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Hendrickson History

Hendrickson Australia

The Hendrickson story began in 1913 with the founding of The Hendrickson Motor Truck Company by inventor and businessman Magnus Hendrickson. This small Chicago-based manufacturing company built trucks, often equipped with cranes or dump bodies.

In 1926, Hendrickson introduced the first tandem truck suspension, which mounted the axles on each end of an equalising beam. This unique walking beam design distributed the truck's load evenly between the two rear axles, which improved traction and greatly reduced the effects of bumps and potholes in the road. The walking beam soon gained widespread acceptance among the industry's new 6x4 "six wheeler" trucks, which allowed more payload.

In 1978, The Boler Company, whose holdings included manufacturers of leaf springs and metal bumpers, purchased Hendrickson. In the years that followed, Hendrickson would expand into or acquire additional businesses in related areas - trailer suspension systems, auxiliary axle systems, springs, metal bumpers, and other heavy-duty components.

Hendrickson presently has sales and distribution facilities and/or state-of-the-art manufacturing centres in North and South America, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Romania, France, Turkey, India, China, Japan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

Hendrickson Asia Pacific commenced operations in 1973 assuming the distribution of the Hendrickson suspension range from the previous distributors. Since that time we have continued to grow distribution and support throughout the region. The product range has also greatly expanded to encompass axles for trailers and suspensions to suit Trucks, Trailers and Buses also including very heavy duty suspensions for mining applications.

The Engineering facility has developed into a highly skilled and equipped group with the disciplines tailored to the needs of the Asia Pacific region. We are able to take a concept, develop and prove it then finally bring it to production.

Global sourcing is a feature of the new facility opened in 2008. Using the latest resources and communication the warehouse and staff are able to source from the location most suited to the specification and quality required to maintain the high standard expected from the Hendrickson users.

Today Hendrickson Asia Pacific has responsibility for Japan, South Africa, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.


Corporate Brochure

The World Rides On Us® summarises Hendrickson's growing global position in the commercial transportation industry and the on-going drive to build relationships and provide services that benefit fleets, owner operators and truck and trailer manufacturers around the world.

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