Once upon a time there was a boatyard

Way back in the year 1900 our company started as a boatyard under the name Ideal-Line. In 1908 a marine engine repair shop originated indirectly from the boatyard, and for many years the company supplied small reliable motors for fishing boats.

Innovation and lateral thinking

In 1957 Mr. Johs Lassen joined the company and his primary focus was to develop these motors. As the boat market deteriorated, it became more and more difficult to sustain a small production of motors for boats.

Mr. Johs Lassen therefore decided to start a subdivision producing special machines for the industry. This meant that a wealth of special machines was produced over the next decades.

The very first finishing system

In 1961 a producer of gas cookers wanted a finishing line for powder coating. This was the very first plant produced and delivered from Ideal-Line, and the beginning of the modern company we know today.

In 1995 Mr. Gunnar Lassen took over the management of Ideal-Line after his father Mr. Johs Lassen, who stayed a part of the company until 2017.

A new player in the market

In 1980 Mr. Erling Aabo Andersen founded the company Aabo Andersen A/S, a new and competing player in the market of equipment and plants for surface treatment.

As it turned out, the world market had room enough for both companies, and as a consequence Aabo Andersen A/S was able to celebrate a grand opening of new and bigger facilities in Svendborg in 2005.

In 2008 Mr. Claus Aabo Andersen took over the rapidly growing business after his father Mr. Erling Aabo Andersen, and within a few years the facilities in Svendborg had been expanded several times.

The happy alliance

The clever idea to expand and strengthen two otherwise competing companies by merger occurred at some point during 2017. Before the end of 2018, Mr. Gunnar Lassen and Mr. Claus Aabo Andersen signed the paperwork, and a happy and strong alliance with a brand new name was born: AABO-IDEAL A/S.

Today AABO-IDEAL is an even stronger company and one of the world leading suppliers of finishing systems. Our strategy for growth is ambitious and continuous, giving us the incentive to be an even bigger specialist in lifting all types of projects within systems for surface treatment.