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The IRO brand

Vandewiele NV, Belgium has owned the companies of IRO AB and Aros Electronics AB with their respective assets since 2000. The two companies have worked closely together since the late 1970s and since 2012 have been a joint organization. To further strengthen the Swedish operations, we have decided to merge the common resources under the new name Vandewiele Sweden AB from January 1, 2021.

The IRO brand and its operations remain unchanged within Vandewiele Sweden AB with unchanged VAT and bank account numbers. Vandewiele Sweden AB will use IRO AB:s former organisation number 556512-9417 from November, 2020.

The new company has approximately 250 employees and sales of SEK 750 million.

Vandewiele Sweden AB

Site Ulricehamn
Karlsnäsvägen 7, SE-523 37 Ulricehamn, Sweden – Telephone +46 321 297 00

Site Mölndal
Östergårdsgatan 12, SE-431 53 Mölndal, Sweden – Telephone +46 31 776 82 00

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We develop, produce and promote equipment for the textile industry.

Aros front logo


Motor and electronic products with the brand name Aros electronics.

IRO Milestones

  1. The Rosen tape, the world’s first positive yarn feeding system.

  2. Introduction of the SFS, the first storage feeder for knitting machines.

  3. Hailed the debut of the first weaving feeder, the SFW with revolving spool-body.

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  4. The 8007 series, the first weft feeder equipped with microprocessor control and “straight through” yarn path.

  5. IRO acquired Memminger GmbH and centralised the development and production of knitting products to Dornstetten in Germany.

  6. The group was further strengthened by the acquisition of the Italian weft-feeder producer ROJ Electrotex.

  7. Operation in China started.

  8. The IRO group was acquired by Van de Wiele, the worlds leading producer of carpet weaving machines.

  9. The introduction of the X2 range, including permanent magnet motor technology – the most advanced weft-feeding system on the market.

  10. The first serially produced permanent magnet motors delivered to customers outside of the textile field

  11. The introduction of the XD X2 range, customised weft-feeders supplying unique solutions for demanding applications.

  12. The Chrono X3 and the XD X3 series are introduced into the market.

  13. IRO AB and AROS ELECTRONICS AB merge into one business unit with three divisions; Industrial Division, Vehicle Division and Textile Division.

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  15. IRO AB changes company name to Vandewiele Sweden AB