In 1956, the predecessor of China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., Ltd., Jinan Auto Manufacturing Plant, was established.
In 1960, China's first heavy-duty truck, the HUANGHE brand JN150 type truck, was produced by the Jinan Auto Manufacturing Plant.
On May 4, 1960, Mao Zedong visited Jinan and inspected the HUANGHE brand JN150 sample vehicle in Pearl Spring exhibition.
On January 11, 1966, Chairman Zhu De visited Jinan Auto Manufacturing Plant and wrote the two words of "Yellow River" for the HUANGHE brand vehicles.
In the late 1960s, the HUANGHE brand JN150 truck began to enter the international market.
In 1984, Jinan Auto Manufacturing Plant and other Chinese manufacturers of vehicle, engine, and auto parts merged to form Heavy-duty Automobile Industry Associates which then constituted China National Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., Ltd. with a number of related business entities.
On December 28, 2000, agreed to by the four Premier or Vice Premier, Zhu Rongji, Li Lanqing, Wu Bangguo, and Wen Jiabao, the Program of Separation, Reorganization, and Bankruptcy of Sinotruk Shandong Subsidiaries was formally approved.
On January 18, 2001, China Heavy Duty Truck Group Co., Ltd. (referred to as Sinotruk) was formally established in Jinan. The company chairman, Ma Chunji, announced to all guests that Sinotruk would make great efforts to achieve the goal of "making ends meet in one year, getting a profit in two years, and making great progress in three years" and would assume the historical responsibility to return to the community and users.
On August 18, 2002, Sinotruk built the nation's largest production base of heavy-duty truck axle & transmission.
On June 9, 2003, the heavy vehicle joint venture project of Sinotruk and Volvo Truck Corporation was formally signed in Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. On June 30, National Department of Commerce approved the joint venture cooperation of Sinotruk and Volvo. On July 10, the joint venture, Jinan Hua Wo Truck Company Limited, was established.
On March 31, 2004, Jinan Hua Wo Truck Co., Ltd. held a grand opening ceremony. On the same day, the first Volvo heavy truck produced in China went off the assembly line of Jinan Hua Wo Truck Co., Ltd.
On August 6, 2004, Sinotruk (Hong Kong) International Capital Co., Ltd. was formally incorporated in Hong Kong. On August 7, the company was approved by the National Department of Commerce and was formally established.
On October 28, 2004, the HOWO7 heavy truck representing the most advanced level of China's heavy-duty vehicles went off the assembly line in Sinotruk. This marked that our heavy-duty automobile technology was close to the international advanced level.
On December 12, 2005, the 10,000th HOWO heavy-duty truck independently developed by Sinotruk rolled off the production line. This was the first time in China heavy-duty truck history that the production and sales of HOWO heavy trucks exceeded ten thousand in the year. This was also a miracle in the world's heavy-duty truck history.
In April 2006, the first batch of models of road freight combination vehicle recommended by the Ministry of Transportation to the community was officially released. HOWO from Sinotruk topped this list. Eight HOWO models were recommended, including van transportation combination vehicle, 20-foot container transportation combination vehicle, bulk cement truck, coal transportation combination vehicle, and 40-foot container transportation combination vehicle.
On April 18, 2006, Sinotruk Jinan Power Co., Ltd. was founded in Jinan. The heavy-duty vehicle engine production line with international advanced level was put into operation.
In 2007, Sonitruk's production and sales of heavy-duty vehicles exceeded 100,000, ranking the first of the domestic industry. This also made Sinotruk enter the ranks of global top five heavy-duty truck manufacturers in terms of the scale of production and marketing. In Nov. 28 that year, China National Heavy Duty Truck Group was listed on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in the form of red chips. The listed company name was Sinotruk (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd., with the stock code of 3808.
In December 2008, the new generation of heavy-duty truck, HOWO-A7, containing over 130 patented technologies, was launched in the market.
On October 7, 2009, the long-term strategic cooperation project of Sinotruk and German MAN Group was approved by the relevant ministries of the Chinese government, passed other relevant approval procedures and was officially launched.
In 2010, the production and sales of Sinotruk heavy-duty truck exceeded 195,000 and the sales revenue was over 80 billion yuan. Meanwhile, new energy heavy truck, Mine King, Mine Overlord, AC series heavy-duty drive axle, rubber suspension, and a large number of independently developed new products and key component assemblies achieved success, adding new and powerful impetus for the development of the China National Heavy Duty Truck Group.
On April 9, 2011, Sinotruk and German MAN jointly participated in the 14th Shanghai International Auto Show. The jointly developed truck brand (SITRAK) was released. On May 28, the launching ceremony of Sinotruk bonded logistics business, i.e. exporting 1500 heavy trucks to Africa, was held in the Jinan Export Processing Zone. In the same year, Sinotruk decided to set up Sinotruk (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. Jinan Casting and Forging Center, committed to establishing China's heavy truck castings and forgings benchmark and bringing Sinotruk heavy truck casting and forging products to the world.