Merry Christmas

We at KÄLLSTRÖM would like to wish all our customers and subcontractors a Merry Christmas (God Jul) and A Happy New Year (Gott Nytt År).

Best regards from all of us to all of you!

December 13, Lucia

Today at December 13 Lucia is celebrated in Sweden (“Saint Lucy’s Day” in English). All over Scandinavia this date is associated with the longest night of the year (and consequencely the shortest day), since it’s coinciding with Winter Solstice. It is said that to vividly celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

The fact is that in the 1800’s it was only men that appeared as Lucia. The Swedish Lucia tradition was first started among the Swedish universities where female students wheren’t allowed at that time. Nowadays there are some controversy over males as Lucia (amongst narrowminded people).

The modern tradition of having public processions in the Swedish cities really took off in 1927 when a newspaper in Stockholm elected an official Lucia for Stockholm that year. The initiative was then followed around the country through the local press. Today most cities in Sweden appoint a Lucia every year. Schools elect a Lucia and her maids among the students and a national Lucia is elected on national television from regional winners. The regional Lucias will visit shopping malls, old people’s homes and churches, singing and handing out gingernut cookies (pepparkakor). Guinness World Records has noted the Lucia procession in Ericsson Globe in Stockholm as the largest in the world, with 1200 participants from Adolf Fredrik’s Music School, Stockholms Musikgymnasium and Stockholms läns Blåsarsymfoniker.

Lucia is a major feast day in Scandinavia, Sankta Lucia is represented as a lady in a white dress (a symbol of a Christian’s white baptismal robe) and red sash (symbolizing the blood of her martyrdom) with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Norway, Sweden and Swedish-speaking regions of Finland, as songs are sung, girls dressed as Saint Lucy carry cookies and saffron buns in procession, which “symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness”. Nowadays Sweden are a rather secular society and for most people it doesn’t hold a religious significance but are rather a light festival where we celebrate the light in the darkness, since it is the darkest time of the year and we are waiting for the (day)light to return to our northerly regions.

Devotion to Saint Lucy is also practiced in the Italian regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Trentino-Alto Adige, in the north of the country, and Sicily, in the south, as well as in the Croatian coastal region of Dalmatia.

 

 

Sunny side up

At the moment we are fully engaged in the mounting of solar panels on the roof of our new assembly hall. The first section is up already and the solar boys are working diligently despite ice, snow and winds. We will cover the entire roof-area which in the end will be upwards 400 square meters of solar panels. We are very excited to see the installation completed and commissioned so we will start generating clean solar-power.

 

Solar panels in the making. The plan is to be self-sufficient  and even generate a small surplus.

It’s snow time!

It’s that time of the year again – when the winter is over us and surprises us with heaps of snow. A look out the window at Källström today looks like this. Driving to work is a bit of a trial in ice and snow. But in our assemblyhall it’s business as usual and we are building sewveral machines at full pace under our banana-trees, in spite of all the cold and snow.

The 19th ABC

Källström will be participating in the virtual ABC this year. Källström have been attending the Asian Battery Conference several times and due to the Corona pandemic the 19:th edition of the conferens will be virtual.

We look forward to be a part of the virtual edition of the 19th Asian Battery Conference & Exhibition.

Conference Website

https://asianbatteryconference.com/

Dates & Times
3 – 5 November 2021
The event will commence at 4.00 PM Singapore Time each day.

Agenda
The Agenda for the Conference is now available on their website:
https://asianbatteryconference.com/agenda-2/

Shipping out

Yet another shipment is under the way and the fillers are as always properly secured by bolts and straps in the container before sent away from Källströms. Workshop manager Mirek is overlooking the loading to make sure everything is as it should be before departure. Two new SF4-2 on the way to the customer.

 

New sign on the new hall

The new sign on the facade is up and we got a very nice patio in the sunny corner where we have both breakfast, lunch and afternoon fika, when the weather allows. In the big windows of the hall one can glimpse our banana plants that are growing like crazy after they arrived to the new assembly hall. They are just as happy as we are about the new building.

Beijer Tech signs agreement to acquire Källström Engineering Systems

Under new management

Beijer Tech signs agreement to acquire Källström Engineering Systems

Taken from the Pressrelease:

Beijer Alma’s subsidiary Beijer Tech has signed an agreement to acquire 85.6% of the shares in Källström Engineering Systems AB (“Källström”). The acquisition is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2021.

Källström designs and produces filling and mixing equipment for corrosive agents, primarily for the international battery industry. The company has a high level of technical competence with almost 30 years of experience from the industry and a well-established brand with long customer relationships. Källström has sales of approximately SEK 35 million with good profitability.

Beijer Tech’s CEO, Staffan Johansson, comments on the deal “I am impressed by the market position Källström has managed to build up with a large share of international sales and I am pleased that we have completed this acquisition. The company is well-managed, niched and gives Beijer Tech a new product area in an exciting future industry. ”

Källströms CEO, Anders Källström, comments on the deal: “We look forward to develop our business further together with Beijer Tech. We are convinced that we have found the right strategic partner in Beijer Tech for Källströms long-term development and future growth.”

After the transaction, the three previous main owners will continue to remain as operating minority owners to continue to develop the business together with Beijer Tech. In connection with the transaction, Källström’s CEO, Anders Källström, has chosen to take on a new role as technical manager and hand over the role of CEO to the company’s current construction manager, Jim Sandberg. The third co-owner, Bo Johansson, will continue as before in his role as sales manager.

Beijer Alma’s CEO, Henrik Perbeck, also comments on the deal: “Through the acquisition of Källström, Beijer Tech continues its strategy to acquire good companies in exciting niches with a high degree of refinement.”

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Beijer Alma AB (publ) is an international industrial group focusing on component manufacturing and industrial trade. The group includes Lesjöfors, which is one of Europe’s largest spring manufacturers, Habia Cable – one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of special cables and Beijer Tech with strong positions in industrial trade and manufacturing in the Nordic region. Beijer Alma is listed on the NASDAQ Stockholm Mid Cap list.

Low service for 3 weeks

During summer vacation our spare part orders will be more or less closed down for three weeks during summer 2021: week 29, 30, 31. This means we will be low on personell for spare part orders from July 19 to August 9. Also, please note that apart from the summer holidays the ongoing Corona-situation might delay deliveries further. We will of course do our best to help and speed things up under the circumstances!

Summer is coming!

Summer is coming! We'll get back with more information if we decide to close Källström during summer.

During the summer we will be short of personell so please note anticipated longer delivery times. Place your orders in good time. Also, please note that due to the summer holidays and the ongoing Corona-situation deliveries will be delayed. We will do our best to speed things up and help you under the circumstances!

(Note! The picture, and it's ugly background, is in no way related or a comment to the Corona-situation or to slower deliveries. It's just our neighbours backside).