ACO Funki A/S

ACO Funkis History

FUNKI has not always been called FUNKI, and the factory has not always manufactured the products as it is now known for - at home and abroad.
 

1933-1938:

  • The origins is from January 2, 1933, when a carpenter Sigfred Kølbæk, Hammerum, founded his own company under the name: "S. Kølbæk, Carpenters and Joiners" (Tømrer- og Snedkerforretning).
  • Sigfred Kølbæk's private residence was also his workshop and office until 1962.
    This year Sigfred begins to manufacture the egg incubators.
  • The company's name was changed to "Wood & Incubators Factory FUNKI" (Trævare- og Rugemaskinfabrikken FUNKI).
  • By using the name FUNKI, Kølbæk wanted to draw attention to the fact that the machines were functional with large, even surfaces that were easy to clean. FUNKI was the only producer of the incubator machines that survived on the Danish market back then.

1939-1945:

  • With the outbreak of World War II in 1939, the company's existence was seriously threatened.
    Feed ban destroyed the poultry industry - it meant no basis for the production of incubators.
  • Production of blackout curtains began.
  • Autumn 1940: Production of chipboard, peat baskets and ash baskets.
  • The factory was burned in April 1941 and reconstructed over the summer in unamended.
  • Production increased and reached 4,000 baskets per day. The factory had 50 employees at this time.
  • In 1944, the management is preparing to resume the production of the incubators, as the war was soon over.

1946-1950: 

  • The production of incubators resumes as the prison service took over on the production of baskets.
  • International poultry exhibition in Copenhagen in 1948 -> FUNKI receives positive press coverage.
  • The king Frederik IX and the queen Ingrid with the daughters visited FUNKI's stand at the exbition in Horsens. 
  • On the picture to the left - Kølbæk's hand with three small chickens stretched forward towards the princesses. The Queen of Denmark Margrethe II, who was 8 years old at that time, is holding one of the chickens.
  • The hand with three chickens was the company's landmark for many years - until 1967.

1951-1960:

  • The company was transformed into "Incubators factory FUNKI" (A/S Rugemaskinfabrik FUNKI).
  • Director Ejler Asgaard established export department in Aarhus.
  • Export has been 60% of revenue for many years.
  • The domestic market became the primary market when Denmark joined the EU.
  • Sales and service departments established in Sweden and Germany.
  • In 1959, the production of automatic feeding systems for poultry began.


1961-1966:

  • In 1963, FUNKI brought the first automatic feeding system for pigs on the market.
  • New production and large export orders was a reason to start the construction of the first 1 floor hall of 1,000 sq.m.

1967-1973:

  • In 1967, a department for barn ventilation was built.
  • In 1951, the company's first thermostatically controlled barn ventilation system was presented in Denmark.
  • In 1970, factory hall number 3 was constructed as well as the second stage of the office building. Focus on automatic pig feeders and ventilation.
  • In 1971, the name changed to "FUNKI Machine factory" (Aktieselskabet FUNKI Maskinfabrik).


Highlights:

  • In 1973, S. Kølbæk and E. Asgaard sold FUNKI's share capital to Gascoigne Gush & Dent.
  • February 1974: 115 employees, 41 officers.
  • In 1988, a number of Danish investors bought all shares in FUNKI at Dansk Staldinsustri A / S.
  • In 2004 FUNKI was acquired by the German ACO Group.
  • 2014: ACO FUNKI has taken over Egebjerg International A/S and it has resulted in an even stronger product program with 2 product lines - FUNKI and EGEBJERG.


2018: 

  • Headquarter in Herning, Denmark
  • Sales offices in Germany, France, Spain, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and China
  • 149 employees
  • One of the largest assortments within the equipment for pig housing
  • ACO FUNKI can supply a full-line product line for pig farms - all over the world
  • Danish Design - German Quality - Global Experience