International growth and focus on R&D: Halton 1979-1989

A new decade brought new ideas. The shop furnishings operation in North America continued profitable growth. However, in Finland opportunities were seen in new technologies and in recycling business. For these reasons the domestic shop furnishings operations were sold in 1985. A new business area, recycling equipment, emerged in 1982.

Probably the most important single factor contributing to the international growth of Halton is the Innovation Centre in Kausala, founded in 1984. A ten million (FIM) investment for a company with an annual turnover of thirty million (FIM) was a real gamble. But it was worth it. The centre convinced customers with the top quality and the performance of Halton products. As a result, Halton expanded rapidly: sales offices were established in Sweden and USA in 1982, Norway in 1984, Holland in 1985, UK in 1987, Denmark in 1988. The year 1989 was a year of great expansion. Anemotherm of France was acquired with a new factory to be built in Bethune, the USA operations were expanded with the new manufacturing facilities, and production in the new Lahti and Heinola factories started up.

At the end of the decade, the fresh and dynamic approach was noticed around the world within Halton's three main fields of industry. The company received numerous awards, among these the Export Prize awarded by the President of Finland in 1988. Halton's impact on the market grew, and Mr. Seppo Halttunen became one of the most respected business leaders in the small and medium-sized industry sector in Finland.