According to the Hiab website, "Hiab celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. The anniversary marks one of the great ideas in modern industry. Seven decades ago, Swedish ski manufacturer Eric Sundin was struggling to get the heavy timber he needed from the woods into his ski factory. The Hiab Method he developed not only solved his challenge, but also sparked a revolution in load handling that continues to this day.
Eric Sundin, who co-founded Hiab in 1944, found a way to transfer the hydraulic momentum from a truck engine into a lifting motion - soon to be known as the Hiab Method. As Hiab celebrates its 70th anniversary, the method has been applied in over a half-million loader cranes and is used daily by crane operators in more than 100 countries worldwide."
Redman Hiabs operate Palfinger Hiab units but we are grateful to the pioneers of this technology which has made it possible to perform many difficult loading and unloading operations in the trucking industry.