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ACO. we care for water

ACO is a Water-Tech company that protects water. Building on our global drainage expertise that protects people from water, we increasingly see our mission as also protecting water from people.

With the ACO WaterCycle, ACO provides systems that collect and channel, clean, retain and ultimately reuse water. In this way, ACO contributes to the preservation of clean groundwater as a vital resource, and makes a contribution to tomorrow’s world. In its Agenda 2030, the UN global community set the improvement of water quality as one of 17 sustainable development goals.

Intelligent drainage systems from ACO increasingly use smart technology to ensure that rainwater and wastewater are drained, or temporarily stored. With innovative separation and filter technology, we prevent water contamination by pollutants such as fat and grease, fuels, heavy metals and microplastics. Today, ACO goes one step further: we accept the challenge of reusing water, and thus establishing a resource-saving cycle. For all products and systems, ACO attaches great importance to durability, reusability and a low carbon footprint. The pursuit of sustainability is an ongoing process that we strive to meet every day.

The ACO Group is a global family business that is one of the world market leaders in the Water-Tech segment. Founded in Schleswig-Holstein in 1946, it operates as a transnational network in over 50 countries. Worldwide, ACO is characterised by a high level of decentralised ownership, and explicit regional market proximity.

The ACO Family

ACO is still in family hands to this day. Present and future of the ACO Group are represented by Hans-Julius Ahlmann and his son Iver Ahlmann, who officially joined the management of ACO Ahlmann SE & Co. KG as managing partner in 2012.

ACO is a global corporation and a family business.

ACO and Sustainability

For many areas, ACO product and systems make an important contribution to environmental protection, the creation and maintenance of infrastructure and safety in industry, commerce and traffic.

In the recent past, ACO has invested heavily in the development of drainage systems that can absorb and safely drain large volumes of water.

ACO and Art

Creative work thrives better in a creative environment. Art is therefore an integral part of ACO’s corporate culture.

One of the annual art highlights is the NordArt. Hans-Julius Ahlmann, managing partner of the ACO Group, initiated the event in 1999. Today NordArt is the largest exhibition of contemporary art in Northern Europe.

ACO and Sport

Sport is very important at ACO. Movement is not only important for the body and health. Endurance and fighting spirit and fun in competition are also entrepreneurial qualities.

Therefore, not only athletes from different disciplines are supported. Sports events are also regularly organized internally.