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TypePublic (NYSESHS)
PredecessorSauer-Sundstrand and Danfoss Fluid Power
FoundedRockford, Illinois, United States; Neumünster, Germany; Nordborg, Denmark
Key peopleJørgen M. Clausen, Chairman
Sven Ruder, President and CEO
IndustryFluid control equipment, pump, seal & valve manufacturing
ProductsPumps, motors, valves
Revenue Approx. US$1.2 billion (2009)
Employees5,900 (2010)

Sauer-Danfoss (formerly Sauer-Sundstrand and Danfoss Fluid Power until 2000) designs, manufactures, and markets engineered hydraulic, electric and electronic systems and components for use primarily in applications of mobile equipment. The product range serves markets such as agriculture, construction, road building, material handling, municipal, forestry, turf care, and many others. Sauer-Danfoss has sales, manufacturing, and engineering capabilities in Europe, the Americas, and the Asia-Pacific region.



On May 3, 2000, Sauer-Sundstrand and Danfoss Fluid Power A/S became one company under the name of Sauer-Danfoss. Since the merger, the company has continued to broaden its horizons, reeling in new knowledge and skills and expanding the company’s geographical presence via a series of acquisitions and joint ventures.

2009Danfoss A/S purchases the remaining shares of Sauer-Danfoss Inc. held by Sauer Holding GmbH, bringing Danfoss’ share holding in Sauer-Danfoss Inc. to approximately 76%.
2008Danfoss A/S acquires a controlling interest in Sauer-Danfoss Inc. from Sauer Holding GmbH
Russian sales company established
2007Acquisition of Diesella Produktion, Denmark
2004South Korean sales company established
2003Acquisition of Comatrol S.p. A., Italy
2002Acquisition of Thrige Electric, Germany/Denmark
Joint-venture with Topcon Laser Systems Inc., USA
2001Joint-venture with Daikin Industries Ltd., Japan
Acquisition of Hidrover Válvulas S.A., Brazil
Acquisition of Compact Controls, USA
Acquisition of Italdigit S.R.L., Italy
Acquisition of Dantal Hydraulics Ltd., India
Acquisition of Danfoss’ fluid power distribution activities
2000Acquisition of Integrated Control Technologies, UK
Acquisition of CDE Custom Design Electronics, Sweden
1998Sauer Inc. Initial Public Offering
Danfoss Fluid Power A/S established
1996Acquisition of Pilmet S.A., Poland
1995Slovakian production started
Chinese production started
1991Hydro-Gear joint-venture, USA
Acquisition of Webster Fluid Controls, USA
1990Acquisition of Dukes Fluid Power, USA
1989Sauer-Sundstrand merger
1987Sundstrand-Sauer joint-venture
1981Acquisition of Plessey Gear Pump, UK/Italy
Acquisition of Mobile Controls Division of Honeywell, USA
1967Sauer Getriebe
1961Sundstrand Hydro-Transmission
Danfoss Hydraulic Products + Char-Lynn License


Established as Sundstrand Machine Tools in 1946, the name changed to Sundstrand Corporation in 1959. Gunnar A. Wahlmark was hired as draftsman in 1925. He was born in Rockford 1904 by Swedish parents that had arrived in America 1900. He formed the Sundstrand Hydraulic Division in 1934, the Sundstrand Hydraulic-Transmission Division in 1961, and the Sundstrand Aviation Division in 1945. A joint venture was established under the name Sundstrand-Sauer in 1987 and in 1989 Sundstrand sold its interest and the company name was changed to Sauer-Sundstrand. Sauer Inc., the holding company for all Sauer-Sundstrand activities, went public on the New York stock exchange on May 11, 1998.

Danfoss Fluid Power

Mads Clausen established Danish Refrigeration Controls and Apparatus Manufacturer in 1933, changing its name to Danfoss in 1946. In 1964 the first Danfoss hydraulic product was developed in Nordborg, Denmark. Between 1990 and 1996, multiple acquisitions in the USA and one in Poland brought together a global competency. In 1998, Danfoss Hydraulics became an independent company under the name of Danfoss Fluid Power A/S, setting it apart from the Danfoss core business.


  • Hydrostatic transmissions
  • Hydraulic, electric and electrohydraulic power steering
  • Closed and open circuit axial piston pumps and motors
  • Gear pumps and motors
  • Bent axis motors
  • Orbital motors
  • Transit mixer drives
  • Proportional valves
  • Directional control valves
  • Cartridge valves and hydraulic integrated circuits
  • Hydrostatic transaxles
  • Fan-drive systems
  • Microcontrollers and software
  • Inverters
  • Joysticks and control handles
  • Displays and sensors

Main markets

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Material Handling
  • Road Building
  • Turf Care
  • Specialty

Global presence

Manufacturing and engineering locations

Älmhult, SwedenAmes, Iowa, USA
Bielany Wroclawskie, PolandBologna, Italy
Caxias do Sul, BrazilDubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia
Easley, South Carolina, USAFreeport, Illinois, USA
Kaiserslautern, GermanyLawrence, Kansas, USA
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USANeumünster, Germany
Nordborg, DenmarkOdense, Denmark
Osaka, JapanPovažská Bystrica, Slovakia
Pune, IndiaReggio Emilia, Italy
Shanghai, ChinaWrocław, Poland

Sales offices

Bologna, ItalyBrussels (Ternat), Belgium
Dammarie-les-Lys, FranceEspoo, Finland
Ganløse, DenmarkGouda, Netherlands
Lisboa, PortugalMadrid, Spain
Moscow, RussiaOakville, Canada
Offenbach, GermanyOsaka, Japan
São Paulo, BrazilSeoul, Korea
Shanghai, ChinaSingapore
Silkeborg, DenmarkSkui, Norway
Stockholm, SwedenSydney, Australia
Swindon, UK

Corporate governance

Executive officers

  • Sven Ruder: President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Tim Hanson: Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Kells Hall: Executive Vice President and President - Propel Division
  • Jesper V. Christensen: Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Henrik Krabsen: Executive Vice President and President - Work Function Division
  • Wolfgang Schramm: Executive Vice President and President – Controls Division
  • Anne Wilkinson: Vice President - Human Resources
  • Kenneth D. McCuskey: Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, Secretary
  • Charles M. Cohrs: Treasurer

Board of directors

Jørgen M. Clausen
Chairman, Sauer-Danfoss Inc.

Sven Murmann
Vice Chairman, Sauer-Danfoss Inc.
Managing Director - Sauer Holding GmbH

Niels B. Christiansen
President and Chief Executive Officer, Danfoss A/S

Kim Fausing
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Danfoss A/S

F. Joseph Loughrey
President and Chief Operating Officer - Cummins Inc

William E. Hoover Jr.
Formerly with McKinsey & Co. (Retired)

Steven H. Wood
Chief Financial Officer - Becker Underwood

Johannes F. Kirchhoff
Managing Director -- FAUN Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG

Per Have
Chief Financial Officer, Danfoss A/S

Sven Ruder
President & CEO, Sauer-Danfoss Inc.

Nonvoting Advisors to the Board:

Klaus Murmann
Chairman Emeritus - Sauer-Danfoss Inc.

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