Timeline

Elmo was founded in 1931. The early days as a small shoe leather company have over the years evolved to become a pioneering supplier of sustainable leathers to international companies in the automotive, furniture and many other interior requiring sectors. Our history spans over nearly 90 years, all over the globe.
1931

Established by Gustav Elmquist with production of shoe leather

1935

Sold to KF

1969

Investment in machinery to produce full hides enables us to move into automotive and furniture industry

1972

Development of our first furniture leather elmolux (printed pigmented leather)

1978

Increased focus on furniture leather with development of elmoclassic arizona and softline

1980's

Penetration of the premium automotive market

1982

Opening of sales office in Highpoint, NC. Elmo Leather of America

1983

Development of elmosoft and elmorustical (chrome tanned)

1985

Development of elmotique

1989

Aquisition of ALMC, American Leather in New Jersey

1980-90s

Driving the industry by switching from solvent-based coatings to water-based coatings – Excelling in air emission reduction and still a benchmark

1994

KF sells 53% of elmo shares to Nordic Capitals

2000

With the aquisition of Swewi in Denmark, Elmo start production of chrome free leather

2001

Elmo Leather of America in NJ is closed and production is moved to Sweden

2004

Swewi is closed and production moved to HQ in Sweden

2005

Opening of our water cleaning facility

2010

Rino Mastrotto Group acquires Elmo Leather

2016

Opening of a Sales office in Detroit serving the North American automotive industry – Elmo of America