Leading Fastening Specialists

Rapid is in control of the whole product process starting with research & development, manufacturing, distribution and all the way to marketing. Constant improvement of this process has made Rapid the leading fastening specialist in 120 countries all over the world.

We work in three business areas:
OFFICE – staplers and hole punches in the office and at home; 

TOOLS – professional tools for building & construction as well as devoted renovation, repair, decoration and hobby work at home; INSIDE SOLUTIONS – insert stapling units for copiers, printers and document handling systems.


Since 2010, the Rapid brand has been part of the Esselte Corporation. Headquarters and manufacturing for Tools is in Hestra, Sweden with manufacturing and warehouses in St Amé, France and Shanghai, China. And in 2011, the 1000 employees created a turnover of €11M. The broad Tools product portfolio consists of manual, electric and pneumatic tackers and nail-guns, staples, brads and nails, hammer-tackers, hot air guns and glue-guns & glue. Our core values – tradition, design and innovation – has resulted in efficient fixing-products that express simplicity. Add to this Swedish engineering and quality and you will end up with SVENSK EFFIXITY.

 

 

A Story about Entrepreneurship and Smart Engineering

In 1936 Olle Westlund and a friend established Hestra Celluloid & Sportvarufabrik in their own 40 sqm workshop. After some disagreements Olle was on his own in 1938 working with celluloid (a precursor to clear plastic), making map sleeves for military use and face covers for motorcyclists. The armaments race in Europe at the time, led to a shortage of many everyday items. Isaberg Verkstads AB – the new company name – soon produced hair curlers and cycle bells. Thus metalwork was introduced in the company.

The map sleeves were assembled with staples using stapling pliers imported from Germany. In 1942 a bomb hit the German factory and the import of pliers ceased. Olle and Simon acted fast, and only 5 months later started the production of Rapid 1. This model, only slightly modified, is still made under the name K1 and is still a bestseller with around 900.000 units per year.

 

Staff in front of the factory, 1943

R13 manual tacker K1 stapling pliers Founder Olie Westlund with K2, around 1950

 

Model 1 was followed by the legendary stapler K2 (has been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York), hole punches, staples and a wide variety of other models. The first hammer-tacker was made in 1950 and the first stapling-gun in '57. And now, the company passed its 75-year jubilee with honour. Still with feet buried deep in the soil of the vast forests of the Småland area in Sweden. Still cherishing tradition, design and innovation. Still working hard, making Svensk effixity happen for professionals and DIY-users, all over the world.