IN 1933, A MERE 14 YEARS AFTER MODERN ORIENTEERING became a competitive sport, three entrepreneurial Swedish orienteering champions invented the liquid-filled compass. Their solution was more precise and easier to use than other compasses at the time. The SILVA brand was born.

We also set the scene for innovation in diverse outdoor sports areas by launching our first headlamp already in 1935. Although our company has changed since then, Silva compasses remain the preferred choice for orienteers and outdoor enthusiasts around the world. As farmland, fields and forests pass underfoot, our instruments guide their steps.

As a company, we are navigators that circle the globe, solving cross-country complexities. As individuals, we range from multi-adventurers to everyday exercisers. We test all new products via our ambassadors and compare the findings with other sources, such as the valuable input we receive from clients around the world. All this vast experience and knowledge are injected into the design and harsh testing of our renowned world-class products.

Scandinavia’s varying seasons, especially our rainy autumns and our snowy and dark winters, expose outdoor gear to the ultimate test – and they challenge us as well. We have risen to these challenges time after time. In recent years, our innovative and attractively designed headlamps have received several awards. However grateful for this recognition of our hard work, we continue to constantly reinvent ourselves, passionately searching for the ultimate designs and functions of our products.

Presently, our main business areas are Sport, Outdoor and Professional. Within each of these areas you will find headlamps, compasses, pedometers, binoculars, professional instruments and other products. Every single one of them charged with the unstoppable passion of the Silva people.


2015 Launch of SILVA  Activity Light

2014 Distribution in Norway aquired

2013 New brand and Range strategy

2013 HQ moves to Bromma Stockholm

2011 Swedish investment company Karnell acquires Silva Sweden AB

2011 OutDoor Industry Award for SILVA Tyto Visibility lamp.

2010 OutDoor Industry Award for Silva Ninox headlamp Ispo OutDoor Award for Silva X-Trail headlamp Team Silva Gerber Adventure co-operation begins

2009 OutDoor Industry Award for SILVA Trail Runner headlamp

2008 SILVA celebrates 75 years in business

2006 Fiskars Corporation acquires Silva Sweden AB

2005 SILVAs Marine business is placed under one company, Silva Nexus Marine AB

2004 SILVA China’s production plant established

2003 Release of Silva promotion film US Warship vs Lighthouse/Captain Hancock/USS Montana

1992 Silva launches the world’s first handheld GPS with an integrated digital compass

1981 SILVA launches its first marine electronic instrument.

1980 Instrumentverken acquires all shares in Bröderna Kjellström and the Tillander founder family became a 100 percent owner of all shares in the Silva Group; Bröderna Kjellström is renamed Silva Sweden AB.

1933 The Bröderna Kjellström and Instrumentverken companies are established based on the Silva brand and the invention of the liquid-filled compass. At the same period the first Silva headlamp, Zeiler, was launched. The consumer price was 0,8 Euro.