Ring Mekanikk - the story


Beginnings
The very modest beginning of RM took place in Moelv, in the vicinity of Lillehammer, Norway in 1942.  The first product lines were cabinets for radios and record players, as well as toolboxes for sewing kits. Shortly after the Second World War, the first chair-mechanism, based on automotive torsion bar technology known from among others VW and Porsche, was developed and patented. 

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The first patent
In 1953 Ring Mekanikk obtained a patent from “Styret for det industrielle rettsvern», (The Board of the industrial property rights), for its "tilting device for office chairs." This patent, along with license production in the United States, proved to be essential for Ring Mekanikk’s further expansion.

 
 

A modern production plant
In the 1960s, Ring Mekanikk ran full-scale production of office and home chairs mechanism parallel with production of its own line of chairs. RM’s prime product is still supplying the furniture industry with chair mechanisms.
 

 

Philosophy
The development of mechanisms laid the foundation for RM’s knowhow in ergonomically principles and the importance of implementing these principles in the chair mechanisms. This philosophy still dominates RM’s approach toward furniture with a reclining or tilting motion and is appreciated by some of Europe’s most prestigious chair manufacturers. 

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Transport seating
The knowledge of ergonomic and comfort in seating as well as industrial production lead RM to start manufacturing complete reclining train seats -fixed and revolving.  In 1974, RM launched itself into the world of transport seating. In co-operation with the Norwegian State Railways, RM developed a range of railway seats has received considerable acclaim, both domestically and abroad. In several independent tests, RM seats have come out ahead of seats from competitors in the top end of the international market.

 One of the milestones in our rail seating was the development of state of the art seats to the Norwegian Airport Express. In this project, RM was awarded an honorable second place in "The Swedish Steel Prize” for the innovative use of lightweight steel in order to reduce the train chairs weight by more than 30%.

RM is involved in several projects in supplying train chairs in the Norwegian market as well as supplying chair mechanisms to the European railway market. Lately,  RM has won very prestigious contracts - against heavy international competition - of supplying the seats for the Norwegian State Railways long distance train and also for new trains built for Flytoget, Norway. This has provided us with the stepping stone to further expansion in the field of transport seating. 


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Steens Physical
Recently RM aquired the company Steens Industrier to further develop our product portfolio. Under the brand Steen Physical, RM manufactures and sell rehabilitation products such as equipment for manual training therapy as well as treatment tables and examination benches.  
 

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Today
Ring Mekanikk AS has developed into a solid mechanical company with a total of more than 75 employees engaged in production, R&D, quality and management. RM is supporting a world wide market and has over 95 % export. Over the years, more than 10.000.000 chair mechanisms have been sold. RM has its head office and main administration and product development in Moelv, 150 km north of Oslo, Norway. Ring Mekanikk has a branch assembly plant, Ring Baltic, located in Ogre - 40 km southeast of Riga, Latvia. Ring Baltic is a 100 % owned subsidiary of RM. Due to our high level of quality, RM is also a recognized sub supplier to various industrial sectors as the automotive and as well defence industry.