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NKT Holding A/S

Vibeholms Allé 25
DK-2605 Brøndby

CVR No. 62 72 52 14


Tel.:+45 4348 2000


VP Group Development & External Relations
Lasse Snejbjerg
Tel.:+45 4348 3240


IR Coordinator
Annie Breiner
Tel.:+45 4348 3204


Communications Manager
Helle Gudiksen
Tel.:+45 2349 9098
e-mail  Helle Gudiksen


Jannie Ellebo
Tel.:+45 4348 3212
e-mail Jannie Ellebo

Active ownership

- our key to growth and value creation

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global provider of professional cleaning equipment

NKT Cables

front-line supplier of power cables

Photonics Group

supplier of high-quality photonic products

Who we are

NKT is an industrial conglomerate with businesses specialising in professional cleaning equipment, power cables and high-tech photonic products 

Our mission is to create value by exercising long-term and active ownership in businesses where NKT is best owner.

We identify promising businesses which we develop over time by means of active ownership to become profitable global players. In this way we realise strong value creation for the benefit of our shareholders.

The NKT Group consists of three businesses: Nilfisk, NKT Cables and Photonics Group. We are present in more than 100 countries worldwide and employ some 8,900 people.

NKT has been listed on the Nasdaq Copenhagen stock exchange since 1898, and is part of the LargeCap index.

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Business Units


NKT Cables

Photonics Group


Nilfisk is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of professional cleaning equipment to commercial and industrial customers across the world. One product programme is marketed to private consumers.

Vision and mission 

We enable sustainable cleaning worldwide to improve quality of life

Nilfisk has assembly facilities in Europe, China and the Americas. The company has own sales entities in 47 countries around the world, and with a network of distributors covering an additional 70 countries Nilfisk products are sold in far more than 100 countries. The company employs 5,420 people (end-2014). 

To learn more read the Nilfisk corporate profile brochure 

Asia Training Center & Showroom, Shanghai

Household vacuum cleaner

Professional floorcare equipment: The SC1500

Outdoor compact utility machine: City Ranger 2250

Award-winning wet & dry professional vacuum cleaner VL500

High pressure washers for professional use

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The Nilfisk Group Management team:

  • CEO, Jonas Persson

  • EVP and CFO, Karina Deacon

  • EVP EMEA Sales & Service, Anders Terkildsen

  • EVP Americas Sales & Service, Jeff Barna 

  • EVP Global Operations, Lars Gjødsbøl

  • EVP Global Marketing and Product Management, Tina Mayn

Jonas Persson

Karina Deacon

Anders Terkildsen

Jeff Barna

Lars Gjødsbøl

Tina Mayn

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5-year financial highlights 

Amounts in DKKm 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Income statement          
Revenue 6,836  6,561 6,491 6,307 5,747
Operational EBITDA 799  778 775 732 612
EBITDA 896  778 745 699 526
Depreciation and amortisation -219  -213 -221 -202 -177
Impairment -4  0 -7 -7 -10
EBIT 673  564 517 490 339
Cash flow          
Cash flow from operating activities 564  500 666 351 210
Cash flow from investing activities -223  -218 -237 -390 -202
Free cash flow 341  282 429 -39 8
Balance sheet          
Capital employed 3,283  3,074 3,073 3,232 2,898
Working capital 1,190  1,073 1,039 1,216 1,074
Financial ratios and employees          
Gross margin 41.1%  40.9% 42.0% 41.8% 42.0%
Overhead ratio 32.1%  31.8% 32.8% 33.0% 34%
Operational EBITDA margin 11.7%  11.9% 11.9% 11.6% 10.7%
Organic growth 6%  3% 0% 8% 7%
Return on capital employed (RoCE) 17.6%  17.5% 17.1% 17.1% 15.1%
Number of employees, year-end 5,420  5,321 5,224 5,345 4,894
Cash conversion 71%  64% 86% 48% 34%


Nilfisk has the broadest product portfolio in its industry, comprising:

  • Floorcare equipment: Sweepers, scrubbers, dryers, polishers, sanders and carpet cleaners
  • Vacuum cleaners for both wet and dry use 
  • High-pressure washers 
  • Outdoor equipment: Sweepers, mowers, snow clearers, etc.

Sales By Product

Sales By Geography


Sales By Customers


 Data from the NKT 2014 Annual Report


Nilfisk Accelerate Logo
‘Accelerate’, Nilfisk’s business strategy for the period 2015-2018
is strongly focused on increasing market share and to consolidate
its market leadership    

Financial targets

  • Organic growth of 2-3% above GDP
  • Return on capital employed of 18-19%
Analyses indicate that the average growth for the industry is slightly below the global GDP growth, due to customers general focus on more cost-effective cleaning solutions. Nilfisk aims to play an active part in the global consolidation of cleaning equipment industry and potential acquisitions are expected to dilute the return on capital employed on the short run, while the integration of the businesses occur.
  Nilfisk Accelerate Model

Growth aimed at market leadership

Continued investments in sales and marketing activities in emerging markets will strengthen the company’s reach and position in these markets. Nilfisk also aims to play an active part in the global consolidation of the cleaning equipment industry and continues to seek relevant opportunities for mergers and acquisitions.

Four strategic levers will support the growth initiatives:

  1. Strengthen front-end
  2. Drive competitive offerings
  3. Build strong brands
  4. Power supply chain performance
Download Nilfisk’s 2015-2018 ‘Accelerate’ strategy


At Nilfisk we continuously strive to develop both our company and our people.

Our people are one of our core assets and their development is therefore a key focus area and goes hand in hand with that of our company.

As an employee at Nilfisk you will have the freedom to influence and shape your own area of work. In return, we expect high performance.

We make sure you receive plenty of development opportunities, which may potentially include an international career.



NKT Cables designs, manufactures and markets power cables for low, medium and high voltage solutions primarily in Europe and China.

NKT Cables has production facilities in Europe and China as well as sales offices around the world. The company employs some 3,200 people (end-2014). 



By driving ‘excellence’ we will be the best power cable company by 2020 in the eyes of our customers and our people

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QADDY installation

Special cables

Building wires

Beijing Tianjin Railway project

Submarine cables turntable

High voltage key projects

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The NKT Cables Group Management team:

  • CEO, Michael Hedegaard Lyng

  • EVP & CFO, Roland Munkerod Andersen 

  • EVP Strategy & Specialties, Oliver Schlodder

  • EVP & CHRO, Lika Thiesen

  • EVP HV & Projects, Detlev Waimann

Michael Hedegaard Lyng

Roland Andersen

Oliver Schlodder

Lika Thiesen

Detlev Waimann

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5-year financial highlights

Amounts in DKKm 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Income statement          
Revenue 8,738  8,983 8,526 9,088 8,520
Revenue in std. metal prices 6,055  6,017 5,421 5,635 5,547
Operational EBITDA 484  335 290 182 329
EBITDA 179  372 290 182 329
Depreciation and amortisation -296  -299 -292 -276 -221
Impairments -12  -58 0 -61 0
EBIT -129  15 -2 -154 108
Cash flow          
Cash flow from operating activities 955  -67 361 233 -528
Cash flow from investing activities, excl. acquisitions -205  -215 -268 -369 -702
Free cash flow 750  -282 93 -136 -1,230
Balance sheet          
Capital employed 3,661  4,557 4,346 4,470 4,701
Working capital 967  1,681 1,282 1,452 1,856
Financial ratios and employees          
Gross margin 39.3%  37.7% 37.3% 34.4% 35.7%
Overhead ratio 34.1%  33.5% 33.0% 32.4% 31.1%
Operational EBITDA margin (std. metal prices) 8.0%  5.6% 5.3% 3.2% 5.9%
Organic growth -5%  4% -4% 1% 16%
Return on capital employed (RoCE)  4.2%  0.8% 0.0% neg. 2.6%
Number of employees, year-end 3,211  3,560 3,395 3,503 3,490
Cash conversion  197%  -20% 124% 128% -160%


NKT Cables' operations are split in three business units:

  • Projects: On- and offshore high voltage power cables and accessories
  • Products: Low and medium voltage power cables and accessories, building wires, car wires and railway catenary wires in Europe 
  • APAC: Medium and high voltage power cables and accessories as well as railway

Sales by Business Unit

Sales By Geography

Sales by Customers

Data from the NKT 2014 Annual Report





NKT Cables’ strategy; EXCELLENCE 2020 aims at driving excellence into every aspect of the business with the following ambitions:


Strategic targets

  • Realising RoCE >15%
  • Becoming customers’ preferred choice
  • Reaching a trust index >80% in terms of employee satisfaction  



Increased profitability and targeted growth
EXCELLENCE 2020 identifies four overall ‘must-win-battles’ and a number of specific initiatives for each product segment to achieve increased profitability and, on the longer term, targeted growth.

The four ‘must-win-battles’ relate to:

1.  Safety, people and organisation
2.  Operational and Commercial Excellence
3.  Material and product development
4.  Digitalisation
Download more information on NKT Cables’ strategy EXCELLENCE 2020

Our ambition is to create a competitive advantage for our business that is based, above all, on the qualities and abilities of the people that we employ. To fulfil that ambition we need a highly-skilled, dedicated and creative workforce, with competencies and expertise across a broad range of areas.

Therefore, we are constantly looking for talented new employees in several fields, including engineering, industrial production, administration and sales. We offer a variety of career possibilities in a fast-paced, international business context, with many opportunities for gaining broad experience and rapid personal development.  

Our company headquarters are in Cologne, Germany. We also have facilities in Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Czech Republic, and China. Our sales and service forces are located and operate from locations around the globe.

If you wish to discover more about the career and job opportunities in NKT Cables, or wish to send an unsolicited application, please go to



Photonics Group supplies high quality photonic products ranging from fibers and lasers to systems and optical process equipment. The products are sold to a broad spectrum of industries, including life sciences and the energy sector

Photonics Group consists of Two companies: NKT Photonics, based in Denmark and Lios Technology in Germany. Sales are effected both directly and through distributors.

Photonics Group employs some 210 people (end-2014).           


To lead the way in transforming the photonics industry with high-quality products

Koheras laser system

Photonic crystal fiber

SuperK white light laser

Lios - testing

Lios DTS system

Lios DTS system, rear, to connect cables

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The Photonics Group Management team:

  • CEO of Photonics Group, Basil Garabet 

  • CEO Lios Technology, Thomas Oldemeyer

Basil Garabet

Thomas Oldemeyer

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5-year financial highlights

Amounts in DKKm 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
Income statement          
Revenue 290  266 237 210 185
EBITDA 21  6 9 1 -11
Depreciation and amortisation -22  -16 -17 -13 -12
Impairment -4  -8 0 0 0
EBIT -5  -18 -8 -12 -23
Cash flow          
Cash flow from operating activities 13  22 -10 -1 -31
Cash flow from investing activities -24  -35 -27 -30 -21
Free cash flow -11  -13 -37 -31 -52
Balance sheet          
Capital employed 201  200 210 183 172
Working capital 89  86 82 72 63
Financial ratios and employees          
EBITDA margin 7.2%  2.3% 3.8% 0% neg.
Organic growth 9%  13% 10% 16% 14%
Number of employees year-end 209  205 182 188 181


Photonics Group divides its activities into two core segments:

Imaging: Light sources and optical equipment that enables viewing of microscopic details. The solutions and applications are mainly addressing the life science sector.

Sensing: Long-range measuring systems based on optical fibers. The solutions and applications are mainly addressing the energy sector.

Sales By Product Area

Data from the NKT 2014 Annual Report.
Adjusted for divestment of Fiber Processing segment


Photonics Group’s strategy is to gain commercial scale in the segments in which it operates

Market and financial targets

  • Annual average growth rates of 10-20%
  • Attractive earnings through high margins
  • Increased return on capital employed (RoCE) in line with the NKT Group long-term target of +15%


The focus in Photonics Group is on customers and sectors needing new products and solutions that make a difference. The products and solutions offered help customers to better differentiate from competitors by enabling improved performance, enhanced safety or greater cost efficiency. 

The overall strategy for the Imaging and Sensing segments is based on an ambition to provide more complete solutions for end-customers, e.g. full optical measurement systems for the life science research community rather than the light sources currently supplied, and full monitoring solutions for the energy sector compared with the temperature measuring systems sold today.

Imaging primarily addresses the life science sector while Sensing focuses on the energy sector. While Photonics Group will continue serving its customer base also in other sectors, future investment in new businesses and products will be focused on a deeper penetration in selected areas of the life science and energy sectors.



Photonics Group’s ambition is to grow - and much faster than our industry in general. We therefore have a constant need for talented and ambitious employees.

We are headquartered at two different locations: in Cologne, Germany (Lios Technology) and in Birkerød, Denmark (NKT Photonics). At each location we have management, R&D, manufacturing and office functions. Our sales and service forces are located both at head offices and around the world.

We are always in search of new employees with competencies that can take Photonics Group forward to a higher level. So if your abilities and ambitions match our aims and activities, do not hesitate to contact us.

You will find contact details as well as more specific information on our activities at the following links. Current vacancies will be listed but you are very welcome to send us an unsolicited application:




UN Global Compact

NKT's CSR Report 2014-2015 has been released.

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12 November 2015: NKT Interim Report Q3 2015 has been released.

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  • 26.02.2016 2015 Annual Report
  • 3.03.2016 Deadline for receipt of resolutions for the Annual General Meeting
  • 31.03.2016 Annual General Meeting
  • 12.05.2016 Interim Report Q1 2016