ConExpo 2020: Engcon tiltrotator grabs attention
Demonstrations and test drives of Engcon tiltorotator technology drew a steady stream of ConExpo attendees.
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ConExpo 2020: Engcon tiltrotator grabs attention

Swedish-designed system allows excavator attachments to both rotate and tilt.


Engcon, a Swedish company with American headquarters in North Haven, Connecticut, says the display of its tiltrotator technology for excavator attachments attracted some 10,000 visitors at the 2020 ConExpo-Con/Agg event in March in Las Vegas.

The company says its tiltrotator is a component often described as a flexible wrist between the arm of the excavator and its attachments, enabling an excavator to rotate a bucket or other attachment 360 degrees and tilt it up to 45 degrees.

The Engcon technology also was featured at other OEM booths, including those of Doosan, Hyundai, John Deere and Kobelco. The tiltrotator was attached to a variety of excavation equipment, enabling attendees to see the technology live in action or to demo it themselves at the Engcon exhibit area.

“Thousands of CONEXPO attendees were able to demo the Engcon tiltrotator,” says Krister Blomgren, CEO of Engcon. “We have received a lot of praise for letting customers test drive an excavator with our tiltrotator technology—a fun element for the visitors and a great way to get a deeper understanding of how the tiltrotator is changing the world of digging.”

In addition to digging with buckets, the Engcon tiltorotator also can be outfitted with grapples, rippers, asphalt cutters, pallet forks and sweeping brooms.

Engcon is celebrating 30 years in business and two years in the North American market. The company says the tiltrotator technology is still considered novel in North America, with approximately 1 percent market penetration.

At ConExpo, “Test machines were going nonstop, all day,” says Anders Smith, region director for Engcon North America. “The tiltrotator is something that you only truly understand with experience. After using it, it’s hard to think about working without it. I’m excited about the growth of tiltrotator technology here in the United States, and we’re seeing a significant increase in sales within the northeastern region near our North American headquarters in Connecticut.”

The company says ConExpo was a success for it even without the last day, cut short because of concerns tied to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Engcon says it was attentive to the situation during the show, prepared with hand sanitizer for attendees and cleaning procedures between demonstrations.

Engcon describes itself as a $90 million firm dedicated to supplying “effective, efficient total concepts for excavators.”