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From a carpentry workshop to a global player

History

Milestones of our history

Uponor today is formed from the European innovators of the past and its roots can be traced right back to the 1620's.

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.

1918

Aukusti Asko-Avonius establishes a carpentry workshop in Lahti, Finland.

Aukusti Asko-Avonius establishes a carpentry workshop in Lahti, Finland.
Aukusti Asko Avonius

1938

1948

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.
Cast iron pipes

1965

1972

First in world, Wirsbo in Sweden starts to manufacture the unique and innovative PEX pipe for heating and plumbing applications.

Uponor enters plastic hot water pipe business by acquiring the German company Hewing and the Swedish company Wirsbo Asko Oy is listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.
Wirsbo in sweden

1982

1986

Uponor introduces the unique structured wall pipe construction called Ultra Rib.

1997

Acquisition of 40% of the German company, Unicor GmbH, ownership raised to 100% by 1999.

 

1999

Uponor merges with parent company Asko Oyj – renamed Uponor Oyj on 31 December 1999.

 

2006

One brand and "One Unified Uponor".

ultra rip

1987-1988

1990

The first overlapped welded multi-layer composite pipe (MLCP) is invented and patented by Uponor.

Uponor and Belkin International establilsh a company called Phyn.
multi layer composite pipe

1990

1993

The world’s first press fitting for MLCP is launched.

press fitting for mlcp

1994

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.

 

uponor logo

2013

2015

UWater, a start-up company that specialises in water quality monitoring, is acquired.

uwater

2016

2017

Uponor acquires a new manufacturing site in Hutchinson, Minnesota, to meet continued strong growth in the USA.

Uponor north america

2018

In celebration of 90 years in business, Uponor published in September 2008 a book conveying its story from 1918 to 2008.
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