Vélar & verkfæri

Vélar & verkfæri ehf is a wholesale distributor established by Guðmundur Jónsson in 1942. Main product lines are locks and hardware, access control products, building automation products, electronic and electromechanical security products, fire prevention products, hand tools, power tools, machinery, outdoor/rescue products, lighting products, batteries, etc.

History

As a young man, Guðmundur trained as a carpenter and worked in that trade for a number of years, both in Norway and in Iceland. In fact, wholesaling and retail was not a career that Guðmundur had envisioned for himself. However, as a result of an accident at work Guðmundur decided to try a new line of business. He drew on contacts he had already made in Norway and travelled widely in Scandinavia, Germany and the United Kingdom, acquiring franchise rights and business contacts.

In 1919 Guðmundur set up Brynja, a handyman’s shop on Reykjavik’s main shopping street, a store which is still thriving today. Guðmundur then sold Brynja in 1937 and devoted his energies entirely to the franchise and wholesale business.

Together with his son, Guðmundur S. Guðmundsson, and his sons-in-law, he founded Vélar & verkfæri hf in 1942.

Originally, the company’s aim was to run a factory, but its activities were restricted by the war. Factory operations were never realized, but instead the company became increasingly active in the field of wholesaling.

Guðmundur Jónsson ran the company until his death, and his son, Guðmundur S. Guðmundsson, took over.

Sveinn H. Björnsson, the founder’s grandson, took over as a managing director in 1963 and held the position for the next 50 years.

The present managing director is Björn V. Sveinsson, the founder’s great grandson .

The Board of Directors comprises Sveinn H. Björnsson (Chairman and the founder’s grandson), Elín M. Sigurdardottir and Brynja Baldursdóttir.