That might sound old to you, but think about it this way. We have had 90 years to develop our expertise and knowledge. And the best part is that we can build on this know-how to make sure that we are always ahead of the game with the latest technology, the most reliable services and a price that works for everyone. Finally we have the chance to tell you our great story.
A pioneer is born
A small man with a big heart is born in Vienna. We don’t know this yet, but he will turn out to be someone special – a true pioneer.
Psychopath or genius?
“Everybody thought I was a psychopath when I decided to make lamps. I went ahead anyway and built more than 70 factories.”
The window into a large world
The breakthrough came when Thorn Electrical Industries was listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Tee-hee – we are the first!
Thorn Electrical Industries is the first European manufacturer to start the mass production of fluorescent tubes.
Big, bigger, Thorn
By now Thorn is not only the tenth biggest company in the UK, but it also launches the most popular product of all times. Well, okay, at least in the Thorn world. The Popular Pack is born.
The Knight of Light
Thorn starts the first production of high-pressure sodium lamps – 10 years ahead of the competition.
What do The Beatles and Muhammad Ali have to do with Thorn?
Yes, you read that right. The 1970s were exciting times: from the fight between Joe Bugner and Muhammad Ali in Kuala Lumpur to our merger with the brightest stars in the industry.
Bad hair and the Epcot Centre in Disney World
The 1980s are not only known for bad hair, but also for the time we lit up the Epcot Centre in Disney World.
Hamish Bryce and the Queen of England
Okay, here is a fun fact. In 1998 Thorn Lighting tried to buy the Zumtobel Group, but they couldn’t come to an agreement. And yes, there is a good reason why a famous Scottish rugby player and the Queen of England are getting a mention in our 90-year history.
The Queen visiting friends
We are family!
So, after Thorn Lighting tried to acquire the Zumtobel Group, things went full circle and the Zumtobel Group bought Thorn Lighting. As Jürg Zumtobel put it: “It was a perfect fit”
You must now be thinking “wow, what a story!” Well, that’s not all of it. We have this wonderful history and heritage to look back on, but we also have plenty of reasons to look ahead. We are excited to be part of a technical revolution and we work constantly to maintain our high standards, helping you get your job done. Because that’s what we are all about. We produce luminaires that are reliable, easy to install and simple to use. We always have done – and we always will.