In 2015, Joy Global purchased France-based Montabert S.A.S. from Doosan Holding France S.A.S. With this purchase, Joy Global acquired a leader in hydraulic demolition and drilling equipment for use in mining, construction, and more. Montabert is known worldwide for the design, production, and distribution of rock drill products and rock breakers and has manufacturing facilities in Saint-Priest (Lyon), France.

The Montabert brand history began in 1921 when the company was founded in Lyon, France to manufacture pneumatic equipment for other companies. In 1949, Montabert started an internal design department dedicated to developing products under the Montabert name.

In 1963, Montabert introduced the first parallel boom assembly for underground drilling, known as the “burn cut” method. A few years later, in 1965, Montabert pioneered the first hand-held jack hammer powered by hydraulics; these hammers were a significant improvement over the pneumatic jack hammers in the market.

In 1969, Montabert introduced the first hydraulic hammer that could be attached to an excavator, beginning a successful product hydraulic rock breaker product line. In the same year, the company launched the first hydraulic out-of-the-hole drifter in the world.

In 1978, Montabert developed a custom tunneling solution, using multiple booms on multiple drilling rigs, which allows simultaneous rock breaking in a semi-circular pattern; this tunneling solution is now used worldwide.

In 1987, Montabert debuted a variable breaker; the full variable breaker product line now includes eight models which are the only 15-speed breakers in the world.
Robust product line

The Montabert brand includes light, medium, and heavy rock breakers; breaker tools; hydraulic drifters; and drilling attachments (CPAs). These products are sold under the Montabert brand name by Joy Global as well as by key distribution partners.