The founder of Halton Group, Seppo Halttunen, had the vision of an international company with its own products, production, R&D, and a good reputation among customers. The company’s operations were based on strong customer orientation from the very beginning. In the early days, store furniture accounted for a large part of the company’s operations. This ensured the continuity of the business and laid the foundation for long-term success.
Halton initially grew in Finland, but soon began exporting. International success was first achieved in the Nordic market, with the company expanding its operations to Central Europe and beyond soon after. In 1978, Halton founded its first foreign subsidiary, Oston Ltd., which manufactured checkout counters for stores, in Canada.
Halton’s net sales grew profitably by an average of 30% a year throughout the 70s. However, the company’s future was already thought to lie in indoor air products and it began making major investments in R&D.