The history of the DOVISTA Group

DOVISTA A/S was established in 2004. But parts of the group have been active for more than 100 years. It is the year 1941, however, that marks the beginning of DOVISTA as we know it today. 

In the summer of 1941, the young engineer Villum Kann Rasmussen started his own company: V. Kann Rasmussen & Co. One of his ambitions was to develop a roof window that could match the quality of the vertical windows of that time. Eventually, through a number of patented inventions, he arrived at the roof window that is today know throughout the world – the VELUX window.

But Villum Kann Rasmussen’s ambitions did not stop at roof windows. Alongside his work with skylighting, he also developed other inventions and components for the construction industry. And in 1952 he launched his first vertical window, which was registered and later trademarked as VELFAC.

After acquiring a number of other window manufacturers, V. Kann Rasmussen & Co became VKR Holding A/S, and in 2004 the VKR group combined all its activities for vertical windows in one company, DOVISTA A/S, established as an wholly owned subsidiary.

It was also around this time that the ideas leading to our strategy Distinctive Brands - Shared Excellence started to evolve. In other words, the start of the ongoing development and expansion of the DOVISTA Group, based on our goal of targeting a broad segment of customers, distribution channels and geographic areas.


1941     Villum Kann Rasmussen establishes the company V. Kann Rasmussen & Co.
1942     V. Kann Rasmussen & Co. launches the first VELUX window
1952     V. Kann Rasmussen & Co. markets its first vertical window
1961     Villum Kann Rasmussen registers the trademark VELFAC
1963     Ribo Vinduer is established
1968     Villum Kann Rasmussen establishes VKR Holding A/S
1978     The VKR Group acquires Ribo Vinduer
1992     Ribo Vinduer changes its name to VELFAC A/S
1999     Rationel Vinduer becomes part of the Group
2000     SP Fönster (S) and Traryd (S) become part of the Group
2002     Mockfjärds (S) becomes part of the Group
2004     DOVISTA A/S is established 
2005     O.H. Industri becomes part of the DOVISTA Group
2006     Natre (N) becomes part of the DOVISTA Group
2008     Snidex (S) becomes part of the DOVISTA Group
2012     Lian (N) becomes part of the DOVISTA Group