Beijer Alma's story
Beijer Alma is an international industrial group that operates in more than 60 markets. Operations focus on component production and industrial supplies. The company's key products are custom-designed cables, industrial springs, chassis springs, flat-strip components and industrial trading. Lesjöfors is an international full-range supplier of industrial springs, wire and flat strip components. Habia Cable develops, manufactures and sells cables and cable-systems for demanding applications. Beijer Tech specializes in industrial trading and represents several of the world's leading manufacturers..
Alma Invest was founded in Uppsala on the initiative of Upsala Sparbank and various entrepreneurs in the Uppland region. The business concept was to acquire blocks of shares in smaller companies in the region.
The business concept is changed and the company's operations are no longer limited geographically. Instead, the aim is to create a group of wholly owned subsidiaries in the areas of industry and trade. The Group's first acquisition is Stickler Drivteknik. The cable manufacturer Habia Cable is acquired later.
The Alma share is introduced on the OTC list of the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Alma Invest changes its name to Alma Industri & Handel.
The company's spring operations are established through the acquisition of Stockholms Fjäderfabrik and Automatfjäder.
The Group supplements its spring operations through the acquisition of Lesjöfors. The company has four plants and will become the foundation of spring operations in the future.
Sparbanken sells its stake. Anders Wall becomes the principal shareholder in the Group.
Anders Wall is appointed Chairman of the Board. The G & L Beijer Import & Export trading company is acquired. Lesjöfors begins working on a range of standard chassis springs.
Lesjöfors acquires sales companies Rally-Elit AB, Euro Suspension Ltd and Arto Laine AB. AB Cale Industri is sold and Stafsjö Bruk, maker of valves, is acquired.
Group changes name to Beijer Alma Industri & Handel.
Spring factory in Lesjöfors destroyed in a fire. Lesjöfors aquires manufacturers Kilens Industri AB and Nyme, and toolmaker Scandic Tools A/S.
The group has now been listed for ten years on the OTC list. After the fire in Lesjöfors, a new plant is opened, the most modern spring plant in Europe.
Lesjöfors acquires GS Industri, spring manufacturer DK Fjedre A/S and surface treatment companies Gnosjö Yttek and Perny. Sundquist Components AB is sold. The group changes name to Beijer Alma AB.
G&L Beijer Import & Export AB and E Bierregaard are sold. Lesjöfors acquires sales company B&G Suspensions BV. The surface treatment companies in Lesjöfors are sold to Bodycote.
Bertil Persson is appointed CEO and President of the group. Habia acquires Isotec Kabel GmbH and starts manufacturing in China. Lesjöfors acquires spring manufacturer Buck Jeppesen A/S. Lesjöfors sells the Rånäs operation and the fine blanking business in GS Industri AB.
Elimag Industri AB is acquired.
Lesjöfors starts manufacturing in China.
Lesjöfors starts manufacturing in Latvia.
AB Stafsjö Bruk is sold.
Lesjöfors acquires Danfoss Fjäderverksamhet in Tinglev, Denmark. The company also becomes part owner of Hanil Precision, one of Korea's leading manufacturers of gas springs.
Elimag is sold.
Lesjöfors AB acquires the shares in the UK spring manufacturer Harris Springs Ltd.
Lesjöfors AB acquired the shares in the UK spring manufacturer European Springs and Pressing Ltd.
Beijer Alma celebrates twenty years on the Stock Exchange. The number of share holders at the end of the year number 3 002.
Habia acquires the cabling company CS Technology AB. Lesjöfors concludes the acquisition of the spring operatins of Stece AB. Capacity expansion in China continues for both companies.
Habia opens a manufacturing plant for multicore cable in China. Lesjöfors begins manufacturing gas springs in Latvia and concentrates its production in the UK to fewer plants.
Beijer Alma AB acquires Beijer Tech, specialized in industry trading.