History of HMV-Systems

HMV-Systems is a Finnish company, established in 1991 by the brothers Heikki and Matti Vatanen. The original business idea was to develop PC programs to support and raise the standard of automotive education. The very first product of the company, a learning program for the Bosch Monojetronic fuel management system, caught the interest of the Finnish national board of education in 1992 and was introduced abroad, for example in Denmark. 

In 1994 the brothers Heikki and Matti made a field trip to the Frankfurt Automechanika exposition, in order to get to know the European markets and to explore the possibilities to launch export sales. The company was still young, with limited external resources, but their products and ideas nevertheless attracted a lot of interest, and eventually this trip led to negotiations with European automotive industries. At the time the economic resources and general situation in the automotive field were not yet ready to take the "big step" towards PC-based learning system, but the brothers – whose hobbies include running marathons, triathlon and skiing – would not give up on their dream. Instead they continued to develop their learning programs and created some new products: hands-on training and PC-based measurement equipment.

In 1994, with the help of the Finnish importer of Citroën, the company created a learning program for the Citroën hydraulic suspension control system. This program was eventually accepted for use in automotive education in France – at the time HMV-Systems was the first foreign company in this position. What a great honour for us!

In 1997 we participated in the Equip Auto exposition in Paris. This gave our next learning program a good kick start, and the Common rail diesel injection program quickly conquered almost all French automotive academies.
Our main goal in 2000 was to find a web-based learning environment or distribution channel suited to our learning modules. Searching and testing did not pay off, so we decided to create our own learning management system. This development work led to a system we call hmvProDiags.
A project with the Finnish Audi and Volkswagen importer was started in 2004. Our target was to develop elearning material and make it part of the after-sales staff training.
Co-operation with the Estonian automotive education pioneer Virgo Tiitsu started in 2007. This operation expanded and eventually we decided to establish an Estonian subsidiary company, the HMV-Systems Baltic Oü. Both of these companies operate under the same brand name "HMV" and provide the same services.
Our original business idea, born in 1991, has remained almost the same until this day. Our main products are still automotive multimedia eLearning programs, training support services, training events and automotive measuring instruments. Over the years the products of HMV-Systems have been used in 20 different countries.

In summer 2016 the company name was changed Prodiags Ltd to support our international strategy. Company name HMV-Systems remains as a auxiliary trade name and continues business in Finland and Baltics.

Company founder,
Matti Vatanen

Matti Vatanen