The Tojos Plast journey began in the early 1950s. A time when the possibilities were many and the future was promising. The Second World War had finally come to an end. While Europe and the rest of the world licked its wounds, Sweden was entering the modern industrial age and a period that would prove to be one of the strongest in our country's industrial history.
Ambitious and talented toolmaker, Yngve Wilhelmsson, embraced the opportunity to start his own business when he acquired Tojo's workshops in 1951. It was a decision that moved his growing family from the Småland forests down to the industrial city of Malmö.
A Plastic Factory in a Skånelänga
In a lush meadow on Kulladal, in the southern part of the city, Yngve built up a small company that came to focus on the production of injection moulded plastic parts. This was when the plastic industry was still in its infancy. However, the growing interest and demand for this new material could not be ignored.
In 1966, 15 years after the company first opened its doors, Tojo's workshops were transformed into joint-stock companies and were named Tojos Plast AB. The business was focused on the production of plastic parts via injection moulding, as well as in-house production of the necessary moulding tools.
The products that were manufactured often required post-processing, such as assembly and packaging. To this end, a partnership was formed with day care centres, sheltered workshops and prison services. These partnerships proved very successful and, in some respects, are still in existence today.
Jan-Olof Takes Over
Yngve's eldest son, Jan-Olof, studied mechanical engineering at the Lund University of Technology in the hopes of becoming a civil engineer. After graduating and spending a few years in the industry, he was offered to take over the helm on the boat that Daddy Yngve had successfully sailed for a couple of very exciting decades. It began in 1976 with a six-month probationary position, eventually being made permanent when he successfully managed to fill his father’s shoes.
From there, the company and the business continued to gain momentum. Just three years after Jan-Olof took over, the company has grown so much that the premises had become too small. This resulted in a move to new premises in the neighbourhood of Bulltofta before the decade came to a close.
Automation and Quality Management
At the factory in Bulltofta, the focus shifted onto automating production, and quite soon after moving in, the first industrial robots were installed. At the same time, manufacturing went on to consist more and more of customised products and the standard range of products was eventually phased out as a result. The moulding tools were purchased from external toolmakers with the in-house moulding workshop being used predominantly for service and maintenance.
In order to be able to guarantee the quality of the customer-unique and varied projects in an orderly manner, documented processes and quality management systems were also developed over the years. In 1996, this resulted in Tojos Plast introducing the standardised and recognised industry quality system known as ISO 9000.
New Building Location in Toftanäs
Operations continued to grow throughout the 1990s and the early 2000s, and customers increased. Despite a number of extensions, the premises in Bulltofta soon proved to be too small. A decision was made to look for a suitable site on which to build a new and suitable factory for the future. The new factory building in Toftanäs was completed in 2005.
After this move, further investments were made in terms of automation. This was a venture that was made possible due to higher-paying customers and longer production series. At the same time, the in-house tool department was shut down and the post-processing moved into its own premises. The most recent extension to the premises was made a few years ago and, today, Tojos Plast AB boasts a total operations area of 3,200 square meters.