Källström Lucia

At December 13 (yesterday) 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.

This morning we got a surprise appearence and a visit by Lucia at here Källström! Lucia came singing at the breakfast with lights in the hair and all. A suspiciously bearded Santa also appeared to back our Lucia up in the singing!

Saint Lucy

Our Lucia followed up on a long tradition since “she” was actually male. Fact is that in the 1800’s it was only men that appeared as Lucia. The modern Lucia tradition was namely 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), with one male who was elected Lucia at a high school being blocked from performing. Not so at Källström!

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 in fact 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.

Building days

We are in the middle of the ongoing building of our new assembly hall. The new hall is taking form more and more and it’s a rather quick process after all. As soon as the connection blocks was in place, the steel skeleton was next.

After a days work the entire beam structure was on place. A crane lifted the steal beams in place one by one and the construction team secured the beams to the connection blocks.

Next step in the process as soon as the beams where in place, was the concrete wall elements. A bigger crane lifted them into place and the next construction team fastened them to the steel constructiuon.

When the concrete walls was in place the roof-structure was started as well as the walls, which was lifted up into position and fastened to the steel beams.

With the walls in place we start to get a feeling about the size of the new assembly hall – 12 meters width, 36 meters long and 7,6 meters high. More than enough space for a fullsize indoor tennis court actually.

Dance Hall Days

Finally we have started the undertaking of buildning a new assembly hall for our facility in Eslöv!

A new assembly hall has been planned for a longer time and it is now under way when our first steps towards a new hall has been taken. We are very happy and look forward to the new place! The new hall will be directly connected to our existing premises, so by opening a door we will have twice the amout of assembly space! We are somewhat overcrowded now so we really need more space.

First of all an older storage was knocked down in the beginning of September.

Then the preparations for the foundation including digging and drainage. (Our current premises in the background). Anders is out and about to overlook the progress.

Then came the placing of rather sturdy connection blocks, and that was made last week.

Now we are waiting for the Hall builders to arrive next week. When the new hall is in place we will have doubled our present assembly space. Right now it feels like we are going to have plenty of space and space enough for a big Dance Hall as well.

ELBC 2020

Källström is represented during the online ELBC 2020. The online virtual exhibition is open for visit until October 14 where delegates can visit the stands, download materials and leave messages for the exhibitors and more. Here above you can see what our booth looks like for the virtual ELBC visitors.

The exhibition is accessable for delegates until October 14 here.


You can always contact us for a quote on any of our machines or equipments. We can provide you with technical advice on what would suite your needs best. Depending on your demands we can help you determine what size of machinery is the best for your production.

Our knowledge and experience will guide you in your ponderings and queries. If you provide us with battery sizes, requirements for tolerances and what capacity you are looking for, then we can provide you with a suitable filler. Of course the same applies for equipments for mixing and diluting acid.

For information about quotes and sales contact Bo Johansson on phone +46 70 618 83 26 or by mail at bj@kallstrom.com

Spare parts

As a manufacturer, we offer an outstanding spare part service with original components. By using our approved original spare parts you maintain the high quality, the reliability, durability and technical lifespan of your Källström machine. You will replace and repair with the same parts that the machine was originally built by, which helps preserving all the functions and the precision of the machine.

For orders and queries about spare parts contact Lotta Limborg by mail at ll@kallstrom.com

Back in business after summer

Källström is now up and running on all cylinders again. The whole workforce are back in the saddle after the summer leave. We are gaining momentum despite a heatwave that hit us last week, but the workshop is busy with building. The summer in Sweden is on a good day 20-25+ C. This summer has offered diverse weather. First we had the coldest July for decades, pretty cold and wet even after swedish standards, and now we have the hottest August so far. We are slowly boiling, but still we don’t have the heatwave like in southern Europe.

We are still struggling with deliveries due to the ongoing Corona-situation but we are doing our best to get shipments out as soon as possible!

Closed for three summer weeks

Källström will be closed for three weeks during summer, week 29, 30, 31. We will close at July 10 and opens up again for business August 3:rd. 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 under the circumstances!

Happy Midsummer

Come Friday, Sweden and Källström celebrates Midsummer eve, which means most of Sweden are closed (banks, stores etcetera). Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. Midsummer is the longest day and the shortest night of the year.

The summer solstice, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). Within the Arctic circle (for the northern hemisphere) or Antarctic circle (for the southern hemisphere), there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice. On the summer solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°. Likewise, the Sun’s declination from the celestial equator is 23.44°.

Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Traditionally, in many temperate regions (especially Europe), the summer solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as “midsummer”. Today, however, in some countries and calendars it is seen as the beginning of summer. This year the festivities might be a bit crippled, but we will still celebrate Midsummer!

A typical Swedish Midsummer includes raising and dancing around a maypole (majstång or midsommarstång) is an activity that attracts families and many others. Greenery placed over houses and barns was historically supposed to bring good fortune and health to people and livestock; this old tradition of decorating with greens continues, though most people no longer take it seriously, but the dancing however is still a serious tradition. To decorate with greens was called att maja (to may) and may be the origin of the word majstång, maja coming originally from the month May, or vice versa.


Happy Midsummer!