OUR STORY

When we look inward, we – Flakk - are humbled to realize we’ve grown to a workforce of 800+, in 4 countries, numerous different companies and ten different business areas spanning 4 generations of our family. When we look into what came before and what lies ahead, we see an unbroken line that connects our strategy since 1933 - it’s about caring.

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O. A. Devold Sønner

The year was 1853, the place was the weather-beaten coastline of Western Norway. The newly trained industrialist Ole Andreas Devold returned home (Ålesund) from Germany full of optimism.

Devold brought back with him state-of-the-art mechanical knitting equipment and high hopes of selling his products – knitted woollen underwear and mittens – to the fishermen and those wearing the rødlua, a red knit cap not unlike a beanie – a festive garment used on Sundays, deeply rooted in Norwegian folklore, that has become a symbol of adventure and exploration.

Spjelkavik Barnevognfabrikk

It was established by Mr Knut Stafset - grandfather of the current chairman Knut Flakk. The original business made baby strollers, as well as hardware components for the local furniture industry on the West Coast of Norway.

When the founder Knut Stafset passed away in 1956, Egil Flakk, who was married to his oldest daughter Bodil, took charge. At that time the company had only five employees and a debt that exceeded annual sales. Under the leadership of Egil and Bodil Flakk the business started to grow and to expand geographically. The company changed its name to Spilka and moved into production of window hardware in 1959. The manufacturing of hardware for the new H-window system turned out to be a huge success. Not only did it provide the foundation for Spilka’s own profitable growth and development over the next three to four decades, it laid the basis for an entire new window industry in Scandinavia

Husmorvinduet

Egil and Bodil Flakk asserted their change of direction, in 1959, when a local inventor proposed an idea for innovating window hardware. The Spilka window hardware business was thus created, caring for the comfort and security of Norwegian homes as the strollers cared for the comfort and security of Norwegian babies. Less than three decades later Spilka window hardware had grown to allow the opening of other innovative doors.

Devold of Norway

The Flakk family acquired O.A.Devold Sønner from the Devold family - the beginning of Devold of Norway.

DEVOLD AMT

Devold AMT was established as a spin-off from Devold - the beginning of Hexagon Composites.

Hexagon Composites

Hexagon Composites was established and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Flakk Group was the largest owner of Norwegian Applied Technology ASA and Devold AMT AS and were merged in the year 2000. The merger was named Hexagon Composites. Its aim was to have a listed group that is strong enough to make further acquisitions of industrial companies with composite expertise. From then on, Hexagon Composites continued to acquire various companies and keep on growing bigger and stronger with each passing year.

Our venture into high-technological composites came from realizing that wool is not the only fiber that can be wound into a product, so can carbon fiber. Hexagon Composites was the natural evolution of another fundamental motto of our family: always be aware of constant change, new technologies will create new market trends. Through a series of acquisitions and partnerships we took this new business all the way to the Oslo Stock Exchange.

THE PRODUCTION OF DEVOLD WAS MOVED

The entire production of Devold of Norway was moved to a brand new mill in Lithuania and a new company was founded, Devold UAB.

This also marked the beginning of 62°NORD, as a way to create more jobs in the area.

62°NORD

The hospitality business grew, and 62°NORD Hotels & Adventures was established. This marked the beginning of the hospitality journey.

HOTEL BROSUNDET

The family acquired Brosundet Gjestegiveri, and they became hoteliers. Together with renowned architects Snøhetta, they turned the old fish warehouse into the first premium boutique hotel in the country, Hotel Brosundet.

NORD Helikopter

Our incursion into the helicopter transportation business, NORD Helikopter, arose from the need to visit our most remote business property on the island of Svinøy and experiencing the difficulty to hire a helicopter. Acquiring this tool to fulfill this job showed us the path to create a new business which we have subsequently extended to also offer energy companies our services to repair and extend the electricity grid.

Hotel Union Øye

Originally built in 1891, the family acquired the iconic fjord castle, Hotel Union Øye, in the Norangsdal Valley.

Storfjord Hotel

The third hotel of the hospitality group was acquired, Storfjord Hotel. A large renovation and expansion was carried out to turn the estate into a secluded luxury boutique hotel.

Devoldfabrikken

The old Devold factory from 1868, got new life breathed into it again and reopened as Devoldfabrikken in 2010 – a cultural hub, filled with outlet shops, cafés and artist's workshops.

A new generation

The youngest generation of the Flakk family are now the major shareholders, Maria Lilly and Erika June. They will gradually influence the future direction and development of the group while adhering to the family traditions and values that have brought us to where we are today. Just as the previous generation saw the opportunities to build businesses that are profitable, protect the environment and improve quality of life, the next generation will see these opportunities through their own eyes.

Norwegian Hydrogen

Norwegian Hydrogen was established.

Hellesylt Hydrogen Hub

Hellesylt Hydrogen Hub was established.

St. Olavs gate 32

The old Norwegian Mapping Authority’s premises, originally built in 1880, was acquired together with Antima Group from the government’s historical archive of monumental buildings. Neighboring the Royal Palace Park, the aim is to turn the iconic building and its garden, into the first luxury boutique hotel in Oslo.

Hotel Union Øye reopened

After a two-year-long renovation and expansion, the historical hotel in the fjords opened its doors once again. They became the first members of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux in Norway.

OUR STORY

When we look inward, we – Flakk - are humbled to realize we’ve grown to a workforce of 800+, in 4 countries, numerous different companies and ten different business areas spanning 4 generations of our family. When we look into what came before and what lies ahead, we see an unbroken line that connects our strategy since 1933 - it’s about caring.

0

Spjelkavik Barnevognfabrikk

It was established by Mr Knut Stafset - grandfather of the current chairman Knut Flakk. The original business made baby strollers, as well as hardware components for the local furniture industry on the West Coast of Norway.

When the founder Knut Stafset passed away in 1956, Egil Flakk, who was married to his oldest daughter Bodil, took charge. At that time the company had only five employees and a debt that exceeded annual sales. Under the leadership of Egil and Bodil Flakk the business started to grow and to expand geographically. The company changed its name to Spilka and moved into production of window hardware in 1959. The manufacturing of hardware for the new H-window system turned out to be a huge success. Not only did it provide the foundation for Spilka’s own profitable growth and development over the next three to four decades, it laid the basis for an entire new window industry in Scandinavia

Devold of Norway

The Flakk family acquired O.A.Devold Sønner from the Devold family - the beginning of Devold of Norway.

Hexagon Composites

Hexagon Composites was established and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

Flakk Group was the largest owner of Norwegian Applied Technology ASA and Devold AMT AS and were merged in the year 2000. The merger was named Hexagon Composites. Its aim was to have a listed group that is strong enough to make further acquisitions of industrial companies with composite expertise. From then on, Hexagon Composites continued to acquire various companies and keep on growing bigger and stronger with each passing year.

Our venture into high-technological composites came from realizing that wool is not the only fiber that can be wound into a product, so can carbon fiber. Hexagon Composites was the natural evolution of another fundamental motto of our family: always be aware of constant change, new technologies will create new market trends. Through a series of acquisitions and partnerships we took this new business all the way to the Oslo Stock Exchange.

62°NORD

The hospitality business grew, and 62°NORD Hotels & Adventures was established. This marked the beginning of the hospitality journey.

NORD Helikopter

Our incursion into the helicopter transportation business, NORD Helikopter, arose from the need to visit our most remote business property on the island of Svinøy and experiencing the difficulty to hire a helicopter. Acquiring this tool to fulfill this job showed us the path to create a new business which we have subsequently extended to also offer energy companies our services to repair and extend the electricity grid.

Storfjord Hotel

The third hotel of the hospitality group was acquired, Storfjord Hotel. A large renovation and expansion was carried out to turn the estate into a secluded luxury boutique hotel.

A new generation

The youngest generation of the Flakk family are now the major shareholders, Maria Lilly and Erika June. They will gradually influence the future direction and development of the group while adhering to the family traditions and values that have brought us to where we are today. Just as the previous generation saw the opportunities to build businesses that are profitable, protect the environment and improve quality of life, the next generation will see these opportunities through their own eyes.

Hellesylt Hydrogen Hub

Hellesylt Hydrogen Hub was established.

Hotel Union Øye reopened

After a two-year-long renovation and expansion, the historical hotel in the fjords opened its doors once again. They became the first members of the prestigious Relais & Châteaux in Norway.

O. A. Devold Sønner

The year was 1853, the place was the weather-beaten coastline of Western Norway. The newly trained industrialist Ole Andreas Devold returned home (Ålesund) from Germany full of optimism.

Devold brought back with him state-of-the-art mechanical knitting equipment and high hopes of selling his products – knitted woollen underwear and mittens – to the fishermen and those wearing the rødlua, a red knit cap not unlike a beanie – a festive garment used on Sundays, deeply rooted in Norwegian folklore, that has become a symbol of adventure and exploration.

Husmorvinduet

Egil and Bodil Flakk asserted their change of direction, in 1959, when a local inventor proposed an idea for innovating window hardware. The Spilka window hardware business was thus created, caring for the comfort and security of Norwegian homes as the strollers cared for the comfort and security of Norwegian babies. Less than three decades later Spilka window hardware had grown to allow the opening of other innovative doors.

DEVOLD AMT

Devold AMT was established as a spin-off from Devold - the beginning of Hexagon Composites.

THE PRODUCTION OF DEVOLD WAS MOVED

The entire production of Devold of Norway was moved to a brand new mill in Lithuania and a new company was founded, Devold UAB.

This also marked the beginning of 62°NORD, as a way to create more jobs in the area.

HOTEL BROSUNDET

The family acquired Brosundet Gjestegiveri, and they became hoteliers. Together with renowned architects Snøhetta, they turned the old fish warehouse into the first premium boutique hotel in the country, Hotel Brosundet.

Hotel Union Øye

Originally built in 1891, the family acquired the iconic fjord castle, Hotel Union Øye, in the Norangsdal Valley.

Devoldfabrikken

The old Devold factory from 1868, got new life breathed into it again and reopened as Devoldfabrikken in 2010 – a cultural hub, filled with outlet shops, cafés and artist's workshops.

Norwegian Hydrogen

Norwegian Hydrogen was established.

St. Olavs gate 32

The old Norwegian Mapping Authority’s premises, originally built in 1880, was acquired together with Antima Group from the government’s historical archive of monumental buildings. Neighboring the Royal Palace Park, the aim is to turn the iconic building and its garden, into the first luxury boutique hotel in Oslo.