Fläkt Woods Group has a long history and a strong heritage.

Fläkt Woods 2002-present

2016 - Following the successful purchase of the Fläkt Woods Group by private equity investment firm Triton, the merger with DencoHappel is now initiated.

2014 – Fläkt Woods acquires majority of the shares of ClimateConsult, a Danish based Company specializing in ventilation and fire safety.

2013 - Fläkt Woods has sold its Global Infrastructure and Industry business to Howden, a subsidiary of the US listed company Colfax.

2012 - Fläkt Woods acquires part of the shares of Iloxair, a Finnish based Company specializing in Energy Recovery Units

2011 - Fläkt Woods sells Symor with related assets and rights to Temet Oy in Finland.

2009 - Fläkt Woods acquires Caryaire Air Management Systems in India and Airchal in France.

2007 - Fläkt Woods acquires SEMCO Incorporated in the USA. 

- Fläkt Woods is acquired by Sagard, Barclay's Private Equity, ICG and the management.

2002 - The Fläkt Woods Group is formed. The new group brings together two of the world’s leading names in the ‘Air Movement and Treatment’ industry, namely Fläkt and Woods Air Movement. The group also owns other important brands including, for example, Solyvent Ventec and American Fan.


2001 - ABB announces that the Air Handling Equipment Business Area of ABB has been acquired by Global Air Movement SARL (Luxemburg).

1993 - ABB Fläkt Produkt AB is formed through a merger of Fläkt Klimatprodukter AB in Jönköping, Stratos Ventilation Produkt AB in Enköping, Fläkt Veloduct AB in Järna and AB Richard Pettersson Products in Aneby.

1988 - ABB is formed and the remainder of the Fläkt shares is sold to ABB. The Fläkt group including Stratos forms a Business Area within ABB.

1987 - The Fläkt group acquires the Bahco Company in Enköping, which is then renamed Stratos.

1986 - Fläkt's first turnkey clean room facility was inaugurated. 

1984 - ASEA re-acquires a majority share holding of the Fläkt Group.

Picture: Toijala and Jönköping factories.


1973 - To meet the needs of the energy crisis, SF launched the ECOTERM system. The rotary heat exchanger REGOTERM and the plate heat exchanger RECUTERM soon followed.

1963 - SF FLAKT PAPER DRYER is presented to the press. The construction is a Fläkt innovation of significant dimenstions, as it enables mechanical drying of paper without as good as any voltage at all.

1960 - AB Svenska Fläktfabriken becomes an independent company, listed on the stock exchange.

1953 - SF launches the VELOVENT system for office applications, a system that combined heating and ventilation. During the 1970s, VELOVENT was developed to OPTIVENT.

1937 - SF got a unique order to deliver the ventilation solution to the cruise ship M/S Stockholm. SF supplied all the cabins in both first class and couch with their solution. 

Picture: SF Flakt Paper Dryer, M/S Stockholm from 1938, old Velovent sales brochure.

Svenska Fläktfabriken (SF) 1918-1935

1932 - The Krüger empire crashes and the Swedish electrical company ASEA takes control of Svenska Fläktfabriken. The number of employees in Jönköping grows to 890 people.

The 1930s - the first large laboratory for technical and scientific research was inaugurated in Jönköping.

1927 - AB Krüger & Toll took over the share majority of Svenska Fläktfabriken.

1925 - SF started its production of heating and ventilation units

1920 - SF formed limited liability company Svenska Fläktfabriken AB

1918 - Engineers Sven Söderberg and Robert Sundström started a company, which they name Svenska Fläktfabriken Söderberg & Co. Production starts in a mill by the Dunkehalla river in Jönköping, Sweden. 

Picture: The start in the Dunkehalla factory in Jönköping, Sweden.

Woods 1950-2001

2000 - Marconi announces the sale of Woods Air Movement to Global Air Movement Holdings Limited a company formed by Compass Capital Partners

1998 - Name Change - From July 1998 Woods of Colchester is now known as Woods Air Movement Limited.

1986 - The American Fan Company is purchased by GEC and joins the Woods ‘family’.

1964 - GEC plc takes complete control of Woods by buying-out the rest of the Woods family.

The 1950s - 500 ladies moved from East London to wind motors in the Colchester factory. Determined in the process of winding a motor that mens' fingers were too big and clumpy, women were much more able to do the job. Picutre

Picture: Woods on the Elmia Fair together with Fläkt in 1963, Woods' touring bus in the 50s, the Woods factory between 1937 and 2006, lady winding a motor, Geoffrey Woods.

WOODS 1909-1949

1947 - Woods develops the first Axial Aerofoil bladed fan range in the world. It has a unique design; based upon aircraft wing and its shape produced pressure.

1945 - GEC invests sufficient capital to gain controlling interest in Woods.

1935 - Maurice’s son Geoffrey took charge of Woods, which now employs about 100 people. Being ambitious, the company is soon employing 360 people.

The 1920s - Making a range of certified range of flameproof motors, Maurice Woods realised that if he added an impeller he had another product to sell: Windy Fan – fan business born.

The 1920s - A range of propeller fans introduced - Windifan.

1909 - Maurice Woods forms a company in Colchester producing single phase motors to suit the various different voltages in use. At this time, the Woods factory had 10 employees.

Picture: Woods develops the first Axial Aerofoil bladed fan in the world.