New book on 450 years of industrial history

The Chalmers researcher Patrik Ekheimer is co-author of the book “Papper och massa i Skåne, Halland, Blekinge och Gotland” (“Paper and pulp in Skåne, Halland, Blekinge and Gotland”) published in December 2012. The book, part of a large series about the Swedish forest industry, is a recollection of 450 years of industrial history in forty-six paper mills, six of which still exist today. The series has been initiated by the trade organization The Swedish Forest Industries Federation. The book includes the story of how Hylte Mill became Europe’s largest newsprint mill, but is also about the extensive plans to allow waste water to run straight out into the Bay of Laholm.

When the historical committee of the Forest Industries Federation asked Patrik Ekheimer to participate in the production of the book “Papper och massa i Skåne, Halland, Blekinge och Gotland” he wasn’t slow to accept. There are several reasons why Patrik is interested in paper mills in general and Hylte Mill outside Halmstad in particular. One is that he lives in Halmstad, another that the forest industry is a cornerstone of the Swedish economy. With export shares of more than 85 per cent, the pulp and paper mills have been important elements in the build-up of the Swedish welfare society since the 19th century.

– I have a background as an electrical engineer and therefore I’ve developed a special interest in energy issues. Hylte Mill accounts for one per cent of Sweden’s electricity consumption and is thus one of the most energy-intensive industries in the country, Patrik explains.

Patrik has written two of the book chapters and the background material has mainly been collected from Hylte Mill’s company archives, the Wallenberg archives at Djurgården, the Art Museum of Halland and the Industry and Commerce archives in Halland.

Text: Annica Eijlinder
Photos: Jan-Olof Yxell
Translation: Eva Burford

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Fact: Patrik Ekheimer conducts his research at the Division of Technology and Society, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers. In October 2011, he successfully defended his doctoral thesis “Klorkartellen – en industrihistorisk balansakt” (in Swedish).