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Booforge Karlskoga

Booforge Steel has a long tradition. Over 350 years, to be a little more precise. It was back in 1646 that it all began, with genuine open die forging in the Swedish town of Karlskoga. The forging business continued for many years within Alfred Nobel’s well-known company Bofors.

Over the years Booforge Steel has built up unique materials expertise and quality awareness. The company is currently a leading player in its product areas: lifting forks (Fork) and free-form forging (Form).

No hydrogen cracks and increased producivity at Booforge

Swedish lifting fork manufacturer Booforge has found a way to eliminate hydrogen cracks from its gas cutting process. Since introducing Linde´s LINDOFLAMM solution a year ago, it has not seen a single crack.

Booforge Steel makes lifting forks designed to withstand the most challenging conditions. Every one of its products is developed in accordance with customer requirements, and adapted to deliver optimum performance at a certain temperature point.

Problems with hydrogen cracks led to a tailored solution with LINDOFLAMM


Image photography

By Viktor Macha in 2005.

Plant facts and figures

The plant have an annual capacity of 50000 tons.

The following processes are conducted in the plant:

  • Forge

This plant produces the following type of products:

  • Forgings

Full description

The history of the forge in swedish town of Karlskoga is dating back to 1646. The original “Boofors Bruk” factory, like many others at that time, was manufacturing basic tools, iron bars and small castings.

Major development was made in 1873 with the foundation of the first limited company Bofors AB. The open-hearth steel plant and a modern forge were built and the production range focused on the weapon industry.

The production of crude steel was declining in the second half of the 20th century and only the forge survived.

In 1995 the forge became part of Scana Steel and was recently sold to Cascade Corporation (based in the Oregon, USA). The Booforge AB is a leading producer of lifting forks and open die forgings today.

Main data


The plant is owned by Booforge Steel AB


Plant address: Packarevägen 32, 691 50 Karlskoga, Sweden


The plant is located in Sweden

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