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1844 Bolinder’s famous engines

The brothers Jean and Carl Gerhard Bolinder established a mechanical workshop and foundry on an industrial site in Kungsholmen, Stockholm in 1844. The company was called J & C G Bolinder. Jean had a similar technical education to Johan Teofron Munktell, while Carl trained at various foundries throughout Sweden.

Before establishing their own company, the brothers studied closely the groundbreaking foundry industry in England.

Carl was the more industrially minded of the two brothers, whereas Jean focused on sales and public relations. In its early years the company manufactured steam engines, sawmill equipment and other woodworking machinery, as well as cast iron products, such as stoves and heaters.

Carl Bolinder’s son Erik August took over as head of the company at the turn of the century. He directed the company all the way until his death in 1930.

Bolinder became famous especially for its engines. In 1893 the company manufactured the first four-stroke carburettor engine of its type in Sweden. Semi-diesel engines were the company’s biggest success, however. An estimated 80 percent of all the fishing boat engines in the world in the 1920s were Bolinders.

Jean Bolinder

Jean Bolinder

Carl Gerhard Bolinder

Carl Gerhard Bolinder