It all started at a metal processing plant outside Skellefteå called Rönnskärsverken that needed one of their lead furnaces cleaned out. In the 70s, this was heavy and dangerous manual work. Protected by blocks of wood under their feet and masks on their faces, workers were required to crawl into the still hot furnace and chip out slag and brick using handheld tools. In those days, the demolition industry was underdeveloped, until two entrepreneurial brothers, Lars and Per-Martin Holmgren, saw an opportunity to improve upon the safety and efficiency of demolition.
The Holmgren brothers saw a need and envisioned a machine that had the potential to eliminate the risks faced by demolition workers. Their original prototype was pieced together from parts of other machines and became the first in the industry to utilize a remote-controlled system. The ability to control a machine from a distance protected workers from hazardous environments and cut the time needed to complete a job in half.
Over the years our product has been and continues to be upgraded and refined, but many of the original ideas remain constant. These ideas form the foundation of today’s Brokk machine.
The company was further strengthened when Börje Hedlund joined the company as a business partner. By this time the Brokk 250 was in production and the company had a commercially viable product to take to the market, but they struggled to come up with a brand name that was as unique and powerful as their machine. Inspired by Nordic mythology, the founders eventually decided to call their new company “Brokk,” named after a dwarf who was thought to have forged the hammer of Thor. The dwarf known as Brokk was small, powerful, and unbeatable, making him the perfect namesake for our machines.
To this day, Brokk machines continue to be utilized at the very same smelter as in 1976. However, the scope of Brokk no longer ends there. Today, there are Brokk robots making workplaces safer and more efficient all around the world.
Brokk 250, the first serial produced Brokk robot.
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// The Brokk team