2012

ard_logo_thThe owner of Mustad, NLI Utvikling, now changes its name to Ard. By doing this the company wishes to focus on its effort to cultivate ownership. Ard aims to be the best owner of their companies. This change is a natural step in a long history, and comes as a result of substantial growth and expansion over the last 15 years. Ard means “plough”, and successful turnarounds are what Ard wants to be associated with.

2011

NLI_utvikling_logo_smAfter 179 years under the stewardship of the Mustad family, Mustad has been acquired by the private investment company NLI-Utvikling A.S.

2008-09

The last building stage of the Wuxi fish hook plant in China completed. It is now the largest fish hook factory in the world.

2007

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Mustad 175 years.

2004

O. Mustad & Sön AS is split into Mustad Longline, manufacturing products and equipment for mechanised longlining, and a separate real estate company, Mustad Naeringspark, which manages and develops Mustad’s large properties in Gjövik, Norway. International  fish hook activities remain with O. Mustad & Sön.

2001

Mustad opens a packing facility in the Dominican Republic to serve North American and South American markets. Ground-breaking ceremony in China, initiating production of fish hooks in Wuxi, the Jiangsu Province.

2003

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Mustad opens a new factory in Wuxi, China. First building stage completed.

1999

Mustad opens an office in Miami, Florida, in order to better respond to the needs of the Latin American market.

1997

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The Mustad Group is split into three separate companies with independent Mustad family owners. 

1996

Mustad takes over Partridge of Redditch , an old well-established fish hook manufacturing company in the UK, which will continue to be marketed as a separate brand.


1995

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The Mustad Group sells out all its interests in the food production business. Production of margarine is phased out during 1996.

1989

The hardware business in Oslo is closed down. The screw and self-service activites are sold. Opening of a shopping centre in Oslo.

1988-91

New subsidiaries in the Philippines (1988), Brazil (1988) and Portugal (1989/91).

1986

The production of nails in Oslo is sold.
The Mustad Group reorganises into three operating companies.

1971

Fish hook factory built in Singapore. Expanded to
Malaysia in 1981.

1968

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The Mustad Group concentrates all its activities in the Oslo area, at Lilleaker (administration and production).

1889

Fly tying is started in Gjövik. The foundry activity is transferred from Gjøvik to Oslo, and wood burning stoves and kitchen ranges from Mustad are becoming very popular.

1920

Mustad is now an international company with factories in several European countries. Horse shoe nails and fish hooks are sold almost all over the world.

1930-40

Mustad owns 25 companies in 13 countries in Europe.

1934

A large engine works is taken over in Germany. Their production of fish hooks is closed down. Starts to produce zippers in Gjövik, closed down in 1986.

1940

Mustad takes over a foundry and mechanical work shop in Gjövik (establ. 1890).

1945-48

Due to nationalization of subsidiaries in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Jugoslavia, Mustad loses a major part of its business.

1952

Mustad takes over a fish hook manufacturing company in Auburn, USA. Production is closed down in 1960. Sales and packaging company in Auburn from 1968.

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1886

The first establishment abroad: a nail factory in Finland.

1881

Starts production of horse shoe nails, which becomes the most important product for the coming 40-50 years.mh_3

1877

Production of fish hooks is started in Gjövik.

1876

Nail production is transferred from Gjövik to Oslo.

1874

Hans Mustad becomes co-owner. The company is named “O. Mustad & Son”.

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1860-70

Mustad enters into such activities as foundry, sawmill, lumber and trade. New products are launched.

1843

His son in law, Ole Mustad, takes over in 1843 under the company name of “O. Mustad”.

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1832

Establishedin Gjövik by the farmer Hans Skikkelstad, who starts production of various types of wire for fencing and nails.