About TAWI

Swedish inventor since 1923
TAWI is a global brand to rely on with a proven track record to deliver smart lifting solutions.

How TAWI became market leader in light lifting

  • 1923
  • 1940
  • 1980
  • 1989
  • 1997-1999
  • 2017
  • 2020
  • 2023 - 100th anniversary


TAWI has an old 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.


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.


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 TAWI to strengthen further its offer to customers needing 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-automated lifting market.”

2023 - 100th anniversary

2023 marks the TAWI brand’s 100th anniversary.

The TAWI brand represents 100 years of innovations, transformations and partnerships. At Piab Lifting Automation, we call it 100 years of smart lifting. With exploration, leadership and commitment at heart, we are ready to embrace what the next 100 years hold.

TAWI - A brand by Piab Group

Since January 2020, TAWI has been part of the Piab group.

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 1,000+ employees who serve customers in almost 100 countries across the world. They all work together to create and innovate within the advancement and technological evolution of ergonomic lifting, automation, and robotics.



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