Background


Foss Slipeskivefabrikk was established in 1898 by the Great-grandfather (Kristian Foss, and his brother Anton Foss) to the current owner Robert Foss. Grinding instruments of the highest quality was manufactured in this factory. This technology also continued to the smaller dental division. This business developed into a core competency of its own, which was established in 1939.

The competency of grinding articles based on Carborundum (and Corundum) created dental burs with a completely unique quality. Research on galvanic application of diamond grits was a pioneering activity in the 40s, lead by Hallvard Foss which formed the basis of what Foss Viking AS is today. His unfortunate sudden death put and an end to what should have become an emerging industrial adventure, with stakeholders like Volkswagen in Germany being involved. Focus became dental burs, run by his wife as a division of Foss Slipeskivefabrikk until 1981.

Ludvig Foss, the father of current owner, has spent his whole life in manufacturing of grinding and cutting instruments. He took over the dental business and established this as a separate company in 1981. Together with Berit Foss he has run the company successfully until the recent generational change in 2011.


The original factory established in 1898 at Foss in Gansdalen, Norway



The original factory established in 1898 at Foss in Gansdalen, Norway.

Kolbjørn Foss (grandfather of current owner) meets King Olav V of Norway


Kolbjørn Foss (grandfather of current owner) meets King Olav V of Norway

The factory at Raamyra in Fetsund, Norway where production was established in the mid 1920s.



The factory at Raamyra in Fetsund, Norway where production was established in the mid 1920s.

Dentalen, the dental operations of foss slipeskivefabrikk as at Raamyra



"Dentalen" - The dental operations of Foss Slipeskivefabrikk AS at Raamyra.

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