The journey begins
QleanAir’s journey begins in 1988 with the vision of Peter Bjersten, a Swedish firefighter. With his knowledge and experience dealing with smoke, along with his valuable resources, Peter was determined on developing solutions that trapped smoke and cleaned the air; inevitably helping others combat passive smoking issues. The result was developing of the Smoking Room ”Excelent”.
Smoking laws implemented in Sweden
Tobacco Legislation in Sweden is enforced, leading to the development of smoking rooms.
Smoking cabins introduced
A worthwhile collaboration with Håkan Lindström and Peter Bjersten results in their first, free standing, open smoking cabin being presented at a trade show.
Smoke Free Systems was founded
Due to the success of the smoking cabins, the company Smoke Free Systems is founded in Stockholm (Sweden) by the fireman Peter Bjersten, the entrepreneur Håkan Lindström and the bankman Hartwig Friedl. The company expanded to Nordic markets.
Nordic sales begin, following a prompt expansion to Europe.
In September 2008 entrance into Japanese market.
Priveq Investment Fund IV L.P. becomes the new majority owner of Smoke Free Systems, with a turnover of approx. SEK 200 million.
Dan Pitulia, investor along with Priveq Fund, was appointed to new CEO of Smoke Free Systems in connection with the investment.
The company is renamed
Smoke Free Systems is renamed QleanAir Scandinavia. While remaining true to a detailed 20 year history of providing superior smoke cleaning solutions, the new company is symbolic of the re-focus on the core technology being the delivery of clean air solutions.
Launch of turn-key cleanroom – QleanSpace™
QleanSpace cleanrooms, premiers in March 2013 at ContaminExpo in Paris (France).
Award-winning innovation prize in Shanghai
QleanAir Scandinavia wins the award for “Outstanding Popular Science Product Award” by the Shanghai Science Expo / PSPE in Shanghai (China), for their AirQlean Low 115 air cleaner.
QleanAir Scandinavia signs a landmark, exclusive deal with Memorial Hermann (USA)
QleanAir Scandinavia signed a landmark, exclusive deal with Memorial Hermann Healthcare, one of the nation's top 15 healthcare systems, that will bring USP 797 and 800 compliance to them ahead of regulatory deadlines.