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Rottne Industri AB was founded by Borje Karlsson in 1955, under the original name Borjes Mekaniska. One factory and a few machines led to success and expansion of both market and products. The company headquarters, based in Rottne, Sweden, has become a worldwide exporter of forestry and construction equipment such as forwarders, harvesters, and wagons.


[edit] History

[edit] Establishing the Borjes Mekaniska

As the son of a farmer, Borje Karlsson grew up with an understanding of the complexity of farm life and the equipment used. He started designing his own equipment very early on. His interest in developing machinery led him to found the Borjes Mekaniska in Rottne in 1955. It was in this small workshop that Borje created his first commercial machines. He designed and produced cable cranes, wagons, timber sleds, and load supports for lorries. One of the most famous of these was the borjecrane.

[edit] Product Line Development

Success of the company grew rapidly and another factory was launched in Rottne during the 1960s. At this factory, more machine designs were explored. Aside from a developing range of logging trailers, Rottne also developed its classic cable crane, the MF crane, a model that garnered enough success to sell more than a 1,000 machines. The success of the crane inspired the company to continue developing more equipment for the forestry industry. Hydraulic grapple loaders and other equipment for the forestry industry shortly appeared on the market.[1]

One of Rottne’s most successful models was the Rottne Blondi forwarder in 1968. The Blondi design was inspired by Ford’s tractor skid and was one of its highest-selling models of all time. Its sleek and advanced design made it an attractive machine. The demand for this machine meant expansion for Rottne, and another factory was opened. In seven years on the market, Rottne sold 160 Blondi forwarders.[2]

Borje returned to the drawing board in the 1970s and designed a delimbing/bucking machine called the Rottne Processor 770. The simple design was effective and convenient, needing just one driver to operate the functions. The Processor 770 was made famous for its on-damaging rubber wheel.

Rottne developed its first harvester, the Snoken 810, in the 1980s. This harvester utilized parallel motion, a technology used by today’s harvesters. The Snoken 810 was essentially a crane with a felling head.

The Blondi was also transformed to fit the demands of the market. In 1981, the Blondi was fitted with tracks that would enable it to tackle challenging terrain.

[edit] Rapid Expansion

The original name of the company, AB Borjes Mekaniska Verkstad, was changed in 1982 to what it is known as today, the Rottne Industri AB. Within two years of this change, the company’s success had expanded across continents and it was producing and manufacturing logging equipment for clients throughout North America. North America remains one of the biggest export markets for Rottne today.

Shortly after this expansion, Rottne also developed a new range of machinery called the Rottne Rapid. The range was developed in 1986. Its success led to the acquisition of the Stensele Factory in 1988, a factory based in Vasterbotten. The acquisition meant further expansion and production of more equipment lines, such as the large forwarder and the SMV Rapid. The newly expanded Rottne begin producing a range of forwarders, and experimenting with a leveling chassis and a transmission operated entirely by hydrostatic. Following the success of this, Rottne launched their 2000 and 5000 model series. It was the first of the company's range to consist of a monitor and control system operated by computer technology.

The 1990s saw the birth of the Solid series, a range that experimented with modern technology to produce successful outcomes such as the Solid F9, F12, and F14. Another notable development throughout this period was making the change from Rottne's usual Ford engine to a John Deere model.

The Rottne H-20 garnered a great deal of interest after its launch in 2001. A combination of design and productivity, buyers were attracted to the cab with leveling and pivoting capabilities. Rottne subsequently released similar models, the H-8 and the H-14.[3]

[edit] The Company Today

Currently, the company and its 155 employees are divided into three factories: the Rottne factory, which houses the training and services; the Stensele factory, which produces and develops forwarders and harvesters; and the Lenhovda, which produces and manufactures cranes and trailers. Today, the company typically produces 200 machines a year while experiencing a 38 million Euro turnover rate per annum. The company still operates under the ownership of Borje and his family.

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[edit] References

  1. UK. Rottne. 2008-09-22.
  2. Druskka, Ken and Konttinen, Hannu. Tracks in the Forest. Timberjack Group: Helsinki: 1996
  3. UK. Rottne. 2008-09-22.

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