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The history of Rototilt® and the tiltrotator invention
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The history of Rototilt® and the tiltrotator invention

The tiltrotator, which was given the name Rototilt® by Rune Norgren at Noreco in Umeå, Sweden, was invented in the middle of the 1980s. His son Roger has worked with the product ever since.

“It was my father Rune who decided that the product would be called Rototilt®”, informs Roger Norgren, who has seen the invention grow from a clever idea to a world-leading product. The name Rototilt® – despite being a protected trademark – is often used as a generic term for the entire tiltrotator product category, such is its recognition.

Rune saw the potential for developing this product concept into something big. The first tiltrotators were delivered to customers in the Umeå region of northern Sweden in 1986.

At the same time, Indexator in Vindeln was looking for a possible complimentary product to its rotator business. The rotator business at that time was primarily for the forest machine industry, and Indexator had one eye on the construction industry for new business opportunities.

At this time, the financial system was in a very tough situation, and just like many companies during this period, Noreco got into financial difficulties. In 1992, Indexator had the opportunity to acquire the Noreco assets and purchased the product rights, the Rototilt® brand and several technical applications. The CEO of Rototilt® today, Anders Jonsson, remember it had some tough times.

“Naturally, it wasn't all plain sailing, admits CEO Anders Jonsson. The tiltrotator was an entirely new concept and there was nothing upon which to base component designs, materials selection, functions etc. We had to learn everything from scratch and set the parameters ourselves. It was a tough, challenging period.”

The past 30 years with Rototilt® have been characterized by innovation. Not just when it comes to the tiltrotator and its peripheral systems itself, but also the ideas surrounding how the tiltrotator can develop new opportunities for the construction industry.

Two years ago the company name was changed from Indexator Rototilt Systems to just Rototilt®.

“We see an exciting, challenging potential in our new emerging markets like central Europe and North America where tiltrotators are still not used to the same extent as here at home, but where the market is developing step by step”, CEO Anders Jonsson tells us.

Rototilt has the vision “One Rototilt® on each excavator”. A number of OEM-partnerships are established with different machine manufacturers. “With Rototilt®’s world leading product quality and durability, along with our established and proven product support in North America, we are well positioned for the growing demand”, ends Mallory.


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