The Danfoss history

  • Historical work situation
  • Our Engineering Tomorrow mindset dates back to September 1, 1933, when Mads Clausen founded Danfoss in his parents’ farmhouse in Nordborg, Denmark. Since then, the business has grown from a solo enterprise into one of the world’s leading suppliers of energy-efficient and innovative solutions, employing a staff of more than 22,000 and with sales in more than 100 countries. Gaining an early footing on emerging markets and having a clear focus on innovative products for customers are part of the reason for this succes.

    International from the start
    Right from the beginning, Danfoss has had an international outlook. The company began to export to other European countries as early as 1939, and in 1949, Danfoss set up its first foreign sales company in Argentina. During the 1950s, Danfoss established itself in the USA and Germany, and when globalization began to pick up speed in the 1990s, Danfoss was prepared, with factories and sales companies in both Russia and China. Today, these four countries are Danfoss’ biggest markets.
    The global market has been a cornerstone for Danfoss, long before anyone even talked about globalization, and this has provided the company with a strong international position. Danfoss was among the first to get out there on the large emerging markets and has worked purposefully to build up good relations with our customers and business partners.

    Innovation as heritage
    Right from Mads Clausen’s first inventions, Danfoss has been devoted to developing innovative products that meet the customers’ needs for today and tomorrow. It all started with the expansion valve to regulate refrigeration systems and continued with one of the world’s first radiator thermostats to regulate heating and the world’s first mass-produced frequency converters for the speed control of electric motors. Today, Danfoss has close to 50 different product lines and invests around 4% of its net sales in new and innovative products capable of saving the world large amounts of energy and CO2 – e.g. in food refrigeration, air conditioning, heating buildings, regulating the speed of electric motors, and in powering mobile machinery.

     

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