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Focus on the VKR Group

Focus on the VKR Group

Based in Denmark, The VKR Group is the company that manufactures our three brands of roof window – Velux, Dakea and Aurora – the latter of which is exclusive to LB Supplies. In this blog we are going to tell you more about The VKR Group so you can learn more about the company that produces our roof windows.

With a presence in more than 40 countries and employing around 14,000 people, The VKR Group is one of the world’s largest companies in the building products industry. In 2013, The VKR Group’s revenue amounted to Euro 2.2 billion and net profit for the year came to Euro 105.7 million

Besides specialising in roof windows and skylights, The VKR Group activities in the following business areas: vertical windows, solar thermal energy as well as ventilation & indoor climate.

The company was founded in 1941 by Villum Kann Rasmussen, MSc in structural engineering. Villum developed the Velux roof window in 1942, which represented a major breakthrough for the company. Why did Villum choose the name Velux? Because ‘VE’ is short for ventilation and ‘LUX’ is latin for light.

Over the years, Villum registered more than 55 patents and nine designs, receiving an honorary doctorate at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) for his work as an inventor, experimental scientist, and entrepreneur.

Villum Kann Rasmussen felt that some of the company profits should be fed back into the community, which is why Villum Fonden and Velux Fonden were formed. Both support support scientific, artistic, cultural and social purposes as well as daylight research and older people’s activity

So there you have it – a brief overview of the VKR Group and their history. We will be posting more information about the VKR Group at a later date so please come back to our blog if you would like to further information.

Written by: Joe

Published on: 22 December 2014

Categories: Uncategorized