Trangia was founded in 1925 by John E. Jonsson. His passion for technology and his zeal as a designer were demonstrated at an early age. Rejecting life as a farmer, John and his father-in-law decided to start the company that for generations has been leading the Swedish windproof stove industry. They started out manufacturing household pots in aluminium. However, as the number of holidays increased for Swedish workers in the 1930s, the demand for camping equipment grew. Trangia decided to focus on the development of cooking products specifically for camping.
In 1938 John’s two sons, Olle and Erik, started working with their father and 1951 the first prototype of the Trangia stove system was developed and launched. The idea was to build a compact and complete cooking system burning liquid fuel, as this was the most efficient form of fuel and also the easiest to use. In the 1970s, Erik’s sons, Bengt and Lennart, joined their father at Trangia. Today Bengt is the CEO and Lennart is responsible for technical development. The company and its inventiveness have been passed down from generation to generation and in more recent years the 4th generation has started taking an active role in the company.