18th and 19th Century – Production of Ropes

Mandals AS was established in 1775 under the name Mandals Reberbane. In those days Norway was ruled by Denmark, thus it was the Danish king who approved the establishment of the company. Norway broke free from Denmark in 1814, only to end up in a union with Sweden until 1905. All the while business at Mandals was uninterrupted.

Back in the 18th century the city of Mandal, located at the southern tip of Norway, was a busy international port. All the sailing vessels of course needed lots of ropes, and this was the basis for the foundation of the company. Ropes remained the sole product for almost one hundred and fifty years, and not until 1922 did fire hoses become a supplementary product to the ropes.

20th Century – Hoses and Weaving Looms

After several changes in ownership over time, the two Christiansen brothers took over the company in 1927. Weaving looms were needed in the hose production, resulting in the development of the first Mandals Circular Weaving Loom. Development of these renowned weaving looms is ongoing, since 2008 through our sister company Mandals Technology AS (see www.mandals-t.com).

Mandals continued the product development also of hoses, and became innovators of the lay flat hose. The “extrusion through the weave” technology was implemented at an early stage, and is still vital to the company.

In 1970 Hans Christiansen took over the ownership from his father and uncle, while the remaining rope production was sold. The focus since then has been various types of hoses and also circular weaving looms. The company became known worldwide as Mandals Reberbane Christiansen & Co. AS.

21st Century – New products, new owners, new name, new customers

The “extrusion through the weave” technology was at first only applying nitrile rubber, but in the 1980’s Mandals also developed hoses extruded with thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). These are much more complicated products, but Mandals has successfully developed this business over time, and has high ambitions in this field.

In 2004, Hans Christiansen – a “grown up” man at 75 years – sold the company to three local investors: The Mosvold family, Rune Iversen  and Øyvind Berntsen.  The old company name “Mandals Reberbane Christiansen & Co. AS” was thus replaced with the internationally known brand name of the company “Mandals”, and a new company logo was developed.

Mandals is now through its first 235 years, and with great respect for the history we are very motivated to go on for another 235. The ambition is to further develop Mandals both in the circular weaving loom area and the lay flat hose area – as of 2008 split into two separate sister companies.

On Sept. 3rd 2012  Fenner PLC, a FTSE 250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange, bought 100% of Mandals AS, including  the subsidiaries Svenska Brandslangfabriken AB and Mandals Technology AS. The acquisition took place through Fenner’s subsidiary Fenner Norway AS.   No organizational or management changes were carried out.  Fenner PLC has a strong global industrial interest combined with strong financial capacity.  We are excited at the possibilities this gives us for further development, both in terms of production processes, raw material expertise, market access and more.

To reach our goals we need to keep the product quality at a high level and to make sure that we have strong relationships with those we serve and live from – our valuable customers.  We also have strong ambitions in establishing new customer relations. So if you need a quality hose product, we look forward to meet the future together with you.

Best wishes for you and your company

Øyvind Berntsen

Managing Director