The original Swedish business, Eskilstuna Modellsnickeri, was founded in 1961 by Åke Andersson and his business partner Ingvar Karlsson. The work undertaken at that time was wholly artisanal: the joiner made each model from scratch from a drawing, prototype or hand-crafted model.
By the 1960s, industrial model-making had become a precision skill, requiring both attention to detail and design flair, but also know-how in the various casting processes and the ability to think and visualise in three dimensions.
At that time, the industrial model-maker made each model largely by hand with the aid of machining tools such as cutting, planing, milling and sanding machines. The medium in those days was typically wood.
The work consisted mainly of supplying models for the foundry industry, but even early on, the company was making demonstration models and basic prototypes for direct customers.
Following corporate succession, the company’s various divisions were hived off in 1995 and the limited company Modellteknik AB was formed.
Over the years, Modellteknik evolved into a state-of-the-art manufacturing business run by second-generation successor Roger Andersson.
Since November 2020, Modellteknik has been part of the listed industrial XANO group.