The Ullman Heritage

In 1984 Johan Ullman M.D. served on board Swedish destroyer HMS Halland as the doctor for the 1:st Surface Attack Flotilla.
When he examined sailors having served for 9 months onboard the motor-torpedo boats, he found that more than 80% had back problems. He thought that this was not good – nor very fair.

Thus Dr. Ullman started his scientific research at the Orthopaedic dept. of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, internationally recognised for research in back injuries.

He developed measuring methods, pioneering the field of whole-body impact and vibration at sea and also analysed the human physiological and motoric response to shock and impact.

Dr. Ullman was already famous for a number of epochal inventions in the field of human factors, ergonomics and injury prevention, when the Swedish Coastguard asked him to create, based on his scientific results, technologies protecting people at sea from injuries caused by impact exposure.

First organisations to standardise on Dr. Ullman’s seats were the Sw. Coastguard, the Sw. Sea Rescue, KNRM the Dutch Sea Rescue and the UK Royal Marines.


Decades later Ullman Seats is still the world-leading brand. – Still unsurpassed in performance and the de facto standard in agencies in more than 55 countries worldwide.

The Ullman Coat of Arms, dated 1685, has now been made the seal for the Ullman line of products.  The motto Protegens Populus reads Protecting People.