LINAK HISTORY IN BRIEF
In 1976 Bent Jensen, the current CEO and owner of LINAK, was reluctantly persuaded by his father to take over the family company Christian Jensen and Sons. A small company with 7 employees established in 1907 by his grandfather. In 1976 it manufactured flat belt pulleys, V-belt pulleys, grinding mills and forges. Not quite what the newly graduated mechanical engineer had in mind for his future.
However, Bent Jensen decided to give himself five years to rationalise the existing production and come up with a new product to help expand the company for the future. After only three years he achieved his goal and since then the company has gone through quite a transformation.
The first actuator
The new product Bent Jensen came up with was the first linear actuator, which he launched in 1979.
He originated the idea while working on improving a wheelchair for a disabled fellow student who had lost his mobility in an accident. So from the very beginning the driving force behind what was to become LINAK has been the wish to make innovative solutions to improve people’s quality of life and working environment.
The linear actuator soon turned out to be useful for a great many purposes. At first it was sold to the agricultural sector for forage harvesters. This was merely the beginning. Today the linear actuator facilitates ergonomic improvements in workplaces as diverse as offices, hospitals, comfort furniture, farms and industry.
LINAK has grown rapidly ever since introducing actuators in 1980. In 1986 the company added an electronics department in order to manufacture control boxes to match the actuators.
Expansion continued across Europe, into the US market and later into the Far East including facilities in China, India and Japan.
Today LINAK is an international company and a world leader in designing and manufacturing electric linear actuator solutions. LINAK is represented in countries all over the world either through subsidiaries or distributors - and we are still expanding our markets.