Foundation of the company

Since the very beginning, Seppo Halttunen, the founder of Halton Group, had a vision of an international corporation with its own products, R&D, manufacturing and a good reputation among customers.
 
His mindset, "Customer is King", has always been the corner stone of Halton's operation. The challenges of the first decade were to make the newly founded company profitable and to have the organization work towards the vision.

Halton's good business idea provided a firm base for the future success. The shop furnishings division guaranteed continuous business, although the future was seen to be in indoor climate business. From the very beginning, Halton invested heavily in research and development. Consequently, real breakthrough products emerged. They enabled a strong and profitable increase in sales. The turnover of the company increased in a controlled and profitable manner by thirty per cent a year on average throughout the decade.

In the beginning, the company grew in the domestic market. One of the main targets was to become international from the outset, hence export activities commenced at a very early stage of Halton's history. The first successful entries were made on the Scandinavian markets, and soon after that in Central Europe. Against all odds, Halton entered Canada in 1978 by setting up its first foreign subsidiary. This manufacturing unit operated under the name Oston Ltd and produced sophisticated checkout counters.