Our story

Traditions and skills make Manner unique

Manner has been operating since 1890 and is a Hanko-based family company whose first products were sheet metal work. For example, the nationally famous Finnish biscuits ‘Hangon Keksi’ were packaged in tin containers manufactured by Manner soon after the company was established. Over the decades, business activities expanded into such fields as mechanical engineering, steel component production and metal casting.
The first castor products, wagon bogies, were manufactured in the 1930s, and castors made from sheet metal have been in production since the early 1950s. The castors were chosen as one of Manner’s areas of specialisation, and the development has been strong ever since. The first plastic castors were manufactured in the 1960s, and since 1974 castors have been Manner’s only product group. Since the 1980s the company has concentrated on strengthening its own product range and expanding its activities in global markets. The first castor entirely made of plastic was manufactured in 1998, and winning the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2010 was another important milestone. In the following year, Manner launched the first castor equipped with a central locking system, e-SMART.

Manner's story

1890
1890

1890

Juho Manner founds the company, which produces kitchenware and tin roofs

1899
1899

1899

The company’s new activities include a sports shop and bicycle rentals

1914
1914

1914

Focus on workshop operations

1922
1922

1922

The company moves to Pitkäkatu, where it still operates today

1930
1930

1930

Manner’s products include wagon bogies

1974
1974

1974

Focus on castors as the only products

1994
1994

1994

The first castor entirely made of plastic

2010
2010

2010

e-SMART and SMART win the international Red Dot Design Award

2011
2011

2011

The first castor equipped with a central locking system, e-SMART, is launched on the market

2017
2017

2017

Mikko Lietzen joins as Managing Director