Our founder Alde Rask decided at an early stage to build the ultimate heating system for caravans – and our approach is as uncompromising now as it was then. We are driven by a passion to help you fully enjoy the most precious moments in your life: leisure time.
Today we are a world leading company which develops, produces and markets heating systems, mainly for mobile accommodation. The company is privately owned and maintains clear, long-term emphasis on internationalisation and product development. Our head office is in Färlöv in Sweden, in the same place where it all started. All development and manufacture of our heating systems takes place here, something we are very proud of. There are 140 employees with subsidiaries in Germany, the UK and the USA.
In Sweden’s cold climate, we’ve spent decades developing no-nonsense hydronic central heating systems which provide warmth and safe comfort all year round in mobile homes and caravans the world over. Our full-scale systems are also tested at temperatures down to -35 °C in one of our two cold chambers to allow us to optimise comfort. The production holds quality accreditation to ISO 9001:2015, and our products are of course compliant with all regulations and standards in our markets in Europe and North America.
Alde Rask founds Alde in 1949. Without this ingenious inventor from the tiny town of Färlöv in Sweden, the world would have been just that little bit less pleasant. His ideas for improving comfort in caravans and camper vans continue to permeate everything we do even now.
He worked constantly on new solutions and new products throughout all the years he spent working with the company. He was a true entrepreneur and innovator.
After the Second World War, there is a major shortage of products in all industries. Alde Rask decides to establish Alde together with his brothers-in-law, Gunnar Eklund and Erik Ohlin, in 1949, and initially they manufacture products for trailers.
Alde develops electrical brakes which opens up a completely new market in the coming decades.
1950 the ingenious Alde Rask builds a caravan on an Alde trailer – perhaps the first in Sweden!
”Finally! The perfect heating for caravans”, proclaims the 1966 advertising folder.
This is when the first mobile boiler sees the light of day following an intense period of development at Alde. This boiler is highly praised for its efficiency.
Alde Rask and his family often spent time travelling down to Europe with their car and caravan. And, inquisitive person that he was, he snapped up new opportunities and forged new contacts. This results among other things in the first export of Alde products to a caravan factory in Yugoslavia.
The company then begins to develop quickly, requiring larger factory premises and more staff.
An eagerly awaited new building is completed, followed by the new assembly hall a few years later.
After 25 years of ownership, the company is sold to Optimus-Alde AB.
A large number of new products are launched, including the revolutionary Comfort boiler.
Four members of staff – Mats Ebenstrand, Lars Thuresson, Lars-Göran Andersson and Bo Griwell – take over the company and change its name to Alde International AB. The company’s logo is changed at this time to the one we still have today.
The business goes on growing, its premises are extended and the building façades are altered.
A revolutionary new LPG boiler, the Alde Compact 3000, is launched. This is a combination boiler with a built-in immersion heater and water heater.
At the time of its launch, this boiler wins the “Industry Innovation of the Year” award for 1994.
Alde is bought out by a privately owned corporate group active in the leisure industry, and so increases its chances of international expansion.
Alde reinforces its position as a leader in its industry. Swedish quality and inventiveness are highly appreciated the world over.
The company establishes a subsidiary in Germany, Alde Deutschland GmbH, which is based in Röthlein.
Alde takes over the Primus heating division, thereby also taking over responsibility for spare parts and servicing for Primus boilers throughout Europe.
The launch of the Alde Compact 3010, a more advanced version of the Alde Compact 3000.
The demand for hydronic heating increases faster than the market as a whole. The growth continues and the company focuses increasingly on international expansion.
A subsidiary is founded in the UK, Alde International (UK) Ltd, in Wellingborough.
The company develops well, and the UK will develop in future to become one of our biggest markets.
Alde heads across the Atlantic to the huge North American market. A company is started in the USA, Alde Corp in Washington on the north-west coast of America.
This company also focuses on the Canadian market.
The launch of the Alde Compact 3020, a more advanced version and successor to the Alde Compact 3010.
Launch of Alde Flow – a smart comfort solution which gives you extra hot water for as long as you want via a separate water heater. Alde Flow connects into the heating system and preheats the freshwater before it is conveyed into the boiler’s ordinary water heater.
Opening of Alde Service Center in Färlöv, Sweden. Alde Service Center in Färlöv provides expert assistance in connection with service, installation and repairs of Alde and Truma products and accessories for your motorhome and caravan.
The history of how everything started in the 1940s up to today, a world-leading company within the leisure industry.
Follow the production of our heating system.
From rolling and welding to testing and delivery of finished systems.
Visit our factory in Färlöv
In order to succeed, we work according to three values which must permeate the company; Progressive, Welcoming and Dedicated.
To be the best we need the best. Alde is leader within hydronic heating systems for the leisure vehicle industry. In order to remain at the cutting edge, we continuously recruit the best from among newly graduated and experienced professionals.