Struggling to keep up with growing volumes and in an attempt to cut costs and staff workloads, Eriksberg employed Ture Johansson as an ‘innovator’. A common job title in today’s cutting-edge world, but in the early 1970s Eriksberg was way ahead of its time.
He was a bit of a character, Ture, often seen strolling about aimlessly with his pipe clamped firmly into the corner of his mouth. Deep in thought and utterly preoccupied by his seemingly infinite visions and ideas for ways to streamline the vast shipbuilding operation, he would frequently ask his somewhat perplexed colleagues if he’d had his morning coffee. And all that contemplation was not wasted – Ture Johansson went on to invent, patent and begin manufacturing our back spotfacer in 1972.
By that time, however, things were not going well for Eriksberg. Increased competition from Japan and a growing economic crisis meant that, by 1977, more than 5,000 people had lost their jobs. Among them was Eriksberg’s CEO Per Alsén who, a short time later, formed our company – Erix Tool AB.