On March 21, 2017 Danish Deputy Chief of Mission to the U.S., Lars Bo Møller, and U.S. Charges d’Affaires, Laura Lochman, presented Vestas as winner of the 2017 Transatlantic Company of the Year Award, at AmCham Denmark’s Annual Meeting and the Transatlantic Summit at Maersk Headquarters in Copenhagen.
The Danish Transatlantic Company of the Year Award recognizes the importance, contributions and positive impact of Danish companies actively investing in the United States. From a large pool of applicants, 4 finalists were nominated for their outstanding achievements in the U.S. market.
Again this year, the American Danish Business Council (ADBC) partnered with AmCham Denmark for the Transatlantic Company of the Year Award.
The four finalists were:
Falck is a Scandinavian-based organization with more than 100 years of experience in handling critical and vital tasks in close collaboration with local and national authorities. Having enjoyed rapid international growth in recent years, Falck currently has operations in 46 countries on six continents and more than 38,500 employees. Falck’s mission is to prevent accidents, illness and emergency situations, to rescue and assist people in emergencies quickly and competently and to rehabilitate people after illness and injury. Based on this mission, it is Falck’s vision to develop a major international business working broadly within emergency, assistance, healthcare, and safety training services.
Hartmann is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of molded-fiber packaging and machinery for producing molded-fiber packaging. Sustainability and environmental considerations are integral to Hartmann’s business model and strategy. All Hartmann’s packaging products are based on recycled paper; a renewable, CO2-neutral and biodegradable resource. Headquartered in Gentofte, Denmark, Hartmann has approximately 2,000 employees servicing our customers in the main markets of Europe, South America and North America. Founded in 1917, Hartmann celebrates its 100-year anniversary this year.
ROXUL is the North American subsidiary of ROCKWOOL International, the world’s largest manufacturer of stone wool. With approximately 10,500 employees in more than 35 countries, ROCKWOOL Group’s stone wool products and expertise are perfectly suited to tackle today’s biggest sustainability and development challenges, from energy consumption and noise pollution to fire resilience, water scarcity and flooding. From building insulation to acoustic ceilings, external cladding systems to horticultural solutions, engineered fibers for insulation use, to insulation for the process industry and marine and offshore, our stone wool solutions support our stakeholders in reducing their carbon footprint.
Wind. It means the world to us.™ Vestas is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy. Wind is our business and our passion. Founded in 1898 as a blacksmith shop in western Denmark, we started producing wind turbines in 1979, and have since gained a market-leading position with close to 82 GW of installed wind power and more than 71 GW under service across the globe, including close to 7 GW of non-Vestas turbines. Today, everyone at Vestas works to ensure that we deliver best-in-class wind energy solutions and set the pace in our industry to the benefit of our customers and our planet.
Vestas the winner
The jury, comprised of: Jørgen Bardenfleth (Arkitema); Karsten Dybvad (CEO of DI); and Majken Schultz (Professor at CBS) who in the end selected Vestas due to their growth and market position in the U.S.
Majken Schultz said: “the jury was very impressed by the growth and market position Vestas has achieved in the United States. Vestas is now no. 1 in the U.S. market for wind turbines, with a turnover of more than 4 billion Euro and 6.000 employees. Vestas is a prime example of a Danish company taking the innovations and practices developed in Denmark and using them in a global context, creating a profitable business and increasing sustainability in the process.”
In receiving the award, Morten Dyrholm, Vestas Senior VP, said: “Vestas has been active in the U.S. for 30 years, establishing one of the world’s largest wind energy production hubs in Colorado. We are proud to be recognized for our strong footprint, and that our success contributes to growth, jobs and cost-competitive, green electricity for the American people.”
Stephen Brugger, Executive Director of AmCham Denmark also expressed his view of this year’s winner: “the purpose of the award is to highlight the importance of transatlantic trade for Denmark and to showcase the good examples for others to follow. The energy sector can be volatile, and despite setbacks, Vestas has remained committed to the U.S. – investing massively and positioning the company as the market leader, which we hope will serve as an inspiration to others.”