The company takes its name from the village of Gunnebo in the south-east of Sweden. It was here that Hans Hultman opened a forge in 1764 and started to produce hammers. This small business grew steadily and by the 1800s several factories were opened.
The old metal-working business was acquired in 1995 by venture capital company, HIDEF. HIDEF adopted the Gunnebo name and took the decision to focus all of the company's efforts on delivering security.
Gunnebo grew through the acquisition of a number of security providers from around the globe.
These included Fichet-Bauche, a listed company on the French stock exchange with a history in safes dating back to 1825, and Chubbsafes, a globally recognised brand of safes established in the UK in 1818.
Today Gunnebo works with these and other key brands both globally and locally.
Gunnebo Industries is split off from the rest of the organisation.
Gunnebo AB begins the process of integrating the acquisitions made over the previous 12 years into the Gunnebo Security Group.
Gunnebo China is established and offices open in Shanghai.
The Gunnebo Security Group acquires the Security Products division of API Security Holdings, a market leader in Australia supplying safes and cash handling solutions to the bank, retail and commercial sectors.
The Gunnebo Security Group increases its ownership in Brazilian joint venture, Gateway Security SA, to create a platform for expansion in South America.
The Gunnebo Security Group opens its first factory in China. The Kunshan plant will supply security solutions for public transport metro systems.
Gunnebo Malaysia opens its doors becoming the 32nd local sales company in the Gunnebo Security Group.
The Gunnebo Security Group acquires Hamilton Safe, the second largest supplier of safes to banks and government authorities in the USA.
The Gunnebo Security Group acquires all the shares in leading Korean turnstiles distributor, ATG Entrance Corporation and establishes its own sales company in South Korea.
The Group also expands with new representative offices in Thailand and Myanmar.