Kanthal has a long heritage dating back to 1931 when it was founded by engineer Hans von Kantzow. The Kanthal name was derived from Kantzow (Kant) and the Swedish town of Hallstahammar (Hal) where AB Kanthal was started and continues to have its headquarters.

The company was based on von Kantzow’s invention, a heat-resistant alloy of iron, chrome and aluminum (FeCrAl) that outperformed the existing nickel-chromium (NiCr) alloys of the time. Kanthal began exporting products early on, and the first production subsidiary opened in Brazil in 1949, followed by operations in the USA and Italy in 1951. Many more countries followed and today Kanthal has operations around the world and customers in 150 countries.

Kanthal has been around a very long time, but our products remain more relevant than ever, especially with our efforts to increase electrification for a more sustainable future.