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1964: Engineer Henning Hansen establishes OBTEC in modest surroundings in Odense, Denmark. The business operation was remanufacturing and repair of brake drums and brake shoes.

1970ies: Development of mass production. During the 1970ies the production capacity was extended several times. In 1976 a new factory was built in Svendborg, Denmark (today's SBS headquarters). The brand name SBS was introduced together with a series of asbestos free motorcycle brake pads.

1980ies: OBTEC grows rapidly especially due to the motorcycle brake pads which are now sold to customers all over the world. In 1989 OBTEC became listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange

1990ies: Continued organic growth and acquisition of a Danish manufacturer of brake discs and drums forming the basis of a new successful business area. 

2000: OBTEC merges with another Danish company involved in the automotive spare parts industry: Nordjysk Kobling  (NK) with roots back to the 1930ies. The most important NK operations are import and distribution of spare parts in Denmark and Germany and a factory remanufacturing brake calipers. 

2003: OBTEC changes its name to  Scandinavian Brake Systems A/S (SBS).

2005-2006: SBS goes into a new business area by taking over Notox A/S which develops and manufactures diesel particulate filters

2007: A new state-of-the-art diesel particulate filter factory is built in Svendborg. SBS takes over Roulunds Braking's French distribution company for automoitve parts

2009-2010: Due to the financial crisis SBS has to slow down the activities in Notox. Consequently a new aggressive strategy plan with focus on the core SBS business areas within friction, brake calipers and supply chain is adopted. Notox continues its filter production activities on a subcontractor basis

2011: SBS establishes a joint venture with FTE Automotive GmbH regarding caliper remanufacturing in Presov / Slovakia. 

2014: SBS divests its brake caliper production to FTE Automotive GmbH and re-establishes its equity.

2016: SBS Automotive packing operation for brake discs and drums moved from Holstebro (DK) to Stettin (PL).

2016: The Notox division is close, and all assets are sold subsequently.