100 YEARS OF HISTORY

Meet Sigurd Stenhøj - the founder of STENHØJ, and experience our 100 years of history

 

TIMELINE

STENHØJ has provided innovative solutions for 100 years!

THE STENHØJ GROUP's history goes back 100 years and begins with an ambitious man with a good idea.

In 1917, Sigurd Stenhøj purchased the smithy where he was employed. His father had to sign the papers as Sigurd was only 23 years old and not old enough to be registered as the owner.

Sigurd Stenhøj came up with the idea for the "Car-lift" in 1929, when he was trying to solve one of the daily challenges at his workshop.

In the middle of the 1920s, Chevrolet cars were introduced to the Danish market, these cars found their way into Sigurd Stenhøj's workshop. The low Chevrolet models was creating challenges at the workshop. A key obstable was that mechanics could not get under the low car. Sigurd Stenhøj therefore created the first STENHØJ lift, receiving a patent on the invention in 1930.

THE STENHØJ GROUP's history is known for its innovative thinking, adaptability, innovation and ambitions to create a large international company. These core values remain at the forefront of the STENHØJ GROUP today.

The smithy where it all began

The "automobil lift" was a succes

Sigurd Stenhøj's workshop quickly became very busy

The models became more and more advanced

Inground lifts became part of the programme

The office secretary posed as model from time to time

The STENHØJ lifts were in high demand

A lot has happend in the past 100 years..

   
         
     

TECALEMIT

In January 2018 the STENHØJ GROUP acquires Tecalemit’s three sales and service businesses in Finland, Estonia and Lithuania.

Tecalemit is a market leader in the sale and service of equipment for the automotive aftermarket in these countries.

         

STENHØJ SWEDEN

In 2017 the STENHØJ GROUP established the Swedish subsidiary STENHØJ SWEDEN.

The company handles all STENHØJ activities in Sweden and further more they represent the former known brand Opus Emission around the world.

     
         
     

100TH ANNIVERSARY

In 2017, the STENHØJ Group celebrates their 100th anniversary.

         

STENHØJ AUSTRALIA

STENHØJ AUSTRALIA, the Group's Australian company was established. Out of the offices and warehouse in Sydney and Adelaide, Australia and a larger part of the Oceania is supported.

STENHØJ AUSTRALIA is representing the MOLNAR brand, which is well known in both Australia and within the international market.

     
         
     

THE MOLNAR BRAND

In March 2017, the Australian brand MOLNAR became part of STENHØJ GROUP's activities.

MOLNAR is well known in both Australia and within the international market. The sales of MOLNAR products is handled by STENHØJ AUSTRALIA.

         

AUTOPSTENHOJ

German Autop and danish STENHØJ AUTOLIFT merged into a new brand; AUTOPSTENHOJ.

AUTOPSTENHOJ is the leading supplier of workshop equipment and sets new standards within its business area.

AUTOPSTENHOJ is a global premium brand, that offers its customers great expertise, strong products and solid service programme.

     

         

     

STENHØJ DK

STENHØJ DK was established as a sales and service organisation for Denmark. Bringing together years of experience in securing competent consulting of interior design and optimised workshops.
         

SØREN OG LENE DYØE MADSEN
TAKE OVER THE MAJORITY OF SHARES

     
         

     

THE BRADBURY BRAND

THE STENHØJ GROUP acquired Bradbury Equipment Ltd. Bradbury is a strong and widely recognised brand, not only in the UK, but also in many other countries, and was established back in 1896.

         

SHERPA

Sherpa becomes part of the STENHØJ GROUP.
Sherpa is developing and produces test equipment for the automotive industry. Since joining the STENHØJ GROUP the brand has positioned itself and built a solid reputation as one of the most innovative suppliers of test equipment within the international market.

     
         

     

GEMCO SERVICE

GEMCO SERVICE, the UK's largest supplier of products and services within the automotive aftermarket, becomes a part of the STENHØJ GROUP.

         

GEMCO EQUIPMENT

The largest supplier of workshop equipment for the automotive aftermarket in the UK, becomes part of the STENHØJ GROUP.

     
         
     

STENHØJ ROMANIA

The company was established due to the high demand for compressors within the Romanian market.

         

AUTOPERKUTE

The STENHØJ GROUP acquires autoperkute GmbH. In 2001, the company was divided into autop Maschinenbau GmbH and PERKUTE Maschinenbau GmbH.

     
         

     

LEIF NIELSEN TAKES OWNERSHIP

Leif Nielsen takes over the ownership of STENHØJ.
         

ORLA STENHØJ TAKES OWNERSHIP

Sigurd Stenhøj's son, Orla Stenhøj, takes over the ownership of the company.

     
         

     

STENHØJ HYDRAULIK

In 1964, the production of presses was divided into its own company:
STENHØJ HYDRALIK A/S.

         

THE EKSPORT GROWS

 In 1956 export became more intensive thanks to Orla Stenhøj. Fast forward to today
STENHØJ is exporting to over 60 countries worldwide.

     
         

     

THE LARGE FACTORY

The large factory in Barrit was established.

         

THE FIRST EXPORT MARKET

South Africa was the first export market.
Soon to be followed by a range of other countries.

     
         

     

THE FIRST HYDRAULIC PRESSES WERE PRODUCED

         

THE FIRST COMPRESSOR

At the same time with the production of "the automobile lift" Sigurd Stenhøj began to produce compressors. Allowing him to sell the complete package.

     
         

     

PATENT FOR THE FIRST LIFTS

Sigurd Stenhøj received patent for the "the automobile lift".

         

THE VERY FIRST STENHØJ LOGO

With strong inspiration from the past five krone bill, Sigurd Stenhøj created a new logo.

     
         

     

HERE THE STORY BEGINS

In 1917 Sigurd Stenhøj bought the smithy where he worked.