Lars G. Sundblad (1923-)
2008 Paper Industry International Hall of Fame Inductee
AB Iggesunds Bruk Company
After a trip to the United States in the early 1960s during which he observed new packaging techniques and processes, Sundblad developed a strong interest in consumer packaging. Upon his return to Sweden, he shared his new knowledge of packaging with the company’s shareholders, convincing them to invest in technology that would produce solid bleached multiply package board-something never before seen in Europe. By 1963, Iggesunds Bruk Corporation built a new mill for the production of packaging board. Soon the mill purchased the first Inverform board machine and under Sundblad’s leadership, the company perfected the machine’s design. While Iggesunds Bruk Corporation’s decision to purchase the first Inverform machine was a controversial and risky one, the gamble paid off and Invercote became the most widely used paperboard in Europe. Under Sundblad’s leadership, Iggesund Paperboard has earned a solid reputation for high quality products and strong focus on process development.
Sundblad has been a member of the Swedish Association of Pulp and Paper Engineers (SPCI) since 1948 and a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) since 1969. He served as Chairman of the board of the Swedish Forest Industries Federation from 1989 to 1991.
In 2005, Sundblad was awarded the prestigious Ekman Medal of the Swedish Association of Pulp and Paper Engineers, one of the most distinguished awards in the Swedish forest products industry, for his distinguished leadership, vision, and drive. Because of his strong leadership and investment in the future, Sundblad has established Iggesund Paperboard as an industrial leader.
Lars Sundblad and his wife, Kristi, have three children, Junnor, Eric, and Kristina.