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Poclain produced excavators and was a leader on the French and world market thanks to a revolutionary hydraulic motor. Poclain makes radial piston hydraulic motors, which are mostly used in industrial and off highway vehicles. Their biggest competition in this area is Rexroth of Scotland who are now a subsidiary of Bosch AG.

The Company started in the excavator business in 1948, when they built a loader unit on a Dodge 4x4 chassis, followed by a hydraulic excavator, the TU, in 1951. This was built on a two-wheeled trailer and powered from the towing tractor. The Batailles were forced to sell the company to Case in 1974, an American company, which then took over completely in 1987, leaving them (the Batailles) only the hydraulics division, which is still trading today.