The KB Group celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017, having grown from a small family-held company to a global group of companies. Our sales are now over SEK 1 billion, and we have more than 800 employees across six production units in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Our largest customers are in the automotive industry, including Volvo Cars, VW, Audi and Mercedes. In addition to the automotive industry, we serve major industrial customers such as Kinnarps, FM Mattsson and Philips.
KB Components employees are part of an industrial elite delivering the development and production of high-tech polymer components to the most demanding customers in the market. We contribute to sustainable development by working with our customers to develop energy-efficient and recyclable products for a better and greener world. Many of our employees are specialists in automation, injection-moulding and mould design , but you’ll also find cutting-edge expertise in other areas such as sales, quality, sourcing and technology.
Each KB Components company has a local management team driving the development of the unit and coordinating work between departments. The local management team is led by the company’s CEO and comprises each department head.Read More
To coordinate efforts between each of our units, we have a global management team consisting of the managers of each department (sales, technical/project, sourcing, quality, finance and production). The most important role of the department heads is to drive ongoing improvement of the department and ensure its contribution to our goals of growth, profitability and job satisfaction/engagement.
Erik Haraldsson is theTechnical & Project Director and serves on both our global management team and the local management team in Anderstorp.
”My job is to keep the KB Group on the cutting edge of technology and processes. I am often directly involved in customer enquiries and ensure optimal use of our technical resources. In Technical & Project, you regularly support your colleagues around the world, which is both stimulating and fruitful.”
The Sourcing department’s job is to find the best suppliers in terms of price and conditions. The department’s efforts to find new suppliers and negotiate global agreements are led by the team at headquarters in Örkelljunga while daily call-offs of materials are managed by each unit.
Sofia Johansson works as a strategic purchaser at our headquarters in Örkelljunga.
”My most important role is to ensure that all our companies get the best terms possible from our suppliers. We improve our supplier base on an ongoing basis, and we leverage our global presence and the entire group’s purchasing volume to help win new business and improve the Group’s profitability.”
Sofia is also a strong ambassador for our efforts to create a Great Place to Work and serves on the activity committee in Örkelljunga.
Delivering the correct products with consistent quality has become a key competitive factor. This is why our quality efforts aim to involve all employees in creating stable processes and making continuous improvements.
Each unit has a local quality manager, quality technicians and quality inspectors that help train our staff and monitor our production on an ongoing basis. Many of our customers are highly active in quality-raising efforts and, although all of our units are certified, our customers’ quality engineers regularly visit and join in our efforts to further raise the quality level.
Sigita Razaite started working at KB Components in Lithuania but was given the opportunity to be transferred to Örkelljunga in 2012. Now Sigita is a quality manager in Örkelljunga and leads ongoing quality efforts.
Sales are coordinated globally because many of our customers have production in more than one of our units. All major customers have a key account manager (KAM) who serves as the customer’s interface with KB Components. The most important task of the Sales department is to find new business and ensure that the products we manufacture are profitable.Read More
Pär Nilsson is a KAM for several of our industrial customers. Pär lives in Jönköping but has customers around the world with production at our units in Sweden, Lithuania, Slovakia and China.
”As a member of the KB Components sales staff, you’ll constantly seek to understand your customers’ needs and help them be more competitive. The job has a lot of variety, ranging from taking the lead on large quotes to assisting in the development of new products and the management of complaints and returns.”
TECHNICAL & PROJECT
The Technical & Project department consists of designers, polymer engineers, chemical engineers and project managers who provide other departments with technical expertise and assume responsibility for a new product once the customer has placed an order. Work is done locally at each unit with a couple of functions that have been centralized to our headquarters for optimal management of costs and skills.Read More
Mats Nyberg works as a metrology engineer at our unit in Örkelljunga.
”As a metrology engineer, you’ll ensure that products meet customers’ geometric requirements. Much of my work is done using our programmable/CNC-controlled coordinate measuring machines, which are equipped with features including a laser scanner. This enables both on-site and remote measurement in the same measurement program, which is directly linked to 3D drawing. I feel it’s important to adapt customer requirement specifications to modern methods, opening the door to the amazing possibilities of new technology – effective evaluation and easily comprehensible measurement results. Working in the Technical & Project department demands curiosity and a constant willingness to learn more and share your expertise both internally and with our customers.”
The Production departments are our largest departments with many employees working as operators, line feeders, production technicians, toolmakers, service technicians, warehouse staff and more. We often describe production as the heart of our business, because it is what gets our customers the products they need day in and day out.Read More
Olivia Richardsson works as an operator in our injection-moulding department in Örkelljunga.
”Working as an operator at KB Components demands a thorough approach and attention to detail because you are responsible for production, inspection and reporting. My work can sometimes be stressful but I really enjoy it thanks to my colleagues and the company’s efforts to create a good work environment”
Finance, IT and HR provide the other departments with the resources, information and infrastructure that help them do their jobs. Here you’ll find accountants, production management specialists, IT technicians and human resources specialists.Read More
Elisabeth Gyllenskiöld works as an HR manager at our headquarters in Örkelljunga.
”My job includes everything from recruiting new employees to assisting in reorganization processes and negotiations with our union representatives. Working for a company whose owners and management so clearly emphasize the importance of job satisfaction and engagement is very stimulating. I serve on the Great Place To Work steering committee and collaborate closely with each of the department heads. We work with external consultants on leadership and HR training to help achieve our goals.”
At Technical Service, our primary task is to manage the daily operation and maintenance of our machinery. We employ Efecto software, which reports urgent defects when something isn’t working or breaks down. This enables us to manage and allocate our resources while avoiding production disturbances.
The primary task of the PPT department is to trial new incoming tools/products and start up production while also providing support to production in the event of production disturbances. At PPT, we also program robots and set up automation, draft instructions and procedures, and document all of this. PPT often calculates the costs associated with new product, giving us an important role when the sales staff delivers quotes.
Jörgen Jönsson works as a process engineer.
”My job includes drawing up requirement specifications for machines and robots for KB to buy, cycle time calculations and work instructions. I also provide training and briefing on the new products, which is in fact the primary task of this department. That is to say, preparing run data to analyse for these products.” Other parts of my job include rationalization, continuous improvements and supporting Production because we have many advanced products and processes.
I’ve had two stints with KB (totalling just over 28 years), both enjoyable, mainly because of the wide variety of my tasks and the great people here. KB is home to many people with solid and broad knowledge, and it’s also both positive and fun to see so much reinvested back into the company.”
The Logistics department consists of planning and shipping . Here we take care of our customers’ call-offs and orders. With the help of our ERP system, customer needs are transformed into manufacturing orders for Production and into orders placed with our suppliers.
We pack the goods and prepare them for transport, ensure all shipping documents are prepared and make sure the customer gets the products at the right time and at the right level of quality.
Kent Brickling is the Logistics Manager at KB Components.
”As head of logistics, I am responsible for ensuring we plan production in line with the orders and delivery times from our customers. At Logistics, we are faced with new challenges and problems to solve every day. It is stimulating to be at the heart of production and get every part to gel so that the customers get what they ordered on time. After more than 30 years with the company, coming to work still feels just as exciting and stimulating.”