A group to rely on 130 years ago, engineer Karl Hilmer Johansson Kollén invented a tool that helped Sweden transition to the metric system. We know them as the folding rulers with red ends. Since then, the company, now known as Hultafors Group, has grown into one of the world’s leading and most successful work equipment companies, with products designed and developed for the construction industry. By Hanna Andersson | Photos: Hultafors Group
“We design and manufacture products that excel in terms of functionality, safety, protection, overall productivity, and the creation of personal identity. We want our customers and users to come home after a day at work and not feel exhausted, and the same goes for after a lifetime in the workplace,” says Ole Kristian Jødahl, CEO of Hultafors Group. With 130 years’ experience, Hultafors Group knows what the industry wants. “We work closely with the people we are developing our products for. We watch 78 | Issue 126 | July 2019
and listen to them to see what needs improving, and how they use our products in the workplace. Our core customers are builders, electricians and bricklayers, and we want to perfect our range for these workers.” Hultafors Group consists of eight brands, which form a unique portfolio for professional craftsmen. The group focuses on personal protective equipment, workwear, tools and leather – what the professionals wear, what they have in their hands to be productive and what
they use to be safe at heights. The group consists of two brands within workwear, Dunderdon and Snickers Workwear; two brands within protective footwear, Solid Gear and Toe Guard; one brand within hearing protection, Hellberg Safety; two brands within tools, Hultafors and Johnson Level and Tools; and, finally, Wibe Ladders, covering ladders and smaller scaffolding. “Our brands cover most of what you need in an industrial or construction workplace, and we would only ever work with brands that stand for quality, safety and functionality. You can rely on our products,” says Jødahl.
Growth through acquisition and strong values Although Hultafors Group has been around for a long time, Jødahl doesn’t see the company slowing down any time soon. “We have grown massively over the past
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