History in brief

Borgestad Fabrikker AS og Höganäs Bjuf AB formed the basis of Borgestad Industries many years ago.

1797
Höganäs Stenkolsverk coal mining company founded
1825
First production of refractory brick at Höganäs.
1870
1,050 acres of land acquired in the Bjuv district of Skåne.
1871
Prospecting starts for coal and chamotte clay in Bjuv area.
1873
Start of Höganäs mining operations at Bjuv, Sweden.
1876
First brick production unit inaugurated at Bjuv. First year’s production: 829,000 bricks.
1877
J.H.Bjørklund AS founded by Johan Herman Bjørklund, Oslo, as a tool and equipment maker for cartwrights and blacksmiths, as well as a foundry crucible manufacturer for the Morgan Group.
1886
Gunnar Knudsen founds Borgestad Fabrikker in Skien, Norway, initially to manufacture brick for the domestic market and saggars for porcelain mnufacture. Subsequently, business focuses more and more on serving Norway’s industry with high-quality refractories.
1890
First production of chamotte brick at Borgestad. Borgestad Fabrikker issues its first product catalogue.
1893
Greve Strömfeldt mine opened at Bjuf. Now known as Mine III.
1895
Kropps AB and Vallåkra Coal AB become Billesholms-Bjuf AB.
1899
Höganäs Bjuf’s brick factory modernized, including a new chamber kiln (factory 2) in what is today our repair workshop.
1903
Höganäs Coal Works and Billesholms-Bjuf AB become Höganäs-Billesholm AB. Höganäs AB shares listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
1904
Aktieselskabet Borgestad is founded, with a share capital of NOK 930,000. Prime Minister Gunnar Knudsen is elected sole board member and Managing Director. Knudsen owns 34% of the company’s shares.
1917
Aktieselskapet Borgestads shares are listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
1919
Höganäs Bjuf factory additions completed (factory 3), including a new chamber kiln.
1932
New factory completed at Höganäs Bjuf, with the first tunnel kiln.
1934
First dry-pressed brick produced at Höganäs Bjuf.
1938
Already 70 years ago the advice was to pay a little premium to be assured of products of good quality. From Borgestad Fabrikker catalogue.
1940
Aktieselskapet Borgestad loses six of eight vessels during WW II.
1950
Major renovations and additions at Höganäs Bjuf. Construction of new offices, staff cafeteria, kitchens and changing rooms. Two additional tunnel kilns erected.
1963
Borgestad Fabrikker in 1963.
1979
New unit erected for crushing, grinding, screening and mixing at Höganäs Bjuf: KM79. Last mine closed down at Höganäs Bjuf.
1988
Höganas Bjuf AB established as separate company.
1991
Investments made in automatic handling of kiln cars for tunnel kilns at Höganäs Bjuf.
1998
Borgestad Group acquires Höganäs Bjuf in Sweden and GZMO, which has 3 plants in Poland.
2001
Restructuring of the refractory business. Closing of three plants in Poland and one in Norway.
2006
Borgestad Industries acquires JH Bjørklund.
2007
Major investments made in industrial robots & automated dry-pressing equipment at Höganäs Bjuf. Borgestad Industries acquires Grenland Industri-muring AS and Kay Lindegaard AS, forming GL Contracting.
2008
Borgestad Industries publicly listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker BIND.
2011
Borgestad Industries acquired T Knutsson AB and a majority of the shares in Macon AB.
2013
Borgestad Industries is merged into Borgestad, a Group listed on Oslo Stock Exchange.
2015
Acquisition of majority stake in AG-Port and Mektec.
2016
SmartInstall is our new app for Iphone and Android. With SmartInstall you have instant access to product data, safety data and installation instructions for our entire product range at your fingertip – anytime, anywhere.
2016
Opening of the world’s most modern refractory plant in Bjuv.
2016
The new Höganäs product range consists of four product families. Depending on your requirements, these products can be installed through vibration, self-flowing gunning, pumping and shotcreting.