A history of Montabert


About Montabert

Leaders in Hydraulic Breakers and Drifters in South Africa

Montabert S.A.S. is a leader in hydraulic demolition and drilling equipment for use in demolition, construction and more. We are known worldwide for the design, production and distribution of rock drill products and rock breakers and have manufacturing facilities in Saint-Priest (Lyon), France. We are proud of the generations of men and women who helped to build this great company. We know that our history is the foundation of our future.


    Montabert S.A. is founded

    Our company was founded in 1921 by Joannes Montabert as Montabert S.A, a manufacturer of pneumatic equipment that would introduce the first hydraulic concrete breakers and drifters.


    Product line expanded

    Through the initiative of Suzanne Montabert, the company expanded its product line and added the Sullivan Ikine line of products under license. Throughout all this, we have prided ourselves on always producing a great range of high quality products.


    New product engineering initiatives

    The company continued to grow from strength to strength and in 1949 Roger Montabert, Managing Director, increased the sales of hammers through the creation of a Research and Development Department.


    Montabert starts export department

    An Export Department was opened in 1961 and Montabert subsidiaries were created in locations across Europe. This culminated with Montabert pioneering the first ever handheld jackhammer powered by hydraulics. The transition from pneumatic to hydraulics led to more advancements in the hydraulics industry.


    First hydraulic rock breaker introduced

    In 1969 Montabert introduced the first hydraulic rock breaker, BRH500, that could be attached to an excavator, beginning a successful hydraulic rock breaker product line. The hydraulic rock breaker became available worldwide. A year later, the company was awarded the Quality International Trophy as well as the Golden Lion for exceptional export achievements.


    Launch of the BRV range of hydraulic breakers

    The reputation of Montabert products increased further with the success of the Robofore drilling system and the launch of the BRV range of hydraulic breakers. The introduction of the BRV 65 model in 1999 added to the success of the BRV range and, in 2002, we were awarded ISO 9001 certification version 2000.


    Launch of the entry-level Blue Line hydraulic breaker range

    In 2010, the business entered a new phase of its' history with the launch of the company’s first entry-level Blue Line hydraulic breaker range, complementing the existing line of award-winning hydraulic breakers and drifters.

Why Choose Montabert?

With so many companies offering hydraulic breakers and drifters, how do you choose the right one for your business? Here are a few reasons to choose Montabert:
  • Continuous investment in research and development focused on revolutionising the construction and demolition industries.
  • For almost 100 years, Montabert products have led these industries with three to five patents a year.
  • Wide range of products suitable for all excavators.
  • Superior quality machines manufactured in Saint-Priest (Lyon), France.
  • All Montabert breakers and drifters have a high resale value due to their long life features and reliability for which Montabert products are well-known.
  • Unrivalled customer service.
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