Thomson is "Movin' on Up" to meet growing demand for its motion control technology.
The company said its Kristianstad, Sweden plant has been a steadily growing supplier of Thomson electric linear actuators and linear motion systems to European customers and is on track for further growth. Thomson is moving its Swedish manufacturing operations to a facility that is larger, more advanced, and intended to effectively support future business growth.
"Strict adherence to safety, quality, delivery, inventory management and productivity excellence has fuelled our success, so much so that we have outgrown our facilities. It would have been impossible to add new product lines or production capacity in our original location without jeopardizing the fundamentals that got us here,” said Peter Swahn, site manager at Thomson Industries.
Thomson's business in Kristianstad has experienced steady growth since its inception in 1985 with 25 employees. The company’s growth has been driven by increasing adoption of its cleaner and smarter electric actuators by industrial users transitioning away from hydraulic cylinders as well as the overarching trends toward automation to improve human lives.
Located about one kilometer northeast of the original site, the brand new production plant spans over 10,200 m. This footprint will enable Thomson to consolidate operations that it had previously housed in three separate buildings.
“We can now configure goods receiving, production, packing, and shipping in an optimized, streamlined workflow, including warehouse, maintenance, technical lab, and offices all in the same building. We can also integrate better vertically, having room to bring in machinery for operations we have previously outsourced,” said Swahn.
In addition to being able to handle more business, the new facility will offer improved amenities for employees, including electric charger-equipped parking, and expanded areas for dining and personal lockers. The move began this month with full production expected to be in the new space by summer.
Thomson invented the Linear Ball Bushing Bearing in 1945 and has set the standard ever since with an unsurpassed set of linear motion control solutions serving a range of industries, including medical and health.
On March 27, Regal Rexnord completed its acquisition of Altra Industrial Motion, the parent company of Thomson Industries, making Thomson part of Regal Rexnord's new automation and motion control segment.