In 1930, the 'Crawford Door Company' was founded by a Harvard College graduate named Frederick C. Crawford and investors from 'Thompson Products' of Cleveland, Ohio in the USA.
Initially a small operation, the 'Crawford Door Company' focus on manufacturing residential garage doors and production begins in Detroit, Michigan. Later, after periodic growth, industrial doors are added to the portfolio...
In 1956, after 26 years of successful development across the USA, a Swedish entrepreneur, Fred Bengtsson, obtains the right to resell the Crawford Door Company's product range in Europe and throughout the Sixties the growth in Europe is remarkable, particularly in the industrial door market.
In 1962, Frederick Crawford would sell the domestic operations of the 'Crawford Door Company', but by that point his name was already attached to the industrial doors which would become Europe's first choice, and a globally recognised and respected brand... Below is a timeline outlining how.
1960 Crawford Door European Co AB is formed1962 Own hardware production starts. Sales subsidiary in Finland and distributor agreement in Norway. Frederick Crawford sells the domestic operations of Crawford Door.1964 New technical concept of overhead sectional doors is sold to Swedish motor vehicle inspection in Sweden. A unique production technique with a first production line is introduced at Torslanda factory, Sweden1966 Sales subsidiaries in Denmark and The Netherlands1968 Sales subsidiary in Great Britain
1970 50% Share in Norwegian distributor Noractor1971 Sales subsidiaries in Germany and Belgium1973 Sales subsidiary in France. Production in The Netherlands1974 Jim Walter Company, Beijerinvest becomes 100% owner of Crawford European Co AB1975 Sales subsidiary in Norway1976 Distributor agreement in Iceland1977 World’s first process-laminated industrial door launched. Sales subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates.1978 New process-lamination facility in Torslanda1979 Distributor agreement signed in Austria and Kuwait
1981 Distributor agreements in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia with a new door assembly plant1982 Crawford Group acquired by Swedish industrial group Sonessons1983 Docking is part of Crawford’s core businessAcquisition of Swedish Utec-porten, later (1988) renamed Megadoor. Sales subsidiary in Switzerland. First in the world with electronics-based automatic door system, developed in Strömstad, Sweden1984 Acquisition of German Krueger1985 Part acquisition of French Clever. Remaining part acquired in 19891986 Sales subsidiary in Italy. Acquisition of Austrian distributor Blasnik. Sales subsidiary in Singapore, distributor agreement in Greece. Rapid roller door introduced, additional plant for docking opened in Torslanda, Sweden. Volvo acquires Sonessons and the Crawford operations are included in the group which later became Cardo. 1989 Acquisition of Danish Faltec. Distributor agreements signed in Cyprus and Taiwan. Sales subsidiary in Spain. Joint venture in Saudi Arabia for a door factory
1990 Acquisition of Swedish Igelfors, acquisition of 25% of German Sommer. Crawford first to exclude freons from manufacturing processes for insulated doors1991 Distributor agreement in Estonia. Acquisition of Finnish Matin Hissi1992 Acquisition of French Hymeca. Distributor agreements in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Turkey, Malaysia, Brunei and Hong Kong. Start of cooperation with Chamberlain, US for residental garage doors1995 Distributor agreement in China. Asia coordination office in Hong Kong1996 Residential garage doors introduced. Acquisition of Dutch Alsta, Swedish Carpro and service operation of Danish Windsor1997 Acquisition of Swedish Allhabo and German Nornstahl including Abon. Crawford largest garage door manufacturer in Europe. Distributor agreements in Latvia and Lithuania. Sales subsidiary in Poland. Joint venture with Chinese Shenyang Liming1998 Acquisition of German Hafa1999 Sales subsidiary in China
2000 Acquisition of British P C Henderson, Danish Miflex and French Quest Fermetures2001 Sales subsidiary in Hungary2002 Acquisition of British Amber Doors2003 Acquisition of FrenshSEA. Distributor agreement in Romania2004 Acquisition of distributor in Portual B Geyssel. Distributor agreement in Croatia2006 Acquisition of Finnish MNC and Spanish Combursa. Acquisition of a Romanian company. Assembly unit in Turkey established.
2011 ASSA ABLOY acquires Cardo and Crawford becomes part of the division; ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems.
Published 8 Jan 2009
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