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Where it all started

AVK Timeline

AVK Timeline

1941 - 1969

  • Production of refrigerating equipment and general plumbing work.

1970 - 1973

  • Niels A. Kjær takes over his father's business, develops the first gate valve, and founds Aage V. Kjærs Maskinfabrik A/S (AVK Holding A/S).

1974 - 1979

  • Exports to Norway, Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and England.
  • Factory founded in England.
  • Sales companies founded in Denmark and the Netherlands.
  • AVK GUMMI A/S founded in Denmark.

1980 - 1989

  • Exports to Saudi Arabia, the Far East, France and Belgium.
  • Factories founded in Denmark, the USA and in Saudi Arabia.
  • Sales companies founded in England and in Norway.
  • The tooling factory in Sæby acquired, now AVK Tooling A/S.
  • Flonidan Gas Division A/S founded in Denmark.

1990 - 1994

  • Exports to Spain, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Canada, South Africa, Latin America, and Australia.
  • Peart Company in England acquired, now AVK Manufacturing Ltd.
  • Sales companies founded in Belgium, France, and in Spain.
  • License agreements made with manufacturers in Japan, Venezuela, and Taiwan.

1995 - 1999

  • Exports to the Baltic States, Israel, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Slovakia.
  • Factory acquired in the Netherlands, AVK Plastics BV.
  • Bestobell's Water Division and Bryan Donkin's Valve Division acquired.
  • AVK Maskinfabrik A/S and AVK Scan Wass Group A/S merged into AVK International A/S.
  • The AVK Overseas sales division founded.
  • Factories founded in Poland and in Australia.
  • Sales company acquired in South Africa.
  • Sales companies founded in Hong Kong, Poland, and in the Philippines.
  • License agreements made with manufacturers in the Philippines, China, and in Vietnam.
  • Factory acquired in France, AVK Haut Marnaise S.A.

2000 - 2005

  • Sales companies founded in Germany and in China.
  • The German company acquired Mittelmann Armaturen GmbH + Co. KG in Germany, changed name to AVK Mittelmann Armaturen GmbH.
  • Factories acquired in the Netherlands, Denmark, Scotland and in Malaysia.
  • Factory founded in China.
  • Exports to Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Bosnia Herzegovina, and Turkey.

2006 - 2010

  • Companies acquired in the Netherlands, Wouter Witzel EuroValve B.V., Hillen de Lelie B.V. and World Valve B.V.
  • Company acquired in Germany, G&W.
  • Company acquired in the Czech Republic, VOD-KA
  • Sales companies founded in Sweden, Italy, Brazil and India.
  • Representative offices founded in Finland, Romania and Bulgaria.
  • Company acquired in the UK, Invicta Valves Ltd.
  • Companies acquired in Denmark, Vatech 2000 and Klindt Plast Industri (AVK Plast A/S).
  • Acquisition of 40% of the shares in Shimizu Kogyo Co., Ltd. in Japan
  • Company acquired in Switzerland, InterApp Armaturen Holding AG with subsidiaries in several countries


  • Acquisition of the majority stake in Orbinox Valves International, S.L. with its 14 subsidiaries.
  • Acquisition of AVK Industrial Pty. Ltd., in Australia


  • Subsidiary to AVK Tooling established in Poland, AVK Components Sp. z o.o.
  • Sales companies founded in Korea and Finland
  • Companies acquired in England, Syddal Engineering Ltd. and CPH (Thurmaston) Ltd.
  • Aquisition of Cyl Knife Valves S.L. in Spain
  • Aquisition of TEC artec GmbH in Germany
  • Factory established in India 


  • Factory established in Kazakhstan


  • Acquisition of Premier Valves in South Africa
  • Factory established in Brazil
  • AVK Advanced Castings established in China 




  • Acquisition of VCW, Brazil
  • AVK Southern Africa opens R200-million Alrode plant
  • Acquisition of AFH TechFlow, Australia
  • Acquisition of WATECOM in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Acquisition of the Viadux Currumbin site and Wang Components Pty Ltd, Australia




  • Acquisition of Gunric Valves, South Africa
  • Acquisition of enamel division of EMK, Germany
  • Acquisition of majority share of Fusion Group Ltd, UK
  • Acquisition of KSK, Germany