Foss 1, often called ‘the Pig’, was the first Grundfos pump built in 1945.
Foss 1, often called ‘the Pig’, was the first Grundfos pump built in 1945.

Water technology company Grundfos is dedicating its 75th anniversary to the shared values of the company’s 19 280 colleagues worldwide.

The company dates back to 1945 and 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. With shortages of almost everything, Due Jensen developed and built a complete quality water supply from scratch.

“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,” said Mads Nipper, group president and CEO of Grundfos.

Employees are celebrating the anniversary in their local teams. The celebrations will take place digitally for many employees who are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am proud to say that Grundfos is now stronger than ever,” added Nipper. “Based on our fantastic heritage, 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. Thanks to our talented and diverse global team, we continue to push forward with a constant eye on pioneering solutions that shape our entire industry and beyond.”

Due Jensen was also very conscious of collaboration and made Grundfos an inclusive workplace, saying 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,” said Due Jensen.