RBM is part of Scandinavian Business Seating, Scandinavia’s leading group in the design and production of office chairs and seating solutions for private and public office environments. The group owns the Scandinavian brands HÅG, RBM and RH, which work together to realise the group’s vision to: “Make the world a better place to sit”.
Scandinavian Business Seating is originated in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Its head office is in Oslo. The company has more than 470 employees and achieved a turnover of around NOK 1,003 million in 2013.
History - RBM with roots in Denmark
The Rabami (RBM) company was established in 1975.
In 1998 RBM acquired the company Smithco Line, which manufactured canteen and conference furniture, and built a new factory and showroom in Vissenbjerg on Fyn in Denmark. A year later the companies merged into the RBM Group A/S. The company grew through the acquisition of the Dutch project furniture factory CAR in 2002. The same year all activities were merged into one company: RBM A/S.
In 2004 RBM A/S acquired the Norwegian office chair manufacturer STÅL OG STIL. In 2006 all manufacturing was moved to Fjerritslev in Denmark. Ratos, a Swedish investment company, acquired 100% of the shares in RBM and Swedish RH Form. In 2007 the Norwegian office chair manufacturer, HÅG, was added to the Ratos Group. The company was founded in June 2007 and changed its name to Scandinavian Business Seating in the autumn of 2008 following an integration and consolidation process in 2007 between the companies HÅG, RH Form and RBM. From 2014 Scandinavian Business Seating is backed by solid owners, the private equity investment firm Triton.
Danish furniture, in Sweden
Scandinavian Business Seating moved the production of RBM’s products from Denmark to Sweden in 2009. The factory is currently located in Nässjö in Småland, at the heart of the Swedish furniture industry. The Danish soul of the RBM brand, with a long history of furniture design, is tailored for the Swedish and Småland traditions in furniture manufacturing. It's the best of both worlds.
The ambition is to further rationalize the group’s total production capacity. This is also a step in strengthening RBM's products and brand, and will contribute towards improved competitiveness and our ability to serve our customers.