75 years of BEGA

History of the company

I mer enn 75 år har BEGA utviklet og produsert armaturer av høy kvalitet for nesten alle områder innen innendørs og utendørs arkitektur. I løpet av denne tiden har det blitt skapt produkter hvis idé og varemerke har blitt en fellesbetegnelse for utallige armaturer i hele bransjen.

BEGAs armaturer, gatemøbler, utemøbler og lademuligheter for elbiler finner sin plass i både arkitektur og miljødesign - og beholder den i mange tiår.

Hele porteføljen vår har alltid vært utformet for å muliggjøre planlegging fra én enkelt kilde. Vi har funnet former for produktene våre som fungerer i går, i dag og i morgen. Vi kaller dette vår "sammenhengende produktdesign" - pålitelig, alltid oppdatert og alltid i forkant av utviklingen.

Vi vet hvilke ekstreme krav som stilles til utendørsarmaturer. De utsettes for smuss, vær og vind og ekstreme temperatursvingninger. I større grad enn andre armaturer må de tåle store påkjenninger.

Vi har selv skapt de beste forutsetningene for produksjonen av armaturene våre. Ikke som et resultat av et regelverk, men som et resultat av vår egen læringsprosess - som en integrert del av våre ideer om kvalitet.

Kunnskap, erfaring og iver etter å lære bestemmer våre handlinger hver dag ved utviklingen av nye armaturer og nye produktidéer.

1945 · Where it all began

20th September...the moment it all began: The goldsmith and steel engraver Heinrich Gantenbrink completes the first of three wrought iron lamp crowns, in effect writing the first page in the history of the company. His products are received with much enthusiasm and ten more are ordered. Then comes an order for 100 luminaires. It is time to hire staff. By the end of the year, Heinrich Gantenbrink employs five staff and manufactures twenty varieties of luminaire in small series.

The number of employees quickly grew to 50. But in order to expand production, qualified hand-crafted work alone is not enough. Soon 30 different luminaires are manufactured with the help of machines. For some time, the company´s work is illegal as a result of the deindustrialization policy of the occupying forces. But then production approval comes from the English military government. And the work can continue: The first factory hall is constructed, the name BEGA is found, and our first exhibition is presented – still in a tent back then – at the industrial trade fair in Hannover.

1950 · The economic miracle

A sense of optimism. First signs of a major economic recovery: "The German economic wonder". And there are new developments for us as well: Special luminaires are manufactured for breweries as well as luminaires made of cast bronze with hand-blown opal glass. High surface quality in fine patina and components with 24-carat golf-leaf finishing nearly give us a monopoly for valuable outdoor luminaires in Germany.

For the first time, we exhibit at a foreign trade fair. Such a large self-contained collection of outdoor luminaires was entirely new for Europe, and we receive the "Medaille d´Or" at the International Exhibition in Luxembourg in 1952.

Within the company, changes are happening too: Instead of working in barracks, we now have 120 employees in a large, modern facility. In 1958, we build the new Leuchtenhochhaus building together with our partners at the world´s largest industrial trade fair in Hannover: An important and bold step that ultimately leads to the "World Light Show".

1960 · New paths

We make a radical break from tradition with the fundamental development of new methods in application technology and the fulfilment of contemporary requirements for architecture and environmental design.

World-class architects increasingly take our brand into account. Light Brick – Lichtbaustein® becomes our most important trademark, and soon the most familiar in the trade. BEGA Lichtgitter® and BEGA Bausteinleuchte® are soon added. At BEGA, we create the first garden luminaires with an earth spike, the first underwater floodlights and the first floodlights for permanent and portable installation. These are followed by construction systems for underground cabling and permanent housings for sockets. This was the start of a development that quickly made us one of the most important manufacturers of these special luminaires.

At the end of the 60s, we focus increasingly on reducing the product to its simplest form and achieving the highest possible utility value. The central target of our work is not the luminaire, but rather light itself.

1970 · 25 years of BEGA

Traditional glass sphere shaped luminaires are becoming increasingly vital to our collection We construct our first mirror optics bollard luminaire, our first drive-over in-ground luminaires as well as our first ceiling luminaires featuring a high protection class as well as ballproof characteristics for indoor swimming pools and sports facilities. Another highlight: We produce our first luminaires for boats. In February 1973, we buy the glass factory BOOM in Belgium.

Towards the end of the 70s we find new possibilities of combining glass with metal parts made of die-cast aluminium, creating a luminaire group with entirely novel designs and constructions. Technical perfection, high function and a high protection class are the foundations for this solid, logical form. This pioneering invention and award-winning design make these luminaires true classics; they can be found on many architectural structures around the world. Our reputation is firmly established as a manufacturer of the most advanced and probably largest collection of outdoor luminaires in the world.

1980 · Light as a design element

Groups of new luminaires are createdwhose design is solely determined by the requirements of the intended use. For example, the group of wall luminaires with directed light. We now make street luminaires with asymmetrical light distribution and infinitely adjustable optics. A new group of small floodlights is created for the house and garden. They have energy-saving light sources and high light outputs.

Our factory now has a surface area of 51,000 m². The number of employees grows to 500. Together with American partners, we establish a BEGA luminaire factory in the USA in Santa Barbara, California.

In 1987 we receive the State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia for Design and Innovation for the luminaire 9906, and the luminaires 8707 and 8710 are awarded in 1989. In 1989, the first State Prize for Design Management is awarded. This honours a company´s overall performance for excellent formal quality in their products, presentations and advertising. BEGA is the first-prize winner.

1990 · Technological advancement

New developments in lighting technology enable us to manufacture floodlights with extremely small dimensions and high light outputs for permanent and portable installation. Technical progress in lamp technology leads to expansion of the output range. Owing to new developments in the area of optical systems, we are now able to achieve a high light output area ratio with in-ground luminaires that was not possible in the past at such an extremely low projection. For this series of luminaires, we were awarded the State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia for Design and Innovation.

The pole-top luminaires 8821, 8822 and 8823 are honoured with the “Federal Product Design Award” by the Federal Republic of Germany in 1994. In 1997, we receive our highest award to date during the Hannover industrial fair. For the first time, a BEGA luminaire receives the distinction “Top Ten.”

The 25th catalogue in the history of our company is issued on the occasion of its 50th birthday. Now with 1500 models. Its graphic design always follows the same principles: A clear presentation of our work, the performance of our products and their applications.

2000 · Distinctiveness

In the new millennium, our work is also shaped by an increasingly fast process that results from new techniques in architecture and rapid developments in lamp technology. Our range includes 23 product groups with more than 2000 different luminaire types.

The factory in Menden is one of the most beautiful and modern luminaire factories in the industrial landscape of Westphalia. Despite a considerable size, with an operating area of 52,000 m² and state-of-the-art technical equipment, we are still a true manufacturer.

Our products are first and foremost made by people. The broad diversity of our work requires a high level of training and expert craftsmanship. Thanks to consistent application of the formal and functional design criteria developed over decades, each product is highly distinctive. The durability of form, function and material remains the guiding principle, then and now.

2010 · LED technology

The variety of lamps has grown steadily since we began to develop outdoor luminaires. In most cases a new lamp technology resulted in new additions to our product range. The LED has inspired the imaginations of light enthusiasts more than any other type of lamp before it. A far higher luminous efficiency, stable light colours, a very long service life and - last but not least - a more attractive cost situation all speak in favour of the professional use of this modern lamp technology for general lighting purposes. Today we offer all series of our luminaires with LED.

When it comes to the development and application of LED technology, BEGA often follows its own instincts. Our in-house production of LED modules is an additional guarantee for long-lasting and exceptionally economical luminaires in BEGA quality.

The luminaire category commonly referred to today as “bollards” has its roots in BEGA developments. We have been producing these luminaires for several decades already, developing them into trendsetters that are also equipped for the future. BEGA system bollards – a modular luminaire concept in which the actual lighting unit of a bollard luminaire can be combined with additional technical components that are integrated in the bollard tube.

2017 · Brand merger

Fra nå av samler det sterke paraplymerket BEGA merkene til våre familiemerker GLASHÜTTE LIMBURG og BOOM – som fram til nå ble presentert hver for seg – under ett. Slik vil vi kunne tilby en enda mer effektiv rådgivning og oppdragsavvikling. Armaturprogrammene til våre merker forblir som de var. Det blir heller ingen endringer i salgsteamet vårt, kun en omstrukturering. Fra nå av er BEGA den eneste kontakten for alle utvendige og innvendige armaturer i sortimentet vårt. I tillegg legger sortimentet som er samlet under merket BEGA til rette for sømløs lysdesign og utforming – gjennomgående i design, teknologi og lyskarakteristikk. Dette tilbys uten det tidligere skillet mellom sortimentet for ute og inne.

2020 - Ubegrenset leveringskapasitet også i koronakrisen

Koronakrisen er en av de hendelsene som i de siste tiårene har ført til de mest graverende innhugg i det moderne samfunnet. Pandemien med utbredelsen av koronaviruset og utviklingen av den potensielt livsfarlige lungesykdommen Covid-19 lammer både samfunnslivet og næringslivet.

I motsetning til mange andre bedrifter kan BEGA til enhver tid sende ut følgende budskap:

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Leveringsevnen til BEGA er garantert og kan, ut over påliteligheten ved egne prosjekter, også være redningen for enkelte byggeprosjekter som har gått i stå på grunn av kollapsen til leveringskjedene til andre tilbydere.

Oppkjøp av AUBRILAM SA

Overtagelsen av majoriteten i vårt franske partnerselskap AUBRILAM er en logisk konsekvens av et godt fungerende partnerskap over mange år.

Det verdenskjente merket AUBRILAM for løsninger innen bymøbler i tre, samt tremaster og pullerter med høy ytelse, vil også framover forbli representert på markedet under egent navn og med egen portefølje som det franske produksjonsstedet til BEGA. Systematiseringen av det funksjonelle samarbeidet knytter våre søsterselskap nærmere til BEGA

Gatemøbler setter nye BEGA-aksenter

Med innovasjoner setter BEGA alltid og kontinuerlig standarder i markedet. Porteføljen blir utvidet med bymøbler av høy kvalitet med treelementer som bærekraftig naturlig materiale.

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