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Christian Backer – the inventor

 

Christian Backer was the inventor of the revolutionary Backer process. With this invention the world received a new heating component that was easily adapted to many different heating requirements, from households to industry, known as the Backer element.

 

Christian Backer was born in Flisa, between Kongsvinger and Elverum in the Hedmark county in Norway. He began to study at a young age, and was interested in research. After his school leaving examination in Kongsvinger he was an assistant to a professor at the Technical University in Trondheim, where he was also able to continue his studies. The professor was working on obtaining pure magnesium from sea water.

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Christian Backer

 

Christian Backer soon saw the possibility of using pure magnesium, which had good electrical conductive properties, to form magnesium oxide. It is one of the substances with the very best insulating properties, and it is also an impressive heat conductor, even at high temperatures.

With a spiral of resistant magnesium wire inserted in a protective tubing, the central function and basic components were established. Now it was a matter of converting the electrically conductive magnesium into an insulator. Christian Backer did this by introducing steam under very high pressure in an autoclave. Under this pressure the magnesium was dissolved, and magnesium hydroxide was formed. In a subsequent heat process, the magnesium hydroxide was converted into magnesium oxide and water.

 

Christian Backer’s unique and fundamental idea was named the Backer process. The original patent dates from 1921, and has continually been expanded and refined in a series of subsequent patents. Christian Backer’s objective was to develop a product which could be used as the heating element in an electric cooking plate. His idea was that the electric cooking plate could become an alternative to the gas stove.

 

Christian Backer emigrated to Canada, and in Ottawa he built up facilities where he could carry out experiments and develop his patent further. In Canada, Christian Backer also developed a total concept for production facilities and began to sell licenses for the production concept.

After World War II, Christian Backer also wanted to start a factory in Sweden, especially since his wife, Elsa, came from a Swedish family. The landowner, Nils Bernerup at Stora Bernstorp, and Erik Nilsson from Svalöv, Member of the Riksdag, were strongly interested in the business, and in 1949 Backer Elektrovärme AB was established in Sösdala in Scania, Sweden.

The main factory of Backer Elektrovärme AB (now Backer BHV) is still in Sösdala, and in 1999 the company celebrated its 60-year jubilee. Norske Backer was established in Kongsvinger in 1969, and celebrated its 40-year jubilee in 2009.

 

Acquisition of the mechanical section

In the autumn of 2014 Backer acquired the neighbouring company, Wictek, and expanded into mechanical production. Wictek was started in 1991 as a mechanical company. We have merged the company into our mechanical section. Since the acquisition, we have developed as consultants and versatile providers of services in industrial automation. At present this section has the equivalent of ten full-time employees.

 

We are located in the Siva industrial area, with production facilities specially designed for our requirements and those of our customers. The facility consists of 1500 m2 of buildings.

The mechanical section aims to promote growth and increased efficiency in our customers’ businesses. We make every effort to contribute to their progress and success, and today we work together in close partnerships with our customers on mutually profitable assignments.

 

The Backer Group

The Backer Group is owned by Nibe Elements, and is part of Nibe Industries, located in Markaryd in Sweden. See www.nibe.comexternal link for more details.

 

Backer BHV in Sweden is the parent company, with its head office in Sösdala in Scania, Sweden. In addition to operations in Norway and Sweden, the group also has production sections in Poland, the Czech Republic and Italy. The factory in Sweden manufactures most of the group’s products with focus on major customers for components. It specialises in aluminium elements, load resisters and elements with integrated temperature regulation and temperature limiters.

In addition to general capacities, Norske Backer – which is located in the Siva industrial area in Kongsvinger – specialises in explosion-proof products for the offshore, oil and gas industries. The Backer Group are market leaders in Scandinavia in their product area.

 

The group is also one of the leading manufacturers in Europe. Products are sold as components to a large number of sectors and to meet industrial needs. Long-term relationships are formed with most customers, and an important element of working up the market is to take part in customers’ development processes at an early stage. Close links are forged with customers by building up delivery systems to reduce quantities of goods tied up in stocks and increase flexibility.

 

Strategy

The Backer Group carries a complete range of components and systems for electric heating for the European market. The group is represented locally, and customers range from smaller industrial customers to major buyers of components. This strategy calls for an organisation with technical end commercial expertise, experienced employees and machine facilities for cost-efficient production and high productivity.

 

Business concept

  • Norske Backer AS aims to be Norway’s leading manufacturer of electric heating products.
  • Norske Backer AS aims to be Norway’s leading supplier of heating solutions adapted to customer requirements.
  • Our markets are onshore industry, and the oil and gas industry.
  • We aim to base our success on the quality of our deliveries, efficient processes, competence development and innovation.

MILEPÆLER

  • 1949

    FOUNDATION OF BACKER

    Backer was starten in Söstala in Sweden

  • 1969

    FOUNDATION OF NORSKE BACKER

    Norske Backer was started and began operations in Kongsvinger with mass production of heating elements

  • 1996

    DEPARTMENT IN PYROX

    Norske Backer took over a department in Pyrox, and started production of EX-certified heating products.

  • 2000

    DEPARTMENT IN MOSS

    We took over the department in Moss, which was oriented toward the plastics industry. Among other things, production of Mica elements was started.

  • 2003

    TERMOS IN OSLO

    Acquisition of the competitor, Termos in Oslo, which manufactures heating batteries.

  • 2006

    FAVORIT IN OSLO

    Backer took over Favoritt in Oslo and started production of steatite elements.

  • 2008

    NEW LOCATION

    We moved from Langeland in Kongsvinger to SIVA, Kongsvinger. All volume production was also transferred to Backer OBR in Poland.

  • 2014

    MECHANICAL PRODUCTION

    Backer took over Wictek in Kongsvinger, and thus all their mechanical production.

  • 2015

    FINNED PIPE OVENS

    Backer took over Proko in Oslo and started production of finned pipe ovens.

OUR RESPONSIBILITY

We have signed the UN Global Compact. This means that in running our business we follow the internationally recognised principles to meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and we expect our business partners to follow the same basic principles.

 

All Backer employees must know our values, business principles and working methods, which are set out in three leaflets and available in fourteen languages. These leaflets set out the framework for all our business activities and apply to all our employees around the world.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

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QUALITY POLICY

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CONFLICT MINERALS

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NORSKE BACKER

Postboks 203, Midtbyen
No-2201 Kongsvinger
Norway
Phone +47 628 28 828
[email protected]
www.norskebacker.noexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER BHV AB

Fabriksgatan 11
SE-282 71 Sösdala
Sweden
Phone +46 451 661 00
[email protected]
www.backer.euexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER CALESCO

Västra Åvägen 11
SE-734 51 Kolbäck
Sweden
Phone +46-220 453 00
[email protected] www.backercalesco.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER-CALESCO FRANCE SARL

20 rue de la vilette
F-69328 Lyon Cedex 03
France
+33 4 26 68 50 37 / +33 6 24 32 08 03 (foil heating for automotive),
+33 6 26 87 10 14 (other heating technologies)
[email protected]
www.backercalesco.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER ELC AG

Wynentalstrasse 1 CH 5723
Teufenthal
Switzerland
Phone +41 62 837 62 80
[email protected]
www.backerelc.chexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER ELEKTRO CZ A.S.

Policská 444
CZ-539 01 Hlinsko
Czech Republic
Phone +420 46 9802 524
[email protected]
www.backer-elektro.czexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER ELTOP S.R.O

Miretice 32
CZ-539 55 Miretice
Czech Republic
Phone +420 469 344 176
[email protected]
www.eltoppraha.czexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER FACSA, S.L.

Ctra de Ribes, KM 50
ES-08591 Aiguafreda
Spain
Phone +34 938 44 26 00
b[email protected]
www.backerfacsa.esexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER FER S.R.L.

Via Statale 55 NO 293
IT-440 47 Sant' Agostino
Italy
Phone +39 05 32 35 00 00
[email protected]
www.backerfer.comexternal link, opens in new window

REBA DIV. INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS

Branch of Backer FER S.R.L
Via Parco Alto Milanese 1
IT-21052 Busto Arsizio (VA)
Italy
Phone +39 0331 35 13 95
[email protected]
www.backerfer.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER OBR SP. Z.O.O.

Glowackiego 39
PL-74 200 Pyrzyce
Poland
Phone +48 91 481 99 00
[email protected]
www.backerobr.plexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER FACSA, GRID RESISTOR DIVISION

Calle Peña Redonda 35
33192 Asturias
Spain
Phone +34 98 418 62 07 
[email protected]
www.backerfacsa.esexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER WOLFF GMBH

Frische luft 151
44319 Dortmund
Germany
Phone +49 231 56 55 78 40
[email protected]
www.weichenheizung.deexternal link, opens in new window

SAN ELECTRO HEAT A/S

Gillelejevej 30b
DK-3230, Graested
Denmark
Phone +45 4839 8888
[email protected]
www.san-as.comexternal link, opens in new window

JEVI A/S

Godthåbsvej 7
DK-7100 Vejle
Denmark
Phone +45 75 83 02 11
[email protected]
www.jevi.dkexternal link, opens in new window

SINUS JEVI ELECTRIC HEATING BV

Aambeeld 19
NL-1671 NT Medemblik
Netherlands
Phone +31 227 54 91 00
[email protected]
www.sinusjevi.comexternal link, opens in new window

LUND & SØRENSEN A/S

Maserativej 4
DK-7100 Vejle
Denmark
Phone +45 75 85 78 22
[email protected]
www.ls-elvarme.dkexternal link, opens in new window

ELTWIN A/S

Torsøvej 1B
8240 Risskov
Denmark
Phone +45 86 21 61 00
[email protected]n.dk
www.eltwin.dkexternal link, opens in new window

DANOTHERM ELECTRIC A/S

Naesbyvej 20
2610 Roedovre
Denmark
Phone +45 3673 2222
[email protected]
www.danotherm.comexternal link, opens in new window

ASKOMA AG

Industriestrasse 1
CH-4922 Bützberg
Switzerland
Phone +41 62 958 7080
[email protected]
www.askoma.comexternal link, opens in new window

E. BRAUDE (LONDON) LTD

Liberta House, Sandhurst
Berkshire GU47 8JR
UK
Phone +44 1252 876123
[email protected]
www.braude.co.ukexternal link, opens in new window

HT SPA

Via Conegliano 73/B
31058 Susegana (TV)
Italy
Phone +39 0438 45 41 11
[email protected]
www.htspa.itexternal link, opens in new window

STRUCTURGRUPPEN AB

Magasingatan 8C
434 37 Kungsbacka
Sweden
Phone +46 300 566 400
[email protected]
www.structurgruppen.seexternal link, opens in new window

LOVAL

Linnunrata 4
FIN-07900 Loviisa
Finland
Phone +35 8(0)19 51 731
[email protected]
www.loval.fiexternal link, opens in new window

OY MEYER VASTUS AB

Sepäntie 2
07230 Monninkylä
Finland
Phone +35 19 57 40 200
[email protected]
www.meyervastus.fiexternal link, opens in new window

ATE ELECTRONICS S.R.L.

Via Ugo Scaletta 13
10094 Giaveno (TO)
Italy
Phone +39 011 937 85 75
[email protected]
www.ate-electronics.comexternal link, opens in new window

HEAT POINT B.V.

Botter 7
2411 NM Bodegraven
Netherlands
Phone +31 172 651 006
[email protected]
www.heatpoint.nlexternal link, opens in new window

HEATROD ELEMENTS LIMITED

Holloway Drive
Wardley Industrial Estate
Worsley, Manchester
M28 2DP
UK
Phone +44 161 727 3713
[email protected]
www.heatrod.comexternal link, opens in new window

HEMI HEATING AB

Hansavägen 7G
SE-151 38 Södertälje
Sweden
Phone +46 8 554 23 250
[email protected]
www.hemiheating.seexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER HTV

E1-2 road no 5
Kizuna 2, Tan Phuoc
Can Giuoc District
Long an Province
Vietnam

BACKER HTS CO LTD

Building 5, Hong Hua Ling Ind. Estate Long XI Village, Long Gang District
Shenzhen
China
Phone +86 755 289 303 69
www.backerhts.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER-WILSON ELEMENTS PTY. LTD

Unit 2, 22 Loyalty Road North Rocks NSW 2151 NSW 2264
Australia
www.backer-wilson.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER SPRINGFIELD
DONGGUAN CO., LTD.

Beimian Xiubian Industrial Park
Humen Town, Dongguan City
Guangdong
China
Phone +86 769 88 62 91 88
[email protected]
backer-springfield.com.cnexternal link, opens in new window

GRAND HEATER CO., LTD.

119 Moo 6 T. Khok-Kham
A. Muang Samutsakorn
Samutsakorn 74000
Thailand
Phone +66 34 812 034
[email protected]
www.grandheater.comexternal link, opens in new window

ASKOMA SDN BHD

3-B, Jalan Dewani 1/1
Taman Perindustrian Dewani
81100 Johor Bahru
Malaysia
Phone +60 7 276 1717
[email protected]
www.askoma.com.myexternal link, opens in new window

CELLNERGY ENGINEERING PTE LTD

51 Bukit Batok Crescent
#06-26 Unity Centre
Singapore 658077
Phone 6665 0568
[email protected]
www.cellnergy.comexternal link, opens in new window

HYPER ENGINEERING

4/14 Ralph Black Drive
Wollongong 2500
NSW
Australia
Phone +61 2 4229 2069
[email protected]
www.hypereng.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER HOTWATT

128 Maple St Danvers, MA 01923
USA
Phone +1 978 777 0070
[email protected]
www.hotwatt.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER EHP INC

4700 John Bragg Highway, Murfreesboro, TN. 37127
USA
www.backerehp.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER HEATING TECHNOLOGIES INC

1390 Gatewat Drive, Elgin
IL 60124
USA
Phone +1 877 455 8505
www.backerhti.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER MARATHON INC

808 Hackberry Lane
Del Rio, Texas 78840
USA
Phone +1 830 775 1417
[email protected]
www.backermarathon.comexternal link, opens in new window

BACKER SPRINGFIELD WIRE

Calle 15, de Septiembre 3013,
Campestre, 88278 Nuevo Laredo Tamaulipas
Mexico

BACKER ALPE, S.DE R.L. DE C.V.

Venado Street No. 45, Col. Los Olivos, Tlahuac, C.P. 13210
Mexico
Phone: +52-55 584 505 05
www.backer-alpe.comexternal link, opens in new window

HEATRON, INC

3000 Wilson Avenue
Leavenworth, KS 66048-4637
US
Phone +1 913 651 4420
www.heatron.comexternal link, opens in new window

OMNI CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES INC

1 Main St #4
Whitinsville, MA 01588
US
Phone +1 508 234 9121
[email protected]
www.backeromni.comexternal link, opens in new window

BRISKHEAT

4800 Hilton Corporate Drive
Columbus, OH 43232
USA
Phone +1-888-412-0122
[email protected]
www.briskheat.comexternal link

GAUMER PROCESS

13616 Hempstead Rd
Houston, TX 77040
USA
Phone 713-460-5200
[email protected]
www.gaumer.comexternal link

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