We were born at sea
Svanehøj Pumpefabrik (‘Svanehøj Pump Factory’) was founded in 1928 in Aalborg, Denmark by F. Dam – a marine engineer who decided to head back onshore after years at sea. From the start, pumps were the main product, and the business expanded over the coming decades.
With the development of the deepwell pumps in the 60s, SVANEHØJ reached a milestone and relocated to the current facility in Svenstrup, Denmark, in 1966.
Ove Dam, son of the founder, sold SVANEHØJ and launched a 34-year period of corporate ownership.
SVANEHØJ was acquired by Hamworthy Pumps, which had until then been part of Powell Duffryn plc, a listed UK engineering and ports business, since 1962.
SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy Pumps were acquired by Wärtsilä, a global leader in complete lifecycle power solutions for the marine and energy markets.
SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy Pumps were acquired by the investment company Solix, and Svanehøj Group A/S was founded as the parent company. SVANEHØJ and Hamworthy Pumps became independent brands again, and an ambitious growth strategy was launched.