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Alfa Laval AB is a Swedish company, founded in 1883 by Gustaf de Laval and Oscar Lamm.[1] The company, which started in the separation of solutions, now deals in the production of specialized products and solutions for heavy industry. The products are used to heat, cool, separate and transport such products as oil, water, chemicals, beverages, foodstuffs, starch and pharmaceuticals.

Alfa Laval AB
Publicly traded Aktiebolag
Traded asNasdaq StockholmALFA
ISINSE0000695876 Edit this on Wikidata
IndustryManufacturing, engineering and service
Founded1883; 136 years ago (1883)[1]
FounderGustaf de Laval, Oscar Lamm Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersLund, Sweden
Key people
Tom Erixon (President and CEO), Anders Narvinger (Chairman)
RevenueSEK 28.652 billion (2011)[2]
SEK 4.691 billion (2011)[2]
SEK 3.251 billion (2011)[2]
Total assetsSEK 34.503 billion (2011)[2]
Total equitySEK 19.359 billion (2011)[2]
Number of employees
17,309 (Sep 2016)
An Alfa Laval centrifuge used in olive oil production in Greece
Old ALFA-LAVAL logo to be put on farms where their equipment was used.

Alfa Laval is headquartered in Lund, Sweden and has subsidiary companies in over 35 countries around the world, including South Africa, Denmark, Italy, India, Japan, China, Netherlands, and the United States. In 2016, Alfa Laval had a global workforce of 17,309 employees and revenue of $4,715.96 million.[3] Alfa Laval is a heavy industry company that focuses on the large-scale operations, such as the Marine, Energy, and Food industries. As well as selling equipment, Alfa Laval contracts out to provide individual solutions to the demands of heavy industry, in the form of "Orders".

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Alfa Laval in the Maritime IndustryEdit

Alfa Laval is known in the Maritime Industry as producer of maritime equipment. Alfa Laval manufactures valves, pumps, heat exchangers, evaporators, distillers, oil separators, filters, and all other hardware vital to the operation of the a ship's engine room. As of 2011, Alfa Laval consolidated its Marine, Offshore, and Diesel divisions into one, Marine & Diesel, division in an effort to simplify logistics and administration of its marine wing.[4]

Alfa Laval introduced PureBallast in 2006, which is the world's first commercially sold water treatment system for the Maritime Industry. It also is the first chemical-free solution to ballast water treatment. It works by filtering the water inside the ballasts tanks though an enhanced AOT (Advanced Oxidation Technology) process. The process of PureBallast creates free radicals that destroy the membrane of biological contaminates, such as plankton. Alfa Laval has updated its PureBallast system to Pure Ballast 3.0 that adheres to the new IMO (International Maritime Organization) regulations.[5] South Korea, the largest shipbuilding nation in the world, has placed orders for the new ballast system.[6]


The company was founded in 1883 as AB Separator and in 1938 produced its first heat exchanger. The name Alfa-Laval was introduced in 1963, spelled with a hyphen until 1993. (The "Alfa" is derived from the alpha disc, or Alfa-disc, an invention by Clemens von Bechtolsheim that was acquired by Separator in 1889.[7]) In 1991 Alfa Laval was acquired by Tetra Pak and between 1993 and 2000 Alfa Laval was a part of the Tetra Laval Group. In 1993, Alfa Laval Agri, a company producing dairy farming equipment, was split from Alfa Laval. When Alfa Laval was sold, Alfa Laval Agri remained a part of the Tetra Laval Group and was renamed DeLaval, after the company's founder.

Alfa Laval now divides its operations between equipment (capital sales) and process technology (contracts with longer duration).

Recently, Alfa Laval has been working towards the consolidation of its manufacturing of boilers. By 2014, Alfa Laval should have all its manufacturing of boilers located in Qingdao, China. The boiler manufacturing plant in Hai Phong, Vietnam have been shut down in 2013 due to production consolidation.[8]

As of 2012, Alfa Laval has a total of 32 manufacturing facilities: 15 of which are located in Europe, nine in Asia, six in the United States, and two in Latin America.[8]

In 1983, Alfa Laval entered the biotechnology industry by offering separators that can isolate genetic samples.[9]

In midsummer 2008 there was a theft at the facility at Lund where 80 metric ton of titanium were stolen in two trailers that were driven to Poland.[citation needed]

International operationsEdit

An Alfa Laval cream separator.

Manufacturing at Alfa Laval is carried out in several countries including Sweden, India, China, the UK, and USA.


In Canada, Alfa Laval has had a presence for over 100 years, previously as D-Laval, which would provide such services to farmers as assisting them in the storage of their milk and providing cream separators. Alfa Laval is headquartered in Toronto and in 2009 opened a service centre in Edmonton, Alberta. In late 2010, staff in the Canadian operations numbered 74.

United StatesEdit

Alfa Laval has been present in the United States of America for more than 130 years—marketing and supplying a broad range of heat exchangers, separators, decanters, pumps, tank cleaning devices, valves and fittings to customers in a wide range of market segments. The company is known for such product ranges as Tri-Clover, Contherm, Sharples, Merco, Kathabar, ACE, Standard Refrigeration, Niagara Blower, Vortex, Ashbrook Simon-Hartley and Gamajet. There are around 700 employees in the US—with 15 locations including Richmond, VA; Warminster, PA; Kenosha, WI; Wood Dale, IL; Carter Lake, IA and Sarasota, FL—as well as an International distribution center in Indianapolis, IN. There are 11 service and repair centers in locations such as Fresno, CA; Houston, TX; Chesapeake, VA; Tonawanda, NY and Carter Lake, IA. Heat exchangers, fluid handling and separation equipment are manufactured in the US.[10]

United KingdomEdit

Alfa Laval's head office is located in Camberley, Surrey. Their pumps and manufacturing division has offices in Eastbourne, with further sales offices in Birmingham, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Aberdeen.[11]

Alfa Laval’s major competitorsEdit

There are two major competitors to Alfa Laval that offer equipment and solutions for heavy industry: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction based in South Korea, and Harbin Power Equipment based in China.

As of 2012, Doosan leads the industry with 8,654.85 million dollars in global sales. Although Doosan only has 6,871 employees, (compared to Alfa Laval's 16,419 employees), it has a strong international presence, especially in the rapidly developing Middle East.[12][13] Doosan competes with Alfa Laval in nearly every sector—coal boilers, gas turbines, steam generators, heat exchangers, etc. South Korea is the shipbuilding capital of the world and its government protects Doosan with stimulus funds and legislation.[14]

Alfa Laval is the second leader with 4,520.96 million dollars in global sales.[12] Western Europe and the United States continue to be Alfa Laval main customers. The two Asian companies, Doosan and Harbin, present a huge challenge to Alfa Laval and its growth in the Asian market.[15]

Harbin is the largest of the three competitors with 20,106 employees, however, trails behind with 4,121.19 million dollars in global sales.[16] The Chinese economy is slowing, and attempts to expand sales to Africa and South America has not been as successful as the General Manager of Harbin, Wu Weizhang has hoped.[17] In 2011, Harbin went private with the help of the China Development Bank Corporation, allowing the senior leadership team to focus on global competitiveness rather than the liquid asset of corporate shares. Harbin competes with Alfa Laval in the production of industrial rotary motors and other equipment required for the energy industry.[18]

Safety issuesEdit

In April 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the United States fined the company $172,700 for violations of safety rules.[19]

Business managementEdit


  • 1883–1886 – Oscar Lamm
  • 1887–1915 – John Bernström
  • 1915–1922 – Erik Bernström
  • 1922–1946 – Axel Wästfelt
  • 1946–1960 – Harry G. Faulkner
  • 1960–1980 – Hans Stahle
  • 1980–1989 – Harry Faulkner
  • 1989–1991 – Lars Kylberg
  • 1991–1992 – Lars Halldén
  • 1992–1994 – Gunnar Brock
  • 1995–1998 – Leif Rogersson
  • 1997–2004 – Sigge Haraldsson
  • 2004–2016 – Lars Renström
  • 2016–20xx – Tom Erixon

Chairman of the BoardEdit

  • 1932–1962 – Raoul Nordling
  • 1980–1989 – Hans Stahle
  • 1991–1998 – Bertil Hagman
  • 2000–2003 – Thomas Oldér
  • 2003–20xx – Anders Narvinger


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