Scan Magazine | Issue 66 | July 2014

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the-job challenges, and strives to provide tools that meet their requirements and make their working day safer, easier and more productive. Three entrepreneurial pillars It all started with the Hultafors Tools part of the business and the aforementioned folding The well-known folding rule, invented in 1883. Hultafors Tools offers traditional measuring rule. The product range Gloves by Snickers Workwear have been recognised tools as well as axes, hammers, sledgehammers with the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. was originally characand pry bars. terised by traditional As part of its further expansion plans, prestigious design competitions, and a measuring tools made of wood, and later Hultafors Group recently acquired symbol of innovation, functionality and grew to include new tools such as Specma Tools AB. With this addition to its quality. squares, measuring tapes, folding rules portfolio of more traditional tools, the made of plastic and aluminium, axes, company can now offer distribution of Most recently, Hultafors Group was recoghammers, sledgehammers and pry bars. FEIN, a leading brand of power tools and nised with the Red Dot Design Award for The expansion continued with acquisitions pneumatic tools for the construction and the excellent design and function of its of Dansk Stålindustri, German folding rule automotive industry. gloves Specialized Tool, Specialized Immanufacturer Präsident, and Fisco Tools pact and Power Grip, all under the Snickin England. No doubt, more exciting plans and innoers Workwear brand. “We are very proud vative products for the quality-conscious of and happy about the prize. There is a lot The next addition to Hultafors Group was trade professional will be unveiled in the of hard work behind this,” says Joakim Wibe Ladders, Scandinavia’s leading mancontinuously successful story of the Hedelin, director of new business. ufacturer of tradesman’s ladders, trestle Hultafors Group. steps and scaffolding for trade profesThese workwear gloves are a recent addisionals. The company was founded in tion to the product portfolio and constitute 1929, its first revolutionary steel ladder History highlights of Hultafors a new concept called Left & Right Gloves, developed by inventor Anders Wikstrand. Group another example of product development The principle of this innovation driven busi2005 Hultafors Tools acquires Wibe with the end user’s requirements in mind. ness, which is true still today, was putting Ladders AB. The gloves are sold one by one as they are quality and safety first in every step. 2006 Hultafors Tools acquires worn-out in different ways, and the new Snickers Workwear. concept also addresses the various work The third part of the successful puzzle is 2006 Hultafors Group is created as tasks of the craftsmen with special deSnickers Workwear, its roots dating back an umbrella group for Hultafors mands on left and right hand gloves reto 1975 when electrician Matti Viio deTools, Wibe Ladders and spectively. cided to design his own workwear as Snickers Workwear. nothing on the market was good enough 2008 Hultafors Group acquires Expanding with high-quality powertools for his needs. The company has since then Fisco Tools Ltd. “What started with a simple folding rule, been leading the way with pioneering 2011 Hultafors Group AB is created now present in almost every craftsman’s workwear, and is now present in more and becomes the parent toolbox, has over the years grown into than 20 markets with over 1,000 orders company owning Hultafors workwear, tool carriers, ladders and scafevery day to around 7,000 dealers across Tools, Wibe Ladders and Snickers Workwear. folding, and other products for trade proEurope. fessionals. We will extend our product 2014 Hultafors Group AB acquires Prestigious awards for innovation Specma AB. portfolio further, keeping true to the heritage of craftsmanship and entrepreneurThe group has won several international ship in the business, always with the end awards for its innovative products such user in mind,” says Jerker Funnemark, dias tool carriers, chisels and hammers, For more information, please visit: rector of business unit tools and group including numerous Red Dot Design marketing. Awards. This is one of the world’s most

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