We are a technology company focused on earthmoving automation. We offer open solutions for digitalizing earthmoving jobsites and robotizing earthmoving machinery.

We develop, manufacture, and supply hardware and software to increase the productivity, quality, safety, and sustainability of the earthmoving industry. Our customers are earthmoving contractors and construction equipment manufacturers.

We are a team of 140+ professionals with over 30 years of experience in machine control. Our headquarters is located in Pirkkala, Finland. We operate abroad through a network of dealers. Our products are distributed by MOBA Mobile Automation, Hella Maskin AS in Norway, and Infratugi in Estonia.

Novatron Oy

  • Founded in 1991
  • Based in Pirkkala (Tampere region), Finland
  • 140+ employees


Our story

Novatron officially opened for business on 13 February 1991, as a sole trader. Established by Jukka Tervahauta, the company began operating from humble premises of 15 m2 in central Tampere. It later became a limited company. Novatron’s first product was the TM-10, an inclinometer for grader blades, which entered the market in the company’s first year. Equipped with an analogue display, this simple gauge replaced spirit levels on the bodies of graders.

However, the markets for grader inclinometers were not exactly huge. The next product was a depth gauge for excavators, whose sensor technology was patented in the Nordic countries, Germany and the USA. The gauge was simple to manufacture and use, being based on analogue technology, which was considered highly conventional at the time. No software meant no software bugs. An upgraded version of the initial excavator gauge included two buttons instead of one. However, according to at least one customer, the additional button made the product less intuitive: “Too many buttons, I don’t know which one to press.” The world has changed dramatically since then.

Novatron began to use a GPS system for the positioning of construction machinery in the late 1990s. The first tests on a GPS system for excavators were performed in Norway in 1999. At that time, few people can have been aware of how important satellite positioning would become for the control of heavy machinery. A migration to PC technology and the Windows operating system occurred in the early 2000s. Since then, Novatron has invested heavily in the development of 3D measurement applications for construction machinery.

In 2011, 20 years after its establishment, Novatron entered a key partnership with the German company MOBA AG. MOBA has more than 45 years of experience in the automation of mobile heavy machinery. The companies have complementary expertise and their collaboration has opened new doors for Novatron in market segments and technology. MOBA AG has a minority stake in Novatron Oy.

Today Novatron is major international supplier of machine control systems for earthmoving machinery, with 30 years of experience under its belt. Close cooperation with universities and research institutions is a key source of support in product development – continuous product development is vital to success against international competition. What was once a one-man company now employs over 130 staff and is a pioneer in the development of the machine control industry.

Novatron’s Quality Commitment

We want to help our end customers succeed by improving the productivity and quality of infrastructure construction. We work closely with our partners globally to find the best solutions for the automation of mobile machines.

Novatron’s management is committed to continuously improving its quality management system and operations.

In our daily operation, this means that:
• Everyone works with entrepreneurial spirit which includes comprehensive insight from a business and customer perspective
• We aim to provide cutting-edge technology, and the best know-how of automated mobile machinery and the open digitalisation of infrastructure construction
• We lead in a target-orient manner through open dialogue where various perspectives and opinions are taken into consideration
• We work as a team and develop processes and ways of working better together
• Everyone is responsible for the results and development of their own work


DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab has granted an ISO 9001:2015 certificate to Novatron Oy.

The certificate is valid for the following scope:
Development, manufacturing, installation, maintenance and support of machine control systems as well as training services for digitalized earthmoving.

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