Milestones of our history
The company has its origins in 1918, with the first plastic pipes manufactured in 1965.
Over the following decades the company has grown through innovation and investment in new products and markets, along with strategic acquisitions and development, to become a leading supplier of plumbing, indoor climate and infrastructure solutions around the globe.
Aukusti Asko-Avonius establishes a carpentry workshop in Lahti, Finland.
A new company, Upo Oy was established to manufacture cast iron products and household applicances.
With the production of cast iron pipes, sewer pipes become a whole new product group for Upo.
The first plastic factory, Upo-Muovi, starts up in Nastola, Finland, and launches its first plastic pipes and fittings.
In Sweden, Wirsbo was the world's first company to start manufacturing PEX pipes.
Asko and Neste found Oy Uponor Ab.
First in world, Wirsbo in Sweden starts to manufacture the unique and innovative PEX pipe for heating and plumbing applications.
Asko and Neste establish Oy Uponor Ab.
Uponor introduces the unique structured wall pipe construction called Ultra Rib.
Acquisition of 40% of the German company, Unicor GmbH, ownership raised to 100% by 1999.
Uponor merges with parent company Asko Oyj – renamed Uponor Oyj on 31 December 1999.
One brand and "One Unified Uponor".
Uponor enters the plastic hot water pipe business by acquiring the German company Hewing and the Swedish company Wirsbo.
Municipal business outside of the Nordic countries divested. Extension of offering into cooling. Entry into project business organically and through acquisitions. Uponor Infra established through a merger with KWH Pipe 1 July 2013.
The first overlapped welded multi-layer composite pipe (MLCP) is invented and patented by Uponor.
Wirsbo opens a factory in Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA.
The world’s first press fitting for MLCP is launched.
Uponor launches the unique and revolutionary Quick & Easy fitting system.
1997 - 2006
- During 1997-1999 Uponor acquires the German company Unicor, and becomes a leader in multi-layer composite pipe.
- Uponor merges with parent company Asko Corporation, renamed Uponor Corporation on 1 January 2000.
- 2006: Uponor consolidates all businesses under one brand.
Through a merger with KWH Pipe on 1 July 2013, Uponor Infra is established.
UWater, a start-up company that specialises in water quality monitoring, is acquired.
Uponor and Belkin International Inc. establish the joint venture Phyn.
Phyn develops water-sensing and conservation technology both for consumers and the building industry.
Uponor acquires KaMo and Delta in Germany and expands its competence in drinking water hygiene.