It all started at a gas station in Råda

Our company has an interesting history. Over 30 years ago, Jan Åslund, one of our two owners, along with then-partner Rolf Bengtsson, bought a ramshackle old gas station in Råda outside Hagfors. At first, the plan was to use the gas station for different types of hobby projects. It wasn’t long, however, before the building began to be used for welding and minor repairs for local clients.

Machines for waste water treatment

A few years later, Krister Axelsson, Autofric’s other owner, joined the group. Krister, Krister, with his practical experience from the car- and motorcycle construction, manufactured the first machines used in water treatment plants. Together with the end customer was a prototype developed which was so successful that it became the start of the thriving business we see today.

In the early 1990s, it was decided to include screws in the presses Autofric supplied to the treatment plant. There were no machines like this on the market, though, so Autofric designed and built their own. Developing a working machine took six long years. But the project was a success, and the resulting machines are still used today.

Strong expansion in new premises

With its own machines, the business grew quickly and the renovated gas station soon became too small. In 2003, it passed its breaking point and the company moved to its current premises in Hagfors.

Growth has continued since then. The new premises were gradually modernized and expanded, and in 2008, Autofric was named a Gazelle Company by Swedish financial newspaper Dagens Industri. 

 

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