Rottne Industri - top supplier and manufacturer

Rottne Industri is the fourth largest manufacturer and supplier of powerful, wheeled forestry machines designed for the cut-to-length method. This is something we take pride in. From our factories, approximately 200 state-of-the-art and robust harvesters and forwarders are delivered each year to four continents.

Rottne Industri is a fully Swedish company with all production within Sweden’s borders. With our sights set on growth, we are well equipped for the future thanks to a dedicated staff and one of the world’s best forestry machinery programs.

Our dealer network is available both throughout Sweden and abroad. We have annual sales of approximately SEK 550 million and have about 230 employees at the factories in Rottne, Lenhovda and Stensele.

Almost two thirds of our production is exported to Europe and North America. The main office is located in scenic Rottne in Sweden’s Småland district.

Behind every detail of our machines is an idea; how can we make an already good thing better? It is all about the will to develop and think outside the box. Our forwarders and harvesters are not just machines, they are workplaces. You should have a comfortable workplace even during the last hour of a shift. It should be easy to perform service or replace parts.

Operator comfort and ease of service will always be important key words for us.

Rottne history – from wire crane to world celebrity

Our history begins in the forests of Löpanäs outside Rottne. An ingenious young man was there, manually loading logs. Börje Karlsson, founder of Börjes Mekaniska which eventually became Rottne Industri AB, was helping his dad at the time, running timber in the forest. The family’s trusted companion, their horse, had been given leave from the pulling the heavy logs out from the forest and a tractor was being used instead.

Loading was still done by hand and it was then that Börje began thinking. “Why should the tractor be standing here, softly idling and not helping out while I was here, struggling to roll logs up onto the trailer?”

Work with what would become the first crane began picking up speed. The design was simple, manufactured from a couple of plough parts, a piece of timber, a winch mounted at the power output, a length of cable and a pair of timber tongs.

Compared with today’s powerful cranes, it sounds unlikely, but “Börje Crane” worked perfectly and, there and then, became the basis for something big.