Mr. Thomas Holmgren is appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Morakniv, taking full responsibility for production, maintenance, production engineering, and quality- and environmental compliance. Currently, Thomas holds a similar position at Sansera Sweden AB, an automotive subcontractor located in Trollhättan.
”With Thomas, we take our operational ability to a new level of excellence. With experiences from the very demanding automotive sector, we inject invaluable expertise to not only improve and make our production more efficient. We will also get a new perspective on maintenance, production engineering, quality, and continuous improvements” says Johan Burtus, CEO at Morakniv.
Thomas currently resides in Trollhättan and has an extensive career within manufacturing, primarily in the automotive sector. He has worked with some of the most recognized brands in the industry and has further been relocated to China to set up and establish manufacturing units.
”I am very proud to join Morakniv and its journey and especially to work with a quality product with such widespread and strong brand – both in Sweden and abroad,” says Thomas Holmgren.
”Throughout my entire career, I have primarily been working with production. With my background in the automotive industry in Sweden, Europe, and Asia, I hope to contribute with knowledge and experiences from different production systems regarding safety, quality, delivery performance, and sound economics. I also wish to learn from Morakniv and create a fruitful mix with my own experiences. In joint efforts, we will establish commitment towards change efforts targeting to increase productivity. I always prefer setting up clear and realistic goals together with my peers and teams, where ownership and integrity are keywords. I prefer a coaching leadership style, hovering around possibilities and solutions while identifying and tackling various bottlenecks. Further, we have to ensure compliance towards our long-term goals to remain a leading supplier within our business. Warm thanks for the opportunity and trust to work with Morakniv and I look forward to our cooperation” Thomas summarizes.
Thomas assumes his new position as of January 3rd, 2022.
In connection with the new assignment at Morakniv, Thomas will relocate to Mora.
A Morakniv is always made in Mora
The journey for Morakniv begins in 1891 when Frost-Erik Erson returned home to the village Östnor in Mora after four years in North America. When he started his timber sledge factory, the first seed was sown for what would eventually become the company and brand Morakniv as we know it today.
In the beginning, Frost-Erik only manufactured knives for the factory’s internal use, but production would soon grow and more and more knives could be sent out in both Sweden and the world. Today, Morakniv has sales of almost SEK 220 million, of which over 70% are sold outside Sweden.