1935 | 1940 | 1950 | 1960 | 1970 | 1980 | 1990 | 2000

Daco history1935
Hesperiankatu, Helsinki, Finland: a new Finnish company is born and originally entered in the Trade Register on April 30th under the name Tekstiili-Teknillinen Asioimisto Oy. Bathelt & Dahlberg - Textil-Tekniska Agentur Ab. Bathelt & Dahlberg. A couple of years later Mr Bathelt sold his share to Heinrich Dahlberg.

The first products represented by the new agency include threads for sewing and cotton and viscose yarns for the textile industry. These are imported from the spinning mills of the Continent. The assortment also includes ribbons and braids, and artificial bast fibre, which is commonly used for ladies' milinery. Towards the end of the 1930s, the first links are forged with the engineering industry, e.g. the Schweizerische Industrie-Gesellshaft (SIG), a company making packaging machinery.

Corporate operations are moulded by the Winter War, the Continuation War and the years of rationing that follow: the company supplies fabrics and raw material for the textile industry at its own cost, keeping in touch with Swiss and German suppliers. Connections with the latter are severed, however, when our German suppliers are left in the territory occupied by the Soviet Union.

The entire 1950s is a period of vigorous growth. It is becoming easier to obtain licences for import, and when the war reparations have finally been paid in full, in 1951, there is a severe shortage of everything.

We import stainless steel, fishing nets, buttons and fabrics from Japan; packaging machinery and materials, sewing thread, collar interlinings and fashion fabrics, textile machinery, bogies for trams and pharmaceutical raw materials from Switzerland; chocolate-making machinery from Italy; and match- and chocolate-making machinery and textile industry equipment and supplies from Germany.

From the late 1940s onwards, our core operation comprises representation of products made by Swiss Société de la Viscose Suisse (later Viscosuisse AG). Our co-operation continues for 45 years, in the course of which we sell a total of 60 000 tonnes of the company's viscose, nylon and polyester yarns.

In the early 1960s diversification continues: sewing machines, wheels for heavy-duty vehicles and humidifiers are added to our range. Towards the end of the decade, however, we start to prune the assortment.

Operations concentrate increasingly on a few core areas – mainly machinery and raw materials for textile and food industries and rail traffic equipment.

We establish our first contact with the pharmaceutical industry machinery sector. This decade also sees us expanding our product range for the confectionery industry by including moulds for chocolate and equipment for making sweets. Our assortment of rail equipment now extends to couplings and brakes.

The long period of steady economic growth culminates in the oil crisis of late autumn 1973. A “crazy year” follows with rocketing prices, only to be followed by a downturn in 1975. Some recovery is to be detected towards the end of the decade.

In the early 1980s, Finland’s textile industry is booming, as exports to the Soviet Union keep growing. Our annual deliveries of yarn often exceed 3000 tonnes. Since it is generally considered unlikely that Finland will join the EU, industrial investment slows down and funds are directed into corporate acquisitions.

This decade begins with the termination of our over 40-year-long co-operation with Rhone-Poulenc’s subsidiary Viscosuisse AG, when it transfers its thread sales to its own subsidiary.

In 1992 we sign an agreement with PKL Verpackungssysteme GmbH ( today known as SIG Combibloc GmbH), whose aseptic packaging systems are given a good reception in Finland. During this decade we also introduce our own serviceteam.

The new millennium starts with growth and expanding. From the beginning of 2002 we also represent SIG Combibloc in Sweden and Norway and from 2004 onwards in the Baltic states as well. In 2004 the company also moves into new purpose-built premises in Kirkkonummi, 25km west of Helsinki. During the building phase many ecological solutions are implemented and measurements show that the combined office- and warehouse building uses over 80% less energy than conventional buildings. After reaching a critical point in volumes, SIG opens their own sales office in Malmö/Sweden 2008. We continue as the preferred service partner for most SIG clients in our territory.

Towards the end of the decade new product groups are introduced; furniture and infrastructure feeding systems for laboratories and science classrooms. The new products recieve a warm welcome on the market. 

In the future we will face the challenges open minded, always remembering our principles: the core of our operations will remain unchanged; establishing permanent and confidential relations with our clients and suppliers.