Our history

About KOMPAN

40 years ago, a young artist named Tom Lindhardt witnessed an event that changed the world of children’s play. One of his large, brightly colored sculptures had been placed in a new housing estate to add color to the otherwise drab surroundings. Realizing that children were more interested in playing on it than admiring it, Lindhardt decided to start his own play equipment company – KOMPAN.

Production and launches 

2013

  • KOMPAN launches the new IMAGINATOR product line which includes the themes space, pirates, castles, and nature
  • KOMPAN launches COROCORD BasiX an innovative line of net climbing structures
  • KOMPAN replaces its MOMENTS swings with a new global swing line 

2012

  • KOMPAN launches the MOMENTS Combination System line of products

2011 

  • KOMPAN constructs a large 23,000 sqm production and logistics center in Brno, Czech Republic
  • KOMPAN builds a new headquarters in 'Tietgenbyen', Denmark, including a 2,300 sqm large office space and 700 sqm product development area
  • KOMPAN launches the new GALAXY™ product Stellanova

2010

  • KOMPAN launches new MOMENTS™ products for the toddler age group
  • KOMPAN launches COROCORD™ dome products
  • KOMPAN launches KOMPLAY™ Panna and Pitch products
  • KOMPAN launches the X-ERCISE™ product line.

2008

  • KOMPAN launches the KOMPAN ICONTM product line
  • KOMPAN launches the KOMPAN BLOQXTM product line

2007

  • KOMPAN leases office buildings from the new ownership, and manufacturing in Denmark ceases and all buildings in Ringe are sold
  • KOMPAN launches the KOMPAN STORY MAKERS™ product line

2006

  • Relocation of KOMPAN MOMENTS™ production and distribution to Brno, Czech Republic begins

2005

  • KOMPAN shareholders accept a public offer from Nordic Capital Fund V. As a consequence KOMPAN A/S is delisted from the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. 
  • KOMPAN decides to move manufacturing and distribution of all products lines to the new production facility in the Czech Republic by the end of 2006 - Company headquarters will remain in Ringe, Denmark
  • Production and distribution of KOMPAN ELEMENTSTM and KOMPAN GALAXYTM are relocated to Brno, Czech Republic

2004

  • Manufacturing and distribution of KOMPAN FREEGAME ™ are relocated to Brno in the Czech Republic

2003

  • KOMPAN sells the BIGTOYS product line and BIGTOYS is now a part of the independent company BigToys, Inc

2001

  • The GALAXYTM line is extended, and KOMPAN ELEMENTSTM is introduced

1998

  • KOMPAN launches the innovative new KOMPAN GALAXYTM product line

1997

  • KOMPAN INTERNATIONAL A/S merges with KOMPAN A/S as the continuing company and changes the name of the company to KOMPAN A/S

1996

  • The majority votes in KOMPAN INTERNATIONAL A/S are sold to KIRKBI INVEST A/S

1992

  • KOMPAN INTERNATIONAL A/S is established

1986

  • KOMPAN is listed on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange

1979

  • The first sales subsidiary is founded in Germany

1973

  • KOMPAN starts exporting playground equipment 

1970

  • Tom Lindhart Wils and Hans Mogens Frederiksen establish the company Multikunst Legepladser I/S (Multiart Playground). The name is subsequently changed to KOMPAN A/S. The word KOMPAN is coined from the Danish word "kumpan" meaning "companion"

 

Acquisitions

2011

  • KOMPAN Group acquires Natura Norge A/S in Norway
  • KOMPAN Group acquires OVAAL SPEELCONCEPTEN in Holland

2010

  • KOMPAN Group acquires Go Play Ltd. and the Northern Irish company Unique Playgrounds Limited. Go Play and Unique Playgrounds will provide KOMPAN with a direct sales channels in Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • KOMPAN Group announces a joint acquisition. This provides KOMPAN with the majority control of DICA and uniQ nordic

2009

  • KOMPAN Group establishes a sales company i Italy, KOMPAN Italia srl
  • KOMPAN Group acquires The Play Practice Ltd in Scotland. The company will provide KOMPAN a direct sales channel in Scotland
  • KOMPAN Group acquires PlayMart Benelux NV- a supplier of playgrounds to Quick Service restaurants like McDonalds, Burger King and KFC in Europe and North Africa

2008

  • KOMPAN Group acquires The Play Practice in Scotland
  • KOMPAN Group acquires the playground activities of the Finnish company Piresma Oy
  • KOMPAN Group acquires Australian Megatoy Play Systems Ply Ltd

2007

  • KOMPAN Group acquires Swedish Slottsbro

2006

  • KOMPAN Group acquires Norwegian Lek & Sikkerhet AS
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