The story of AVK

From local machine shop to global market leader

AVK was established as a machine shop in 1941 by Aage Valdemar Kjær, and was carrying out a number of tasks in the local community. The main focus of the business became the production of compressors for refrigeration and refrigerating plants, with customers from all parts of Denmark.

The guiding principles were quality, good customer relations and continuity. Kjær knew and believed in the quality of his products, and therefore he was able to offer an extensive product guarantee. These were important values, which I brought along when I took over his machine shop in 1970, and the development and production of valves began.

Therefore, we must always deliver products that we know are in order, and quality, continuity and close customer relations must always be the guiding principles of our business. These values have allowed AVK to grow from a local firm with just 5 employees to a Group of more than 4,500 employees in more than 100 countries.

However, this is not it. We want to build an even stronger brand, with the goal of becoming the preferred choice of our customers worldwide. We believe that this is the best way for us to ensure the continuity of AVK in the years ahead.

This mindset will help us reach an even higher level. We must keep expecting more from ourselves, while delivering products and services that live up to and exceed our customers' expectations. This is why I expect every single one of our 4,500 employees will do their utmost to live up to these goals. 

The guiding principles, values and our strong connections back in time must form the basis of our Group in the time ahead. To choose AVK is the right choice.

Niels Aage Kjær
Owner and CEO

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