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 analyse 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


Kamstrup sells gas division

Kamstrup buys the business of the software company Saseco


Kamstrup buys the business of the Swedish competitor SVM.


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


Kamstrup launches the first electronic water meter.


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


Kamstrup launches the first radio network meter reading system.


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


Kamstrup manufactures the first electricity meters with automated meter reading.


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.


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


The first electronical meter was launched


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


Kamstrup introduced the first heat meter.


Kamstrup was founded by Olaf Kamstrup in Aarhus, Denmark.