The story of Bahco began in 1886 when the Swedish inventor Johan Petter Johansson (1853–1943) established his company Enköpings Mekaniska Verkstad in Enköping, Sweden. Johan Petter, also known as JP, was an inventor and industrialist
1991 Bahco Tools was acquired by the industrial corporation Sandvik AB and was renamed Sandvik Bahco. The original factory Bahco Tools in Enköping, Sweden, then became a separate production center within Sandvik’s business area Saws & Tools. During this time, major investments were made to increase productivity and to reduce lead times in the production. In addition, a new distribution concept was introduced to improve delivery and availability.
In the mid-1990s Snap-on Incorporated, a global manufacturer and distributor of tools, entered the European market by acquiring the Spanish hand tool company Herramientas Eurotools S.A. Iedn 1999, Snap-on acquired the business area Saws & Tools from Sandvik. The acquired business was named Bahco Group AB, a company with 2500 employees.
In 2005 Bahco AB and Herramientas Eurotools S.A. merged, founding SNA Europe with Bahco as the company’s premium brand. Its headquarters was established in metropolitan Paris, France.
Göran Fredrik Göransson founded Högbo Stål and Jernwerks AB in Sweden to produce the highest quality steel, pioneering the Bessemer process and unknowingly laying the groundwork for our first saw blade.
Göran used the high quality steel, previously moulded to make fish hooks, to begin the production of our first saw blades. To communicate their quality, every blade carried the Fish and Hook trademark.
Johan Petter Johansson invented the adjustable spanner, which formed the basis for the adjustable wrench - a Swedish invention found all over the world!
Berndt August Hjorth bought Enköpings Mekaniska Verkstad in its entirety from Johan Petter Johansson - it shortened it's name to become known as Bahco.
The introduction of the bi-metal hacksaw blade Sandflex® heralded a new era in metal-cutting blade technology.
Bahco presented the world's first ergonomic screwdriver. Bahco's ERGOTM tools go on to win many international awards.
The Bahco Ergo Tool Management System is launched at the Equip'Auto fair in Paris winning a Silver Medal for Innovation.