About IDESTA Group

The IDESTA group is owned and run by the Wahlström family. Devoted to owning and developing its subsidiaries, AB IDESTA is the parent company.
It sets operational and financial goals for each company and supports them in matters relating to finance, strategy development, takeovers and overall sales and marketing.
The group’s subsidiaries are run separately as independent companies with their own managers. These are specialists in the industries concerned.

Anders Wahlström

+46-(0)73-055 20 17

Johan Wahlström

+46-(0)73-320 75 02

Martin Wahlström

+46-(0)70-617 53 98

Anders Pettersson

+46-(0)70-538 50 91

Our history

1929 -

Sigurd Lewerentz, the internationally famous architect, founds IDESTA to design and make door and window units in metal and glass.

1940 -

IDESTA buys AB BLOKK, a former manufacturer of IDESTA’s door and window units.

1956 -

Sigurd Lewerentz hands responsibility for, and management of, the company to his son, Carl Lewerentz.

1968 -

IDESTA buys Svenska Stålprodukter AB, a sales company, and Stans- och verktygsfabriken AB, a manufacturer of stainless steel products such as saucepans and healthcare items.

1971 -

Implementation of a new stainless steel system for Gastronorm containers under the EssNorm brand and standard.

1984 -

Carl Lewerentz sells IDESTA to Berema AB, a company in the Atlas Copco group.

1988 -

The Swedish agency for the American Cambro, which manufactures plastic serving and storage equipment for restaurants and commercial kitchens, is acquired.

1989 -

IDESTA is bought by Industrikapital, an investment company (its first acquisition).

1993 -

Operations are split into the AB IDESTA Kök and IDESTA Byggsystem AB business companies.

1994 -

The Swedish agency for the American Edlund, which manufactures stainless steel scales and can openers, is acquired.

1996 -

The Swedish agency for the American Hamilton Beach, which manufactures mixers and blenders, is acquired.

1998 -

IDESTA is acquired by the refrigeration company Coldator Sweden AB.

2000 -

IDESTA is acquired by the Wahlström family.

2000 -

IDESTA acquires façade system company Stålpart AB (went bankrupt in 2002)

2001 -

IDESTA acquires the business of the former Steeltech/Electrolux factory in Malmö and forms the IDESTA Foodtech AB subsidiary.

2004 -

Development of a new, stainless steel heat pump for single and multi-family buildings. The pump is the basis of a new business area, IDESTA Heattech.

2005 -

Acquisition of the business of AMSTA Rostfritt AB. This is moved from Kolbäck to Eskilstuna and merged with AB IDESTA Kök.

2005 -

Establishment of a new, half-owned company, IDESTA Kapp, in Izmir, Turkey, for the manufacture of stainless steel Gastronorm containers.

2008 -

The business of Erland Östlund Smide AB (special welding operations in Köping and Kungsör) is acquired and the name changed to Weldor AB.

2009 -

Bröderna Jakobssons Smide AB in Kolsva (manufacture of floodgates for small and medium-sized hydroelectric power stations) is acquired.

2009 -

Manufacture and sales of heat pumps are hived off from IDESTA Foodtech AB to form a new subsidiary, Mecaterm AB.

2011 -

IDESTA Foodtech AB acquires Standardbox AB, producer of transport trolleys for heated and cooled food under the SDX brand.​​​​​​​

2019 -

Ergo Load AB in Vara with patented products within goods handling and temperature control is aquired.

2022 -

Plåtspecialisten AB, a contract producer in Malmö within sheet metal is aquired. The companies Idesta Foodtech and Plåtsepcialisten are colocated in the aquired premises.

2022 -

Icetainer AB in Sölvesborg is added to the Idesta Group. Icetainer produces cooling trays for food and beverages.

2023 -

Disperator AB in Segeltorp is aquired. Disperator is a market leading producer of food waste disposers for commercial kitchens, food industry and marine sector.
Sigurd Lewerentz