Sundström Safety AB was founded in 1926 by Ivan Sundström who was a mining engineer and realized at an early stage the need for protecting the eyes and lungs of miners.
The company and its products were developed further by his son Per, who also studied at the Technical Academy (now Faculty of Art). His art studies included analysis of subjects such as the peranatomy of the human body. The understanding of human face forms laid the foundations for the design and properties of face masks. A good respiratory protection device must be simple and comfortable to use.
In 1962, Per Sundström also presented the first modern protective mask, which was made of rubber and was of anatomic design. The first silicone mask was launched in 1989.