The main business of the company used to be development and production of solar simulators for climate wind tunnels used by car factories. Sunwell business, as it is today, started with a phone call on a rainy day, when the operators in a climate tunnel at Volvo car factory asked, if it was safe to take a coffee break in the artificial sunlight. The idea of an indoor solar environment was born.

The idea was turned into reality in the early 2000s when the founder of the company Suntech Group AB watched a broadcasted Bingo programme, and heard that nearly all winners express a longing for a trip to the sun. This in connection with the phone call from the car factory put the ground for today’s sunrooms. A tropical setting, with recorded sounds of waves and local music, together with other props such as sand, palm trees, exotic backdrop, sunbeds, a bar etc formed the very first Suntech-showroom.

Read more about how the company’s founder got the idea to “take Mauritius to Sweden” in the article in Scan Magazine here.

Initially, the artificial tropical environment was intended primarily for the event industry, but the environment proved to be ideal for people with fatigue syndrome and joint pain. The first facility was purchased in 2003 by the municipality of Vänersborg for the nursing home Solängen, where both pensioners and staff have enjoyed the Mauritian sunroom ever since.

Today, our solar systems are installed in hundreds of nursing homes, hotels, spas, bathhouses, etc. in Sweden and abroad.

Read the research report produced by the R&D center Fyrbodal in collaboration with the municipality of Vänersborg and Solängen here:

Research report – Sun therapy rooms in old peoples homes

In September 2019, Suntech Group AB was acquired by Argynnis Group, formerly Binar, a group that develops niche companies with unique technologies and products for professional customers. In addition to the Vänersborg company Ircon Drying Systems AB, the Heating & Drying Group division also includes the French company Solaronics SA. In January 2020, Suntech became an integral part of Ircon Drying Systems AB and is since then operated as a separate business area.

In September 2020, a new brand was launched, Sunwell, focusing on products for well-being. The Suntech brand remains for industrial applications. For more info visit Ircon-Solaronic’s website here>

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