Over 100 years of corporate history

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 1930's, the company established itself as a switch supplier of excellent-quality products with the well-known lever-bolt rotary switch and has been successfully expanding its product range with new and modern products and solutions ever since. Today, Gira employs approximately 1,100 people.

Looking ahead – 100 years of Gira

Innovation points the way to the future: As early as 1903 Richard Giersiepen designed a further development of the tumbler switch and had it patented. This invention then provided the opportunity for him and his brother Gustav Giersiepen to found a company. On 1 August 1905 they founded the company "Gebrüder Giersiepen, Fabrik von Apparaten für elektrische Beleuchtung". The production of light switches and further parts for domestic electrical installations started up in two rented rooms in Wichlinghausen (now a part of Wuppertal). Five years later the company moved to Radevormwald. In 1964 its name was changed to Gira.

Technical progress and a high level of design competence

These are constants that can be observed throughout Gira's company history. An outstanding example of this is the surface switch (F100) presented in 1966 that sets standards which are soon followed by all well-known switch manufacturers. This photo was the advertising image for the "F100" in the 1970 catalogue,

Successful symbiosis: Design and technology

In 1970 the exclusive cooperation with the designer Professor Odo Klose begins. He first develops an extremely low-profile sensor switch, from which he then derives a completely new very successful range in the mid-70's – S-Comfort. In 1977 Gira introduced the S-Comfort product range in English trade journals with this advertisement.

Cooperation with architects

As contacts, the architects become increasingly important for Gira. In the early 80's they want switches and socket outlets they can match with the clear colours of the plastic door handles from Hewi. The designer Professor Klose then designs the S-Color switch, which is introduced on the market in numerous colours in 1985. This is the title page of the S-Color brochure from 1985.

Functions in the flush-mounted box

Another technical innovation from Gira is the integration of complex functions in the 58 mm flush-mounted box, for example with the Gira flush-mounted radio and with the Gira door communication system. The consistent integration of door communication in the world of switch ranges enables installation from one supplier in a uniform, top design. The rapid market success also proves the conclusiveness of this idea. Fig.: product examples from the Gira Esprit switch range, cover frame glass black.

Gira today

More than 100 years of successful company history: With its many innovations and designs, the company, which is family-run to this day, has helped shape the world of electrical systems and intelligent building management.
In 2016, Gira is celebrating its 111th birthday and has its sights set firmly on the future.

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