The history

Still going strong

From a one-man band being run out of a small workshop in Aarhus, Denmark to a global powerhouse of the intelligent metering industry, this is the Kamstrup story.

Ever since Olaf Kamstrup went out on his own as a self-employed technician in 1946, the company has been driven by our late founder’s mantra that “there is always a better solution”. To this day, those words continue to drive our people as we pioneer advancements in smart metering solutions.

Throughout our journey there have been some pivotal moments that have required brave and bold decision-making. One of which came in 1991 when, with only 100 staff, we were a minnow - a mere blip on the radar, amidst a sea of bigger, more powerful and more successful giants of industry. To change this, we took the brave decision to wager everything we had and roll the dice on new technology based on the ultrasonic measuring principle.

Today, that technology dominates the water and heat industry; we are more than ten times bigger and Kamstrup is widely considered to be one of the leading providers of solutions that help water, heat, cooling and electricity utilities to measure, manage and analyze energy and water consumption.

At the core of what we achieve for people is data. In an increasingly digital world, Kamstrup is unearthing more data and unlocking smarter ways of using it - to the betterment of businesses, people and the environment. 

The timeline below maps out some of the defining moments in our history which changed the landscape of the metering industry and would solidify Kamstrup’s position at the forefront of the metering industry and the digital age.

Historic moments

2018

Opening production facilities in the US (first production site outside DK)

2014

Kamstrup sells gas division

Kamstrup buys the business of the software company Saseco

2010

Kamstrup buys the business of the Swedish competitor SVM.

2008

Despite financial crisis, Kamstrup closes the year with record turnover and 30% growth rate.

2007

Kamstrup launches the first electronic water meter.

2006

Kamstrup buys the Swedish company Senea in order to strengthen the automatic meter reading competences.

2002

Kamstrup launches the first radio network meter reading system.

2000

The original business with process equipment for the industry is sold off, and Kamstrup focuses from now on exclusively on the energy business.

1998

Kamstrup manufactures the first electricity meters with automated meter reading.

1991

Kamstrup launches the ultrasonic heat meter

This meant a technological quantum leap into the heat meter business. From this time, Kamstrup chooses to focus strategically on serving district heating customers. The ultrasonic heat meter cemented Kamstrup’s leading position in the market for metering solutions.

1990

The company is taken over by the oil company, OK.

1974

The first electronical meter was launched

1966

Kamstrup buys the company Metro, which brings the number of employees to 220.

1959

Kamstrup introduced the first heat meter.

1946

Kamstrup was founded by Olaf Kamstrup in Aarhus, Denmark.

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