Our heritage: Innovations since 1912
The company manufactured low-pressure diesel engines and controllable pitch propellers for fishing vessels. In this demanding market, Brunvoll developed a reputation for robust construction and reliability as well as innovation: Brunvoll was one of the first engine manufacturers to use roller bearings for the crankshaft.
In the early 1900s there was a paradigm shift from rowing and sailing to motor operation, making it possible to move faster to the fishing grounds. The diesel engine market was endless. The local fishing fleet was abundant as most farms had an "Åttring" (4 pairs of oars, about 35 feet), with mast and sail. Young people were invited to learn and then go home and start their own engine business. At most there were about 50 engine factories in Møre and Romsdal, Norway. Brunvoll was established at Harøya in 1912 and Volda Mekaniske Verksted was established in 1913.
There were limited opportunities to create further growth and progress for the company at Nordheim, Harøya. In 1918, the Brunvoll brothers received the go-ahead to buy Jens Engstrup's engine factory at the mouth of the Moldeelva in Molde and moved the business into the city.
The collaboration between the engine competitors was good. Most of them came from the same starting point; Finnøya. Brunvoll and Volda Mek. Verksted were among the largest players in the market.
In 1964 the local fishermen, the Gjendemsjø brothers, came up with the idea to install tunnel thrusters in their new fishing vessel under construction at a local shipyard. The Gjendemsjøs were well aware of the abilities and will for innovation at Brunvoll after being a long term customer and user of the Brunvoll semi-diesel engines. So they approached Brunvoll with their thruster idea and asked them to design such units—and Brunvoll embraced this brilliant idea.
In March 2017, Brunvoll AS signed an agreement with Incus Investor ASA to acquire all the shares in Scana Propulsion AS, including subsidiaries Scana Volda AS and Scana Mar-El AS in Norway and three sales companies located in the United States, Singapore and China. The acquisition was a strategic move from Brunvoll’s side, where the aim was to create a win – win situation for both companies with the possibility to offer our customers even better and comprehensive solutions for both propulsion and operation of advanced vessels.
Throughout more than 100 years in business, Brunvoll has collected and preserved relevant material from both development, production and sales. Some of this historical material is now collected at Bud Kystmuseum, a coastal cultur museum in Bud outside Molde.