The story of
J. Hvidtved Larsen

From a local blacksmith to a global manufacturer:
Sewer cleaning equipment from Denmark

What started over 100 years ago as a small blacksmith’s shop was built over generations to a global manufacturer of sewer cleaning equipment. Founded in 1915, J. Hvidtved Larsen received recognition for its craftmanship and high quality for more than 100 years. In 2016, J. Hvidtved Larsen was acquired by Bucher Industries and sewer cleaning equipment officially become a part of the group's municipal fleet program. 

Key milestones for J. Hvidtved Larsen

Open for business

Jacob Hvidtved Larsen, founder of J. Hvidtved Larsen, opened to the public in 1915 with his own blacksmith and machine factory in Denmark. It started out small with a number of repair tasks in the local area, but the income was supplemented with the profession of driving instructor. As Jacob received recognition from his high quality work, the orders started to come quickly. First, it was local slaughterhouses, but soon well-known institutions such as FL Smidth, Danish Railroad Services and Hjejlen placed orders. Today, Hjejlen is the world's oldest steamship that continues to operate as a tourist attraction in the local city where J. Hvidtved Larsen was established. 
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Repairs to engineering

Both the number and magnitude of tasks grew over the years. In 1933, the first water tank was delivered to a textile factory, and the company found itself being a key supplier to national companies, supplying solid iron structures used in building leisure centers, bridges, and ferry docks. Since the company now started developing its business in engineering and development projects and products, the company was overtaken by its success and in fact, some products could no longer be produced inside the factory buildings. And in the early 1950's, when they received an order for something completely new, it was clear the company was heading towards engineering.
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New adventures

In 1955, a contractor ordered truck mounted vacuum equipment. In 1956, the equipment was ready for delivery. During the 1960's, the order book on vacuum equipment grew rapidly, and with the new product portfolio, the company expanded the factory to 1,200 sqm., enabling the production of vacuum equipment and iron structures that remained key for the business. In the 1960's, the public institutions and private contractors placed orders on their first units and today they are still customers. Soon the equipment was further developed to equipment capable of vacuuming and high-pressure jetting at the same time: The combi unit FlexLine® was born.
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All over the world; From the extreme cold to the extreme heat of the deserts

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Since 1980's: The Recycler® series

The sustainable choice

Since the first water recycling unit was launched in the early 1980's, we have continued to develop the system together with our business partners, enabling our partners to stay ahead of competition using the most versatile and efficient piece of equipment available. The Recycler® series is equipped with a fully automatic water filtration system. This means the unit automatically and continuously separates water from the sludge to subsequently use the cleaned water to clean the sewer allowing you to stay on the job site and get more work done. On the Recycler® series, the system can be switched off depending on the task, increasing versatility and efficiency in a busy workday. 

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Explore sewer cleaning equipment portfolio. 

Attention to detail is our center of our operations. We carefully select materials and follow well-documented procedures to ensure that any unit leaving the factory can withstand the extreme conditions that sewer cleaning equipment work under each and every day. 

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