From family firm to global player
The present-day Zumtobel Group originated as Elektrogeräte und Kunstharzpresswerk W. Zumtobel KG, which was founded in Dornbirn / Vorarlberg in 1950. For more than 50 years the Zumtobel family, represented initially by the founder Dr. Walter Zumtobel then by his two sons Jürg and Fritz Zumtobel, pursued the continuous expansion of the company‘s business, particularly in the German speaking markets, through a mixture of organic growth and minor acquisitions.

Zumtobel - the early years
From an early stage the Zumtobel organisation was geared to achieving profitable growth.
Restructuring and decades of expansion
In 1991 the two divisions – luminaires and lighting components – were restructured as legally autonomous subgroups.
The Zumtobel Group since 2000
The onset of the new Millennium brings along the IPO in 2006.


Milestones of Corporate History, 2012 © Zumtobel Group AG

Thorn history

Austrian-born Jules Thorn establishes the company in 1928 . . .
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