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Alde turns 75 years old

Alde International Systems AB, the well known manufacturer of heating systems for RVs, founded by Alde Rask in Sweden in April 1949 together with his two brother-in-laws Erik Ohlin and Gunnar Eklund, is 75 years old this year.

Alde is the small Swedish company that has become a leading supplier to the RV market in Europe and now also has a foothold in North America as well.

There aren’t many caravan or motorhome owners who do not know the Alde brand name or its heating system, but not everyone knows how the company started or that its name comes from the founder, Alde Rask who started it in Sweden in April 1949 together with his two brother-in-laws Erik Ohlin and Gunnar Eklund.

Alde was a creative inventor who initially developed brakes for tractors and trailers and mechanical steady legs for trailers, but in 1948 Alde also built a caravan that was perhaps the first of its kind in Sweden.

During the 1960s, Alde continued to develop several parts and accessories for caravans. Caravan chassis and the more well-known pedal-controlled freshwater pump were popular. On his visits to the manufacturers, he realised that they lacked a good heating system for their caravans.

“Alde thought the heat comfort was too poor. He wanted a smoother and more gentle heat so that he could use the caravan all year round” says Anders Ahlbeck, a long serving employee at Alde.

Mr Rask started work and in 1966 the first Alde heating system saw the light of day. The concept was a hydronic heating system with a proprietary patented circulation pump, a system similar to what was used in Swedish homes. The system has since been refined which has resulted in many new heater models over the years.

In 1993, the first generation of the Alde Compact heating system was launched. The development process started with a request from a German motorhome producer who wanted a heater that could be installed in the middle floor. The result was the Alde Compact 3000, which became the industry news of the year 1994 and also paved the way for strong development and international expansion. The Compact boilers have been further fine-tuned and has reached its fourth generation; Alde Compact 3030 and Compact
3030 Plus. The Alde heating system is still produced in Färlöv, at the same address where Alde Rask started the company.

“Alde’s spirit lives in different ways within our company. Among other things in development and production where we strive to constantly improve. It’s about always keep developing the heating systems,” says Stefan Lindström, acting Managing Director. “For Alde, it is about never standing still. Continuous development is part of Alde Rask’s heritage and something that characterizes everyone who works at Alde. We focus on meeting the needs of today, as well as the future to deliver the best
possible heating comfort in a RV. At the same time, enjoying being a brisk 75 year old company,” Stefan continued.