About TAWI

TAWI is a partner you can rely on, with the ability to deliver complete lifting solutions for your every need. A sustainable and trusted company, founded in Sweden in 1923, we now have subsidiaries all over the world!

How TAWI became market leader in light lifting

  • 1923
  • 1940
  • 1949
  • 1980
  • 1989
  • 1997-1999
  • 2017
  • 2020


TAWI has a rich history. The company was registered in 1923 as Tage Wiberg limited company. Originally it was a manufacturing company within the Swedish steel industry.


In the 1940’s the company was acquired by Gunnebo, one of the largest competitors at the time. Folke Wilhelmsson became manager and lead the company until 1952.


Bernt Emblad became new CEO in 1952 and the company shifted direction to focus on shipping industry and sheet metal supply.


The company moved from Gothenburg to Kungsbacka and Leif Emblad took over as CEO after his father. Oil trading became the new business focus, along with screw locking mechanism. The business was prosperous until the oil crisis hit.


In 1989 Convacor, manufacturer of VacuMyggan vacuum lifter, was acquired. TAWI launched the vacuum lifter on the international market, starting the journey to become market leader in manual lifting equipment.


Protema and Lyftman were acquired in 1997, adding lifting trolleys and crane systems to the product range. Through innovation of new lifting equipment, like the unique wire hoist, TAWI could now deliver complete lifting systems, setting the company apart from competitors.


After 37 years of successful leadership, Leif Emblad sold the company to SEB Private Equity. Thomas Bräutigam was appointed new CEO and Christer Nilsson became Chairman of the Board. The first year with new owners and management resulted in strong international growth and innovative product development. The journey continues…

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In January 2020 TAWI Group was acquired by Piab Group. Thomas Bräutigam, CEO of TAWI Group says: “Piab´s long history of innovation in vacuum technology and global market access will allow for TAWI to further strengthen its offer to customers in need of smart and ergonomic lifting solutions. By joining the Piab Group, TAWI joins an excellent global company, a leading innovator in the vacuum technology market and together we will strengthen our leading position in the semi-automatic lifting market.”

TAWI | Piab group

Since January 2020, TAWI is part of Piab group. Together with our colleagues at Piab, TAWI is building a strong ergonomic handling division, offering complete solutions for ergonomic lifting for customers worldwide.

Piab is a global leader in lifting, gripping, and moving solutions for the automated world. We help our customers grow by providing products and smart solutions that transform their businesses through increased automation. Our customers are in just about every sector, including the food, automotive, logistics, e-commerce and pharmaceutical industries. We are proud of our 600+ employees who serve customers in almost 100 countries across the world, all who work together to create and innovate within the advancement and technological evolution of ergonomic lifting, automation and robotics.

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