Zumtobel celebrates 70 years

Oct. 28, 2020

Zumtobel is celebrating its milestone 70th anniversary this year with the company remaining a major force in the global lighting industry. The story began in 1950 as a family business “Elektrogeräte und Kunstharzpresswerk W Zumtobel KG” manufacturing ballasts for the then newly introduced fluorescent light fitting technology by Dr Walter Zumtobel.

Walter’s two sons, Jürg and Fritz, succeeded him in managing the company for more than two decades and having served as CEO for 22 years, Jürg handed over the management to an external CEO for the first time in 2003 and took over as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The Zumtobel family has remained a stable core shareholder with a stake of today roughly 37% and in May 2020, the two long-standing Supervisory Board members Jürg and Fritz Zumtobel retired from the company. At the same time, Karin Zumtobel-Chammah was elected new Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board.

CEO Alfred Felder commented “Our lighting expertise and the experience gained in our company’s 70 year history form the basis for the Zumtobel Group’s successful path towards the future. Thanks to our strong brands, their innovative products and lighting solutions and our long-standing know-how of the effect of light on people, we can build on proven strengths. Then as now, research and development is a fundamental prerequisite for sustainable success.  We see enormous potential for innovation and growth with light as a key element in digital communication. We have set the course in this direction and are delighted to make an active contribution to shaping the future of light.”

Today the Zumtobel Group has almost 6,000 employees worldwide and after seven decades of lighting innovation, the company has an enviable reputation for smart and reliable high-performance lighting solutions and controls.

About the Zumtobel Group:

The Zumtobel Group is an international lighting group and a leading supplier of innovative lighting solutions, lighting components and associated services. With its core brands, Zumtobel, Thorn, acdc and Tridonic, the Group offers its customers around the world a comprehensive portfolio of products and services. The Group’s know-how about the effects of light on people, acquired over decades, forms the basis for the development of innovations and for accessing new fields of business. In the lighting business, the Group with its Thorn and Zumtobel brands, is one of the European market leaders. Through its lighting technology brand, Tridonic, the Zumtobel Group plays a leading role worldwide in the manufacture of hardware and software for lighting systems (LED light sources and LED drivers, sensors and lighting management). The Zumtobel Group’s service offering is one of the most comprehensive in the entire lighting industry, including consultation on smart lighting controls and emergency lighting systems, light contracting, design services and project management of turnkey lighting solutions, as well as new, data-based services focused on delivering connectivity for buildings and municipalities via the lighting infrastructure. The Group is listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange (ATX Prime) and hold a workforce of around 5,900 employees as of the balance sheet date 30 April 2019. In the 2018/19 financial year, the Group posted revenues of EUR 1,162.0 million. The Zumtobel Group is based in Dornbirn in the Vorarlberg region of Austria. For further information, please visit https://z.lighting/en/


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