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Article on the history of Thule roof racks

Posted on Tuesday, 16 June 2015   |  Viewed: 2213

Thule was founded in 1942 by Swede Erik Thulin, and began with the manufacture of fishing equipment such as fish traps. By the mid 1950's, Thule was making equipment for cars, and by the '60s was turning out the types of products that it is most famous for today. Please see the timeline below for a more detailed look at the hisotry of this venerable company.


1942 – Erik Thulin starts making products for Swedish fishermen. Thule is born
1955 – First Thule product for cars: grilles protecting headlamps from small stones
1962 – First ski rack
1964 – Roof rack with basket
1968 – Roof rack Classic 68
1977 – Ski box TB-11, Thule's first roof box
1983 – Carriers for surf boards
1984 – Thule Combibox 250
1992 – Thule's first towbar mounted bike carrier
1997 – Thule becomes the world's largest producer of roof boxes
2002 – Thule Hull-a-Port kayak carrier, top-seller in the U.S.
2004 – Launch of bestseller Thule 591 ProRide, roof mounted bike carrier
2010 – Thule Crossover luggage and laptop bags
2012 – Thule EasyFit, the world's fastest snow chains
2012 – Thule Pack 'n Pedal bike bags and racks
2013 – Thule Perspektiv camera bags