In 1906, Munktells Mekaniska Verkstads AB made the first piece of construction machinery – a steam-powered road roller. Also Zettelmeyer began as early as 1910 to manufacture steam rollers.
In 1969 Ingersoll Rand starts compaction manufacturing in West Colwell NJ USA. The acquisition of Ingersoll Rand's road development equipment division was finalized in 2007.
The first Volvo branded compactors were launched in the beginning of 2008.