The Swedish Rope program is marketed in Sweden by:
AB KNUT WESTERBERGS REPSLAGERI
…which can be described in brief with the following historical data:
AB Knut Westerbergs Repslageri
Knut takes over P. Janssons Repslageri at Lindåker in Norrköping.
Up to now, production has only taken place with natural fibres. The most common materials were hemp and cotton. Close collaboration with the textile industry in Norrköping guaranteed ample supplies of cotton raw materials. After the end of the Second World War, polyamide became available. This was the first synthetic fibre used by the company.
In the early 50s, polyester fibre was then introduced. This rapidly gained popularity among rope producers on account of its good abrasion resistance and UV resistance. In conjunction with the textile industry in Norrköping, a rope from mixed polyester fibres (spun yarns mixed with multifilament yarns) was developed at Westerbergs Repslageri (by 2nd and 3rd generation ropemakers in the family, Tomas and his son Hans) and rapidly became the company”s main product.
The fourth generation of Westerbergs (Hans”s son Olle) takes over and proceeds developing the company.
New production facilities are built inside the new warehouse with four new Roblon machines to increase production of polyester ropes (2-8mm).
Another two new Roblon machines are purchased to increase production capacity.
A new phase in the company”s history begins with the construction of an additional 560 square metres of warehouse for the new Swedish Rope program.
Construction of a further 460 square metres of warehouse for the Swedish Rope program.
Introduction of new Garda 24 mooring lines, Arkö 24 anchor ropes and braided mooring hawsers from Timm.
A number of new products are added to the Swedish Rope program – Tarline XP = Our new range of ropes for wooden ships – Danline MX = Morring ropes for smaller and medium sized ships – A new range of 24-braided ropes with REFLEX marker
The fifth generation of Westerbergs (Olle’s son Markus) takes over as CEO for the company.