MultiDocker was founded as a subsidiary to a shipping company*. Their shipping activities were/are concentrated to contractual sea transports. Since its formation, MultiDocker has been heavily involved in the demanding loading and discharging processes of short-sea shipping. By their own experience MultiDocker learned how to make the material handling more efficient in the ports, we started to develop our own material handlers and then used them onboard the barges.
The first cargo handler was ready in 1981, a reconstructed excavator with a cabin elevator and a reach of 17m. Satisfied with this product the team continued to develop more powerful machines with even better reach and modified undercarriages. The cooperation with Caterpillar started in 1997 and the foundation for the MultiDocker CH was set in the year 2000. This resulted in the most efficient cargo handler ever for ships up to 9,000 deadweight tonnes (dwt). MultiDocker continued to develop and were establishing in several additional countries in Europe. The product portfolio developed over the years with various models, reach and new features.
Today, MultiDocker is an established brand in Europe and has set its sights on growing in new markets, such as South America, North America and Asia. We increased our product folio and our products are to be found all over the world. Coming years, MultiDocker expect a growth of 30 % per annum. This growth requires more working capital. With the support of thousand of shareholders, MultiDocker was listed at the NGM Nordic MTF in 2017. The issued capital will mainly be used for market penetration, technical product development and development of the production process.
We are experiencing a strong march ahead and are looking forward to present new products and further expansion in 2017.
* Österströms was a shipping and logistics company, founded in 1981. The business concept was to be a reliable and qualified partner that delivered effective logistical solutions to the customers. Basically that involved providing an optimised range of vessels, efficient cargo handling methods, terminal management and integrated overland transport along with support from IT systems.
The sales total more then a billion kronor, with subsidiaries in seven countries employing 650 people in total. The fleet included some 35 vessels in a mix of owned and time chartered vessels. In 2011 the company was sold to Rederi AB TransAtlantic and MultiDocker were separated from the group.