A Proud History of Innovation

Seventy years on, industry pioneer Alerick Lundberg’s admirable energy and vision continue to manifest themselves in the ongoing success of A.H. Lundberg Systems.

The corporate roots of A.H. Lundberg Systems run deep, and we are proud of our ability to call upon seven decades of practical experience helping customers around the globe meet and exceed process improvement, energy reduction and environmental compliance requirements for a wide range of industrial processes.

The Beginnings 1920 – 1950

The history of A.H. Lundberg Systems dates back to the 1920s, when Alerick Halvar Lundberg began his career with a sulfite pulp manufacturer on the East Coast of the United States. Lundberg later joined the J.D. Jennsen company, a prominent designer and supplier of acid manufacturing and recovery systems for the sulfite pulp industry, and in the early 1930s relocated to Seattle to become their West Coast representative.

During this period, the pulping industry in general was moving from the sulfite process to the kraft pulping process, with many new, large mills being built in the Southern states. The West Coast was home to several sulfite-based pulp mills, and in order for them to survive, they needed to modernize and upgrade their equipment. Lundberg was quite successful in obtaining a large amount of this business for the J.D. Jennsen Company and came to be known as “Mr. Sulfite“ all along the West Coast.

In the 1930s, it was clear that the kraft pulping process was the future of the industry. He began to develop relationships with the Scandinavian companies supplying equipment for the kraft process, eventually becoming the West Coast representative of Paper Machinery Ltd. (PML) and Svenska Flaktfabriken (SF). PML was the exclusive North American licensee of Karlstad Merkanske Werkstad (KMW), a company that would become one of the parties forming the company “Kamyr.” Although Lundberg was becoming more active in the kraft pulping industry, he continued to serve the sulfite pulping industry, eventually developing a series of technical papers that were ultimately published in hardcover format as Acid Making in the Sulfite Pulping Industry in the mid-1940s.

1950 - 2000

In 1954, Lundberg established his own company: A.H. Lundberg, Inc. (AHLI), to serve as a representative for key companies in the pulping industry. His son, Lennart Alerick Lundberg, joined him in this venture after gaining extensive industry experience with Kamyr in Sweden, focusing on continuous digester development.

The year also witnessed the formation of Lundberg Ahlen Equipment, Ltd (LAEL). Jointly owned by A.H. Lundberg and longtime friend Tore Ahlen, the company was based in Vancouver, BC, and formed by the partners to serve the Canadian pulping industry. The histories of AHLI and LAEL, along with their successor companies, remained closely intertwined from this period through the 1980s. They collaborated to introduce technical innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to the pulping industry, and were able to leverage their reputations on the West Coast to expand throughout North America and the world.

In addition to representing Kamyr and others, AHLI developed its own evaporation technology and ventured into processes peripheral to the fiber line. These processes included environmental solutions (collection and destruction of non-condensable gases and foul condensate stripping), heat recovery (from batch kraft blow heat and thermomechanical pulping), and by-product recovery (turpentine and soap).

2000 - 2023

A.H. Lundberg Systems Limited was established in 2000 under the direction of entrepreneurial Canadian process engineer Bruce Der. Since then, AHLS has grown into a leading provider of cutting-edge environmental systems around the globe to a wide range of industries such as oil and gas, mining, chemicals, and pulp and paper. The company is proud of its well-earned reputation for deep and diverse experience, excellent project management, and a comprehensive product and services portfolio, and to this day AHLS continues to thrive by delivering flexible and innovative EPC solutions to its growing list of international clients.

Seventy years on, the Lundberg legacy is in good hands.

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