Habia was founded in 1941 as a manufacturer of components in the polymer of the day – Bakelite. Thanks to the foresight of its founder, Carl Herbert Jacobsson, Habia was one of the first companies in Europe to make use of PTFE, and also one of the first to manufacture PTFE wires and cables. Since those early days, the company has undergone many changes. Nevertheless, Mr Jacobsson would probably still recognize the company he founded – we are still innovative, entrepreneurial, and work closely with our customers to find the right solutions for their demanding applications.
1941 Habia is founded by Carl Herbert Jacobsson, in Stockholm, Sweden, as a manufacturer of components in Bakelite.
1946 In the US, the first commercial PTFE products are introduced
1947 Habia becomes a limited liability company (Aktiebolag)
1950 As one of the first companies in Europe, Habia starts manufacturing components in PTFE
1957 Habia manufactures its first cable
1969 Habia opens its first international sales office, in Breda in Holland
70's-80' Habia undergoes rapid international expansion; factories and sales offices are founded or acquired in France, Germany, UK, Spain, Belgium, and the US
1980 To make room for expansion, cable production in Sweden is moved to Söderfors
Mid 80's The Habia group is split up. In 1985, Habia Cable, consisting of a factory in Sweden, and sales offices in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, becomes part of the Beijer Alma group. Other parts become what is now Axon in France, Habia Teknofluor in Sweden and Optinova/Scantube in Åland, Finland (production of hoses), and Fercable Prysmian in Spain
90's The new Habia Cable undergoes a second wave of international expansion. Sales offices are started in France, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan. The factory in Söderfors is expanded in several steps.
2000 Isotec Kabel GmbH, a manufacturer of high temperature wires and cables in Norderstedt, Germany is acquired. The company makes Germany one Habia's largest markets, and is now known as Habia Cable Production GmbH.
2000 Habia Cable sets up a factory in Changzhou, China, to manufacture coaxial cables. This is the start of a very successful growth in China.
2001 Habia Cable wins the Swedish prize for exporting companies, the "Export Hermes" after 15 years of uninterrupted growth on the export markets. Ironically, the same year, the telecom crisis hits the company hard. Three years later, business is booming again
2005 Habia Cable starts manufacturing of cable harnesses in Liepaja, Latvia
2007 CS Technology, a Swedish company specializing in cable harnesses for defence applications, is acquired
2008 All harness manufacturing in Habia is moved to a new factory close to Szczecin, Poland. The factory in Latvia is closed, and the Swedish operations focus on design and prototyping
2009 Habia Cable takes a new step in its expansion in Asia when it sets up a factory for industrial wires and cables next to its coaxial cable factory in Changzhou, China
2010 Habia Cable co-invests in Irradose, an electron beam cross linking facility close to its Swedish factory
2014 Habia Cable becomes sole owner of Irradose, which is subsequently merged with the nearby cable factory in Söderfors
2014 All remaining harness development and prototyping in Sweden is moved to the Polish factory, which is expanded as business is growing
2015 Changzhou, China: The factory for industrial wires and cables is moved to new premises, and the factory for of coaxial cables is significantly expanded to cater for increasing demand
2016 Habia Cable invests in unique equipment to manufacture long lengths and large cross sections of fluoropolymer wires and cables to meet the demands of customers primarily in the offshore sector