Since 1971 we have created exciting companies
Since 1971, JCE has created new companies within pioneer businesses, developed companies into market leaders and guided companies in crisis to prosperity. We have been a stable partner through financial ups and downs, and the key has been that, as a family business, we don´t think in quarters… but in generations.
From 2009, when Hampus Ericsson became Chairman and CEO, the strategic focus has been consolidation, profitability and growth of the group’s core holdings. We have developed and clarified our role as owners and built an organisation adapted to actively supporting and developing our holdings and to finding future growth investment areas.
Since 2018, Carl Backman has been CEO of JCE and Hampus Ericsson has been active chairman of the board. With its head office situated in Gothenburg, JCE operates internationally but mainly in Europe and North and South America. Today, JCE acts within sectors including:
– Software – Digital & Professional Services – Forest Properties – Forest Products – Safety – Property Development.
JCE continues to invest in software, industry and safety by acquiring the companies Systemite, Jobro, Baltic Safety Products and Octofrost.
A major share holding in Cyberom, specialising in cloud, connectivity, IT-security and digitisation, is sold to Formica.
Carl Backman takes over as CEO of the JCE Group and Hampus Ericsson as chairman of the board, working operationally.
BRUKS merges with Siwertell. Bruks Siwertell Group becomes market leading on material handling systems for bulk.
BiFab is divested to the Canadian firm JV Driver.
JCE invests in the growth companies Telness, Visiba Care and Unikum.
Public takeover of remaining shares in the digital consultant Cybercom.
Green Circle, by now the worlds largest bio pellet factory, is sold to Enviva.
Hampus Ericsson and Fabienne Ericsson (second generation) take over JCE.
Hampus Ericsson becomes chairman of the board and CEO of JCE. In the following years,the focus lies on consolidation and appointing an organisation to strengthen the active ownership.
Good Morning Hotels is sold to Accor.
JCE acquires a major shareholding in the innovative consulting company Semcon.
Consafe Offshore is acquired by Prosafe.
The worlds largest wood pellet factory, Green Circle Bio Energy, is built by JCE in Florida, USA with a production capacity of 650,000 tons.
Bruks and FTG are acquired, with operations consisting of automated material handling solutions for bulk and forest.
Consafe Offshore is founded and receives the first order for an accommodation platform in 25 years. Simultaneously, two oil drilling platforms are purchased and converted into accommodation platforms, and a jack up rig is acquired to use as a service platform on the North Sea. Consafe Offshore is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange a couple of years later.
Consafe Logistics, the market leader in warehouse management and control systems, is founded when MA-System Control and ABB Logistics Systems merge.
JCE acquires a major share holding in Cybercom.
Burntisland Fabrications (BiFab), a manufacturer of oil and gas installations and foundations for offshore wind, is founded.
Safe Offshore is merged with Procon and becomes Prosafe.
JCE resumes its operations with housing platforms for the offshore industry, so-called “floatels”. The company Safe Offshore is founded with three floatels and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
Further investments are made in South America, including in hardware distribution in Brazil.
JCE Forestry is founded through the acquisition of Bark & Warburgs forest from Skanska 1994. Further investments in forest and land have since been made in Sweden, Chile and USA.
JCE lays the foundation for its business in South America by investing in forest, construction and hardware distribution in Chile.
The hotel company group Good Morning Hotels is established. The business grows to include 21 hotels during JCE´s ownership.
The Swedish dealer for Mercedes and Nissan, Philipson, is acquired and owned until 1986 by JCE.
In the mid-1980s, the oil crisis arises and the demand for accommodation platforms disappeares overnight. Occupancy drop dramatically and JCE eventually leaves Consafe, with others taking over the business. The experience becomes the basis for JCE's strategy to be diversified in different industries internationally, and to achieve a balanced debt ratio.
The first oil in the North Sea is found in the 1970s, and oil and gas platforms are installed. JCE sees an opportunity as there are no effective ways to maintain the installations. JCE therefore develops the world's first semi submersible floatel, an accommodation platform, which is launched in 1977. The accommodation platform can be anchored at an oil installation with anchors or a DP system (dynamic positioning) in deeper water, and is connected with a gangway, enabling it to be connected for many years. At this time, offshore oil extraction is a pioneering industry with major technical challenges, and the innovation makes the industry safer and easier for customers. 650 people can live at sea and perform their duties in the challenging environment. There is great demand for the accommodation platforms, and JCE becomes a world-leading player, with Consafe Offshore AB listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
Another innovation that JCE developes is the Module 80 system, which is launched during the ISO standardisation of containers. It can be used for everything from storage and workshops to housing modules. The Module 80 system can be built both on barges and on land. There is a global demand and more than 20,000 crew modules are built and exported worldwide.
J Christer Ericsson founds the company Container Safe J Ericsson (Consafe). With a background in the merchant fleet and the idea of simplifying the loading of containers, Christer develops a nylon lashing to replace chains used for heavy lifting. This is the first innovation and the start of JCE's history.