The history of Axel Johnson International,

150 years of business development

Back in 1873  our founder, 29-year-old saddler’s son Axel Johnson, decided to export iron and import coal, his vision was his only collateral. He broke with tradition, took untried roads east and soon started a trading company. And when the existing infrastructure proved insufficient, he started his own shipping line.

Five generations and many brave decisions later, we know how fantastic it is when intuition becomes reality. When strong values pay off. When necessary changes become longed-for new beginnings. Welcome to our history!