Establishedin Gjövik by the farmer Hans Skikkelstad, who starts production of various types of wire for fencing and nails.
His son in law, Ole Mustad, takes over in 1843 under the company name of “O. Mustad”.
Mustad enters into such activities as foundry, sawmill, lumber and trade. New products are launched.
Hans Mustad becomes co-owner. The company is named “O. Mustad & Son”.
Nail production is transferred from Gjövik to Oslo.
Production of fish hooks is started in Gjövik.
The first establishment abroad: a nail factory in Finland.
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.
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.
Mustad owns 25 companies in 13 countries in Europe.
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.
Mustad takes over a foundry and mechanical work shop in Gjövik (establ. 1890).
Due to nationalization of subsidiaries in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Jugoslavia, Mustad loses a major part of its business.
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.
Fish hook factory built in Singapore. Expanded to
Malaysia in 1981.
The Mustad Group concentrates all its activities in the Oslo area, at Lilleaker (administration and production).
The production of nails in Oslo is sold.
The Mustad Group reorganises into three operating companies.
New subsidiaries in the Philippines (1988), Brazil (1988) and Portugal (1989/91).
The hardware business in Oslo is closed down. The screw and self-service activites are sold. Opening of a shopping centre in Oslo.
The Mustad Group sells out all its interests in the food production business. Production of margarine is phased out during 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.
The Mustad Group is split into three separate companies with independent Mustad family owners.
Mustad opens an office in Miami, Florida, in order to better respond to the needs of the Latin American market.
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.
Mustad opens a new factory in Wuxi, China. First building stage completed.
O. Mustad & Søn 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 & Søn.
The last building stage of the Wuxi fish hook plant in China completed. It is now the largest fish hook factory in the world.
The 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.