History

The current Svend Frederiksen Maskinfabrik A/S was founded on 19 June 1961. The company was started in Ryslinge as Ryslinge Maskinværksted by Svend Fa. Svend Frederiksen was born in 1934 to Carpenter Hans Peder Frederiksen and Jensine Frederiksen. Jensine[1] was the sister of Kresten Pedersen, who started Boltinge Stolefabrik.

Svend Frederiksen lived in his childhood and young years in many different places on Funen. Among other things, during a period at Tøyjstrup, where his father worked as a carpenter.

Svend was trained as a wagon and fittingsmith at Harald Nielsen, who had the forge in Vantinge. He also worked for a number of years at Boysen in Ringe before starting for himself. He's probably always been known to be a bit of a millennial artist and enjoyed the reputation that if there was something you couldn't get made or make to work, then you could always try to go to Svend . He married Birthe Frederiksen, who for many years, among other things, looked after the bookkeeping as a co-working spouse.

The company was started on the basis of assembly and repair work on cement foundry machines. At the time, the tool consisted of a toolbox, a hand drill, an angle grinder, an electric welder, an autogen welder and a van. And the workshop consisted of a garage of thirty square meters. The customer hourly rate at the time was approx. DKK 10.00 and the customer paid approx. DKK 1.25 per kg. Iron. The following year in 1962, the space for cravings became and the garage was expanded by twenty square meters. New purchases this year consisted of a cold saw and a pillar drill. In the same year, the company hired its first apprentice, Torben Pedersen, who subsequently for many years was a much appreciated and respected manager of the Fitters at Faber A/S in Ryslinge. In 1963, two more journeymen and an apprentice were hired. In addition, a lathe, another milling machine and a van were purchased. At this time, the company has started to manufacture moulds and machines for cement products factories. It was also in this year that the son and the current owner, Fleming Frederiksen, were born.

In 1964, the space in the garage again becomes too cramped and the company buys a disused country house in Sødinge, where a machine factory of approx. 200 square meters and with associated living space is built. In fact, there was an old medium on the property which was demolished when we bought it. On old maps you can see that there has been media for more than 100 years. The farmhouse itself is from 1888. Two more apprentices and one svend . At this time, the company has started to manufacture machinery for whole mortar plants and is installing them around the country.

The period from 1965 to 1971 takes place without much change in the number of employees. However, there are a few minor extensions of the workshop during the period. For example, a slurry sucker for Ringe Municipality and a large motorboat for the company's neighbour, Sven Kyhl from the Provincial Bank, are of more significant importance. It is also during this period that production is started up of cold water purifiers and hot water purifiers with Japanese Cat pumps (high pressure cleaners). The company was called Centerclean. Unfortunately, you end up losing a larger amount as an agent does not comply with his obligations and the company has to close again.

In 1972 onwards, the company reduced its activities. After lying around doing repair work and the like, the employees are now being drawn home to a greater extent in the workshop and the company is moving towards more subcontracting. The company is now changing its shape to become more of a manufacturing company.

It is also at the same time that the company has the pleasure of becoming a subcontractor to first Kompan and later Nassau Door. Both companies are customers to this day.

Kompan sets up her way down the street on Sødingevej in a disused carpentry and joinery workshop and it will not be long before Tom Lindhardt Wils and Svend Frederiksen begins to play together on the first steel constructions for Kompan. We made handles for the Spilophønen, lashes, swings, distance pipes, foundations, sliding bars, swing buoys, motor slippers and many other exciting constructions. I myself have had the pleasure, as a boy, of going to the bookkeeper at Kompan and getting paid large sums of money in cash for the work we had done and which I could so proudly carry home. During my apprenticeship, I also had the pleasure of playing with Tom when he had just had a new good idea to try out. I remember him as an amazingly creative and capable person. And then he had the lovely attitude that he didn't think Kompan could afford to have subcontractors who didn't make money.

Those were lovely times. Kompan was sold to Lego in 1996 and this led us to the pleasure of making various equipment and fixtures for Legoland Parker in Windsor in England, Carslbad in California and in Günzburg in Germany. In 2005, The Investment Fund Nordic Capital acquires a majority stake in Kompan, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary here in the year 2010.

It is also in 1970 that the schoolteacher-educated Peter Damgaard founded Nassau Door A/S and moved the company to newly acquired premises in Ringe in 1971. It was supposed to be a chance encounter with a Norwegian, with knowledge of a new type of hoist gates that brings Damgaard into an area he has no prior knowledge of. Over the years, we have produced many different types of special machines, fittings and components for these ports. It has to be said that there was a format about Peter Damgaard, whether you liked him or not. We have sometimes joked that we were probably the only supplier to Nassau who had been able to deliver to them for so many years without having had a trial with them. Personally, both my father and I have always felt that we had an excellent relationship with Peter. I think it was about mutual respect. Nassau was sold to Nielsen & Nielsen Holding in 1989 and today employs approximately 500 people worldwide. Nassau is also celebrating its 40th anniversary here in 2010.

From 1982 until 1986, the company again increased its activities. This results in the recruitment of more people and significant workshop expansions so that the workshop at this time is about 600 square meters. The company still operates as a manufacturing company with the emphasis on subcontracting. The customer price has now risen to DKK 125,- and the customer now pays approx. DKK 4.85 per kg. Iron. It is also in 1986 that the company celebrates its 25th anniversary.

In 1988, the generational change began with me joining the company and we form an Interesting Company. In 1994 I buy land and buildings at the same time as we make an extension of a total of 740 square meters, so that we subsequently have about 1500 square meters.

In 1999, the company was converted into a limited company and in 2002 I bought the last shares, so today I am the majority shareholder and sole owner.

In the period from 1992 to 2001, we have a certified quality management system according to the ds/iso 9000 series, but since we find that several of our customers do not distinguish between whether they buy subcontracting from a certified subcontractor or one that is not, we choose to save the money that it costs to have a certification agency to audit us.

It is also during this period that globalisation is beginning to take off in our industry. We are now seeing competition with companies from Eastern Europe and Asia in particular. And it is not seen as being on a level playing field. Just as we must also find that our customers can have their products produced for half of what we need for the goods. From having been involved from prototype production, zero series and actual series production and had the pleasure of sales of the products increasing, there will now come a period when we can be allowed to produce prototypes and the first series, but that many of our larger customers then move production to Eastern Europe or Asia. To our great amazement, it even happens in many cases with Danish export subsidies!

From the beginning of the year 2000 until autumn 2008, the iron and metal industry is doing reasonably well, as in so many other industries. But for many, it is also growth for borrowed money. As best as we thought we had survived the challenges of globalisation, we had to acknowledge that we had an abrupt awakening again. During 2009, our turnover decreased by about 30% and we had to lay off employees, so we went from being twenty to now being twelve. For the first time in the twenty-two years I had been with the company, we had to experience making red numbers.

Here in 2010, we should once again have made spending and revenue fit together. We have a large and flexible production apparatus, which is ready to move when it starts to move forward again. We now look forward to celebrating the company's 50th anniversary in June 2011 and at the same time hope to have the opportunity to greet customers, suppliers, former employees and some of the approximately 50 Klejnsmede, Machinists and Technicians that we have helped train throughout the years. It came my father, Svend Frederiksen did not see to experience when he passed away on 20 April 2008 at the age of 73. But I'm sure he would have been both happy and proud at the thought!

Fleming Frederiksen, June 19, 2010.

[1] Jensine was one of nine daughters of Carpenter Nicolaj Pedersen from Sofienlund Sawmill in Boltinge. His one son Kresten Pedersen started Boltinge Stolefabrik and his other son Peder Pedersen later took over Sofienlund Sawmill.