Ring ChairTech – the story
The very modest beginning of Ring ChairTech (previously known as Ring Mekanikk) took place in Moelv, in the vicinity of Lillehammer, Norway in 1942. The first product lines were toolboxes for sewing kits. After the end of WW2, radios were again allowed in Norway and RCT started to produce cabinets for radios and record players. Shortly after, the first chair-mechanism, based on automotive torsion bar technology known from among others VW and Porsche, was developed and patented.
The first patent
In 1950 Ring Mekanikk obtained a patent from “Styret for det industrielle rettsvern», (The Board of the industrial property rights), for its “tilting device for office chairs.” This patent, along with license production in the United States, proved to be essential for Ring Mekanikk’s further expansion.
A modern production
Our value chain/production is located in Ogre, 20 km from Riga in Latvia. RCT has automated processes in stamping, welding and machining, streamlined in a low cost country located close to our customers. For the future our strategy for the Ogre production site is world class assembly. Gathering components from our own production and selected sub suppliers to the benefit of our customers.
The development of mechanisms laid the foundation for RCT’s knowhow in ergonomically principles and the importance of implementing these principles in the chair mechanisms. This philosophy still dominates RCT’s approach toward furniture with a reclining or tilting motion and is appreciated by some of Europe’s most prestigious chair manufacturers.
One of the milestones in our rail seating was the development of state-of-the-art seats to the Norwegian Airport Express. In this project, RCT was awarded an honourable second place in “The Swedish Steel Prize” for the innovative use of lightweight steel in order to reduce the train chairs weight by more than 30%.
RCT is involved in several projects in supplying train chairs in the Norwegian market as well as supplying chair mechanisms to the European railway market. Lately, RCT has won very prestigious contracts – against heavy international competition – of supplying the seats for the Norwegian State Railways long distance train and also for new trains built for Flytoget, Norway. This has provided us with the stepping stone to further expansion in the field of transport seating.
Today Ring ChairTech has developed into an innovative supplier of seating technology with highly skilled personell engaged in R&D, production, quality, sales and management. Our past has been based upon steel and torsion bar technology. Our future will in addition incorporate other materials (as aluminium and composite) and other technology enhancing seating comfort. RCT is supporting a worldwide market and has over 95 % export. Over the years, we have sold close to 11.000.000 chair mechanisms. RCT has its head office and main administration and product development in Moelv, 150 km north of Oslo, Norway. Ring ChairTech has a production site, Ring ChairTech Baltic, located in Ogre – 40 km southeast of Riga, Latvia. Ring ChairTech Baltic is a 100 % owned subsidiary of RCT.