo Excavators, Åkerman. Åkerman had a bunch of smarts in the thinking department and in no time at all Erik Snr was digging out Swedish Krona by the bucket load.
All thanks to our very first excavator, the Volvo powered Åkerman 300.
WE DIG THAT.
Erik jr had discovered- thanks to the swinging sixties, music and girls. Girls had taste- he realised, and they really didn’t dig fellas with facial scars.
Unfortunately for Erik Jr, his dad’s cable excavator had a habit of providing these... regularly.
Luckily Åkerman (forefathers of Volvo) were thinking the same way, and in 1966 created their first hydraulic excavator. Not only did this contribute enormously to occupational health & safety, the massive increase in performance, productivity and reliability left Erik Jr more time and more bonus cash to enjoy the benefits of a job well done.
WE DIG THAT.
Eric (with a “c”) was leading the charge for expanding the family firm’s reach beyond european shores.
Rumours of construction growth and mining prospects in the Asia Pacific region provided the perfect excuse for a big OE.
Fortunately for him (and us) the whispers were true, and although we’d been ‘worldwide’ for ages, we knew that our Swedish flair for precision european design and componentry- coupled with a state of art assembly facility closer to this rich, new world would allow us to become extremely competitive and create new opportunities for our antipodean customers. So we bought Samsung in 1998. In doing so we also became the first foreign company to invest in Korea.
WE DIG THAT.
Erika, like Volvo Excavators, is extremely well connected. Between roller-derby and snap chat she needs to know every second of her day is fulfilled.
Erika believes connectivity and technology are as important to her as the tough, rugged performance of her EC380D - and the CARETRACK GPS system installed in todays D-Series excavators ensures she’s getting the very best out of her workmate.
All the grunt and tech aside, the one thing she always has to pinch herself about is the “new-car” feeling of easing her gluteus maximus into the incredibly kitted-out and comfortable Volvo cab.