History

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1958

Bernt Eckerström, the founder of the Colmec group, begins his work in the tire industry with an employment at Goodyear’s test department in Norrköping. Later he gets employed as a salesman by Michelin in 1961.

1966

Together with a companion, Bernt Eckerström buys a tire workshop supplemented with conventional equipment for retreading of truck tires.

1968

Together with his companion, Bernt Eckerström starts a retreading factory for cold retreading of truck tires, under the trade name Colmec.

1972

The tire shops are sold and the focus is on the development of the retreading factory.

1978

Bernt Eckerström becomes sole owner of Colmec.

1979

Peter Eckerström, Bernt’s son, is employed by Colmec.

1983

Colmec acquires the retreading factory Reba AB in Stockholm. The facility is moved to new premises in Norsborg. The production is moved to Norrköping in 1990.

1990

Colmec launches its own new retreading concept, Boss, together with a colleague. For the Boss concept and distinctive features, see Boss, under products.

1992

Colmec is established in Poland under the name of Colmec SP. z o.o. Activities include a retreading factory according to the Boss concept and also distribution of new truck tires.

1993

Colmec moves to newly purchased premises in Händelö industrial area in Norrköping.

1995

Colmec is certified according to the quality standard ISO 9002 (now ISO 9001: 2000).

1998

Colmec is certified according to the environmental standard ISO 14001.

1999

All parts within the Colmec Group are now quality and environmentally certified.

2000

The Colmec Group applies the quality standards according to the international regulations ECE R 109 in both the retreading factories, in Sweden and in Poland.

2001

Peter becomes CEO and sole owner of Colmec Group.

2004

Reconstruction and extension of the property on Händelö. All retreading activities and stock management in Sweden is gathered in one place. For areas, production and warehouse resources, see Colmec facts, under the company.

2005

Expansion to the south, although the market in the southern parts of Sweden is being processed. The production increases. New sales representatives and warehouse staff are hired. New trucks are acquired. Large investment (about 10 million SEK) with significantly expanded production capacity is completed during the year.

2006

Colmec covers Sweden from Sundsvall in the North to Ystad in the South, with its own distribution resources and sales representatives, as well as emergency storages close to their homes for promt delivery.

New stock hall of 4 950 sqm is organized on a new asphalt surface in Norrköping, with a capacity of 33 000 truck tires.

2007

Significant extension in Rudno, Poland, with a logistics warehouse of 9 000 sqm.

2008

New markets established, Norway (Dekkmann AS) and Finland.

New warehouse organized in southern Poland of 6 000 sqm.

2009

New warehouse of about 7 700 sqm in Norrköping on newly purchased land, covering 26 500 sqm for warehouse and distribution.

2010

New tire workshop branch opens at Kungens Kurva, Stockholm.

New investments in the factories in Sweden and Poland, including new scanography machines. Total investment cost is about 15 million SEK.

2011

Extended processing with own distribution cars in Finland.

2011

This year Colmec in Sweden celebrates its 40th anniversary, Colmec in Poland its 20th anniversary and Peter Eckerström celebrates 30 years in the company.

2011

In 2011 we have made large investments in machinery for production and distribution, total amount is 15 million SEK. 1 new construction machine (which makes the tire shoulder up to the original width), 5 new trucks and 5 new trailers.

We have also made a significant investment in logistics and sales in northern Sweden with new sales representatives and an increased number of trucks. We are now nationwide.

2013

Colmec employs a Fleet Key Account Manager to manage, improve and develop our major fleet contracts.

Colmec establishes a full scale service and sales organization in Finland under the name Colmec Oy.