1963
JOAB was founded by Jan Olsson at Hisingen in Gothenburg, working with vehicle repairs.

1965
JOAB moved to the Östergärde Industrial Park and continued repair shop operations.

1967
The first “JOAB Lift” SkipLoader was manufactured.

1975
The Retractable-arm SkipLoader was supplemented with an overhang platform for 2 containers.

1979
Retractable-arm skip loader – The new generation of SkipLoaders was launched.

1986
JOAB acquired one of the longest-established truck body manufacturers in Sweden, the Hjalmarsfors Vagnfabrik AB in Dals-Rostock, to where manufacturing was relocated. Operations in Gothenburg was moved to new premises in the Östergärde Industrial Park.

1987
JOAB began manufacturing HookLifts, the first one being Type J18.

1990
In Dals- Rostock the factory was extended, with a third factory area.

1992
Cameleont® was launched as a swap body system for rapid and easy body swaps.

1996
Production capacity was increased with the installation of a welding robot in Dals-Rostock

1997
A low-frame HookLift, L20 (low 20 tonnes), was designed and launched, and became an immediate market success.

1999
In December Lessebo Hydraulik AB in Småland was bought, and JOAB added the Lessebo Lift to its range.

2001
In Gothenburg operations moved to new premises.

2002
Peter Olsson appointed as new Managing director. The Finnish competitor Hookmaster ” was bought and incorporated in the company”.

2005
JOAB Recycling was AB founded in Ålem.

2006
Blomstermåla lackeringscenter AB was bought by Joab Recycling AB.

2008
JOAB bought an industrial estate in Blomstermåla, from the City of Mönsterås, where the production of Refuse Collection Vehicles moved into in April 2008.

2009
JOAB invested in a second industrial estate in the same area. The new production building of 7000 sqm gave a total production space of 12000 sqm. These production buildings have a long history in the RCV business, with Norba producing units here since around 1930. Together with the latest investment was also 2 complete robot welding stations bought.

2013
JOAB celebrates 50-year anniversary. New office opens in Finland, strengthening sales organization in Finland.

2014
JOAB included a partnership with Europe´s largest refuse collection manufacturers, German-owned Faun/Zoeller and gets thereby a more complete and comprehensive range of products to offer the market.

2015
JOAB introduces three new products, L18X, L26 and JOAB E-Power, an environmentally friendly PTO which allows you to run your bodywork on electric power.

2016
JOAB is investing over 50 milion SEK in expanded assembly capacity. The new assemly hall gets an area of 3000 square meters and will be located near JOAB headquarters in Gothenburg.

2018
From 1 April 2018, JOAB Recycling AB will be transferred to JOAB Försäljnings AB. It relates to JOAB Recycling's operations in the field of development, production, marketing and sales of RCV. The transfer of operations takes place to make the administrative routines of the JOAB Group more efficient.