Our story


At Svanehøj, we are proud of our history, which lasts almost a century. It is a story of vision, ambition, hard work and relentless ingenuity closely linked to our present activities and future goals.


Svanehøj was founded in 1928 in Aalborg, Denmark, by marine engineer F. Dam. Shaped by his own experiences at sea, he decided to head back onshore and develop better and more reliable marine pumps.

Delivering high quality and living up to the most stringent requirements, F. Dam got off to a good start and continued to expand the business of Svanehøj throughout the next decades.


What made Svanehøj a pump manufacturer in high demand was not only the reliability and in-depth understanding of customer needs but also the continuous improvement of solutions; the idea that you could always do better.


With the development of the deepwell pumps at the beginning of the 1960s, Svanehøj reached a provisional milestone. The innovative and efficient deepwell pumps set a completely new standard at the time and made Svanehøj relocate to the current facilities in Svenstrup, Denmark, in 1966.


Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Svanehøj made steady progress in optimized and best-in-class solutions for cargo pumps and safe handling of complicated fluids. Later with the development of the DW Fuel pump, Svanehøj has again set new standards for the industry. In 1985, after 57 years of family ownership, Ove Dam, son of F. Dam, handed over the keys to a conglomerate of business partners. A few years later, Svanehøj was acquired by Hamworthy Pumps and in 2012 by Wärtsilä.

This lasted until 2018, when Svanehøj was acquired by the investment company, Solix. Svanehøj Group A/S was established as the parent company, and Svanehøj became an independent brand again.

The innovative craftmanship at Svanehøj has continued, and with the launch of the DW fuel pump solutions in 2015, Svanehøj broke new ground thanks to its combability with any kind of fuel from LNG, LPG to ethane, methanol, and ammonia.


Simultaneously building the market’s most extensive service and aftersales business as a full-scope provider of inspection, service, and calibration of cargo equipment on gas and energy tankers, Svanehøj became a significant supplier and partner in the green energy transition.


This success did has not gone unnoticed and as of 2024 Svanehøj Group A/S is now part of the U.S. based multi-industrial company, ITT Inc. – a leading worldwide manufacturer of customized technology solutions for transportation, industrial and energy markets.


Together with ITT Inc, which has activities in more than 35 countries, Svanehøj is geared to accelerate its growth plans, drive new commercial synergies and more than anything: sustaining its long-term contributions to powering a better future.