“Everything started in Stockholm in 1968 by providing transportation solutions for sensitive products that were difficult to transport” The operation got off to a good start and came to prominence with the transportation of museum objects and sensitive computer equipment. IBM and a larger museum were among the first clients – two markets that have been closely connected to the operations ever since.
In the 1970s MTAB and Stefan Fors’ work included export goods handling of Siemens-Elema products for export to the Soviet Union.
One of the first vehicles for the company was a Scania 80 Super.
Stefan Fors became CEO and owner in 1981. The services were continually being developed and MTAB came to be the leading Nordic supplier within the industry. The range of services expanded to a client focused overall solution with transportation, handling and storage all under one roof. Trucks were purchased, staff were hired and contracts for warehouses were signed.
In the early 70s IBM developed the “big computer”, which demanded extensive transport capacity. To support this new world, MTAB transported punch-card machines and magnetic tape readers during a period when main storage was core storage and memory capacity was measured in kilobytes!!! Rank Xerox 860 was one of the very first word processors on the market (long before Microsoft Word). A full week’s training was needed for the end user to be able to operate the machine. Rank Xerox 860 was a very extensive commission for MTAB in the early 80s.
IBM’s big and super computers were extensively developed during the 1980s. The need for upgrades increased rapidly and all the machinery was then replaced with new equipment. This created a significant market for MTAB, both nationally and internationally.
In 1994 MTAB established its operations in Gothenburg and the strategy to become a national supplier was set out. A significant expansion was carried out in the early 2000s. MTAB was established in Denmark in 2008 and those operations celebrate ten successful years on the market in 2018. After 30 years as CEO Stefan Fors handed over the leadership to his son Simon Fors who continued the Nordic expansion to Norway and Finland.
“We currently see a great need for services in addition to the actual logistics. It regards everything from installation services and work on location to project management and great technical knowledge” says Simon Fors. He adds, “Technology, knowledge, craftsmanship and a willingness to meet the needs of the client has resulted in many innovative solutions throughout the years. This is the vein we want to continue in. The market has developed from the start and we have developed with it. We always want to work close to our customers and continue developing our offers in line with the existing needs”
But we can now look back with pride and celebrate 50 years. And at the same time look towards the future and to design new solutions that exceeds our clients expectations in the market