Akron develops, manufactures and market products within grain handling, solid biofuel, motors and heavy fan solutions for industrial processes. Akron is Sweden’s leading grain handling solutions provider, serving agricultural and industrial customers globally since 1935. Our trademarks Akron and Svegma guarantee the highest quality, availability and functionality. Our product range is internally developed and covers all agricultural and industrial grain handling needs, from transportation and loading solutions to drying, storage and state-of-the-art operational control. Our head office and manufacturing plant is located in Järpås, Sweden. Our products are used all over the world.
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Akron develops, manufactures and sells products in several different areas. Akron has since 1935 built up an unparalleled knowledge and is a market leader in terms of quality, performance and reliability. In addition to our main brand Akron, we also own the trademarks Nirvana and Svegma. We are the general agent in Sweden for Canadian outdoor silo manufacturer Westeel and are also an authorised reseller of Spanish outdoor silo brand Symaga.
Grain Handling - equipment for grain handling and food preparation:
Dryers, heaters, storage, loading / unloading, conveyors, elevators, mills, crushers, mixers etc.
Biofuel Handling - equipment for handling wood chips and pellets:
Storage bins, wood drying, wood chip boilers, mills, conveyors, etc.
Fans - industrial, drying and cooling processes, agriculture, mining, tunneling, etc.
Axial, radial, particle extraction and flue gas fans. Special equipment for mining and tunneling ventilation solutions.
Electric motors - three-phase motors for industrial applications, among others.
From bicycles to cutting machines
1935 the brothers Åke and Helge Abelsson started a bicycle repair workshop on the family farm in Järpås on the fertile plains between Lidköping and Vara. They were young men with ambition and from the bikes they quickly moved to car and tractor repairs.
In 1939 they built a new workshop for manufacturing of equipment for agriculture. The first major series production were hand tools like rakes and picks. At most they produced about 35 000 implements each year.
The agriculture mechanization in the period after the second World War made the company change direction. In 1946 they introduced a new product; cutting machines for straw and green fodder. Despite the fact that the cutting machine was a bit of a fad - the production ceased alredy in the 1950's - it became very popular and spare parts were sold for more than thirty years.
The family company products were marketed in the early 1950s under the name Akron. In 1963 they took the plunge and changed the name to Akronmaskiner. Acquiring a new company sign was easy since an old Monark plate was found. Monark was a Swedish bicycle brand, and the plate was apparently left over from the bike workshop. The plate was cut to pieces, the 'M' was put aside and the other letters moved around, and the sign was ready. The design of the logo has changed over the years, but today the old design from the Monark plate is back.
60 years of augers, fans and driers
In the mid-1950s development was started of many of the products which are still marketed to this day. Akron were very early with manufacturing of grain augers, the first of which were promoted already in 1954.
Manufacturing of axial fans was inaugurated in 1957. During the startup process it was clear that Akron needed a thorough understanding of heat and air flow physics. Using this knowledge, the first internally designed grain drier was manufactured in 1958. To this day, complete grain plants with both heating, storage and drying functions are a key product for Akronmaskiner.
In 1969, the Abelson brothers sold the company to Sven Johan Persson, who had for several years supported Akron with product development. Sven Johan headed the company for more than 35 years, until the role of CEO was passed on to his son Erik Hellsvik in 2007.
Many of the products required electrical motors. Akron soon started importing motors through the subsidiary Jansin AB, which was consolidated into the main Akron body in 2003. At most, Akron imported 50 000 motors in a single year.
In 1992, bankrupt competitor Svegma was acquired. With it came the Svegma drier, which was developed by Sven Johan Persson in the 1960s, and a number of other products, among them the Nirvana range of milling equipment. Järpås-based Fors Port was acquired in 1994, and provided a second workshop where large-scale welding and painting could be performed.
During the 1960s and 1970s, several types of field machinery were either manufactured inhouse or imported and sold on the Swedish market, but since the 1980s Akron has been fully focused on grain and biofuel handling, storage and drying and high-efficient industrial fan solutions.
Akron in the 21st century
The Akron of today is the result of decades of new product development, adjustments to the market needs and a high sense of quality. There are few similarities with the bicycle workshop of 1935. The three main business areas of today are the following:
- Industrial fan solutions for mining, tunneling, wood kilns and other high power uses.
- Grain handling, storage and drying solutions of world class, for all customer types and sizes.
- Solid biofuel storage, drying and heating solutions, with express focus on improvement of drying process heat economy.
Additionally, Akron is committed to support existing products with spare parts and support, while constantly investigating possible new developments within the key areas.