CAMPEN Machinery A/S were established in 1942 under the name P. CAMPEN Maskinfabrik A/S. Factory owner Mr Peer Campen founded his production facility in Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, and the production consisted of welding tongs. Since then the products varied from toy cars, milking machines, washing machines to dental chairs.
In 1961, the present production of machines for the carpet and textile industries started. Mr Campen had great success with his complete lines for foam backing of tufted carpets and impregnation of needle felt carpets. Subsequently, the same technology has been applied for back coating of artificial turf carpets. In connection with the complete backing lines the well-known CAMPEN foam mixer was developed, which has been upgraded to a fully automatic and computer controlled version.
In 1979, the company Eltex in Viborg was acquired – a manufacturer of lace winding and inspection machines for textiles. As textile production was refined and developed further over the years and the various technical textile and nonwoven product groups moulded together, the demands for these machines also changed. Therefore, CAMPEN’s current production for this product area includes more sophisticated and high-volume machines for technical textiles and nonwovens with extensive know-how within the inspection, slitting and winding technologies as a basis.
During the mid eighties the fibre glass industry expanded heavily – at first the production of fibre glass wall-coverings. As CAMPEN had manufactured some lines for textile wall-coverings already, there was an obvious opportunity to start producing lines for the new type of products also. Consequently, complete impregnating lines for fibre glass were developed and produced, and a natural demand for a converting machine arose among the customers. To start with, a traditional inspection machine was used, but as further capacity was required, CAMPEN’s so-called “roll robot” (automatic winder) for fully automatic conversion of fibre glass rolls was added to the product range.
At the end of the eighties CAMPEN entered into a strategic cooperation with the French company Béné, who were manufacturing machines for wrapping of textile rolls in plastic film. CAMPEN developed these packaging machines so that they could be combined with the fully automatic converting machines, and a quite larger type – compared to the original type from Béné – created the basis for the very plastic film saving packaging machine being produced today and applied in the carpet industry as well as for big geotextile rolls.
Mr Campen passed away in 1988, and the firm continued as a privately owned company until the mid ninetines when CAMPEN formed part of the German Küsters group of companies.
In 2001, CAMPEN were acquired by the Danish VARO group of companies and are now located in Hornslet in the same buildings as VARO on Sletten 8. The company is operating worldwide as an independent subsidiary with great success, and the organisation with “all companies under the same roof”, where staff functions such as finance, production, purchasing and assembling are shared between more business units, has proven to be ideal for a contract manufacturer like CAMPEN.
In spite of the global financial crisis and varying turnovers, CAMPEN have achieved constant and positive results during the past years. Consequently, the company appears as a trustworthy, robust and competent partner towards its customers.