Grundfos is the largest pump manufacturer in the world. They are based in Denmark and boast more than 18,000 employees across the globe. They produce over 12 million pumps on an annual basis. This includes submersible pumps, circulator pumps and centrifugal pumps. Grundfos also manufactures electric motors, both for their own pumps and as separate, individual entities, in addition to controls and electronics for pumps and related systems.
History of Grundfos
Grundfos was started by the late Poul Due Jensen in Bjerringbro in 1945. The original company name was the Bjerringbro Die-Casting and Machine Factory. This name would change several times until 1967, when the name Grundfos stuck.
Grundfos is under the Poul Due Jensen Foundation, which was established in 1975 as self-reliant organisation. Currently, it owns approximately 86% of Grundfos, with the founder’s family owning 12% and the staff owning 2%. The foundation exists solely for the development and growth of Grundfos, with all capital and profits going back to the foundation.
Applications for Grundfos Pumps
Due to the ubiquitous nature of Grundfos pumps in the resource industry, a lot of Grundfos pumps end up in Australia for use in oil, gas and mining. Western Australia and Queensland are prime consumers of Grundfos pumps, including dosing pumps, SP submersible pumps for dewatering, SP booster sets, end suction and wastewater.
Circulator pumps from Grundfos are used for air conditioning, heating and ventilation in hotels, office buildings and private homes. Industrial applications include plant maintenance and processes. They are also built into many OEM products.
Grundfos pumps are also used for greenhouses, irrigation and private or municipal water supply and are even used for sewage.
Grundfos supplies pumps to distributors in over 50 countries, allowing their reach to extend worldwide. They have bought out companies such as Alldos, Hilge and the Peerless Pump Company.
Research and Development
Part of the profits and capital that Grundfos reinvests is earmarked for research and development. In 1990, Grundfos established the Grundfos Technology Centre. The Centre serves as a research and development facility, specifically the search for new materials, construction of advanced production equipment and development of process technology.
Three years later, design, development and product management would move into yet another new innovation centre.