EFG’s history begins with an ambitious manufacturer of rib-backed chairs in Tranås, Småland, in the late 1800s. 135 years later, we are a furniture manufacturer with thousands of products in our range and hundreds of resellers all over the world.
Our history begins with a rib-backed chair
The first manufacturing of rib-backed chairs in Tranås began in 1880. One of the pioneers within the furniture industry in Tranås was KG Andersson, who founded what is today EFG. KG Andersson began his career as an apprentice for a painting company that bought and painted rib-backed chairs. He then became an apprentice for a chair manufacturer, before deciding to start his own business in 1885. Manufacturing was carried out by hand, using lathes with foot pedals, and the company initially made about 20 chairs per week. Machine power was required to increase productivity. KG solved this by laying a line from the mill axle to transfer machine power to the workshop 25 metres from the millpond. This was the start of an industrial revolution in Tranås. The old lathes were replaced with forming lathes, hand saws with band saws, and mechanical planes, drills and morticers were connected to the new driving force. In 1897, the company was renamed Tranås Möbelaktieföretag – Tranås Furniture Company Ltd – a change of name that showed the company had moved from craft to industry and had its sights on manufacturing more than just chairs.
Name changes, acquisitions and new markets
After KG Andersson’s death in 1938, the company was managed by his son, Elis Kågén, expanding slowly in terms of range and size until 1972, when the next major step was taken. After merging with two other companies, the name was changed to NKR. In 1992, the company bought 50% of Wingerei, Norway’s largest sales company for office furniture. In 1993, we finally became EFG – European Furniture Group – and entered into the European market. This was followed in 1997 by EFG acquiring the office furniture segment of Finnish company ASKO Huonekalu. In the same year, the remaining share of Wingerei was acquired. In 1999, we established ourselves in the United Kingdom through the acquisition of Matthews Office Furniture Ltd. In 2004, EFG became the leader for office furniture in the Norwegian market when it acquired HOV+DOKKA. In 2007, we acquired Norwegian office chair manufacturer Savo A/S and Danish office furniture company Bondo Kontormøbler A/S. Almost 10 years later, the Input Interior group acquired EFG, which meant a strong focus on becoming an even more design-oriented furniture manufacturer. We’ve definitely come a long way from the first rib-backed chair in 1885.