The Gunnebo brand has an industrial heritage going back 250 years to south-east Sweden. Today Gunnebo has sales companies in 33 countries and Channel Partners in a further 100 markets around the globe.
The roots of the company
In 1764, a forge is opened in the Swedish village of Gunnebo. The business grows steadily until the formation of Gunnebo Bruks Nya AB in 1889 which has several factories supplying chains to the shipping industry. This company later becomes known as Gunnebo Industries.
HIDEF Kapital AB is formed by the Swedish government as one of eight venture capital companies charged with investing in Swedish companies su‑ering from the national financial crisis.
Gunnebo Industries is acquired by HIDEF, which changes its name to Gunnebo AB and is listed on the Swedish stock exchange in 1994. The new company will focus on delivering security products.
Gunnebo acquires around 40 companies specialising in security. This includes Fichet-Bauche, a listed company on the French stock exchange with a history in safes dating back to 1825.
The acquisitions made over the past 12 years are integrated into the Group and adopt the name Gunnebo.
Focus: Strategy and profitability
Gunnebo redefines its vision to become the leading global pro- vider of a safer future and divests non-core business, Perimeter Protection. The Group also starts to focus on investing more in growth markets outside of Europe.
Focus: Growth and profitability
Gunnebo continues to move the point of gravity to markets with high growth potential within its core business segments. The Group expands its presence in South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, USA, Mexico and Brazil.