Take a brief look at our long yet exciting history
Our history in brief
Guard is a market-leading provider of industrial automation and system integration solutions in Norway and Sweden. Since 1982 we have been delivering open, scalable and secure solutions that automates and optimizes physical processes for clients across the world.
Our success is built on trust and our ability to deliver. Our high ethical standards and sustainable solutions help us minimize the technological and financial risks for our customers. For us, it’s all about building relationships so that, together, we can achieve our shared goals and ambitions. That’s why we also like a challenge – preferably a complex one. We stick at it until we reach the objective – time after time.
TS Electro Engineering
The company is established in Sandefjord, Norway by Terje Sørlie with the vision to increase industrial efficiency and productivity through full-range automation supplies and computer-based control systems.
TS Electro Engineering brings AVEVA Plant SCADA, formerly known as Citect, to Norway. This forms the beginning of Windows based supervisory control and data acquisition.
Web based reporting
TS Electro Engineering develops its first reporting tool which lays the foundation for web based reporting in the water and waste water industry.
Guard Systems Engineering
The company is established as a spin-off from GS Group in Sandefjord to specialize in industrial automation and communication solutions.
Guard Systems Engineering establishes its first branch office located in Bergen.
Guard System Engineering establishes its second branch office in Langhus close to Oslo.
Guard System Engineering continues to expand within the Norwegian market and establishes its third branch office in Arendal.
Karl Kristian Sunde
The industrial investor Karl Kristian Sunde sees a great opportunity for data-driven value creation in the automation industry and acquires Guard System Engineering.
Guard System Engineering establishes its first international branch office in Vara, Sweden.
To accelerate growth of the company, Karl Kristian Sunde acquires TS Electro Engineering which is then merged with Guard Systems Engineering to form Guard Automation.
Guard Automation becomes ISO certified as one of the first independent industrial automation suppliers in Scandinavia.
Guard’s new headquarter is opened in Sandefjord.
New CEO & CTO
History repeats itself as Jan-Terje Sørlie is appointed as new CEO & CTO of Guard. The vision is still to increase industrial efficiency and productivity, but now with the aid of data-driven value creation.
Guard sets a new standard for industrial data collection, analyses and insights with the launch of Guard Cloud.
Guard establishes its second branch office in Sweden.
Guard becomes certified according to ISO 27001 as one of the first independent automation suppliers in Scandinavia. This founds the basis for the company’s services within cyber security solutions for operational technology.
Guard is expanding its headquarter in Sandefjord to keep up with demand.
Guard establishes yet another branch office in Norway located in Trondheim.