Raute 110

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The roots of Raute are in 1908. Our journey from a small ship and machine building company has continued to a global industry leader in plywood and LVL technology. Here you can get a glimpse of our key steps during the last 110 years and forward.


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Roots of Raute

1908

Lahden Rauta- ja Metalliteollisuustehdas Osakeyhtiö established.

First wood processing machines manufactured (frame saws).

1911

Company name changed to Lahden Rautateollisuus Oy.

Henrik Schwartzberg started as Technical Manager.

1914

Production of scales started.

1916-1917

A new foundry built.

1931

Production of veneer manufacturing machinery started.

1943

Scales division takes the name Lahden Vaaka Oy.

1945

The furniture factory Sopenkorpi Oy established.

Sopekaluste Oy established in 1954 to market furniture made by Sopenkorpi Oy.

1960

Lahden Vaaka Oy, Sopenkorpi Oy and Sopekaluste Oy merged to Lahden Rautateollisuus Oy.

1968

New factory built in Nastola.

1974

New Sales Office founded in Portland, USA. Company name changed to Raute Inc. in 1978.

1976

The operation of the foundry ceased.

1983

Company name changed to Raute Oy.

1984

Raute expanded to USA and Canada by acquisition of Durand Machine Company Ltd.

Sales office opened in Singapore.

1988

The office of Raute Wood Processing Machinery transferred from Lahti to Nastola.

All production of machinery at Lahti plant transferred to Nastola in 1991.

1992

Raute’s divisions consolidated: Raute Wood Processing Machinery Oy, Raute Precision Oy and Sope Interior Oy.

1994

Raute Oy’s series A shares listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, company name changed to Raute Oyj in 1998. Sope Interior sold.

1995

Sales office established in Santiago, Chile.

2000

Acquisition of 49.9% of the Mecano Group Oy and the entire share capital of Jymet Engineering Oy.

2004

Raute Precision sold.

2005

Raute Service LLC, providing maintenance and spare parts services in Russia, established in St. Petersburg.

2007

Subsidiary Raute (Shanghai) Machinery Co., Ltd established in China.

2010

First local Service Center established.

2016

Raute SmartMill launched

2017

Raute acquired Metriguard Inc.

Future

Global megatrends such as raising environmental awareness, climate change and interest in renewable materials boost our journey. Wood fibre is getting more and more valuable not only as long-lasting and environmentally friendly building material but also as a carbon sink against climate change for the life time of wood products. We are turning these values into competitive advantage to our customers with machinery and equipment for the profitable and environmentally sustainable production of wood products.

We welcome the new interest in wood and renewables. Our journey has taught us to turn wood material profitably to high-quality wood products in any wood growing areas. The new innovations and new digital tools combined to our technology and services are steps we are taking next. We want to make sure that the raw material is used as efficiently as possible respecting the value it offers. Stay tuned for our next innovations and mile stones.

Join the Smart revolution.

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Raute 110

Welcome to time travel

Roots of Raute

The roots of Raute are in 1908. Our journey from a small ship and machine building company has continued to a global industry leader in plywood and LVL technology. Here you can get a glimpse of our key steps during the last 110 years and forward.

Roots

1908

Lahden Rauta- ja Metalliteollisuustehdas Osakeyhtiö established.

First wood processing machines manufactured (frame saws).

1911

Company name changed to Lahden Rautateollisuus Oy.

Henrik Schwartzberg started as Technical Manager.

1914

Production of scales started.

1916-1917

A new foundry built.

1931

Production of veneer manufacturing machinery started.

1943

Scales division takes the name Lahden Vaaka Oy.

1945

The furniture factory Sopenkorpi Oy established.

Sopekaluste Oy established in 1954 to market furniture made by Sopenkorpi Oy.

1960

Lahden Vaaka Oy, Sopenkorpi Oy and Sopekaluste Oy merged to Lahden Rautateollisuus Oy.

1968

New factory built in Nastola.

1974

New Sales Office founded in Portland, USA. Company name changed to Raute Inc. in 1978.

1976

The operation of the foundry ceased.

1983

Company name changed to Raute Oy.

1984

Raute expanded to USA and Canada by acquisition of Durand Machine Company Ltd.

Sales office opened in Singapore.

1988

The office of Raute Wood Processing Machinery transferred from Lahti to Nastola.

All production of machinery at Lahti plant transferred to Nastola in 1991.

1992

Raute’s divisions consolidated: Raute Wood Processing Machinery Oy, Raute Precision Oy and Sope Interior Oy.

1994

Raute Oy’s series A shares listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, company name changed to Raute Oyj in 1998. Sope Interior sold.

1995

Sales office established in Santiago, Chile.

2000

Acquisition of 49.9% of the Mecano Group Oy and the entire share capital of Jymet Engineering Oy.

2004

Raute Precision sold.

2005

Raute Service LLC, providing maintenance and spare parts services in Russia, established in St. Petersburg.

2007

Subsidiary Raute (Shanghai) Machinery Co., Ltd established in China.

2010

First local Service Center established.

2016

Raute SmartMill launched

2017

Raute acquired Metriguard Inc.

Future

Global megatrends such as raising environmental awareness, climate change and interest in renewable materials boost our journey. Wood fibre is getting more and more valuable not only as long-lasting and environmentally friendly building material but also as a carbon sink against climate change for the life time of wood products. We are turning these values into competitive advantage to our customers with machinery and equipment for the profitable and environmentally sustainable production of wood products.

We welcome the new interest in wood and renewables. Our journey has taught us to turn wood material profitably to high-quality wood products in any wood growing areas. The new innovations and new digital tools combined to our technology and services are steps we are taking next. We want to make sure that the raw material is used as efficiently as possible respecting the value it offers. Stay tuned for our next innovations and mile stones.

Join the Smart revolution.

Back to Raute.com