History of the company

History of the company

The history of Amkodor is of more than 90 years. Over the years from a small factory producing toys, Amkodor has grown into a large machine-building association of a holding type, which includes 3 non-corporate business units and 20 legal entites among which are 17 subsidiary companies and two unitary enterprises.

Today the range of Amkodor's products are more than 90 models and modifications of machines and equipment, popular in many countries around the world.

The company's products are successfully competing with foreign counterparts in quality, performance, and offering much more attractive price, also of spare parts and services. However, the achievements of the company was preceded by a long way.

The company foundation day  is considered to be February 1, 1927, when by the order of the Minsk district labor collectives association was created a labor collective for manufacturing toys, which later had been renamed to the toy factory — "Vozrozhdeniye" (Revival). Children's sleds, strollers and bicycles, cans and pots, wicker furniture and plaster bas-reliefs have been produced at the time.

In September 1930, on the initiative of the factory workforce "Vozrozhdeniye" was renamed into the "Udarnik".

During the World War II the plant was under the frequent bombing and had been almost completely destroyed.

The work began with restoration of the plant in first several weeks after the liberation of Minsk city from Nazi invaders. On the miraculously preserved machines, recovered from the rubbles of destroyed shops, were manufactured cast iron discs, window and door fittings, galvanized buckets and pans. Construction of new buildings of "Udarnik" plant started only in 1949.

In April 1951, the plant was transferred to the Ministry of Road and Construction Engineering of the USSR, followed by production of road and earthmoving machinery. The plant began to actively develop new products, and in May 1951 was released the first earth-digging machine — KM-800. Later, it has became a regular production for bucket crawler loaders, timber backhoes, bucket trucks on the pneumatic run, snow plows, snow loaders and others.

The first truck on its own chassis with articulated frame was produced in 1970. This was the famous TO-18, the prototype of today's trucks AMKODOR 332 and AMKODOR 333. The machine, which the people affectionately nicknamed the "TO-shka" had distinguishing maneuverability, reliability and ease of use characteristics.

The appearance of single-bucket wheel loader has played out an important role in the mechanization of construction, road and civil utility works in Belarus. This new machine was likened by the customers and had earned a good reputation. TO-18 loader was awarded the State Quality Mark, and in 1975 the car was awarded a Gold Medal and Diploma at the USSR's Economic Achievements Exhibition of I degree.

In April 1991, by converting the Minsk Scientific-Production Association of road engineering, in the joint decision of the Ministry of Heavy Machinery of the USSR and the Minsk Research and Production Association of road machinery at the plant "Udarnik" was established JSC "Amkodor".

Today "Amkodor" holding — is a structure combining three business units - plants: "Udarnik", "Dormash" and "Dormashmet", which are forming the JSC "Amkodor" — Head company and 14 subsidiary companies: JSC "Amkodor-Unikab", JSC "Amkodor-Pinsk", "Amkodor-Mozha" LLC, JSC "Amkodor-Unimod", "Amkodor-Bryansk" LLC, JSC "Amkodor-Lit", JSC "Amkodor-Spetsservice", JSC "Amkodor-Shklov", UE "Amkodor-Torg", JSC "Amkodor-Belvar", JSC "Amkodor-Dzerzhinsk" and Private Production Unitary Enterprise "Amkodor-Logoisk".

Due to the continuous creative application of accumulated years of experience in designing and manufacturing machinery in the current draft of "Amkodor" we already can see the trend of tomorrow.

The company is constantly upgrading its entire family of machinery with the latest demands of the XXI century. The company aims at multifunctional machines with contemporary design and operator's comfort. In order to keep the products of the company competitive enough with global leading brands, a strong focus is on quality, services and warranty. To do this, JSC "Amkodor" has it all — advanced equipment, technology and skilled staff.

February 1, 1927
As a part of the Minsk district association of labor collectives of the People’s Commissariat of BSSR’s Labor, the labor collective for the production of children toys was established. Primitively equipped workshops were manufacturing beds and sleds, children bicycles, cans and kettles, toys and furniture made of osier, busts and bas-reliefs, papier-mâché articles.
The labor collective for the production of children toys was converted into Vozrozhdenie factory.
The main building of Vozrozhdenie factory was built.
Vozrozhdenie toy factory was moved into a new three-story building situated on 5 Vyazemskaya Street.
Vozrozhdenie factory was transferred into the state ownership and became a part of Belmetalassociation of the Supreme Council of the BSSR National Economy.
Vozrozhdenie factory was renamed into Udarnik plant which began to produce commodity decimal scales with the carrying capacity of 200 kg and 500 kg and three-ton wagon scales.
Udarnik factory mastered the production of spring scales, nickel-plated locks and scales for weighing of loaded cars.
The first well-equipped building of Udarnik plant was built.