Knut-Göran (KG) Knutsson founded the engineering company KG Knutsson AB in 1946. The company became the basis of the KGK Group. KG had petrol in his blood from an early age. His father imported oil and petrol, founding the Anglo-Swedish company Mineralaktiebolaget AB which subsequently evolved into Svenska Shell. To begin with, KGK focused on French and German agents dealing with components for the bicycle industry and moped manufacturers. The product range included bicycle chain gear and lighting, speedometers and two-stroke engines. Working together with KS (Kolbenschmidt) and Heinkel, KGK carried out two-stroke engine design and development that paved the way for the Swedish two-stroke engine industry for mopeds, cars and outboard motors. Products included the moped engine and all outboard motors for Nymansbolagen in Uppsala, and SAAB’s three-cylinder two-stroke engines. In the early 1950s, KGK took over as agent for the German automotive giants Hella, VDO and ZF, laying the foundation for the company’s growth within the automotive sector, where KGK primarily operates today. The company was quick to see the opportunities of reorganisation projects such as Sweden’s change-over to driving on the right in 1967, when all asymmetric vehicle lights needed to be replaced. This allowed KGK and Hella to win most of the market. KGK acted just as swiftly when the use of tachographs became mandatory, resulting in all commercial vehicles being fitted with Kienzle tachographs. KGK remains a family business to this day, with KG’s son Håkan Knutsson serving as CEO since 1976.
A few milestones in KG Knutssons history
- KGK develops the Sumlog – a speedometer for pleasure boats that was later launched by VDO – in the mid-1950s. The Sumlog remained a top seller for more than 30 years.
- KGK introduces Webasto to the Swedish market in 1972.
- KGK becomes the first player in the industry to offer an online Industri-Matemati business system in 1977.
- In 1980, KGK moves to 20,000 m² premises in Sollentuna, including the company’s head office, logistics and workshops.
- KGK becomes sole agent for Suzuki motorcycles, outboard motors and quad bikes in 1982, and for Arctic Cat snowmobiles a few years later.
- A product range is established in 1980 consisting of a number of brands including Kamasa Tools, DEFA, NGK, Dräger, Knutsson Bilstereo (since replaced by Blaupunkt and Clarion) and Calix.
- KGK enters the Finnish market in 1992 when it takes over OY Kaha. Operations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are launched soon afterwards.
- KGK takes over Semel OY in the early 1990s.
Semel develops and supplies mobile business system solutions, focusing on the taxi industry and its customers.
- KGK takes over Malmö Autotillbehör AB in 1996, adding automotive parts to KGK’s product range. (This business is now part of KG Knutsson AB.)
- The Autoexperten concept is introduced in the late 1990s.
Autoexperten is a store and workshop concept, with local wholesalers nationwide.
- KGK takes over ZF’s Norwegian subsidiary in 2001.
- A new 33,000 m² logistics centre is built in Enköping in 2009. The logistics centre is largely automated.
KGK Motor ABs development
- 1982 KGK Suzuki AB takes over the agency for Suzuki motorcycles, ATVs and outboards in Sweden.
- 1990 KGK Suzuki AB takes over the agency for Arctic Cat snowmobiles and ATVs in Sweden.
- 2008 KGK Suzuki AB changes name to KGK Motor AB.
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- 1982 KGK Suzuki AB takes over the agency for Suzuki motorcycles och motocross
- 2011 KGK Motor AB takes over the agency for GasGas enduro och trial motorcycles
- 2012 KGK Motor AB takes over the agency for Quadro 3- and 4-wheeled scooters
- 2013 KGK Motor AB takes over the agency for MV Agusta motorcycles
- 2002 KGK Suzuki AB starts business unit Marine
- 2004 KGK Suzuki AB takes over the agency for Capelli boats
- 2007 KGK Suzuki AB takes over the agency for AMT Boats
- 2009 KGK Motor AB starts business unit Terrain
- 2014 takes over the agency for Hisun, ATV and UTV
- 2016 takes over the agency for Access Motors, ATV