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The history of Fe Støberiet A/S

Fe støberiet A/S was founded by Frantz Egon Johannesen in 1949 in Herning under the name Midtjysk Jernstøberi A/S.

Frantz Egon Johannesen was educated hand shapes and originally came from Randers. He decided to be an independent iron foundry. Since there was no Iron Foundry in Herning at this time, he chose to move from Randers to Herning and in 1949 founded iron foundry in Herning.

The foundry was located at the southern end of Herning, which was almost only industry at the beginning.

Over the years, the foundry grew and automatic mould lines were gradually acquired. The foundry was designed so that it could make small and medium-sized series. At that time, a lot of castings were made for agriculture and other industries.

Slowly, export opportunities began to appear in Sweden and Germany. The name Midtjydsk Jernstøberi did not go down well with foreign languages - and it was decided to change the name.

In 1981, the name was changed to Fe Foundry A/S. Fe is the chemical term for iron – but also the initials of foundry founder Franz Egon.

In 1986 Claus Johannesen took over the running of the foundry when Franz Egon passed away at the age of only 68. Claus Johannesen was educated hand moulds at the foundry in Herning, and then Engineer from Odense Teknikum.

Gradually, the foundry in Herning was no longer in an industrial district – the city slowly grew out into the south of the city – and it became a bit of a problem that there was heavy industry at that end of the city.

The City Council of Herning decided that the heavy industry should get out of the city.

In August 1994, Fe Foundry acquired buildings and machines from the former Holstebro Jernstøberi A/S and moved all production to Holstebro. This was a costly move and the ruse of getting money for day-to-day operations.

In 1995, the foundry went into receivership and a solution was sought with new investors. A German customer for the foundry chose to inject capital into the company and operations in Holstebro could continue.

In 1998, the third generation - Jesper Johannesen - graduated as an engineer and joined the company full-time with responsibility for production. The foundry could still only produce gray iron - and gradually the demand for ductile iron grew. In order to produce ductile iron, the company had to invest in electric melting furnaces - a very large investment that was unsuccessful.

Jesper Johannesen chose in 2000 to try his hand outside the family business and gained experience from production in the timber industry, but quickly returned with a few years as a director at a bronce foundry and as production manager at an aluminum foundry.

It gradually became more and more expensive to produce castings in Danamrk, and in September 2003 production in Denmark was closed when Fe Støberiet A/S could no longer run with a profitable operation.

It was decided to keep a branch in Denmark that could serve the customers, and it was then to be produced primarily in Germany via the foundry's German investor. Thus, Fe Foundry A/S was part of a smaller group with foundries in Germany and China and could now offer a much larger product range in the field of metal casting.

In 2004 Jesper Johannesen returned to Fe Foundry A/S and threw himself into the sale of castings. In 2005 Jesper Johannesen took over the management and a larger share of the company and Claus Johannesen retires after more than 40 years in the industry. In 2006, Fe Støberiet A/S moved back to Herning, where modern storage and office facilities are now available.

In 2019 Jesper Johannesen chooses to buy the German investor out of Fe Foundry A/S and from having 40% of the company owner Jesper Johannesen today Fe Foundry A/S 100%.

Fe foundry A/S has more than 70 years of experience, with optimal solutions within casting, production, machining and surface treatment of quality castings.

Fe Foundry A/S gives the customer professional advice within casting.

Fe Støberiet A/S is the customer's total supplier of castings.

The history of Fe Støberiet A/S - Holstebro 1995


The history of Fe Støberiet A/S - Lind 2006

The Lind FE Foundry

A bit about the foundry industry's past in Denmark

The foundry industry in Denmark has a long history stretching back to the 19th century, but its development and importance has changed significantly since 1900. 

In the 20th century, foundries in Denmark experienced a number of changes due to technological advances, globalization, and changes in the market. In the early 20th century, foundries played an important role in Danish industrial
development. They were primarily focused on metal casting and manufacturing components for various industries such as machine building, car production and tool manufacturing. These
foundries were often located near sources of raw materials and had a significant role in supplying essential parts to industry.

After World War II, the foundry industry in Denmark experienced a period of growth and
expansion. Foundries adapted to new technologies and production methods toimprove the efficiency and quality of their products. They manufactured cast components for a variety of sectors such as transportation, machinery, construction and more .During the 20th century, the foundry industry faced challenges such as global competition and changes in demand for different materials and components.

Globalization led to increased competition from low-wage countries, forcing some Danish foundries to close or adapt their business models to remain competitive.
Furthermore, technological advances and automation have changed the way foundries operate. Advanced production methods such as computer-controlled casting and advanced materials have changed the landscape of the foundry industry, shifting the focus towards more specialized and advanced products.

Today, the foundry industry in Denmark is still present, but the number of foundries may not be as large as in the past due to restructuring, mergers and technological advances. Those foundries that are still active often focus on specialized casting techniques, precision and high quality to meet the needs of the industry and compete in the international market. 

It is important to note that the industry has always been subject to market dynamics, technological changes and global competition, which has shaped its development and transformation over the years.