Multilift Celebrates 60 Years

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What do you do when you see inefficiencies in your materials handling systems? You find solutions.

In the late 1940s, Mikko, Mauni and Matti Terho of Raisio, Finland were working in the materials handling business, transporting lumber from an army surplus warehouse. Seeing how much time and effort was spent in loading and unloading, they decided to try and make improvements.

They developed a “mechanical cable–operated interchangeable platform loader” – soon to be known as demountable – that made use of the truck’s front winch. With their invention, called the Cablelift, it was possible to use a variety of platform bodies. The body was lowered to the ground, leaving the truck to perform other duties during loading and unloading.

With the addition of a hydraulic motor in 1956, the hydraulic demountable was born. Soon after, the Terho brothers sold their company and the new Multilift Group was founded. Since that time, the company has been acquired by Cargotec Corporation, owner of the HIAB line.

Atlas Polar congratulates the entire Multilift team on sixty years of success!

With its 60th anniversary, Cargotec has announced some changes to the Multilift hooklift line. The new 14 ton capacity XR14S will soon be added to the hooklift line and will gradually replace the LHS 190 for 2–3 axle 19–26 GVW trucks.