From ROMO to Nordic Comfort Products

1932 - 1950

Functionalism and two young enthusiasts were the beginning of Nordic Comfort Production, then known as ROMO. In 1932, Lorang Berg and Oskar Moberg passed by a stack of steel pipes and decided to start a steel pipe furniture production.

A factory that fulfills functionality, good mass products that combine design with modern materials and production techniques. They called the factory ROMO and produced steel pipe furniture, wardrobes, filing cabinets, archive shelves and other office equipment.

1950 - 1970

The company grew to become one of the leading suppliers of steel pipe furniture for school systems and in particular seatings for buses, trams, and cars. Additionally, in the 1950s, they produced over 4000 wardrobes and 2500 steel cabinets.

Smart solutions were at focus during the 1950s - both in terms of the use of aircrafts both as a transport and freight solution and in relation to collapsible aircraft seats. Function had to be able to change quickly from passenger transport during the day to mail freight at night. Seating comfort and function were thus very important. The company continued to develop seating solutions for various purposes and various steel products.

In 1957, ROMO received a request to produce the front seats in all Volvo cars - a delivery of 20,000 seats. The factory's owner Moberg feared that such a large order would tie up too much of the production capacity, and thereby the risk of losing other important customers. The company, therefore, decided to focus on other opportunities in the market.

1970 - 1980

The material of this century was plastic. In the 1970s, mass production of chairs was started based on the new Nordic Shell designed by Norwegian modernist Bendt Winge. The plastic shell became very popular and is delivered in large quantities, both with and without a pillow in the seat and armrests.

The Nordic plastic shell was launched after 2 years of work where doctors as Sophie's Minde, and "sit-right" specialist Dr.Seiffarts were consulted. Bendt Winge received the Label for Good Design for the chair with the name R-49. The "R" in many of our product names refers to ROMO.

Nordic Products AS was established in 1973 and takes over the part of ROMO that supplies steel furniture. The business grew very successful and did at this time export furniture to countries such as Canada, England, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, Lebanon, Switzerland, and Austria. The export share was 82% in 1974.

1980 - 1990

The success continued and by 1984 Nordic Products AS had 10 employees and was supplying high-quality furniture with a healthy and reliable business model and a turnover of NOK 14 million. From the annual report in 1987, one could read that "our models are up to date, sell well and satisfy public and general requirements". In 1989 the production moved from Oslo to Hemnesberget, in an old wooden boat factory.

1990 - 2000

Success continues in the Hemnesberget. In 1990, 55,000 copies of R-48 were sold and Nordic Products AS achieved a turnover of NOK 20 million.

The product range in 1990 was chairs of type R-48, R-45, and R-58 plus tables of type R-40, R-70, R-90 + some pillows and shells. In 1994, Nordic Products AS has 12 employees. The same year, 12,000 chairs and 6,000 tables are delivered to the Olympics in Lillehammer. The company changed its name to Nordic Comfort Products AS in 1995.

NCP then made an international commitment and became a partner in a joint-venture project with Norad, where the company Grip Nordic was established in Sri Lanka. The company laminates various furniture products in rubber timber, a waste product from rubber products in Sri Lanka.

During the period 1990 - 1999, the product range has been expanded to include chairs, tables, office chairs and office furniture to a total of about 55 product types.

2000 - 2010

The product portfolio is expanded and NCP launches the Rio chair in 2001/2002, a new plastic chair with a steel base. Rio is quickly becoming a great success and after all NCP's bestseller.

NCP launches the office chair "Inno" in 2003, is one of our best-selling office chairs over the years. NCP has a turnover of NOK 39.6 million in 2007, and the company needs more space - a separate assembly hall of 800 m2 was therefore built next to the warehouse.

2017 - now

The focus is now, more than ever, on design. This involves collaboration with various designers, such as Tor G. Lundenes, Andersen & Voll and Snøhetta.

Tor G. Lundenes designs the chair CODA which is launched in 2010 and in 2012, NORDIC LIGHT, a new lightweight conference table in aluminum was launched. Cooperation with the design company Andersen & Voll results in the new plastic shell chair Public and the table series HUB which will be launched in 2014.

In April 2012, NCP will be ISO-certified for quality and the environment, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, respectively. In 2017, work will begin on investigating the possibilities in recycled plastic, and a collaboration will be initiated with Sintef Manufacturing at Raufoss. Focus on sustainability, circular economy and reuse of plastic will be important to implement in further developments and new product designs. In 2018, a collaboration between Snøhetta and Nordic Comfort Products led to a structural redesign of Bendt Wing's classic R-48 chair from the late sixties through the environmental chair S-1500.

Winge's R-Series chairs for schools and offices have sold more than 6 million units worldwide. The new chair - known as the environmental chair S-1500, is produced by replaced nets, ropes and pipes supplied by local fish farming companies such as Kvarøy Fiskeoppdrett and Nova Sea. By eliminating the need to use new raw materials in production, the chair has a carbon footprint that is one of the lowest in the market. This is now being extended to other self-produced products in the portfolio.