Company milestones

It was a desire for knowledge and the ambition to create a global company based on the potential of technology that drove Peder Andersen Fisker to establish the company in a backyard workshop in Copenhagen in 1906.The company soon became a leading global supplier of professional cleaning equipment. 

As the timeline below shows, we have been committed to bringing innovative cleaning solutions to market and grow our business to lead the industry ever since. 
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Company milestones
2017
NKT is given a mandate at the Annual General Meeting to proceed with the plans to split the company into two and list Nilfisk as an independent company.
2016
Nilfisk announces The Horizon Program and showcases the first prototype of a new and ground-breaking autonomous scrubber enabling unmanned cleaning.
2013
Nilfisk launches its first fuel cell powered machine, the CS7000.
2007
Acquisition of Viper, a leading Chinese manufacturer and supplier of professional cleaning equipment to the mid-market.
2005
Nilfisk establishes production sites in Hungary and China.
2004
Nilfisk acquires the ALTO group, which was formed six years earlier from merging 10 global brands within the cleaning industry, including Wap and Clarke.
1994
Nilfisk acquires the American ”Advance Machine Company” and significantly expands market coverage to professionals in the US.
1989
Nilfisk is acquired by NKT Holding.
1988
Nilfisk takes over Gerni, which enables Nilfisk to start market high pressure cleaners for the first time.
1958
Nilfisk starts production of the iconic G70 vacuum cleaner for households and professionals. It is the first Nilfisk vacuum cleaner with a dust bag.
1955
The first floor cleaner is introduced. Floorcare later becomes the largest product line in the portfolio.
1927
Sales companies are established in Great Britain and Germany. Export sales surpass domestic sales.
1910
Nilfisk develops and patents the first electric vacuum cleaner in Europe’s. It is named ”C1” and completely changes cleaning. It becomes the foundation stone of Nilfisk.
1906
Nilfisk is founded in Denmark by P. A. Fisker and H. M. Nielsen.

A passion for knowledge

Read more about the history of Nilfisk in the anniversary publication which takes you through highlights from 110 years of innovative excellence