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August 29, 2017

System TM celebrates its forty-year anniversary


By Malene Bou Zeid

System TM was established on September 1, 1977. Today, 40 years later, System TM happily celebrates the many successful years that have passed. What better way to celebrate a 40th anniversary than with a massive party for all System TM employees?

 

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Partners,

From the day we put together that first production line, all we ever wanted was to optimize staff and wood resources. Today, 40 years later, we have more than we could have imagined to celebrate, as we’ve become the leading worldwide provider of customized solutions to the solid wood industry.

On September 1, 2017, System TM’s employees and their spouses celebrated System TM’s fortieth anniversary in style at an inn by the name of ’’Norsminde Kro’’, idyllically situated on the east coast of Jutland. Indeed, it was a day to remember – a day of festivities, tasty food, live music entertainment and dancing.

 

System TM’s timeline throughout the years

System TM was established on September 1, 1977. Due to an accident at his father’s sawmill in which he had his index finger cut off by a saw, Poul Thøgersen received personal injury compensation which he eventually used to finance the start-up of his own business in 1977, System TM. What began as a small plant in Odder, Denmark, initially operated in the primary sector but subsequently moved into the secondary sector in 1985. Since its establishment in 1977, System TM has expanded its facilities 8 times in total.

From the development of its first CNC-controlled optimizing cross-cut saw in 1989, to the introduction of the fastest saw in the world back in 1995, System TM successfully demonstrated its ability to provide its worldwide customer base leading edge performance and quality. System TM experienced constant growth in exports and by the end of 1995, exports had skyrocketed. In the year 2000 and from that point onwards, System TM performed constant Opti-Kap cross-cut saw developments. In 2001, System TM entered the North American market and exports reached unprecedented levels.

Shortly before the recession hit, Poul Thøgersen resigned and his wife Ingrid Thøgersen took over as Executive Vice President. During the recession, System TM persevered and carried on developing products, as well as continued entering new markets. In 2014, Ingrid Thøgersen retired and Jan Jensen Samuelsen was elected CEO. 2015 was the year that System TM introduced its first finger-jointing machine. In the year 2016, System TM won the Gazelle prize for the fourth time.

This year, System TM released a new Opti-Kap 5100 cross-cut saw and increased its market share around the world. ’’Today, System TM stands as the leading global supplier of customized solutions to the solid wood industry. We are a worldwide exporter with an annual turnover of 30 million Euro, of which nearly 100% accounts for exports’’, says Per Jørgensen, CSO at System TM.

 

System TM has embraced change during the past 40 years

In this fast-changing environment and time of globalization, change management skills are paramount if companies wish to succeed. Thus, taking a company global starts from within. ’’System TM has gone global with ease due to its adaptable team of skilled individuals and international mindsets. These are the qualities we always look for in those who wish to join System TM’’, says Per Jørgensen.

 

High employee seniority at System TM

All companies need human resources, but these resources are particularly prominent in knowledge-intensive industries such as the solid wood industry. Thus, broad skills, technical mindsets and extensive knowledge pools are just some of the few qualities our employees have accumulated over numerous years of employment in various departments at System TM. The reason for our high employee seniority may be explained by our great emphasis on stimulating our working environment, in which we’ve relocated employees to new job functions in various departments within the company. As a result, our employees have stayed with us for many years, acquired irreplaceable all-round knowledge and become a valuable asset to our company.

 

System TM in the future

At System TM, we believe our success relies on the strong and well-documented quality of our products. This is made evident by our reference lines, word-of-mouth marketing and a powerful brand association among our customers.

Our continual upgrading of existing products reflects our ongoing commitment to delivering innovative, powerful and intelligent solutions to the solid wood industry. As a result, continuous product development will always make it possible for us to meet the changing needs of the industry. Optimization of staff and wood resources has always formed the basis for how System TM designs and develops its products. With this in mind, we make it our goal to exceed the expectations of all of our customers in order to become the leading supplier in terms of design, machinery, performance, capacity and support.

So, to each and every one of our customers: our years of success wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thus, System TM looks to the future with great optimism, as we continue to develop our products and put you at the heart of our business.

 

Sincerely,

Everyone at System TM

Welcome to
System TM
timeline

1976

1976

1977

Poul Thøgersen’s index finger
gets cut off by accident at
his father’s sawmill.

1976:

1977

1985

1977:

Poul’s personal injury
compensation helps him
finance the start-up
of System TM.

1985

1989

1985:

System TM moves into
bigger facilities and enters
the secondary sector.

1989

1990

1989:

System TM develops its first
CNC-controlled Opti-Kap 100
& 200 cross-cut saws.

1990

1995

1990:

System TM builds its first
Opti-Solution line of Opti-Feed,
Opti-Kap and Opti-Stack.

1995

2000

1995:

System TM introduces the
Opti-Kap 300 cross-cut saw,
the fastest saw in the world
at the time.

2000

2001

2000:

System TM develops the
Opti-Kap 2000 and
Opti-Kap 4000 cross-cut saws.

2001

2008

2001:

System TM enters the North American
market and worldwide exports skyrocket.

2008

2009

2008:

Poul Thøgersen resigns and
his wife Ingrid Thøgersen takes
over as Executive Vice President.

2009

2010

2009:

System TM develops the
Opti-Kap 5000 cross-cut saw
and gains market shares in
the world.

2010

2014

2010:

Four members of System TM’s
management group buy stake in the firm.

Jan Jensen

Per Jørgensen

Bjarne H. Kjær

Thomas H. Olesen

2014

2015

2014:

Ingrid Thøgersen retires.
Jan Jensen Samuelsen is elected CEO.

2015

2016

2015:

System TM’s first finger-jointing machine is put on
the market. Four members of the management group
increase stake in the firm.

2016

2017

2016:

System TM wins the Gazelle prize
for the fourth time.

2017

2017:

System TM releases the
Opti-Kap 5100 cross-cut saw
and celebrates its 40-year
anniversary. System TM is now a
worldwide exporter with an
annual turnover of 30 million Euro,
of which nearly 100% accounts
for exports.

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