Haldex | Company History

More than 130 years of driving innovation

Since the beginning, Haldex has been driving innovation. Read about our first 130 years, from 1887 to 2016.



Haldex early history has two branches - Halda Fickurfabrik and Svenska Bromsregulatorer. It all started in 1887 when the entrepreneur Henning Hammarlund opened the doors to Halda Fickurfabrik, the first watch manufacturing facility in northern Europe. 



The famous aviator, Enoch Thulin, founded the company Thulinverken in Landskrona, Sweden. They developed and manufactured aircraft engines and cars. Thulinverken became an important subcontractor to SAB and was later acquired by them.


About the same time, Axel Djurson founded Svenska AB Bromsregulatorer (SAB) in Malmö, Sweden. The patent for an automatic brake adjuster for trains was filed. Over the years SAB became one of the world's most distinguished and leading suppliers of brake systems for trains.


In the 1920s, Halda factory was split into two companies; Halda and Fabriks AB Haldataxametern. Halda manufactured typewrites in Svängsta and Fabriks AB Haldataxametern manufactured taximeters.

Fabriks AB was changed in 1944 to Verkstads AB Haldex and was later acquired by SAB. This is how the name Haldex came into the group. The name change to Haldex didn’t take place until 1985 though.


 In 1962, SAB started a development project to see how they could transform the brake adjuster for trains to road vehicles. There is no doubt that this project was a great success. Today after 60 years, the brake adjuster is still the global market leader with more than 100 million brake adjusters being produced. Following the project SAB receives patent for multi-channel ABS.


The group changes name to Haldex.


In 1998, Midland-Grau was acquired and laid the foundation for the products in the Air Control product line.


One of the most important milestones in recent year is the split of the company in 2011. Prior to the split Haldex had four divisions. The hydraulic division was turned into a new company called Concentric. The traction division with the all wheel drive for passenger cars was divested to BorgWarner. And the spring wire division (Garphyttan) was sold to Suzuki Metal. The division with brake and suspension systems for heavy vehicles remained as Haldex and that is the business we know today.


In 1993, Haldex started up an extensive project to develop air disc brakes for heavy vehicles. In 1999, the first delivery of the first generation of disc brakes, called ModulX, was made. A second generation called ModulT, the lightest disc brake on the market, followed in 2011.


Haldex and Zhejiang VIE Science and Technology Co., Ltd announced a joint venture to design, develop, produce, and sell electromechanical brake systems for commercial vehicles with an initial focus on the electric bus market in China.