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- Supplying warmth to North America!


Backer Heating Technologies inc. is a company within the Backer Group External link, opens in new window., part of NIBE Group’s External link, opens in new window. Business Area Element. NIBE Group is comprised of 3 business areas, NIBE Element, NIBE Climate Solutions & NIBE Stoves, each with its own operational management, take-overs, start-ups, financial control, human resources and other policy issues are dealt with at group level. The parent company NIBE Industrier AB (registered office in Markaryd, Sweden) has been quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange’s list since 1997.

Backer Heating Technologies, Inc. is a North American sales and distribution center for the business area of NIBE Element. NIBE Element is the market leader in northern Europe and one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of components and systems for electric heating. Its mission statement is to supply components and systems for electric heating to both manufacturers and users of heating products. The market consists of two main groups: OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), where, for example, an element is used as a component in the customer’s product, and the other is Industry, where the element is used in the customer’s own manufacturing process.

Backer Heating Technologies, Inc. is comprised of a sales team in support of NIBE Element. NIBE Element’s product range includes various technologies to serve the needs of many different areas of application. The primary range of products currently distributed through the US office comes from the Backer Group. The foil heater product line, under the brand Backer Calesco, is manufactured in Kolback, Sweden, specializing in adaptable applications of flexible foil elements providing heat for a wide variety of industries.

Swedish design has always been known for its superior strength, safety, and rugged qualities. This combined with Sweden's need to find protection from the cold has led our engineers to much innovation in providing warmth — starting with the innovation of rearview mirror heaters and waterbed heaters over 30 years ago. Backer is now the largest rear view mirror heater and waterbed heater manufacturer in the world.

With majority of plants in Europe as well as in China and Mexico, Backer is well situated to offer both high quality and cost competitiveness. Backer has invested heavily in refocusing the North American operations with an eye toward increased business and improved quality along with service for its North American customers. Being a part of the NIBE Group allows us to take on any size project, small or large.


With The knowledge and competence that many years of experience has given Backer HTI, we can assure you that you will receive an optimal technical solutions of high quality from us. Along with our high quality products, we can also offer you some competitve prices that will be hard to resist. With highly advanced technical lab facilities, high quality products with certifications, and an excellent team to aid you in all of your heating needs, we believe it makes us the natural choice.


ISO 9001 Certification

ISO 14001 Certification

IATF 16949 Certification


Our vision is to create a world-class heating company.


Our mission is to provide producers and users of heating products with components and systems for electrical heating purposes.



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Founded in 1967.

Backer is dedicated to providing high quality, innovative heating products to assist our customers, while becoming the optimal supplier of choice for heating solutions in North American manufacturing today. We currently supply components to both OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) as well as finished products to consumers. Backer´s business concept is to develop, manufacture and market thin flexible circuits for resistance heating. Through close customer relationships, Backer continues to meet the market demands for flexible solutions with our know-how, tradition and broad product range.

Backer today has the most extensive product range of all thin foil heating element manufacturers in the world. Every customer with a required need for heating elements can find a solution with Backer. The extreme diversity of applications served by Backer gives the company the ability to use experience from one application to another, along with the knowledge and competence that many years of experience has given to ensure high quality and allow continuous development of new products possible. Also being a part of the NIBE Element division allows us to also have the ability to supply products from any of our sister companies.


  • 1967

    Kanthal buys a license from USA

  • 1970

    Start of Foil division

  • 1973

    Start of Norells Sweden AB in Västeras, mainly producing "domestic" application of heating elements

  • 1981

    First break through into Automotive Industry, rear view mirror heater delivered to Britax Wingard UK to Ford

  • 1984

    Start of Waterbed production

  • 1986

    Norells sells 1 million rear-view mirror heaters

  • 1990

    Opening of Production Plant in France, to be inside EU

  • 1992

    Split of Kanthal and Calesco

  • 1994

    First delivery of RVM heaters into US Market

  • 1995

    Opening of Norells US Office

  • 1996

    Norells sells 5 Million heaters per year

  • 1998

    NIBE buys Calesco

  • 1999

    Norells sells 10 million heaters per year

  • 2000

    Calesco starts a Production unit in Poland

  • 2001

    Calesco takes over Norells Reorganiztion of US Office in Chicago Calesco-Norells sells 15 million heaters per year

  • 2002

    Transfer of Norells Sweden facility (Head Office, Sales, R&D, Production) from Västeras to Kolbäck

  • 2003

    Closing down of Norells France, transfer of production to Poland

  • 2004

    Calesco starts a production unit in China

  • 2005

    Calesco signs an Exclusive Sales and Distribution Agreement with Muth Mirrors Systems for Europe

  • 2006

    Calesco reaches 20 million heaters per year

  • 2007

    New factory site in Shenzhen, China Norells France becomes Calesco France and moves to Lyon in July

  • 2008

    April : Calesco moves its Logistics Department for Europe to Backer-OBR, Poland October : Calesco moves its Logistics Department for Asia-Australia to Shel-Nibe, China

  • 2009

    Calesco integrates into Backer group and Calesco Norells North America becomes Backer Heating Technologies