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1832 Munktell in Eskilstuna

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Johan Theofron Munktell föddes 1805 i Sverige. Vid 17 års ålder började han studera vid en teknisk högskola i Stockholm. År 1826 anställdes han av Kungliga Myntverket där han förbättrade maskinerna som stansade mynten. Han var också med i den grupp som konstruerade och tillverkade Sveriges första tryckpress.

In 1832 mechanical workshop “Eskilstuna Mekaniska Werkstad” in Sweden began its operations under Johan Theofron Munktell. This is considered to be the beginning of the industrial history of both Valtra and Volvo Construction.

When Sweden began building its railway system in the 1850s, Munktell manufactured the country’s first steam engine, the “Förstlingen”. Between 1853 and 1893 Munktell delivered a total of 31 steam locomotives. Traction engines proved to be a particularly successful product, with close to 7000 being produced by 1921.

Teofron Munktell Jr. became the head of the family company in 1857, and in 1879 the company was restructured as a joint stock company and renamed Munktells Mekaniska Verkstads Aktiebolag. With the internal combustion engine making its breakthrough, Munktell built its first semi-diesel in 1905.

The company’s first agricultural tractor was manufactured in 1913, with a lighter model introduced in 1916. As demand for internal combustion engines grew, Munktells discontinued manufacturing steam engines

The years following the First World War were hard on the factory. Exports to Russia ceased, and the company’s financial position weakened. Eventually a new basis for operations was found when Munktell merged with Bolinder on its 100th anniversary in 1932.

Johan Theofron Munktell

Johan Theofron Munktell

The first Swedish locomotive

The first Swedish locomotive.

Agricultural machinery around 1900

Agricultural machinery around 1900.