The story of Fors MW begins with a true entrepreneur. As so often with entrepreneurs, it is not the goal itself which is the attraction, but rather the journey there. Leif Fors, founder of Fors MW has run companies in various branches all his life, but always with the same enthusiasm and hard work.
At the end of the 1980s Leif could never have imagined that a machine business and a ferry ticket would be the start of a journey that would lead to the creation of one of Europe’s largest production plants for forestry and agricultural machinery in Estonia. The journey was made primarily out of curiosity, but also with a public interest. Leif was deeply affected by the misery that presented itself, less than 400 km from the Swedish coast.
As a true entrepreneur he could not just shut his eyes to it and go home. He saw the misery but he also saw opportunities. Opportunities to create a future, not only for himself but also for others. He came to stay and never really returned to Sweden after that.
Fors MW was established in 1992 and is today the oldest Swedish company in Estonia. When Fors MW was registered it was given the company registration number 46. Fors MW is an Estonian company. Although he had chosen to sell shares in the company to other investors in 1998, in September 2014, Leif Fors bought back 100% control of the company that he had once started.*
Fors MW started its production line manufacturing everything from circular saws to candlesticks. Leif had always had a keen interest in forestry since he was a boy, and these thoughts led him to manufacture a lumber trailer. The first FARMA trailer was drawn up on the factory floor. Quality was nothing special, but the price was ground breaking. For the first time, there was a trailer available for the small forestry owner and sales success was not far behind.
Today FARMA is one of Europe’s most sold lumber trailers. Today Fors MW is a prosperous company with hundreds of employees, with subsidiaries in Sweden and China and three market leading brands, FARMA, BIGAB and NIAB. Fors MW has experienced everything from the Estonian bank collapse in 1997 which nearly bankrupted us to the February night in 2006 when the fire alarm went off to warn us about what turned out to be Estonia's biggest ever industrial fire.
At Fors MW, we know to look for opportunities rather than problems, but our history keeps us humble for the future. We know that anything can happen. We know you are never better than your last development or you last customer contact.
We are a company that believes in openness over closed doors. Follow us as we continue our journey, through our blog www.forsmw.blogspot.com.