Grundfos Marks 75th Anniversary

Grundfos, which manufactured its first pump in 1945, is marking its 75th anniversary.

Foss 1, the manufacturer’s first pump, was built in 1945 by founder Poul Due Jensen in Bjerringbro, Denmark. Grundfos’ first overseas subsidiary was established in 1973 in the U.S.

The 75th anniversary is being observed by the company’s 19,280 colleagues all over the world.

“We celebrate the pioneering and socially responsible spirit that has driven Grundfos since the beginning and continues to drive us today. We carry that mindset forward with a profound commitment to fight the imminent climate and water challenges affecting all of us,” says Mads Nipper, group president and chief executive officer.

The official anniversary date was May 12, when employees celebrated in their local teams. For many, this was a digital event, as some employees were working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have an ambition over the coming decade to contribute to bringing safely managed drinking water to 300 million people, and to become a climate positive company,” Nipper says.

The pump company’s history began at the end of the Second World War, when Grundfos founder and engineer Poul Due Jensen was asked by a local farmer if he could procure a pump. Then, and in the aftermath of the war, however, there was a shortage of almost everything, so he had to develop and construct a complete quality water supply from scratch. The solution proved to be the foundation of the enterprise.

Poul Due Jensen was very conscious of collaboration and made Grundfos an inclusive workplace, stating that everyone has the power to contribute.

”If you’re on your own you can do a little, but you can do a lot when you work together to do the job,” he said, crediting employees as a key element to the results created.


Grundfos, headquartered in Bjerringbro, Denmark, manufactures advanced pump solutions.

Since 1945 the company has been committed to pioneering solutions to the world’s water and climate challenges and improving the quality of life for people.

Grundfos provides energy efficient pumps and smart digital solutions for various applications across diverse segments including domestic and commercial buildings, industries and water & wastewater management.

Through 83 companies, Grundfos is directly accessible in 56 countries and present in even more via its network of partners and sub dealers.

See a selection of milestones from Grundfos’ history.

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