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History

Hydroscand was founded in 1969 in Stockholm. Today the company has 400 resellers and approximately 1 100 employees in 19 countries: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Russia, Poland, China, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Romania, Czech Republic and Georgia.

1970s

1971

Our first branch opens in Linköping. The company changes its name to Hydroscand.

1976

Our first branch in Norrland open up in Bergsjö. The branch is later relocated to Hudiksvall.

1978

Hydroscand is established in Norway with the acquisition of a small company. Today, there are 30 branches in Norway.


1980s

The 1980s saw a widespread expansion of new branches. Within 10 years, the company grew from 4 to 19 branches.

1980

There are four branches in Sweden.

1981

The Hudiksvall branch opens after relocating from Bergsjö.

1983

New branches opened in Boden, Jönköping and Norrköping.

1984

We open a branch in Karlstad.

1987

We open a branch in Ljungby.

1989

Hydroscand celebrates its 20-year anniversary. We exceed an annual turnover of MSEK 100. The company has just over 90 employees at 25 workplaces across Sweden and Norway, successfully distributing hydraulic hoses and fluid components.


1990s

1990

In January, there are 19 branches in Sweden.

1994

An idea is conceived to start up a separate company in order to develop our assembly machinery. The business wasn’t established until 1997, however, Hydroscand Machine is currently one of Europe’s leading companies in the industry sector.

1997

We establish business in Finland, where we currently operate ten branches.

1999

We obtain ISO-9001 certification, in order to satisfy our customers’ increasingly high demands.


2000s

2000

  • We enter the Estonian market, in which we currently operate twelve branches.
  • We acquire Slang och Maskin AB, our distributor in southernmost Sweden. We currently operate five branches in the area: Malmö, Helsingborg, Eslöv, Hässleholm and Kristianstad.

2001

  • We set up in Roskilde. Today, we have five branches in Denmark.

2002

  • We develop the Hose Production Centre concept. Today, there are production centres in England, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, France, China and the Czech Republic.
  • We acquire a company in the United Kingdom and open two branches in Gloucester och Redruth. Today, we operate eleven branches in England.
  • We operate three pipe plants, located in Hudiksvall and Åbo.
  • Our construction division evolves into what is currently know as HDTC.
  • We obtain ISO-14001 certification.

2003

  • A new head office is established in Tallin, serving the Baltic states, which also houses the Baltic region’s largest stockpile of fluid connectors.
  • We establish in Latvia, where we currently operate ten branches.

2004

Slang och Maskin is absorbed into Hydroscand, and changes name to Hydroscand Slang och Maskin AB.
 

2006

  • We enter the Russian market with the establishment of an office in St. Petersburg. We currently operate 19 branches across the nation.
  • The company expands further with the establishment of Hydroform Design Light, in Vansbro.

2007

  • Hydroscand Automotive AB is set up in Gothenburg, with a clear focus towards the automotive sector.
  • We establish in two new countries: Lithuania, which today has six branches, and Belarus, which currently has two branches.
  • Due to the company’s expansion, Hydroscand’s head office is relocated to its current site in Sköndal.
  • Hydroscand Special Hoses begins production of metal hoses, in Motala.
  • The new HoseExpress service is rolled out, featuring two service buses.

2008

3D CAD is launched over the internet.

2009

  • We begin operating in France, where we currently have three branches.
  • Aware of our customers’ demands and requirements, and as part of our move towards globalisation, we set up on the Chinese market.

2010

2010

We begin operating in Ireland, initially through an English branch and then later as an independent company.

2011

  • Hydroscand Machine launches an extensive new range of crimpers.
  • We begin operating in South Africa, where we currently operate five branches.
  • 25 HoseExpress buses in service in Sweden.
  • Owner and founder of Hydroscand AB, Björn Holmström, leaves his position as CEO of Hydroscand Group and becomes Executive Chairman. Mats Nilsson is appointed new CEO.

2012

  • Hydroscand Slang & Maskin AB becomes Hydroscand AB.
  • We begin OEM production in China, in order to meet our customers’ demands for global production.
  • We begin pipe bending operations in St. Petersburg.
  • We begin operating in Kazakhstan.
  • Hydroscand acquires the shares of Blackwell Hydraulics Ltd in Wales.
  • The warehouse facilities in Sköndal is expanded by 1200 square meters to a total of 5700 sqm.
  • Hydroscand purchases the industry and hydraulic company Resculum in Romania.

2013

  • There are 33 HoseExpress-service vans in Sweden
  • New head office in Riga, Latvia
  • New branches in Sollefteå and Nyköping, Sweden
  • New central warehouse in Tallinn, Estonia

2014

  • Opens in Kalmar and Pajala
  • Hydroscand celebrates 45 years as a company

2015

  • Opens the 50th branch in Sweden – 1365 meters down in the Kiruna mine.
  • Hydroscand opens new branches in Söderhamn, Älvsbyn, Arboga and Skövde as well as in Fredericia and Køge in Denmark.
  • We establish in Georgia by opening two branches, in Tblisi and Batumi.
  • 35 Hose Express buses in Sweden.
  • We establish a central warehouse for hoses and a production centre in Odry, Czech Republic.

 

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