Cargotec MacGregor Celebrates 75 Years

Company officially came about in 1937

Posted on September 5, 2012

Cargotec MacGregor, a provider of marine cargo handling and offshore load handling products, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

The MacGregor name first came to light during the 1920s when engineer brothers Joseph and Robert MacGregor developed the first steel hatch cover in Whitley Bay in northern England, and later patented it in 1929. The company was founded eight years later in 1937 to promote and sell hatch covers.

Through development, acquisition and merger, the MacGregor product range grew. In 2005, Kone acquired MacGregor International and, later in the same year, Kone demerged and Cargotec was listed. Cargotec Corp. is a provider of cargo handling products.

Some notable milestones in the past year include the introduction of the first fully automatic MacGregor twistlock – the CA8; winning Offshore Support Journal’s innovation of the year award for the MacGregor Chain Wheel Manipulator; establishing a new joint venture company in China called Rainbow-Cargotec Industries Co Ltd (RCI); and the introduction of a new range of electrically-driven offshore anchor handling/towing winches.