TePe has a turnover of 700 MSEK (2017), with 320 employees in eight countries and exports to over 60 countries. All TePe’s research and production takes place in Malmö, where our teams strive for constant improvement. We have been recognized and rewarded for our local job creation initiatives, our successful exports, and our efforts within life science and health awareness.
From the very beginning, TePe had a focus on oral health and preventive dental care, cooperating closely with the dental care profession. Our history began with a triangular dental stick, designed to fit the natural shape of the interdental space. It was launched 1965 through a collaboration between wood-carver Henning Eklund and two professors of the School of Dentistry in Malmö.
The dental stick was soon followed by the first TePe toothbrush, a user-friendly, everyday classic, as Henning’s son Bertil had taken over the business. Another important milestone was the introduction of our renowned TePe Interdental Brushes in 1993, a product which have since secured our status as market leader in many countries, such as the UK, Germany, and Sweden.
In the 90’s, TePe’s then-CEO Birgitta Nilsson initiated an internationalization with a focus on exports and the establishment of a number of subsidiaries abroad. Joel Eklund, grandson of the founder, took over as CEO in 2012 and continued the expansion. We introduced TePe EasyPick™, the next generation interdental stick, which received the prestigious Red Dot Award.
TePe actively drives positive change through various sustainability initiatives. Our solar power facility at the Malmö headquarters enables the energy produced on site to be used directly in manufacture. We actively engage in the development of eco-friendly solutions and aim to eventually become independent of fossil raw materials in product and packaging.
Eklund Foundation for Odontological Research and Education
In the year of TePe's 50th anniversary in 2015, the Eklund family established the Eklund Foundation for DentalResearch and Education, with a donation of €5.5 million. The foundation was created in line with the family’s vision of good oral health for everyone as a way to contribute to knowledge and development within the dental field for many years to come. The Eklund Foundation distributes funds to high-quality research projects annually.