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In 1976, a newly graduated Bent Jensen took over Christian Jensen & Sons, a family business founded by his grandfather. Since its foundation in 1907, the company had evolved very little. Its prime focus was still within agricultural manufacturing – e.g. flat-belt pulleys, V-belt pulleys, grinding mills, and forges.

Jensen saw no future in this line of business, so it was with some reluctance he took the job. However, he and his wife, Lene Jensen, gave themselves five years to come up with a new and better business idea.

The idea came to Bent Jensen one day while talking to a friend from his student days. His friend had a disability, and the pair came up with an idea for a way to adjust his wheelchair – and that's how the electric linear actuator was born!

Bent Jensen loved the idea so much that he decided to develop it further. In 1979 – less than a year later – the first prototype appeared. And, when Jensen received the first large order for 2,000 units for forage harvesters, he never looked back.

In 1984, the company name changed to LINAK – short for ‘Lineær Aktuator’. To this day, LINAK is still uncovering new potential for electric linear actuators.

 

1907

Christian Jensen establishes a machine shop
In the town of Nordborg, Denmark, smith Christian Jensen starts his own workshop. It grows to seven employees, who build all manner of tools and aids mostly for agricultural use.

 

1976

Christian Jensen’s grandson, Bent Jensen, takes over
CEO Bent Jensen is put in charge of the company, now primarily manufacturing flat-belt pulleys, V-belt pulleys, grinding mills, and forges. But, the young and recently graduated mechanical engineer has ambitions and gives himself five years to develop a more future-proof idea.

 

1979

Developing the first electric actuator
After working on the project for a year, Bent Jensen develops the first electric linear actuator, the LA30, designed to improve various applications primarily within agricultural machinery.

 

1982

First major actuator order
After delivering only small quantities of actuators for small customers in Denmark, the first major order for the LA30 is landed: Taarup Maskinfabrik (known today as Kverneland Group) orders 2,000 actuators for its agricultural machines.

 

1984

The company changes its name to LINAK®
Owner Bent Jensen decides to rename his growing company, LINAK – a contraction of the words ‘Lineær Aktuator’ (Linear Actuator) – as this fits better with the company’s new prime focus.

 

1985

First LINAK office outside Denmark
After a few years collaborating with a Swedish wholesaler, Bent Jensen decides to open LINAK Scandinavia AB in Stockholm.

 

1988

Electronics introduced
LINAK opens its first electronics department, primarily to develop control boxes for actuator solutions in hospital beds.

 

1990

Complete actuator system for hospital and healthcare is introduced
For the first time ever, LINAK presents a complete actuator system for healthcare applications. The system consists of the control box CB10, the actuators LA32 and LA28, and a control unit. The system includes an optional battery backup, setting a new standard for hospital beds.
Business is expanding and the need for more subsidiaries grows. The UK, Denmark and Germany get their own offices.

 

1993

LINAK introduces the first control box with software
The Control Box CB10 is launched with software. The versions: CB10M, CB10P, and CB10MP meet the market.
Later the small and compact actuator LA12 is launched.
Two more subsidiaries open – LINAK Benelux in April and LINAK Australia in December.

 

1994

LINAK U.S. is established
To gain a solid foothold in America, LINAK opens a subsidiary in Louisville, Kentucky. The first task on the agenda is to build up a sales network.

 

1995

First JUMBO® actuator solution is introduced
LINAK introduces JUMBO™ – an actuator system designed specifically for patient lifts.
LINAK Netherlands is established in April, followed by LINAK France in July – primarily to service OEMs in the healthcare sector.

 

1996

Finland becomes the door to the North East
To serve Finland, and later also potential markets in the Baltic area, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, LINAK OY opens an office and storage facilities near Helsinki, Finland.
Linear actuator LA31 and control box CB9 are introduced and immediately set new standards for low-noise performance.

 

1997

New LA34 offers strong and exceptionally low-noise movement
As an improvement for patient lifts and other hospital-related applications, LINAK launches the LA34. The product sets new standards for durability, noise levels, and introduces several new safety features.
In February, LINAK Malaysia – the first office in the Far East – is established.
In September, LINAK Norway opens in Drammen.

 

1998

The birth of the electric sit-stand desk concept
In late 1998, LINAK launched the first ever complete electrically height-adjustable system for desks. The system includes a desk panel switch to easily adjust height, an advanced control box for smooth desk movement, and a revolutionary “electric leg” for desks called DESK LIFT 1. LINAK caught the industry by surprise, igniting a global trend. Since that day, this groundbreaking system has been improving the health of office workers around the globe.

 

1999

First production facility outside Denmark
As a direct consequence of a fast-growing market in the US, LINAK opens a manufacturing facility in Louisville, Kentucky.
In July, LINAK Italia opens just a few kilometres south of Milan.

 

2000

LINAK awarded Royal Mark of Honour
In June, LINAK receives the “Mark of Honour of King Frederik the 9th” for consecutive years of rapidly growing exports and for remarkable success in challenging markets.
LINAK also wins the prestigious “Workplace of the Year” awarded by SID – Denmark’s largest labour union.
Another three subsidiaries are established – Barcelona (Spain) in March, Auckland (New Zealand) in May and Krakow (Poland) in September.

 

2001

Gazelle of the Year
Leading Danish financial daily, Borsen, names LINAK "Gazelle of the Year".
New products are launched, including the integrated desk actuator DB1 and the foot control FS2 for healthcare applications.

 

2002

The first dedicated LINAK segment is created
Activities in adjustable desks take off, leading to the creation of our first dedicated segment, DESKLINE®.
DESKLINE releases DESKPOWER™ – a system consisting of the lifting units DL4 and DB4, the control box CBD4 and control DPA. The system sets the standard for low noise, high speed regardless of load, and a long stroke length. The DL4 is also available in all RAL colours.
In September, the LINAK office in Zürich, Switzerland, opens.

 

2003

LINAK intensifies activities in Japan
After collaborating with wholesalers in Japan for ten years, LINAK opens an independent subsidiary in Japan.
LINAK TWINDRIVE® is introduced – a dual actuator to make movement in leisure beds even smoother and more comfortable.

 

2004

LINAK U.S. expands to keep up
Adding another 7,000 m² (75,000 ft²) to the existing manufacturing facilities in Louisville, Kentucky, LINAK U.S. more than doubles in size to keep up with growing demand.
DESKLINE introduces six new products. Among them is the DP1C, a panel with memory function.
Sales offices in China (April) and Czech Republic (January) are established.

 

2005

Welcome to OpenBus™ - and to Brazil
In order to enhance solution flexibility, allow more functions, and create advanced motion control in applications used in healthcare, LINAK develops and introduces the OpenBus™ communication platform.

TECHLINE® launches the powerful actuator LA36.

LINAK opens in São Paolo, Brazil.

 

2006

LINAK sets up manufacturing in China
The first actuators (LA27) leave a brand new LINAK manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China.
In May, an office in Turkey opens.
MEDLINE® & CARELINE® releases the CB20 – the first control box with the OpenBus Communication platform.

 

2008

Manufacturing starts in Slovakia
In January, LINAK opens its fourth manufacturing facility. This one in Prešov, Slovakia.

 

2010

LINAK introduces green initiatives
In order to increase environmental awareness, minimise the company's CO2 footprint, and ultimately save energy, LINAK reveals plans for a solar panel plant featuring a LINAK Solar Tracking System.
LINAK releases ZERO™ - a technology that reduces standby power consumption from 1-2 W to 0.1 W

 

2011

New office established in Russia
During the summer, LINAK opens a subsidiary in Russia.

 

2012

Actuator solution for solar panels introduced
LINAK TECHLINE introduces the actuator LA37 designed for outdoor applications such as solar power plants.
In May, LINAK opens a subsidiary in Seoul, South Korea.

 

2013

Safety feature for Desk actuators introduced
DESKLINE launches PIEZO™ - an anti-collision solution for desks and workbenches.
LINAK opens an office in Brunn am Gebirge, Austria.

 

2014

LINAK increases focus on climate change
2,800 new solar panels are installed at LINAK Headquarters in Denmark, increasing the amount of green energy to 16% of the total consumption. LINAK announces plans to become CO2-neutral by 2029.
LINAK moves to a larger manufacturing facility in Prešov, Slovakia, and DESKLINE introduces LINAK Desk Control™ – a small piece of software connecting your PC to your desk, reminding the user to either sit or stand.
HM Queen Margrethe II knights LINAK founder, Bent Jensen.

 

2015

Kick & Click™ and an entirely new control box platform are introduced
LINAK presents the top-frame assembly system, Kick & Click™. It halves the time it usually takes to assemble height-adjustable tables.
A brand new control box platform (the CA and CO series) for hospital and medical applications is launched. It eases logistics, aligns worldwide approvals, and generally makes LINAK systems even easier to integrate and use for customers.
LINAK welcomes employee number 2,000.

 

2017

Round II opens at the headquarters
The second round building at the LINAK compound in Guderup, Denmark, opens. Round II accommodates the accelerating need for production space, manufacturing automation, and increased activity in several Group functions.

 

2018

Expanding production in Slovakia and the US
LINAK inaugurates a large factory expansion at the US office in Louisville, Kentucky. Later that year sees the start of a major expansion at the facilities in Prešov, Slovakia.

 

2019

40th anniversary of the first LINAK actuator
In 40 years, LINAK founder and owner Bent Jensen and his wife Lene Jensen have created more than 2,400 jobs, and sustained growth and innovation in one of Denmark's most well-run companies.

In November, Bent Jensen receives the 2019 Honorary Award by the EY Entrepreneur of the Year committee, for creating jobs and for his tireless struggle for family-owned businesses in Denmark.

 

2020

Voice control for adjustable comfort beds introduced
HOMELINE starts offering voice control for adjustable comfort bed systems. LINAK provides a full end-to-end voice control solution for our customers for consumers to use in their smart home. Our solution works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa.

 

2021

LINAK opens new factory in Thailand
To meet the growing demand for high-quality actuator solutions and to increase global presence, LINAK opened a new 12,000 m² factory and distribution centre in the Chonburi province in Thailand.