Den Norske Stansefabrikk (DNS) was established in Oslo in 1932, and was situated in the most central part of the city of Oslo.
In 1947 the company moved to Lillesand and was established by the quay with the beautiful harbour as neighbour.
In the beginning, DNS was a pure sub-supplier within punching, at that ti me mostly sma11 parts, and a 11 produced from fixed tools made internally in DNS own tool depart ment. In addition to being a manufac turer of tools for their own internal use, they made tools for sale to others.
In 1968 the premises by the quay became too small, and DNS moved to Stykkene, 2 km outside ofthe city.
Some years after moving from Oslo, DNS hired an engineer who developed a small and handy mechanical calculator which became an enormous success, not only in Norway, but worldwide. The calculator was called Multifix and was sold in more than 60 countries. It was made from nearly 100 parts in total. As time went by, mechanical calculators became old-fashioned, and electronic calculators became widely used. So the production was stopped. Today you can find a sample of Multifix at the Technolo gic Museum, Oslo.
The end of the production of Multifix became the beginning of the end for DNS, primarily because of a vague strategy regarding future business activities, or perhaps due to lack of any future plans.
When the bankruptcy was declared, some bright employees who had been working in DNS decided to buy the bankrupt company, and Stansefabrikken was established.