It all started back in 1890
The interest in gears is deeply rooted in our family. The company has come a long way since it all started, and we continue to develop and find new ways to perfect our trade
The early days
Way back in 1890, Hans Peter Hervard worked as a Technical Manager for Danish Rail, and part of his job was being responsible for all gears and transmissions for the trains. This is where the love affair with gears and transmission components started, and obviously the feeling for gears must have touched the family. Because 30 years later, his son, Emil Hervard, was employed at the company Stub Gears in Copenhagen which was the biggest gear company in Northern Europe at the time.
Starting the company
After more than 20 years as a shop floor manager and gear specialist, Emil Hervard started his own gear company in October 1949. He named the company CfT, and it was located in Hvidovre, where the family built a factory. From the very first day, the company philosophy was set in stone – or in gears:
“Keep promises, behave decently and be very quick.”
In 1954, Emil’s son, Mogens Selby Hervard, took over CfT and introduced a trading department that offered all kinds of high-quality standard transmission components from stock. “Call before 02.00 PM – Delivery next day”. This combination of great quality and swift service was unique in our business at the time and still is.
New times, new inventions
In 1974, it became Bent Emil Selby Hervard’s turn to take over the family business. With new inventions such as the telefax and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery, a whole new world opened up. By now, CfT provided 24-hours service, and the company built up a huge network of suppliers. CfT also got accustomed to new words as calibration, QA and QC and especially the Japanese “Just in time”. We were ready to go global.
The modern CfT
In 1991, we moved CfT to our current headquarters in the middle of a forest in the beautiful and remote countryside. Here, we have oceans of space to refine our concept and expertise and serve our customers.
Today, we have a crew of more than 20 employees; each of them dedicated professionals and very service-minded. We’re still operative 24 hours a day, and we use our 4,000 m2 of advanced machinery to maintain our day-to-day delivery. Our ambition is that we will always have a workplace founded on respect, dedication, and care for each other – and that we continue to meet our customers’ expectations by keeping our promises, behaving decently and acting very quickly.