Celebrating Källefall 30 year anniversary
In 2023, Källefall celbrated 30 years as a forest equipment brand. An anniversary we’re all very proud of.
It all started with a waterfall from a spring
The story of Källefall all began in a small farm in a beautiful countryside in the south of Sweden. The name of the farm was Källefall, which means ”waterfall from a spring” in Swedish. The farm had a history dating back already to the late 1700’s, with a copper hammer, built on the farm and using the nearby river for power.
For generations, the von Essen family lived and worked the farm, grew fruit, started a fish farm, and took care of the forest.
First machines were built on the farm
In the 1990’s the husband of the owner of Källefall farm, Anders Thunström, worked for a forest trailer company in the area. After a couple of years he decided to start his own business together with a friend and his wife, Ingrid. In August 1993 they started their own forest machine company and called it Källefall, since they built their trailers and cranes on the farm.
The main market for Källefall at that time was Sweden. Their niche was smaller forest trailers, which did rarely compete with Moheda and Mowi. The Källefall products got a reputation for being very robust, having frame steering despite being small forest trailers, and for having the winch located inside the pillar, well protected. The radio operated winch was also very popular for safety reasons.
A symbol of an owl, used as a coat of arms for the von Essen family, became part of Källefalls first logo.
They soon understood that they needed to have parts of their products produced where production costs were lower than in Sweden, to compete with more established Swedish brands. After contacts with the Swedish embassy in Lithuania the owners of Källefall met with Dr. Vygintas Geležiūnas, the father of the current MD of FTG Baltic, Egle Rakstiene. They got along very well and got into business together.
In 1999 one of the owner of Källefall, Anders Thunström, unexpectedly passed away and the company was merged with the Mowi-Moheda Group. The group was later renamed FTG (Forest Technology Group). In 2006 the production company in Vilnius was incorporated in the group as FTG Baltic UAB.
In the 30 years that has passed since the start in 1993, the Källefall has grown from local markets to the whole of Europe. From just 4 trailers to 20 today, with 22 skilled employees working close together.
Ingrid Thunström (on the right) and Eglė Rakštienė at Källefall farm 2022
A combination of strong heritage, perseverance and expertise brought us here.