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History

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A Global Company with a Proud Local Heritage

TAJCO has a 75-year history of manufacturing and selling car parts.

TAJCO’s history is the story of a company that started out on a small scale in provincial Denmark and turned into a global company, supplying quality niche products to some of the world's biggest car manufacturers.

TAJCO currently employs more than 1,000 employees in Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, the US as well as the city of Ningbo, China.

Timeline

2018: A warehouse is established in Laredo, Texas, USA. CEO Rolf Ebbesen retires and is replaced by Erik Laursen.

2017: A warehouse is established in Birmingham, UK.

2015: The TAJCO distribution and manufacturing site is opened in Malacky, Slovakia.

2014: The TAJCO headquarters are moved from Grindsted, Denmark, to Vejle, Denmark.

2013: A second manufacturing facility is opened in Ningbo, China.

2012: It is decided to terminate the production of exhaust trims for the aftermarket (direct sales to consumers via retail outlets).

2011: TAJCO becomes supplier to Chrysler and opens its office in Stuttgart, Germany.

2010: TAJCO becomes tier 1 supplier to Volvo and GM.

2009: Production in Denmark is put to a halt. All production is now relocated to Ningbo.

2008: A sales company is established in the US with a sales office in Michigan. It is decided to develop TAJCO into a superior exhaust trim specialist for the global OEM market.

2007: The city of Ningbo, China, becomes TAJCO’s principal production location.

2006: TAJCO is a company in rapid growth, and this presents a number of new managerial challenges. Kurt and Frank Lorenz decide to hand over the reins to a professional board of directors and a new management team, led by CEO Rolf Ebbesen. This year is also marked by the building of a new factory in Ningbo, China. TAJCO is now working globally and employing about two hundred people in China, Denmark and Germany. The company becomes certified in accordance to the automotive industry’s stringent TS 16949 standard in Denmark, and in China the following year. This is later changed to a group certification.

2005: The first production of parts for the aftermarket begins in Ningbo, China.

2004: It is decided to start up production in China with effect from April, 2005. TAJCO  becomes tier 1 supplier for Audi (VW Group). The company now employs 130 employees.

The brass exhaust trims are now phased out entirely and replaced with stainless steel trims.

2003: TAJCO becomes ISO 9001 certified, resulting in greater acceptance in the automotive industry. As a result, Frank and Kurt Lorenz’s eyes are opened for the potential scale of the market for TAJCO, if the company can supply the German automotive industry directly. With Kurt and Frank as the driving forces, focus on development intensifies substantially, and for the next few years, the two brothers are responsible for all development. TAJCO also achieves to become ISO 14001 certified during 2003.

2002: TAJCO achieves the ISO 9000 certification. A tier 1 agreement with Daimler Chrysler is made.

2001: Svend Aage Lorenz leaves TAJCO due to illness, leaving his two sons, Frank and Kurt Lorenz, in charge. TAJCO now has approximately 35-40 employees.

1999: This year marks the beginning of a new era in TAJCO’s history: The company becomes a direct supplier to series production at BMW. At the same time, VW Group can be added to the list of OEM customers.

The same year, TAJCO produces its first stainless steel trims for Nissan. BMW soon follows.

1997: Svend Aage Lorenz’s two sons, Kurt and Frank Lorenz, become joint owners of TAJCO and become responsible for production and product development.

1992: TAJCO acquires one of its competitors, the German company Fa. Böckelmann. This paves the way for better access to the German car accessories market and customers such as BMW and Mercedes. Daimler AG becomes a new OEM customer.

1988: TAJCO acquires the company RACO and its production of battery terminals for car batteries and jumper cables. The same year, TAJCO lands the first OEM order for exhaust trims from BMW. This marks the beginning of rapid growth and several awards, including that of company of the year.

1984: The three owners of TAJCO retire and sell the company to Svend Aage Lorenz. He moves the company to Grindsted, Denmark, in 1985.

1955: Tage and K.B partner up with Johannes Christiansen and move into manufacturing of spare parts for the automotive industry. The first production of brass exhaust trims for the aftermarket (direct sales to consumers via retail outlets) begins. The company name is changed to TAJCO (and abbreviation of TAge Jensen & CO.). Over the next few years, TAJCO becomes a well-known brand across Europe, especially in Germany where the majority of the export goes to.

1946: The two brothers-in-law Tage and Knud Børge (nicknamed K.B.) Jensen establish the trading company 'Tage Jensen & Co.' in Aarhus, Denmark. They buy spare parts from manufacturers and sell on to car dealers, repair shops and petrol stations.