In 2016 Nilfisk officially celebrates its 110 year anniversary. The company was founded in 1906 in a backyard workshop in Copenhagen by young engineer and enthusiast within motors, P. A. Fisker.
It was a desire for knowledge and the ambition of creating a global company based on exploiting the potential of technology that drove Peder Andersen Fisker to set up his own business 110 years ago. The business he started was Nilfisk.
110 years later, the same belief in innovative technology and determination to think big still drives Nilfisk. We are one of the world's leading suppliers of professional cleaning equipment. We are approximately 5,500 colleagues working in 45 countries all over the world and we all carry with us a strong heritage of more than 110 years of cleaning expertise.
Read more in this anniversary e-folder, which takes you through highlights from the past 110 years with a lot of pictures, quotes and memories from the past and present
Founded on boundless curiosity
Try to imagine how it would be to clean your home after a big birthday party - without the aid of cleaning machines. Just put yourself back in time when upholstery and carpets had the dust beaten out of them by hand, and when brushes, brooms and cleaning cloths were state-of-the-art tools. P.A. Fisker, the founder of Nilfisk, was born in that time.
Fisker was trained as an electrical engineer and loved electrical motors. He founded his company in 1906 and started to produce motors to drive coffee grinders, machine tools, fans and drills. P.A. Fisker's vision was from the beginning to have an international company selling goods to the whole world. The real breakthrough came when he invented a ground breaking vacuum cleaner weighing only 17.5 kilos which could be operated by only one person! In a time where other cleaning machines were huge and needing four or more operators, the Nilfisk C1 was definitely a revolution.
Still today, the genius behind these first cleaning machines is unquestioned. Cleaning machines remain a simply brilliant solution to an ongoing problem - things get dirty, and they need to be cleaned without too much trouble.
Expansion and growth
Nilfisk expanded slowly but steadily through the decades, but this development really took off from the end of the 1980's.
We became part of the NKT Group, and our new owners’ focus and drive made Nilfisk take a great leap forward. Since then it has been our aim to be one of the biggest global players in the market of professional cleaning equipment. By acquiring many companies to expand our product portfolio and presence in new markets, Nilfisk is now represented in all parts of the world, with a variety of cleaning solutions that will fit every need.
P.A. Fisker would be proud. Today his vision has come through.
The Nilfisk story - 100 years in 2006