Alfa Laval was founded in 1883 by Gustaf de Laval and Oscar Lamm, in Dalama in Sweden. The company originally developed centrifugal separators that were initially used in the dairy industry. Alfa Laval equipment ranges have now expanded into chemical processing and maritime engines to valves and pumps.
Alfa Laval revolutionized the dairy business patenting pasturing machines, milking equipment, yeast separators and hematic heat exchange separators.
Today Alfa Laval is a global conglomerate, manufacturing machines for the production of specialized products and solutions for heavy industry. The products are used to heat, cool, separate and transport products such as oil, water, chemicals, beverages, foodstuffs, starch and pharmaceuticals.
A key industry for Alfa Laval equipment is maritime engines. The company manufactures valves, pumps, heat exchangers, evaporators, distillers, oil separators and filters used across the world by military, transport and leisure companies. In 2006, Alfa Laval launched PureBallast; the world's first commercially sold water treatment system for the maritime Industry.
In addition to separators and heat transfer devices, Alfa Laval equipment also includes fluid handling such as condensers, deodorizers, pumps, cleaning equipment and tap water systems.