History

Mekonomen Group consists of the leading automotive spare-parts chains in the northern Europe, with proprietary wholesale operations, over 460 stores and 3,400 workshops operating under the Group brands: FTZ, Inter-Team, MECA, Mekonomen and Sørensen og Balchen.

2018

Acquisition of FTZ and Inter-Team

Through the acquisition of FTZ and Inter-Team, Mekonomen strengthened its position within sales of car parts in northern Europe. The acquisitions entailed re-establishment with a strong market-leading position in Denmark and establishment in Poland, where the Group had no previous business.

2017

Strategic acquisition

Mekonomen Group acquires 20 per cent of the shares in Swedspot.

2017

Annual sales exceed SEK 6 billion

For the first time annual sales exceed SEK 6 billion, with committed managers and employees, strong brands and concepts and an efficient logistics chain being crucial success factors for the business.

2017

New principal shareholder

The US car parts wholesaler LKQ acquired Axel Johnsson’s shares and became the principal shareholder with 26,5 per cent of the shares in Mekonomen.

2016

Mekonomen divests business in Denmark

The Danish business was divested fully towards the end of 2016.

2015

Acquisition of Opus Equipment with subsidiary JB Maskin

Through the acquisition of Opus Equipment, Mekonomen Group’s focus on workshop equipment was broadened with full-service solutions as regards service and maintenance for professional workshops and vehicle inspection stations. In 2017 Opus Equipment changed its name to Preqas AB.

2012

Acquisition MECA

Mekonomen expanded through the acquisition of MECA Scandinavia with stores and workshops in Sweden and Norway. Mekonomen Group (legal name Mekonomen AB) now consisted of the tree group companies MECA, Mekonomen and Sørensen og Balchen. The Group companies continued to be operated under their respective brands with differentiated concepts, offers and customer target groups. To take advantage of the benefits of the larger purchasing volumes, the purchasing department were centralised under one organisation.

2011

Acquisition Sørensen og Balchen

Mekonomen Expanded through the acquisition of Sørensen og Balchen car part wholesaler with stores and workshops i Norway under the brand BilXtra. To take advantage of the benefits of larger purchasing volumes, a purchasing cooperation began between Mekonomen and Sørensen og Balchen.

2010

Establishment in Finland and acquisition Speedy

Mekonomen established its first store in Finland (Helsinki) and the car service chain Speedy was acquired with 11 workshops in Sweden.

2007

New strategy

A new strategy was developed with a focus on full-service solutions, affordability and innovation. The target group was expanded to include women and families with young children. The following years saw the launching of, among other things: a new workshop chain (MekoPartner); new store and workshop concepts (Mega and Medium); the Mekonomen Fleet business area, focusing on corporate customers; and Mekonomen Direkt, a number which customers can call 24/7 to obtain assistance with the car.

2006

New head owner

Mekonomen recieved a new principal owner, Axel Johnson AB, which acquired 29 per cent of capital and votes of the founding families.

2002

Establishment in Denmark

Denmark´s leading car part chain Østergaard was acquired. Mekonomen was now established in Sweden, Norway and Denmark with over 700 workshops, 150 stores and 800 employees.

2000

IPO

On 29 May 2000 Mekonomen was introduced on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. In connection with the IPO, Mekonomen’s spare parts catalogue was transferred to an online format.

1999

Mekonomen Bilverkstad and establishment in Norway

The number of stores in the Mekonomen chain exceeded 100 and the Mekonomen Bilverkstad concept was launched. Wholesale operations were established in Norway through the acquisition of Christoffersen and Bekken.

1998

Wholesale operation moves to Strängnäs

The wholesale warehouse moved to a new building of 20 000 sqm in Strängnäs, Sweden.

1996

Mekonomen becomes an integrated retail and wholesale chain

The wholesaler Bileko changed its name to Mekonomen Grossist and Mekonomen became an integrated retail and wholesale chain.

1995

Expansion of the wholesale operation in Sätra

The business needed more space and the wholesale warehouse in Sätra in Sweden more than doubled from 3500 sqm to 8000 sqm. During the year Mekonomen also acquired land in Strängnäs. The area was convenient for a cost-effective distribution all over Sweden. The service towards the stores was significantly increased with the start of in-night deliveries. Customers would get their products delivered the day after their order.

1992

Sales exceeded SEK 100 M

For the first time sales exceeded SEK 100 M, thanks to a focus on an efficient logistics chain with rapid deliveries.

1987

Acquisition of the Mekonomen chain

The Mekonomen store chain with 17 stores was acquired (the Group changed its name to Mekonomen in 1996).

1976

The first store opened

The first store was opened in Norrtälje in Sweden under the name Primexxa AB.

1973

Mekonomen founded

Mekonomen was founded in 1973 under the name Bileko by the two entrepreneurs Ingemar Fraim and Leif Möller. Initially, the business was focused on sales of exhaust systems to petrol stations, with a focus on prompt deliveries. With a small local base, they drove around in Stockholm in an old Mercedes and was able to deliver spare parts within two hours. The concept with rapid deliveries proved to be very successful and the product range was subsequently expanded to include brakes, car fronts, wheel bearings and other spare parts.