Hasselblad is a legendary camera manufacturer.
The camera was used on the moon in 1969, and
      reached cult status after this event.
The company used to be situated in this building,
     located in central Gothenburg, Sweden.
Hasselblad left the building in 2003 and it was
       turned into luxury apartments.
The company moved over the river and into this
        recently finished building…
        Flyttade in här 2003




      ...
Titanic sails on
                            on…




Two years later, Hasselblad had left the building and
 it stood empty...
The shift to digital imaging had
     put the company in deep trouble.
                                trouble
30

25

20
...
Två år senare
       senare…
… är byggnaden tom!
It would not be an exaggeration to say that things
   did not end up as the company had expected.
Why
   Wh did the
          th
company move here
    anyway?
Moving into a new,
 fancy building, in the
      y        g,
        midst of a
     technological
revolution and a rapid
...
… It all seems a bit
       weird.
Två år senare
                    senare…




There were several reasons for why this happened…
The former building wasn’t exactly low class either.
Hasselblad used to own this building.
A camera manufacturer with an annual
  profit of about 50-60 MSEK owning
   facilities worth 110-150 MSEK…
… It doesn’t seem to be the ideal
      way of using capital.
(The Hasselblad stock grew at a furious pace during
  the real estate bubble in Sweden 1986-1990 since
 the company was no...
Anyway, the new owner that bought Hasselblad in
1996 intended to do a ’leveraged buyout’, i.e. acquire
                   ...
For such an owner it was obvious that
Hasselblad should not own its properties.
Hasselblad therefore started to look for a new place,
                                               place
      where one...
This work was initiated around 1998. Different
   alternatives ere investigated, but
   alternati es were in estigated b t...
In the
   meantime,
  Hasselblad
  struggled to
finalize its new
camera system.
This work also
took more time
than expected
     expected.
Revenues and profits started to decline…




    Bottom line for Hasselblad (MSEK)
                               (    )
The new building was finished in 2003 at the
  time when Hasselblad started to reach a
            state of bankruptcy.
The H1 was now finalized and the company
                                           g
 moved over the river and into this ...
Invigt av hans majestät




A big house warming event was held and the King of
         Sweden inaugurated the building.
Then the party was over.
The H1 did not
 become the
   success
Hasselblad had
  expected.
No more
          y
ace to play.
Layoff after layoff after layoff.
At one point, each employee had 140
       square meters of space.
The employees at Hasselblad referred to the
       building as ’the glass palace’.
In 2004-05
Hasselblad left the
palace and moved
to a smaller, more
moderate building
a few blocks away.
The original intention to sell Hasselblad s facilities
                               Hasselblad’s
  and move somewhere el...
But planning is difficult under
 conditions of rapid change.
Sources


Internal documents from 1980-1994
Annual reports
About 100 hours of interviews



     A big thank you!
Image attributions
I      tt ib ti



  www.jornmark.se
  www jornmark se
Christian Sandström is a
                PhD student at Chalmers
               University of Technology in
              ...
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  1. 1. Hasselblad is a legendary camera manufacturer.
  2. 2. The camera was used on the moon in 1969, and reached cult status after this event.
  3. 3. The company used to be situated in this building, located in central Gothenburg, Sweden.
  4. 4. Hasselblad left the building in 2003 and it was turned into luxury apartments.
  5. 5. The company moved over the river and into this recently finished building… Flyttade in här 2003 Photos: www.jornmark.se
  6. 6. Titanic sails on on… Two years later, Hasselblad had left the building and it stood empty until 2007 when it had finally been reconstructed in order to fit the new guest.
  7. 7. The shift to digital imaging had put the company in deep trouble. trouble 30 25 20 15 10 5 0 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Number of film and digital cameras sold in the United States (guess which one is digital!)
  8. 8. Två år senare senare…
  9. 9. … är byggnaden tom!
  10. 10. It would not be an exaggeration to say that things did not end up as the company had expected.
  11. 11. Why Wh did the th company move here anyway?
  12. 12. Moving into a new, fancy building, in the y g, midst of a technological revolution and a rapid decline in sales…
  13. 13. … It all seems a bit weird.
  14. 14. Två år senare senare… There were several reasons for why this happened…
  15. 15. The former building wasn’t exactly low class either.
  16. 16. Hasselblad used to own this building.
  17. 17. A camera manufacturer with an annual profit of about 50-60 MSEK owning facilities worth 110-150 MSEK…
  18. 18. … It doesn’t seem to be the ideal way of using capital.
  19. 19. (The Hasselblad stock grew at a furious pace during the real estate bubble in Sweden 1986-1990 since the company was now valued as a real estate firm)
  20. 20. Anyway, the new owner that bought Hasselblad in 1996 intended to do a ’leveraged buyout’, i.e. acquire leveraged buyout , a company with borrowed money, sell it later on and obtain a high return on equity.
  21. 21. For such an owner it was obvious that Hasselblad should not own its properties.
  22. 22. Hasselblad therefore started to look for a new place, place where one could rent, instead of own.
  23. 23. This work was initiated around 1998. Different alternatives ere investigated, but alternati es were in estigated b t it took more time than anticipated…
  24. 24. In the meantime, Hasselblad struggled to finalize its new camera system.
  25. 25. This work also took more time than expected expected.
  26. 26. Revenues and profits started to decline… Bottom line for Hasselblad (MSEK) ( )
  27. 27. The new building was finished in 2003 at the time when Hasselblad started to reach a state of bankruptcy.
  28. 28. The H1 was now finalized and the company g moved over the river and into this building in summer 2003, which created further delays in the production.
  29. 29. Invigt av hans majestät A big house warming event was held and the King of Sweden inaugurated the building.
  30. 30. Then the party was over.
  31. 31. The H1 did not become the success Hasselblad had expected.
  32. 32. No more y ace to play.
  33. 33. Layoff after layoff after layoff.
  34. 34. At one point, each employee had 140 square meters of space.
  35. 35. The employees at Hasselblad referred to the building as ’the glass palace’.
  36. 36. In 2004-05 Hasselblad left the palace and moved to a smaller, more moderate building a few blocks away.
  37. 37. The original intention to sell Hasselblad s facilities Hasselblad’s and move somewhere else wasn’t a bad one.
  38. 38. But planning is difficult under conditions of rapid change.
  39. 39. Sources Internal documents from 1980-1994 Annual reports About 100 hours of interviews A big thank you!
  40. 40. Image attributions I tt ib ti www.jornmark.se www jornmark se
  41. 41. Christian Sandström is a PhD student at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He g, writes and speaks about disruptive innovation and technological change change. www.christiansandstrom.org christian.sandstrom@chalmers.se christian sandstrom@chalmers se
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