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                <h1>Ole Kirk Kristiansen</h1>
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  <p> <strong>“Only the best is good enough.” - Ole Kirk Kristiansen</strong></p>

  <p>Ole Kirk Kristiansen is the man behind the LEGO Group. Founded in 1932 the company has passed from father and son and is now currently owned by his grandchild Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen.</p>
  <h2>The Start of a Legacy</h2>
  <p>Starting from humble beginnings Ole Kristiansen took the LEGO Group from the bottom and made the start of a company that would touch millions of people around the world. It was his vision and his never ending search for the best that put the LEGO Group
    where it is today.</p>
  <li><strong>1932</strong> Ole Kristansen, master carpenter starts his business in the village of Billund, Denmark. The firm manufactures stepladders, ironing boards, stools and wooden toys. His son, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen, starts working there at age
    of 12.</li>
  <li><strong>1934</strong> The company and products now take the name LEGO, from the Danish words "LEg GOdt" ("play well"). Later realised it means "I put together" in Latin. LEGO has 6-7 employees.</li>
  <li><strong>1936</strong> Godtfred Kirk Chrstiansen cuts Ole Kirk's motto “Only the best is good enough” and hangs it up in the workshop.</li>
  <li><strong>1942</strong> The LEGO factory burns to the ground, but production of wooden toys is quickly resumed.</li>
  <li><strong>1946</strong> The LEGO Group buys a plastaic injection-moulding machine for toy production.</li>
  <li><strong>1949</strong> The company produces around 200 different plastic and wooden toys, including Automatic Binding Bricks, a forerunner ot the LEGO bricks we know today.</li>
  <li><strong>1953</strong> The Automatic Binding Bricks get a new name: "LEGO Bricks". The first application for registration of the trademark.</li>
  <li><strong>1958</strong> Current LEGO stud-and-tube coupling system is patented. Ole Kirk Kristiansen passes away and Godtfred Kirk Kristiansen becomes head of the company.</li>

  <h2> The Legacy Continues</h2>
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    <p>After Ole Kristiansen died it was up to his son, Godtfred Christiansen, to carry on the legacy his father started.
  <li><strong>  1963</strong> Godtfred Kirk Christiansen presents the company to the ten product characteristics:
      <li>Unlimited play potential</li>
      <li>For girls and for boys</li>
      <li>Fun for every age</li>
      <li>Year-round play</li>
      <li>Healthy, quiet play</li>
      <li>Long hours of play</li>
      <li>Development, imagination, creativity</li>
      <li>The more LEGO, the greater the value</li>
      <li>Extra sets available</li>
      <li>Quality in every detail</li>
    <li><strong>1966</strong> The A total of 706 million LEGO elements are produced during the year. LEGO is now sold in 42 countries.</li>
    <li><strong>1973</strong> A single new LEGO logo replaces the carious logos the have been used until now. The new LEGO logo unifies all the company's products under one banner.</li>
    <li><strong>1975</strong> The LEGO Group has 2,500 employees.</li>
    <li><strong>1977</strong> Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, the third generation, joins the LEGO Group management.</li>
    <li><strong>1986</strong> Godtfred Christiansen resigns as chairman of the board of LEGO and Kjeld Kristiansen takes over</li>
    <li><strong>1987</strong> The LEGO Group has almost 6,000 employees and LEGO products are now selling in 115 markets.</li>
    <li><strong>1989</strong> Ole Kirk Kristiansen is inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame.</li>
    <li><strong>1990</strong> The LEGO Group is now one ofthe world's 10 largest toy manufacturers. The magic berrier - 1,000,000 visitors in a single year - is broken for the first time at LEGOLAND Billund on 4th September.</li>
    <li><strong>1995</strong> Godtfred Christiansen passes away on 13th July.</li>
    <li><strong>1996</strong> <a link href='' target='_blank'> </a> is launched.</li>
    <li><strong>1998</strong>The Lego Group is in trouble as it faces a deficit for the first time ever.</li>
    <li><strong>1999</strong>LEGO Group undergoes restructuring. The changes result in the loss of 1000 jobs. The LEGO brick is named as one of the "Products of the Century" by Fortune Magazine.</li>
    <li><strong>2004</strong> The LEGO Group struggles. In January, the LEGO Group announces the results of 2003 – a huge deficit. Owner and CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen heads up the building of an action plan to turn around the company. In October he appoints
      Jørgen Vig Knudstorp as new CEO of the company. The year ends with another huge deficit due to heavy write-downs.</li>
    <li><strong>2005</strong> LEGO Group posts a profit again. The company is back on track.</li>
    <li><strong>2009</strong> The LEGO Group is now the world's 5th largest toy manufacturer in terms of sales.</li>
    <li><strong>2011</strong> The LEGO Group is now the 3rd largest toy manufacturer in terms of sales.</li>
    <li><strong>2015</strong> LEGO products are now sold in more than 140 countries.</li>
    <div class="history">
      <p> Here is the complete history at <a link href='' target='_blank'> Lego History</a> by the Lego Group.</p>
  <div class="footer">All information for this page was taken from The Lego Group © history page.




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