PPS Detva a.s. nestled in the heartland of Slovakia and right under the (thankfully) inactive volcano Poľana has been a producer of large machinery components for more than 15 years. However, the story of the company, began half a century earlier.
Podpolianske strojárne as they were known as at the time laid the corner stone of the main facility in 1950 and their first product left its gates only four years later. The production focus was always on excavators, rotary excavators and various armoured transport vehicles for the military. One of the products that deserves a special mention is the UN 053 wheel loader, which has been produced from 1974-1995. With more than 30.000 sold units, it makes this a unique case in the construction of machinery.
Following the regime change at the end of 1989, the company has faced tough times due to loss of export markets and problems with production conversion. This period culminated in 2003 when the company came under new owners under the current name PPS Group a.s. In addition to the name change, the production focus changed. The company has gone from producing complete construction machines/vehicles to producing largely welded steel components, which are supplied to world leading producers of agricultural, industrial and mining machinery like Volvo, Liebherr, Caterpillar, Atlas Copco, Sennebogen and others.