Anders and Ingrid Johnsen
PP Såg & Borr in Sweden, an honoured customer both now and then.
Anders Johnsen, owner of Tractive together with his wife Ingrid Johnsen, and chief designer of the Pentruder concrete cutting machines and Tractive gearboxes started making his own transmissions already 1974. He started his working career at a company which made gears. A rally driver of his own, he saw a potential for better drive trains and soon had his own company making gear trains for rally and racing.
There was a demand for a gearbox for concrete drilling machines and Anders was asked if he could make one. He designed and built a drill gear box and soon realized that there was a need for more efficient and user friendly concrete cutting machines. This was the start of a very innovative period which led to a change in the way concrete cutting machines were designed and built.
In the 80:ies the concrete cutting business of the company took most of Anders time and the motorsport side of the business had to step back.
Pentruder 8-20HF in action
Anders Johnsen in his Ford Escort WRC
In 1991 the concrete cutting business was sold and Anders started developing gearboxes for rally and racing cars again. However, the demand for new concepts for concrete cutting machines was big, the ideas and the production equipment were there and so in 1996 the first Pentruder wall saw was introduced to the market.
Tractive now design and produce two product lines, the motorsport transmissions and the concrete cutting machines.
Anders is still a hobby rally driver at times, something which is very valuable for the design and development of the transmissions.