The Brunvoll brothers Andreas and Anders Brunvoll founded Brødr. Brunvoll Motorfabrikk in 1912. In 1918 the company moved to Molde and Artur Brunvoll joined his brothers. The company manufactured low-pressure diesel engines and controllable pitch propellers for fishing vessels.
When lightweight and high-speed diesel engines took over the market in the early 1960’s, Brunvoll faced a business challenge. The company responded by introducing tunnel thrusters for purse seiners, improving safety and efficiency in fishing operations.
Since then, the company has grown to become a world leading supplier of Thruster Systems.
Brunvoll AS has delivered some 8000 thrusters to more than 5000 vessels.
DIESEL ENGINE PERIOD
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 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.