Ortic - Rullformning


ORTIC was founded in 1984

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Ortics History

Lars Ingvarsson

Lars Ingvarsson, a doctor of engineering and associate professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), has been a very significant figure in the development of expertise and technology in the area of roll forming.

His research in the 1970s on the presence of internal stresses and their effects in the cold forming of steel laid the foundation for the software known as ORTC - Optimized Rollforming Technology Imperfections Calculated.

Lars was employed by SSAB in Borlänge in 1978 and soon came into contract with roll forming, an area in which he is today a prominent figure on the international scene.

ORTIC started in 1984, under the ownership of SSAB, and Lars Ingvarsson bought out the company in 2000. Lars is now happily retired, and spends most of his time in Spain.

Quotation: "There’s now a new generation of engineers who have new software that I can't keep up with."

But at regular intervals he visits ORTIC in Borlänge to share his vast experience and knowledge.

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Ortics founder

The Polhem Prize 2005

Silver Beam 2005

Businessperson of

the Year 2005

Swedish Steel Prize –

honourable mention 2004



ORTIC was founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of SSAB. Lars Ingvarsson, a doctor of engineering, was working at the Royal Institute of Technology, and it is his research on internal stresses in the bending of sheet metal that forms the basis for ORTIC's success. The company name ORTIC is the name of the unique software that calculates the design of the rolls and corrects the stresses arising in the material.


Since 1984 ORTIC has supplied expertise and machines for 2D roll forming of sheet metal to customers with very exacting demands for customisation and performance. The rolls are unique, and each machine can consist of several hundred rolls. The machines can be equipped with several interchangeable roll cassettes for the production of more parts.


The first generation of 3D technology was developed when ORTIC's German customer BEMO asked in 2001 for a machine that could fabricate tapered roofing panels for the airport at Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.


The 3D technology was developed further when machines were produced to lay the roofs for the Budapest Arena and six Olympic arenas in Athens. In 2004 Lars Ingvarsson and ORTIC, together with the German company Bemo Systems GmbH, received an honorary mention in the awarding of the Swedish Steel Prize.


ORTIC develops an exclusive and unique machine that makes possible a very high-speed fabrication process that can be used for a number of different products, for example lighting columns. The fabrication method based on patented technology in this case enables a unique column design that contributes to improved road safety as the column, despite its strength, is pliable if hit by a vehicle.


ORTIC begins construction of its first 3D demonstrator. ORTIC's patented 3D technology is an innovation in roll forming that has made fabrication with variable cross-sections in curved shapes possible. It is a highly cost-effective, expedient fabrication method and is particularly well suited to forming the high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels that have been used more frequently in recent years.


ORTIC devises a new concept for fabricating 3D profiles for the automotive industry. At the same time, models for FEM simulation have been developed and refined.


We continuously work with different customer tasks for FEA-simulations of 3D roll formed profiles. Often, they are also realized by producing prototypes in our own 3D roll former.


We delivered our first 3D roll forming machine line for conical closed or open sections. The machine line in this case was especially designed for high efficient production of lighting columns in length from 2.5 to 12 meters. Laser welding is integrated directly in line with the 3D roll former for best productivity and quality.


The Polhem Prize 2005

Lars Ingvarsson was awarded the 2005 Polhem Prize, a prestigious inventor's prize awarded every two years, consisting of a gold medal and a sum of money (SEK 125,000). Lars solved the problem in his bathroom, when he was trying to hold onto a wet bar of soap. Six months later he had developed a machine capable of forming high-strength steel in three dimensions. Notable inventors such as Baltzar von Platen and Hannes Alfvén have previously won the prize, which was established in 1878.

The jury's citation read:
"In recent years Lars Ingvarsson has developed an advanced technology for using roll forming to form steel sheet into double-curved profiles of variable sectional shape, i.e. 3D structures. The technology is well suited for forming the high-strength steel sheet of tomorrow, whether of carbon steel or stainless steel. The technology was successively used to build several of the arenas at the Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004."

Silver Beam 2005

Lars Ingvarsson was awarded the Silver Beam (Silverbalken) by the Swedish Institute of Steel Construction on Steel Construction Day on 27 October 2005 in Malmö.

The jury's citation read:
"With his work Lars Ingvarsson has laid the foundation for a further expansion of the use of steel as a structural material. With ingenuity, know-how and the ability to turn ideas into action, Lars has developed a new method for roll forming curved profiles of variable cross-section. This method further accentuates the properties of steel as a material from both an aesthetic and a production engineering perspective."

Businessperson of the Year in Borlänge in 2005

Lars Ingvarsson received the award for Businessperson of the Year in Borlänge in 2005. The jury’s citation stated that ORTIC’s new methods for roll forming “have put Borlänge on the map”.

Swedish Steel Prize – honourable mention 2004

In addition to the four winning candidates, the jury for the 2004 Swedish Steel Prize chose to give an honourable mention to ORTIC for having developed a method together with the German company Bemo Systems GmbH for fabricating high-strength steels by roll forming double-curved profiles with variable sectional shape.