In February 2023, Doosan celebrated production of the 10 000th articulated dump truck (ADT) from the company’s plant at Elnesvågen outside Molde in Norway. In fact, there was even more to acknowledge as the 10 000th unit became the first machine in Europe to officially carry the colours of uthe company’s new DEVELON brand.
As well as the DEVELON branding, the 10 000th ADT also carries an extra special design, which harks back to the origins of the ADT range. A time well before Doosan and even the Moxy era, back to the Viking ADT model, 12 of which were produced by the company, Øveraasen, in the time before Moxy took over production. This is recognised by a Viking ship motif on the tailgate of the 10 000th unit, a DEVELON DA45-7 model.
Over the years, a number of different ADT models have been produced at Molde, including the D15, 5222B, 6225B, 7235, MT40, MT41, DA40 and now, today’s models, the DA30-7 and the DA45-7. Rosendal Maskin AS, the authorised dealer for Norway, has supplied ADTs since 1987, and has delivered a total of almost 500 of the 10 000 so far produced. According to the Molde Plant Manager, Jan Roger Lindset, the 10 000th ADT with production number 851951 has been purchased from Rosendal Maskin AS by the Rental Group in Norway.
Production began at the Molde plant in 1972 when the business was called Glamox. Since then, the brand has had a number of names such as Moxy, Moxy Industrial, Brown Engineering, Moxy Trucks, Moxy Engineering and in 2008, the name changed to Doosan when the South Korean manufacturer bought the factory and the product. In 2021, Hyundai Heavy Industries bought the Doosan construction equipment range including the ADT line, and the name of the business was changed to Hyundai Doosan Infracore (HDI).
There are currently 150 employees at the Elnesvågen plant, but with both DEVELON and Hyundai ADTs now being produced at the factory, the workforce is expected to expand to meet an expected 40% growth in production.