VELUX Group celebrates its 75th birthday with events around the world
75 years bringing light to life with continued growth
75 years ago, Danish engineer Villum Kann Rasmussen had an idea that would revolutionise the way people live. Nowadays we take living in loft spaces under pitched roofs for granted, but before 1941, these spaces were almost uninhabitable due to the lack of daylight and fresh air. Villum Kann Rasmussen designed the first effective openable sloping roof window, and since then VELUX has grown into a company with operations in 40 countries and around 9,500 employees.
The name VELUX comes from “ventilation” (VE) and “light” (LUX, Latin for light), two vital elements in any comfortable, healthy building. The first roof window developed in 1941 still forms the basis for today’s VELUX product range and the idea of “bringing light to life” still drives the company, as it has for the last 75 years. Villum Kann Rasmussen defined himself a “daylight engineer."
A vibrant company investing in innovation
The VELUX Group may be 75 years old, but it remains a modern, dynamic company, embracing change and investing heavily in innovation. The new generation of VELUX roof windows have set new standards for windows’ energy balance. In fact, in 2015 the VELUX Group saw its best ever results.
“We see great demand for energy-efficient and healthy building solutions – and house owners demand high quality products at a competitive price. Our success over the last 75 years is very much related to our focus on quality, innovation and customer service,”
Products useful for society part of the business formula
Engagement in society is deeply rooted in the VELUX DNA. 50 years ago, the company’s founder defined the “Model Company Objective”. In essence, this means that the VELUX Group’s main goal is to create value for society, customers, suppliers and employees by behaving as an exemplary company in all areas.
The VELUX Group is owned by the VELUX FOUNDATIONS, and donates most of its profits for research, environmental and cultural purposes. In 2015, the foundations made 545 donations totaling just above €111 million.
The 75th anniversary will be marked throughout 2016 with a range of activities celebrating the idea of bringing daylight and fresh air into people’s lives, and on April 1st the grand celebration will be marked internally within the VELUX Group.
About the VELUX Group
For more than 80 years, the VELUX Group has created better living environments for people around the world; making the most of daylight and fresh air through the roof. Our product programme includes roof windows and modular skylights, decorative blinds, sun screening products and roller shutters, as well as installation and smart home solutions. These products help to ensure a healthy and sustainable indoor climate, for work and learning, for play and pleasure. We work globally – with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 36 countries and around 11,000 employees worldwide. The VELUX Group is owned by VKR Holding A/S, a limited company wholly owned by non-profit, charitable foundations (THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS) and family. In 2022, the VELUX Group had total revenue of EUR 2.99 billion, VKR Holding had total revenue of EUR 4.29 billion, and THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS donated EUR 181 million in charitable grants.
For more information about VELUX Group, visit velux.com.