Farm workers in Mora, central Sweden, start to produce and sell various types of handicraft
Times are hard. Poor soil produces such scant harvests that the population is forced to find new sources of employment. At the end of their working days, they often go home to their cabins and start second jobs. But there’s no shortage of inventiveness, and they produce everything from combs to belt buckles.
Manufacture of the Mora clock starts in the village of Östnor
Production of the now well-recognized Mora clock starts in the village of Östnor, thus laying the foundation of a unique craft tradition. Movement production provides substantial knowledge and experience of working in brass. During the golden era of the Mora clock, the whole village resembles a clockmaker’s workshop.
Clock manufacture dies out and is replaced by sewing machine production
Cheaper products from Germany and the US eliminate almost all clock manufacture in the village, despite their poorer quality. The villagers re-think and start producing Sweden’s first sewing machines. The depression also kills off sewing machine production, and the villagers look for new things to make.
Frost Matts Mattsson from Östnor registers a company
Villagers Finn Anders Andersson and Frost Matts Mattsson are involved in new attempts to industrialize. Finn Anders starts knife production with the Mora knife, which now has a global market. Founder Frost Matts casts clock wheels for Mora clocks, which are still being manufactured. He also makes horse bells, harness fittings and brass items for folk costumes. Frost Matts registers his company in 1865.
Frost Matts produces his first faucet
Frost Matts Mattsson casts his first faucet in 1876, thus starting the renowned production of faucets in Ostnor. A young and enterprising person, he quickly secures the assistance of handy villagers. At the time, it was common to moonlight for Frost Matts. The shed where production took place soon expands to become a large workshop.
Frost Matts sons Anders and Karl take over the company
The sons take over their fathers’ workshop, which is now called FM Mattsson. The workshop soon grows into a fully functioning factory with some 20 employees.
The brothers disagree about how to run the plant
Frost Karl starts a new factory, Mora Armatur, in 1927
After a year-long strike, Frost Karl leaves FM Mattsson and starts up a new factory, Mora Armatur. Twelve men follow him into the new business.
Mora Armatur builds its new foundry
Mora Armatur’s new foundry is installed directly opposite FM Mattsson’s plant, a coke-fired furnace with an 80 kg crucible.
FM Mattsson invents Sweden’s first compact faucet
FM Mattsson develops a compact faucet with new innovative functionality and assembly dimensions that are still the standard for all visible installations.
Mora Armatur presents Sweden’s first thermostat mixer
The Mora Term thermostat mixer is the first on the Swedish market to utilize this pioneering innovation.
The first single-lever product
Mora Armatur launches Sweden’s first single-lever mixer.
FM Mattsson introduces Sweden’s first ceramically sealed single-lever faucet. The new seal consists of two diamond cut ceramic layers whose smoothly honed surfaces completely prevent water passing between them.
Mora Armatur builds a factory in Denmark.
FM Mattsson introduces Sweden’s first soft closing, single-lever faucet
A built-in damper slows the closure motion, preventing the adverse effects of pressure surges.
Mora Armatur launches its environmental product range, ESS
An energy-efficient mixer system that reduces water consumption by as much as 40 percent.
FM Mattsson launches Sweden’s first pressure-balanced thermostat mixer.
Stora Energipriset (The Great Energy Prize)
Mora Armatur wins Stora Energipriset (The Great Energy Prize).
Merger a reality
In 2003, the companies reunite when their merger becomes a reality. Previously, the group had four companies in Sweden, parent company Ostnor AB and the subsidiaries Mora Armatur AB, FM Mattsson AB and Ostnor Production AB.
In 2007, these four companies were amalgamated into a single legal entity, Ostnor AB.
Extensive rationalization work results in very positive profitability performance. Extensive investment in, and rationalization of, plants, production and organizational resources in 2007 produces very positive profitability performance.
Launch of the ECOSAFE environmental system
ECOSAFE is the environmental system that permeates both brands’ environmental policies and safeguards the environment and energy conservation in all contexts from production through transportation to usage and recycling.
Award in the Lean challenge
Ostnor AB secures second place in Sweden’s manufacturers’ Lean challenge.
Damixa is acquired
Damixa is the leading Danish manufacturer of water taps and is located in Odense, Denmark. Damixa was founded in 1932 and was acquired by Ostnor AB in 2014.
FM Mattsson celebrates 150 years
FM Mattsson celebrates 150 years since it was founded and in connection to this, the company changed name from Ostnor to FM Mattsson Mora Group.