Öhlins Racing AB comes back home to Sweden
This morning the Company founder Kenth Öhlin
has reclaimed a 95% share of the world
famous suspension manufacturer Öhlins Racing AB
after a 25 year long, prosperous
cooperation with the Yamaha Group. The company
has grown to an annual turnover of
€52 million with 235 employees with distributors
in more than 50 countries on all continents.
Öhlins Racing AB is also represented with
subsidiary offices in Germany and USA.
It all started back in 1975 when Kenth Öhlin,
26 years old, founded the company that became
the most prestigious suspension brands in the
world – Öhlins Racing AB.
With a core business focus on high
performance racing and technological excellence
the young Sweden
soon got a high reputation in the racing
community and the company prospered.
During the years that followed Öhlins Racing
AB entered new business areas such as ATV,
snowmobiles, automotive and the vast street
racing motorcycle sector. The urge to find new,
solutions to the challenges within the
suspension industry, resulted in new patents
In 1987 Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. became the
majority owner of Öhlins Racing AB though the
suspension manufacturer continued to be an
independent, dynamic company. The support from
Yamaha was necessary to realize all the ideas
that Kenth had in mind.
One of the most well known products that were
born thanks to the new cooperation was the CES
valve. The CES valve was patented in 1984 and
now, more than 20 years later the automotive
has fully understood the power of the
Continuously Controlled Suspension System. Today
Ford, Audi and Mercedes use the system in their
cars and in the end of 2008 the total number of
delivered CES valves exceeds 1 000 000 units.
Kenth Öhlin has never left the day-to-day
management despite the fact that he travels the
represent the brand as the president of the
company. His motivation and endless energy has
the staff throughout the years and the focus has
After several months of negotiations Yamaha
Group and Kenth Öhlin have found a strong ground
further cooperation. The bond between Yamaha and
Öhlins Racing AB is as strong as ever but now
with a change of the majority stake. Kenth Öhlin
owns from today, the 21 December 2007, 95% of
shares in the company, bringing the company back
home to Swedish soil once again.
Öhlins Racing AB is looking forward to the
coming years with great expectations. New
innovations are about to be realized the coming
years and it is with great pride and
satisfaction that the
products from Öhlins Racing AB continues to be a
Swedish quality product, made in Sweden owned
by the founder of the company.
For further company information, please
For further information, please contact:
Johnny Bräster, Vice President, cell phone: +46