History

Poclain: a human and industrial adventure

Contrary to popular belief, there is no Poclain family. No Mr. and Mrs. Poclain ever lent their name to the Workshops. However, at the site chosen by Georges Bataille near the family farm, there was a pond that had once been used for retting flax fibers. In the Picard dialect, a pond is called a “poche”, pronounced poque. So this poque à lin (meaning “flax pond”) was contracted to become Poclin, then Poclain, giving the place its name. Georges Bataille adopted it in 1926 to found the Poclain company in Le Plessis-Belleville, France.

Organization
Products
Events
Full integration of Grandry Technologies in the group Poclain with a change of its company name to Poclain Technicast.
2017
Acquisition of the Grandry Technologies company, which becomes the division of Poclain’s group dedicated to the casting field
2015
Launch of the MHP 20/27 High Performance motors
2015
First presentation of the Addidrive™ system for Light Vehicles by Poclain Powertrain division at EquipAuto tradeshow in Paris in September 2015
2015
New logo of the group Poclain
2015
Launch of the PW High Performance pump
2014
Creation of POCLAIN VÉHICULES: The objective of this new entity is to develop Poclain group on new markets such as On-Road, enhanced mobility and energy-saving solutions
2012
Poclain Hydraulics launches PHast USA and PHast Europe for an express delivery service
2012
Launch new range of hydraulic motors, MZ, dedicated to the turret rotation. Creation of sales subsidiaries in India, Korea, and Singapore. Opening of new plant in China (Shanghai)
2011
Acquisition of the Comer Industries hydraulic division in Gaggio di Piano, Italy: a competence center for the Poclain Hydraulics Industriale pumps
2009
50th Anniversary of the G0 motor. Creation of a new plant in India
2008
Acquisition of the Kladivar company in Ziri, Slovenia: a competence center for the Poclain Hydraulics DOO valves
2007
The sales subsidiary in Brazil is created. Poclain Hydraulics begins the creation of the Valve Business Unit
2006
Two new sales subsidiaries in China and Sweden
2003
Laurent Bataille is handed presidency of the company. SmartDrive™ range of electronic systems.
2002
Introduction of DYNA+™ multi-function brake valve
2001
Poclain Hydraulics is ISO 14001 certified. Creation of Test Track in Verberie
2000
PH creates the UAC (Autonomous Components Unit) that's dedicated to systems sourcing and supply
1999
The Representative Office in Beijing, China is created
1997
PH introduces the compact motor range. Subsidiaries in Spain and in Italy are founded.
1996
The company introduces systems. Begins motor assembly at Poclain Hydraulics Inc, in the USA
1994
Poclain Hydraulics expands product line to include pumps
1993
Subsidiary in Japan is founded
1992
Founding of subsidiary in Czech Republic
1991
Poclain Hydraulics becomes ISO 9001 certified
1989
Founding of subsidiary in Holland
1986
Poclain Hydraulics separates from the Poclain group and becomes an independent and privately held company on August 13. Pierre Bataille becomes the CEO of Poclain Hydraulics.
1985
Poclain Hydraulics launches the G4 motor
1984
Opening of subsidiary in Germany
1982
Poclain Hydraulics found the subsidiary in Great Britain
1980
The development of the G3 allows Poclain Hydraulics to enter new markets such as forklift trucks, harvesting machines, etc.
1979
Creation of subsidiary in U.S., PH Inc
1978
Poclain Hydraulics Company created on May 31st
1976
Poclain purchases the company Gury who is a manufacturer of pumps that are still sold by Poclain Hydraulics today
1975
Creation of subsidiary in Ireland
1974
Poclain Hydraulics launches the G2 motor
1972
PH launches the biggest hydraulic motor for EC1000
1970
New division added in Japan, Poclain Yutani Hydraulics
1969
Creation of the Hydraulic Division of Poclain and of a new plant in Verberie, France to manufacture hydraulic components
1968
Poclain releases the GY120, the first and largest excavator with an all-wheel hydrostatic system
1967
The 1100 G1 is now used to equip the LY and LC80. The hydraulic division finds new commercial opportunities
1966
Poclain creates a Design Office dedicated to hydraulics
1965
The development of the G1 was planned for different sizes, for slewing, and for the ground drive of tracked excavators
1962
Creation of Poclain's 1st hydraulic motor by Claude Bataille. The Generation Zero, G0
1958
First hydraulic excavator created by Pierre Bataille
1950
Production of trailers with 3 & 4 wheels began; the Trirou is the most famous
1936
Creation of transportation equipment with tires, and trucks to transport logs
1935
Georges Bataille founded the company Poclain in Le Plessis-Belleville, France
1926