Højbjerg Maskinfabrik A/S – known today as HMF Group A/S – was founded in 1945, when Arne Bundgaard Jensen chose to start up as an independent mechanic.

Bundgaard was educated mechanic despite his father's wish of him to become a farmer like the two elder brothers. During the Second World War it was not easy to get a job as a mechanic, but in 1943 Bundgaard was fortunate to get a job as a mechanic at the Aarhus Motor Compagni (AMC) where amongst other things he repaired taxicabs. However, just before the end of the occupation, the occupying power commandeered this company, but it only took Bundgaard one day to find a new job at the workshop which had taken over the repair of the taxicabs.

After the end of the war, Bundgaard was employed again at AMC, but he only stayed a short while, as he was offered the opportunity to buy a bicycle repair shop. By selling his Nimbus motor cycle, adding his own small savings and getting a loan from his father he finally set up for himself. "I remember very clearly the first day", Bundgaard has told – "or the first evening to be precise, because it was dark, and there was only one single bulb burning in that large workshop. It was dirty and cold and I sat down in the middle of the mess and said to myself: "I'm never gonna make it!"". But he did, and already after a fortnight the first apprenticed mechanic was employed.

From these humble conditions rose the company today known as HMF.

From Mechanic to Manufacturer

The actual production started in 1947, where Bundgaard was persuaded by his brother into making two agricultural trailers. Three were made and the third was sent to the National Testing of Agricultural Implements for approval, and its recommendation was so good that Bundgaard was encouraged to start producing them.

The first tipping body, which was mounted on a 2-wheel agricultural trailer, was an enormous success, and after manufacturing of some twenty pieces, a local haulage contractor made a request for a tipping body mounted on his Chevrolet truck. The demand for tipping bodies for trucks increased to such an extent that Bundgaard chose to discontinue the production of agricultural trailers in 1956.

The hauliers kept coming up with requirements for new products, and in 1952 the construction of the first truck-mounted loader began. In 1954 the road transport trailer production began and in 1963 the production of tail lifts. As the production increased, Bundgaard had to give up the workshop and moved the company in 1952. Even though the new building was extended several times, these buildings also became too small, and in 1959 he chose to construct a totally new factory based on his own design. The factory was built on Oddervej 200, where it is situated today. The new plant won a prize as the most beautiful factory in Jutland.

In 1967 the privately owned Højbjerg Maskinfabrik was transformed into a company with limited liability.

HMF's Branches and Subsidiaries

After Bundgaard having developed his workshop into a modern factory, HMF continued to expand.

So that the customers in Sealand could be serviced more effectively, HMF bought a site in the town of Roskilde in 1976, and built a smaller plant which was quickly extended to more than double the planned floor area.

In 1982 HMF opened a sales and service department in the small town of Nørresundby, North Jutland, further expanding the company's policy of offering a better service.

In 1980 Bundgaard bought a plant in the small town of Galten, west of Århus and founded the specialized hydraulics division, HYFA, which took over the production of tail lifts. At HYFA also constructing and manufacturing a complete range of smaller loaders for mounting on vans and small trucks was started up.

In 1981 Bundgaard bought his former work place AMC A/S and in 1987 he bought the competing firm - Schou & Co. near Copenhagen. The company was named AMC-SCHOU and has in recent years been situated in Galten. AMC-SCHOU had a worldwide reputation for its high quality cylinder boring machines and was also making machine tools for the repair of petrol and diesel engines. Around the turn of the millennium, AMC-SCHOU started manufacturing cylindrical grinding machines for grinding rolls in the graphic industries. The company was sold in 2013.

After thus establishing a network of branches covering the entire country, Bundgaard turned towards the other countries. Already for many years HMF had been exporting to a considerable number of markets and in 1987 HMF chose to establish its first overseas branch. That was HMF (UK) Ltd. in England, and shortly after followed establishing of HMF Ladekrane und Hydraulik GmbH in Germany. These branches function as independent subsidiaries with limited liability. Today HMF Ladekrane has an extensive network of dealers all over Germany.


HMF's first export sales was started in 1953. Bundgaard participated with a couple of his agricultural trailers at a show in Copenhagen. They aroused the interest of a Swedish visitor, and shortly after the first trailers – painted in blue and yellow – were sent from Højbjerg to Sweden.

Today HMF exports to more than 50 countries in Scandinavia, Europe, North America, the Far and the Middle East as well as Australia. It is mainly loader cranes that make out the export range and the extended export is highly due to the fact that HMF has striven to adapt to the requirements of the different markets.

HMF's importers are well established, market leading companies within the vehicle bodybuilding, hydraulic and transport equipment sectors.

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