Gira company history

200220082010

The name Gira represents systematic modern building technology which makes home living more convenient, more secure and more energy-efficient. For this purpose, Gira offers intelligent functions and user-friendly devices for the easy and convenient control of lighting, heating, and blinds, as well as door communication, multimedia, and security systems.

Award-winning switch ranges meet high design standards and provide the right framework for integrating diverse solutions. With its Plastics Technology business segment, Gira also develops and produces special solutions for the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

Chronology

1903
Innovation points the way to the future

As early as 1903, Richard Giersiepen designs a further development of the tumbler switch and has it patented. This invention then provides the opportunity for him and his brother, Gustav Giersiepen, to found a company. On 1 August 1905, they found the company “Gebrüder Giersiepen, Fabrik von Apparaten für elektrische Beleuchtung”. The production of light switches and other parts for domestic installation starts up in two rented rooms in Wichlinghausen (now part of Wuppertal). Five years later, the company switches its location to Radevormwald. In 1964, its name is changed to Gira.

1905
Gira is founded in Wuppertal

Gira was founded in 1905 in Wuppertal and initially started with the utilisation of a toggle switch patent. In 1910, Gira moved to Radevormwald. During the 1930s, the company established itself with the well-known lever-bolt rotary switch. Today, Gira employs more than 1,200 members of staff.

1910
Gira zieht um

Der Platz in den angemieteten Räumen in Wuppertal reicht für das junge Technologie-Startup inzwischen nicht mehr aus. Auf der Suche nach Expansionsfläche werden die Gebrüder Giersiepen in Radevormwald fündig. Produziert wird in einem Holzschuppen in der Weststraße. Gegenüber wohnen die Firmengründer mit ihren Familien in einem Doppelhaus. Mit Wilhelm und Gustav Giersiepen junior tritt die zweite Generation ins Familienunternehmen ein, das jetzt im Handelsregister als „Gebrüder Giersiepen“ firmiert.

1910

1912
Katalog-Premiere

Im ersten überlieferten Produktkatalog der „Fabrik von Apparaten für elektrische Beleuchtung“ präsentiert sich das Unternehmen als Hersteller von Installationsmaterial mit besonderem Schwerpunkt auf der Fertigung von Metallteilen. Produziert und vertrieben werden laut Katalog unter anderem Lampenfassungen, Steckdosen, Stecker, Lamellensicherungen, Abzweigdosen, Glühlampenaufzüge, Lüsterklemmen, Sicherungen und – obgleich nur noch kurze Zeit – der Tumblerschalter.

erster Katalog 1912

1926
Socket outlet no. 265 is launched

Socket outlet no. 265 enters the scene, marking the start of the company’s development activities in the field of switches and socket outlets. The product sets a new standard in quality, gaining Gira many new customers as a result.

1929
The double locking switch ushers in success

The double locking switch (10 amperes) for right and left switching is brought to market towards the end of the year. Industrial property rights for the product are applied for, and granted on 1 June. As long as installation switches have to be suitable for both direct and alternating current (until the 1950s), the double locking switch is considered the leading switch in terms of quality.

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