Engine history overview

As the 19th century reached the end, there came about a change in description as to what the perception of the propulsiory source would be for maritime, farming and  industrial usage (or indeed what was to become most aerial and all other terrestrial as well). Since James Watt's revolutionary designs really came into use in 1776, steam engines had been the primary source of power. From steam locomotives and locomobiles to stationary industrial steam engines, steam power had been man's tool for conuering the world where horses and oxen were simply not enough. With the invention of the combustion engine, which was more compact and ultimately would produce greater power with much less input (at least as far as the operator was concerned), steam power was a thing of the past. Though J & CG Bolinders Mekaniska Verkstad AB beat Munktells Mekaniska Verkstads Aktiebolag to the punch and came out with a working model for the market, both companies had realised that

combustion engines were the future of their industry. Since the companies merged most engines were made by and labeled Bolinders at that time, but as the resulting company grew and evolved, today all engines are produced by Volvo and more specifically Volvo Penta (with the exception of Volvo Aero). Today Volvo is the market leader in the engine-range 9-16 l.

With a long and successful history in engine production, the resulting engines that are put to use in Volvo Construction Equipment products are the best in the world and are as revolutionary today as they were in 1893.

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