Kurt Berglund has during his whole adult life
been working within the area of composite materials, both within
research and development and in highly automated serial production.
During the late seventies he took a doctoral
degree in Mechanics of Materials and was a few years later appointed
as Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm within
the same area. At the same time he was working within development
of composite components at ABB Plast. Among the products was development
of a filament wound pressure vessel with an internal plastic liner
for breathing apparatus having a working pressure of 300 bar. In
1989 he started the company Composite Scandinavia AB.
Composite Scandinavia was the first company to develop and commercially
produce composite cylinders for LPG. The design of the linerless
LPG cylinder as well as the highly automated production method was
new. Both the cylinder and the production method were patented.
Today the cylinders are produced in Sweden as well as in USA by
Lite Cylinder Company and in South Korea by Chilbo Composite. In
USA and South Korea the production and sales of the cylinders is
made under a license from Composite Scandinavia. A few years ago
a joint project between Volvo, Polytec Composite Sweden AB and Kurt
Berglund was initiated. The aim was to develop a new generation
of CNG tanks. Due to the positive results of that project Kurt Berglund
founded Gastank Sweden AB.