trallfa group

full history


With a heritage in agriculture and a familiarity with mechanical industry, Nils Underhaug established and built up his own company, Trallefabrikken, a name that was later shortened to Trallfa. From the outset the factory produced trollies, wagons, transport systems and, famously, wheelbarrows. Trallfa ultimately became the leading manufacturer of unmotorised transport systems in the Nordic countries.


Trallfa commenced development of the world’s first industrial robot.


The robot was recruited for production at the Trallfa factory.


The Trallfa robot was commercialised.


A marketing partnership was instigated with DeVilbiss Company Toledo in Ohio, USA, a subsidiary of Champion Spark Plugs Inc.


Licensing agreement signed with Kobe Steel for production of robots.


Division of company into Trallfa Robot and Trallfa Transport, which became single-focus businesses with proprietary goals and strategies.


Trallfa Robot moves into separate, new factory premises.


Licensing agreement signed with DeVilbiss for production of Trallfa robots in the North-American market.


Trallfa Handel is established as a marketing arm.


Trallfa erects new barrow factory at Håland. Trallfa Transport is established. Trallfa Access is established, and building at Kvål is purchased. Trallfa builds a barrow factory for production in Malaysia. A new company is formed in West-Germany, Trallfa Gmbh, to reinforce our market strengths in the European market. Simultaneously, a new generation of robots comes of age.


Trallfa sets up a dedicated sales arm in the USA, Trallfa US Inc.


By 1985, Trallfa Robot has 50% of the global market for industrial surface finishing robots. This business area evolves into one of the most commercial ventures in Norway. Trallfa sells 51% of the shares in Trallfa Robot to ABB.
Trallfa headquarters moves to Vågen, Sandnes and Trallfa Access is wound up.


Trallfa sells 51% of the industrial venture in Malaysia. Trallfa US Inc is sold.


Sale of Trallfa Handel.


Trallfa sells remaining shares in Trallfa Robot to ABB, which thereby takes control. Trallfa’s robotic development has been robust and thorough, standing out as an example of how Trallfa Industrier intends to engage with other qualified partners in similar projects.


Construction of new headquarters in Gravarsveien, Sandnes. Winding up of Trallfa True Temper Malaysia. Trallfa acquires 15% of the shares in local plough-maker Kverneland, and 100% of barrow-maker Randersbøren AS in Denmark, who also owns other barrow factories at Richard in France and CA Industries in Northern Ireland.


Trallfa splits into two units: Trallfa and Trallfa Industrier. Trallfa is owned 100% by Olav Underhaug. Trallfa Industrier is owned by Olav, Finn and Rune Underhaug, plus Euroventures Nordica, who respond to a private share issue. Trallfa itself splits into three enterprises: Trallfa, Troll and Inverto.


Sale of the Trallfa Transport building in Industriveien, Bryne. Trallfa establishes a commodity broker, Trallfa Tradebroker. Trallfa Industrier sells off all shares held in Trallfa Ravendo and Randersbøren to Ginge.


Trallfa acquires 65% of the shares in Block Forsikring insurance from Block.


Trallfa Industrier sells the factory at Bryne to a local energy utility, Time Energi.


Sale of shares in Block Forsikring. Sale of shares in plough-makers Kverneland. Trallfa Industrier splits into four corporate units. Purchase of offices at Aker Brygge, Oslo.


Trallfa Industrier
Acquires 50% of shares in Motorhuset. Establishes Double O Marketing, which publishes Norway’s original MC Exchange and Catalogue. Bike’n Rider concept is established. Acquisition of 94.6% of shares in Rotoplast, Tvedestrand, now Trallfa Rotoplast.

Established Norheim Løwenstrasse (50% equity) to erect 470 sq.m building in Forus. Established Trallfa Løwenstrasse (100% equity) to erect 2,300 sq.m commercial building in Forus.


Trallfa Industrier
Established Trallfa Løwenstrasse III, purchased 11,000 sq.m land plot in Forus. Established Trallfa Løwenstrasse II. Erection of 5,000 sq.m commercial building in Forus for completion in 1998, known as Trallfa Park. Established Trallfa Dybvig, acquiring 17,000 sq.m business premises in Arendal.


Trallfa Industrier
Established holding company Bike’n Rider Norway with a 50% share. Merger of TCM and Motorhuset to become Motorhuset TCM.


Trallfa Industrier AS
Merger with RøSi Invest, including RøSi Eiendom, SR Transport, Nortemp Spedisjon, Jærterminalen and mobile crane contractors Kristiansund Kranservice. As a result, Trallfa Industrier is owned by Olav Underhaug and Bjørn Røstad. Sale of Double O Marketing. Acquisition of 50% of shares in Ny Teknikk Jæren by private issue.


Trallfa Industrier
Sale of Trallfa Industrier’s 50% equity in Bike’n Rider Norway. Established property at Trallfa Bankplassen and acquired Langgaten 54 in Sandnes. Established Trallfa Tananger and acquired Plattformveien 2-4 in Tananger.


Sale of Luramyrveien 79 and 75, Trallfa Park.


Sale of Trallfa’s 50% equity in Norheim Løwenstrasse.

Trallfa Industrier
Established Trallfa Sanitus, acquired 38.8% of shares in dental health enterprise, Tannhelseklinikken Holding. Established Trallfa Forus I.


Trallfa Industrier
Sale of RøSi Invest’s 50% equity in Kristiansund Kranservice. Acquisition of land plot, registration number Gnr 69 Bnr 2613 in Forus. Established Trallfa Forus IV. Trallfa Forus I erects a 2,730 sq.m commercial property rented by Toys “R” Us.


Trallfa Industrier
Completion of Unit I in Trallfa Gården, Trallfa Løwenstrasse III. Trallfa Industrier moves into new headquarters in Trallfa Gården. Established Trallfa Solasplitten I and acquired Lagerveien 24, 4033 Stavanger.


Trallfa Industrier
Sale of plot in Forus, Trallfa Bærheim. Sale of Trallfa Forus I. Purchase of plot at Lura/ Forus from Sandnes Tomteselskap. Acquired consolidated majority in Colosseum Dental.


Trallfa Industrier
Sale of plot in Forus, Trallfa Bærheim. Sale of Trallfa Forus I. Purchase of plot at Lura/ Forus from Sandnes Tomteselskap. Acquired consolidated majority in Colosseum Dental.


Trallfa Industrier
Acquired offices at Tjuvholmen, Oslo. Acquired 50% stake in Strandgaten 41, Sandnes. Established Trallfa Solasplitten II. Entered into agreement with Smith International Norway. Trallfa Solasplitten II purchases 15,500 sq.m plot in Forus. Trallfa Forus IV erects 2,717 sq.m commercial building, leased to MegaFlis Holding, and 3,128 sq.m commercial premises, leased to Expert Norge. Sale of shares in Trallfa Dybvig.


Trallfa Industrier
Established Trallfa Trolls, owning 60%. Acquired 100% of Trolls of Norway and established Trollheia Eiendom. Sale of Trallfa Bankplassen. Established Trallfa Tvillinggården. Sale of Trallfa Solasplitten II. Sale of Colosseumklinikken Legeavdeling. Sale of shares in Partnerplast, Strandgaten 41, Trallfa Løwenstrasse III and Trallfa Forus IV. Acquisition of shares in Nordskog forests.


Trallfa Industrier
Acquired property at Fister. Acquired shares in Jæren Skoglag forestry association. Signed up for shares in commercial premises, SSB Næringseiendom 9. Acquired shares in power utility Norsk Kraft, owning 40%. Sold off shares in Trolls of Norway. Purchased land plot Gnr 2 Bnr 19 in Borough of Klepp, and established Trallfa Storhauggården, involving Trallfa Investering (M. Underhaug 100%), Trallfa Capital X, B. Underhaug X and Trallfa Industrier (O. Underhaug 100%). Trallfa Capital X was merged with Trallfa Capital and named Trallfa Capital.


Sale of offices in Aker Brygge, Oslo.


Trallfa Industrier
Sale of shares in Colosseum Dental to IK. Sale of Trallfa Trolls and Trollheia Eiendom. Storhauggården fully refurbished and leased out. Signing of Cooperation Agreement and Deed of Association for Gravarsveien area. Municipal zoning commenced.


Trallfa Industrier
Sale of premises at Trallfa Solasplitten I. Conveyance of parcel of land, 871 sq.m in Borough of Sola, to Trallfa Solasplitten X.

Trallfa Capital
Merger of Trallfa Industrier and B. Underhaug into Trallfa Capital.


Trallfa Capital
Trallfa Alfa and Trallfa Beta are split off from Trallfa Capital. Acquisition of land plot Gnr 111, Bnr 421, Snr 5 in Langgaten 12, Sandnes and establishment of Trallfa Focus. Established Pottery Dock, Trallfa Potteridokken, in Gravarsveien. Sale of Trallfa Solasplitten X. Sale of shares in Solasplitten II.


Trallfa Capital
Trallfa Capital moves into new premises in Langgaten 12, Sandnes. Trallfa Beta is renamed Trallfa. Trallfa Alfa is renamed B. Underhaug. Sale of shares in Nordskog.

Trallfa purchases Nordbøgata 9a, Stavanger, to own 20%. Established Nordbøgata 9A, “Huset på Holmen” as lease object.


Trallfa partners with Harald Espedal’s company to establish Vestvendt Eiendom, with 50/50 equity holding. Trallfa and Vestvendt Eiendom purchase Østervåg 30, Stavanger, home to Le Café Francais. Trallfa moves into new premises in Nordbøgata 9A, Stavanger.