Our story

Olle started it all

Towards the end of the 1980’s, a man named Olle Holst was working for a company manufacturing food transport boxes. He had many ideas for improvement of the product range, but the management did not share his visions. They did not seem to have any interest in further expansion and felt confident with the two models that were already on the market. Still, Olle wanted more. He decided to quit his job in order to fulfil his dreams and started manufacturing boxes in his garage in the small town of Olofström.

At a bank meeting to seek funding, he met the branch manager Jim. When Jim heard about the venture, he became equally enthusiastic and was convinced if its forthcoming success. He too decided to leave his job, and in 1992 Olle and Jim launched the company ScanBox Thermoproducts AB.

In the beginning, they developed their ideas in Olle’s garage, but soon they had outgrown it and moved to more suitable premises. During the first couple of years, Olle and Jim combined the manufacturing of boxes with carpentry work to get liquidity for the core of their dream – ScanBox.

From those early days an onwards, the company has continued to expand. It has experienced constant growth and we have never hesitated to take on new business ventures. For example, we launched the company K9 Trailer manufacturing transport trailers for dogs. For some time, we also manufactured smart tack boxes that were well received by the equestrian elite. Today, our only focus is to develop new markets for our innovative boxes used to distribute and keep cold & hot food at an optimal temperature level. Once we decided to make this our main priority, the really great results emerged. Things are going well, really well indeed, and we have no plans to slow down our expansion.

Key figures and breaking-points

1993: Our company is already serving customers like Malmoe City and Medirest. In growing numbers, customers now realize that the quality we offer is no less than outstanding.

1999: Our products are available on 20 markets worldwide and we generate an annual turnover of SEK 11 million when Torbjörn Peltonen is hired to handle sales. Olle becomes a fifty-percent partner and is in charge of the production.

2001: Torbjörn Peltonen is named CEO of the company.

2004/2005: The sons of Jim sell their part of the equity and a new company – ScanBox Holding AB – is founded. This company acquires ScanBox Thermoproducts AB.

2010: A shift of generations occurs. The founder Olle prefers retirement and sells his part of equity to the couple Lotta and Torbjörn Peltonen and father- respectively son-in-law – Ingvar and Johan. Being a family business, we now mobilize for rapid expansion – in fact we set out to double the annual turnover.

2011: Ole Lyngdahl-Olsen is recruited as Exports Manager and gives Peltonen support on foreign markets.

2012/2013: Martin Brahm is hired as Sales Manager for the Swedish market. The following year our export department is reinforced by Johan Olsson.

2014: Our annual turnover hits SEK 52 million and we decide to double it in 2017. We are employing 26–27 people and need additional manpower for the production. Initially we hire people from labour agencies, but we soon realize that we need to employ additional workers.

2015: Sofia Folkesson joins our team as a Purchasing Manager and Webmaster. We start a rebranding process and are steaming ahead towards the turnover objective. The ScanBox team comprises 42 people and we are presently scouting for a Salesperson for the export market. Do you happen to be that person?

 

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