Fransgård Maskinfabrik A/S is a 100% Danish owned factory that produces various agricultural and forestry machinery. In the late 70s, in collaboration with our Norwegian importer, Fransgård introduced a tractor-mounted forestry winch that hauls logs out onto passable roads.The popularity of this winch initated rapid development of the company and Fransgård is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forestry winches with exports worldwide.
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Agriculture - Forestry
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
Fransgård Maskinfabrik A/S is a 100% Danish-owned factory that manufactures various machines for the agricultural, forestry and road sectors. The company was founded by Thorkild B. Fransgaard in 1967, when he purchased Fredbjerg Forge and Machine Shop, where he had served his apprenticeship . Eventually the forge was transformed into a factory producing agricultural machines, and today it has become an ultramodern factory with approximately 50 employees and a production area of more than 10,000 m2.
The factory’s first machine, the popular side-delivery hay rake, was developed in the late 60s using a revolutionary V-belt drive (instead of a chain) and nylon bushings. Eventually more products were developed, including bale conveyors, tedder rakes, combi-rakes, forestry winches, levellers, mowing machines and snow blowers.
Fransgård has always focused on international markets, and today our exports represent 80-90% of our turnover.
In March 1998, the company’s founder, Thorkild B. Fransgaard, was elected to the Danish parliament, and appointed his nephew, daily manager, Jørgen Fransgård, as the new director.
At the turn of the year between 2005/2006 Fransgård carried out a major generation shift whereby three of the leading employees purchased 80% of the company.
The three new majority shareholders have a thorough knowledge of Fransgård Maskinfabrik.52-year-old Ivan Kristensen was hired in 1968. Jørgen Fransgård, who is six years younger, started working for the company in 1983, while the ‘baby’ of the team, thirty-five-year-old Jens Ploug, joined the company in 1995.
Quality and flexibility are Fransgard's core values With the help of a skilled staff, modern production machinery, a 10,000 m2 factory and more than 40 years' experience in the industry, Fransgard offers a wide range of niche and specialised machines for field, forest and road work.
We develop our machines in close collaboration with our regular and new customers. Forthis reason our solutions are characterised by an extremely practical and down-to-earth attitude, ensuring a high level of operational safety, minimal maintenance requirements, durability and user-friendliness.
We export many of our machines all over the world, even to very remote areas. This means we are committed to honouring ourwordand delivering a thoroughly tested product that meets or exceeds expectations.With us, you don't just buy a machine-you buy the whole Fransgard concept