From Horse-Drawn Carriages
To Refrigerated Vehicles
The Start in Denmark
Carlsen Europa was originally founded by Ole Carlsen in 1885 and began as a manufacturer of horse-drawn carriages. First refrigerated trucks were built and delivered in September 1929.
The company was taken over by the sons of the founder in 1943.
The brothers divided the business among themselves in 1959 and the refrigerated truck business was taken over by Emil Carlsen and his son J.E. Carlsen.
In 1967, a production of fiberglass bodies has started and a year later a new factory was built in Ny Stenderup.
In 1989, Niels Ole Carlsen took over from his father, J.E. Carlsen.
In 1997, the company was taken over by experienced entrepreneur Carl Johan Mørck. Over the years, Carl Johan has successfully restructured the company and rationalized production by outsourcing to Lithuania. In 2019, Carl Johan retired, and the company is continued by his daughter and son-in-law.
Since 2005, the main activities of the company were taken over by a newly established subsidiary Carlsen Baltic in Kaunas, Lithuania. Carlsen Baltic has facilities of more than 8 000 m², which makes us one of Europe’s largest producers of lightweight temperature controlled bodies for food distribution. Carlsen Baltic alone has already manufactured over 8,900 isothermal bodies which are being operated by drivers all over Europe and beyond.
Since 2012, Carlsen Baltic has been implementing an ISO 9001 Quality Management system and an ISO 14001 Environmental Management system. Since 2016, the company has been implementing Lean manufacturing principles.
In January 2018, Carlsen Baltic has unveiled an all-electric refrigerated body for urban deliveries which was mounted on electric chassis.