History

From the first TV set to the Apollo landing on the moon, to the electric car – big challenges motivate people to achieve great things. Our products were always a part of this. In 1934, in 1969, and since 2011.

Lumberg’s past as a family-run enterprise is on the one hand closely tied to innovations in electrical engineering – from the first days of the radio and television to today’s digitization which pervades all industries – and on the other, to strong customers who increasingly entrusted their development activities for individual components or complex, entire system to us. This shows the impressive relation between our company’s long path and the growth, rise and internationalization of top names in Germany’s industry. Ever since Lumberg was formed, its corporate history has always been about people, places and products which mirror our essential values of responsibility, quality, innovation and passion.

1933 – 1959

The pioneering spirit of two siblings starts off the exciting success story of Lumberg in Schalksmühle, the cradle of the electrical industry, at a time when radio broadcasting enjoys growing popularity: Karl and Erich Lumberg recognize the high demand for mounting accessories for antennas. They quickly grow their small-scale operation to become a recognized manufacturer of antennas, connectors and tube holders for the broadcasting and television industry.
1932
The brothers Karl Lumberg (* June 21, 1907), previously a machine fitter at Busch-Jaeger, and Erich Lumberg (* February 4, 1915), a commercial apprentice at Walch, agree to set up a company for radio products.

1933
A trading license for “Karl Lumberg, Handel und Fabrikation von Radio-Artikeln”, which permits the trading and production of radio products, is issued on January 27, 1933.

1933
The first product, the “egg chain”, a chain of egg-shaped porcelain insulators used to anchor antennas, is produced with self-made equipment underneath the staircase leading to the basement in the parents’ home on Jägerstraße in Schalksmühle. Karl Lumberg sells these insulator chains on the market out of his rucksack and soon after that even to specialty shops.

1934
First connectors: banana plugs and the matching ‘radio socket’ enlarge the program; Zenith lightening protectors, antenna switches, mounting accessories and toggle switches plus the first holders for electron tubes are added. For over 60 years, Lumberg will be a leading manufacturer of tube holders.

1936
Karl Lumberg weds Helene Lausen (* May 7, 1913).

1946
Lumberg takes up production for big radio makers like Nordmende, Graetz, Telefunken and Metz again.

1949
The company is renamed Karl Lumberg OHG, with both Karl and Erich Lumberg each owning half.

1949
Erich Lumberg weds Brunhilde Bremicker (* November 6, 1924).

1949
Lumberg employs around 20 assembly workers. An additional assembly shop for antennas and switches is set up in the old Krampe house on Mühlenstraße.

1951
Construction of a new factory building in the Hälver valley (Hälvertal) near Schalksmühle.

1952
For the first time, profits exceed the 100,000 D-mark and are tripled within three years.

1954
Lumberg develops some of the first transistor sockets and will produce this product group for more than 40 years.

1956
Two branch factories are set up, one in Grevenbrück (assembly) and another in Breckerfeld (assembly and electroplating).

1957
Lumberg is already a supplier to numerous renowned customers operating especially in the radio and television industry, including AEG, Blaupunkt, Bosch, Graetz, Hartmann & Braun, IBM, Flohr-Otis, Körting, Metz, Nordmende, Philips, Siemens & Halske, Telefunken and Zeiss-Ikon.

1958
With Helga Lumberg, Karl and Helene’s daughter, the second generation joins the company.

1958
Lumberg celebrates its 25th anniversary.

1958
Erich Lumberg passes away on December 8, 1958; his wife, Brunhilde Lumberg becomes partner.

1959
Lumberg develops some of the first relay sockets and will produce this product group for more than 45 years.

1959
Brunhilde Lumberg convinces the engineer, Werner Turck to join Lumberg.

1960 – 1979

Color TV, automotive and aerospace: inspired by the invention of the printed circuit board and microelectronics, Lumberg accompanies the dramatic progress which technology is experiencing with innovative connector solutions. Following the formation of companies abroad, Lumberg – now managed by the second generation – increasingly targets international markets.

1960
The company is renamed Karl Lumberg KG, Helga Lumberg becomes the general partner; Ulrich Schützhoff and Werner Turck are authorized signatories for the commercial and technical management respectively.

1961
Lumberg launches DIN-standard connectors for loudspeakers and antennas and will produce this product group for more than 50 years.

1961
With Braun, SABA and Schaub-Lorenz Lumberg supplies further prominent radio and television manufacturers, soon added by Grundig.

1961
Lumberg invents the first direct connector (RH) for the PCB edge.

1961
Lumberg starts manufacturing magnetic-core memory frames for IBM.

1961
Coil bodies are designed for Krupp and Siemens-Schuckert in addition to other customized components.

1962
Karl Lumberg passes away on June 14, 1962. The partners are now Helene, Helga and Brunhilde Lumberg.

1963
The factory in Schalksmühle-Hälvertal is extended by an office wing.

1963
Launch of injection molding with thermoplastics.

1963
Lumberg designs direct connectors for the PCB edge. This system, which has enjoyed decades of success, is produced to this day as Series 51.

1963
Helga Lumberg, daughter of Karl Lumberg, weds Elmar Berghaus.

1963
Teknika (later Elsap) in Milan becomes Lumberg’s representation in Italy.

1964
The authorized signatory, Werner Turck proposes to enter into the development of proximity switches. He fails as result of the resistance from the general partner who, however, leaves it to him to dedicate himself to the project in his free time. Turck thus forms his own sensor technology company.

1965
Onboard the cult car: for Pierburg, Lumberg develops the first component for the automotive industry: a contact unit for the carburetor valve in the Volkswagen Beetle. Other models follow.

1966
Lumberg implements the M2I magnetic-core memory frame which IBM supplies exclusively to NASA for the Apollo program. Lumberg tops IBM’s ranking as the best supplier.

1966
The factory in Schalksmühle-Hälvertal is extended by a cutting-edge electroplating unit.

1967
The launch of the color TV boosts the demand for new sets.

1967
Makers of telephone sets become a further target market.

1968
Bang & Olufsen, Ericsson, Sennheiser and Uher are new customers.

1969
Lumberg employs 250 people.

1969
With Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the moon, Lumberg’s M2I magnetic-core memory frames also make it to the moon on board the Eagle on July 21, 1969.

1969
Elmar Berghaus and Werner Turck become commercial and technical managing directors respectively.

1969
Lumberg develops the first circular connector with a threaded joint. Series 03, used with outstanding success in measurement and control technology, is advanced time and again and remains a crucial sales driver to this day.

1969
Lumberg develops the first screw terminal block. The highly diversified Series 61 has become a material sales driver over decades and is produced by the millions to this very day.

1970
Lumberg sets up a second factory in Cloppenburg, Lower Saxony, Germany.

1970
Lumberg develops customer-specific connector solutions for Ericsson and produces highly delicate ferrite assemblies for cathode ray tubes used in color TV sets for Krupp. New magnetic-core memory frame projects are developed for Siemens.

1970
Integrated circuits on chips mark the breakthrough in microelectronics. Lumberg develops IC sockets and will produce this product group for 25 years.

1971
Barbara Lumberg, Erich and Brunhilde Lumberg’s daughter, joins the company as a partner.

1972
For the television industry Lumberg thinks up a new system of board-to-board connectors with scrape-style contacts. For over 20 years, it is the standard for many manufacturers of entertainment electronics.

1972
With Junkers as a new customer, Lumberg products enter the heating industry. Honeywell, Kodak, Loewe Opta and Noris Tachometer join the ranks of buyers of Series 51, 52 and 61 PCB systems.

1972
Lumberg adds jack plugs, power supply and coaxial antenna connectors to its trading spectrum and produces receiver switches for radio and television units.

1973
Lumberg designs a bulky multipole connector system for currents of up to 15 amperes for Siemens Energietechnik, which will be produced for over 40 years.

1973
Medical technology: for Schrack, Lumberg designs the FST multipole connector system which will be produced for hospitals for more than 30 years.

1973
For Sennheiser, the market leader for microphones and headphones, the FSK 51/7 connector family kicks off a whole series of DIN plug adaptors.

1974
Lumberg reaches more than DM 20 million in sales.

1974
Barbara Lumberg, the daughter of Erich Lumberg, weds Wilhelm Helbert.

1975
Agfa-Gevaert, Dräger, Harting, Kuhnke, Landis & Gyr, Merk, Pallas, Schindler, Schott and Wisi are prominent new accounts.

1976
Formation of Lumberg France S. à r. l. in Logelbach near Colmar. Lumberg’s first company abroad moves to Sundhoffen in Alsace in the following year.

1976
Formation of Lumberg Nederland B.V. in Bleiswijk near Rotterdam

1976
Minimodul launch: the new connector system for cable-to-board and board-to-board connections with a pitch of 2.5 mm triggers a dramatic growth in the 70s and 80s and is used even today by the millions.

1976
Busch-Jaeger, Friwo, Geze, Ritto and Sauter are new building technology customers, as is the antenna specialist, Kathrein.

1977
The company is renamed Karl Lumberg GmbH & Co. KG.

1977
Formation of Lumberg U.K. Ltd., which moves from London to Highclere in England’s south in 1980.

1978
Focus on home appliances: Imperial and Miele are the first customers.

1978
Lumberg starts a cooperation with the distribution partner, Spoerle (later a division of Arrow).

1978
Formation of a joint venture in Brazil named Celis Elementos Eléctricos Ltda. in Itapecerica da Serra near São Paulo; Celis stands for Componentes Eléctricos Lumberg e Schrack. The production here focuses on Minimodul connectors and terminal blocks, relays and IC sockets.

1979
Lumberg develops the world’s first insulation displacement connector for stranded conductors: the 2,5 MBX Minimodul connector, which kicks off IDT for washing-machines and other white goods.

1980 – 1999

Lumberg perfects insulation displacement technology, thus conquering the home appliances and building technology industries with Minimodul and RAST systems. Since the invention of the watertight M12 connector, Lumberg has equally become the innovation driver for automation technology.

1980
Wilhelm Helbert becomes the new technical managing director. His predecessor, Werner Turck leaves after 20 years, in which he contributed substantially to the company’s success.

1980
The need for space in Hälvertal forces Lumberg to transfer various operational segments to different buildings located in Schalksmühle and Halver.

1980
With Nordmende taken over by Thomson-Brandt a huge concentration process in the television industry sets in.

1981
The automotive supplier Hella is a new customer, as are Lamberti, Siedle and Viessmann, all of which from the field of heating and building technology.

1982
Lumberg develops the world’s first watertight circular connector for sensors. This solution with its 7/8“ threaded joint revolutionizes the wiring of production lines and forms the foundation stone for the future business field, automation technology.

1982
Ford is the first car maker to fit a production line with 7/8“ sensor connectors by Lumberg.

1982
The home appliances supplier Ako becomes a new customer, as does the automotive supplier VDO and companies like Asea, Demag and Kone.

1982
The company’s headquarters in Hälvertal are almost doubled by a new building.

1983
Lumberg celebrates its 50th anniversary.

1983
Formation of Lutronic Handelsgesellschaft mbH to cater to the accessories and hobby market which, due to a lasting Hi-Fi and video boom, is also interesting for Lumberg.

1983
Lumberg develops complex connector solutions for building technology as well as radio and television manufacturers.

1984
With Vaillant and Fröling, Lumberg attracts further key customers from the heating technology segment.

1984
Insulation displacement technology is established on a large scale. Bauknecht marks the addition of a further large home appliance maker, and the radio and television group Thomson-Brandt (Nordmende, SABA) alone purchases 50 million contacts of the 2,5 MBX Minimodul Connector.

1984
Launch of the Micromodul system (Series 30), Lumberg miniaturizes insulation displacement technology for flat ribbon cables with a pitch of 1.27 mm (.050″). It is used in video recorders by Thomson and Toshiba.

1984
RyT becomes Lumberg’s representation in Israel.

1984
Lumberg supplies a 9-pole socket to Ericsson to be used in Volvo trucks.

1985
Lumberg is the inventor of the M12 connector (Series 06). This smaller sensor connector RK becomes the basis for a worldwide standard and later is normalized in the IEC 61076-2-101. Balluff and Turck are the first takers.

1985
Formation of Lumberg, Inc. in USA headquartered in Richmond, Virginia

1986
The first RAST connector: Lumberg designs the RAST 5 Macromodul system (Series 36). In close coordination with Germany’s most relevant connector makers and the home appliances industry, RAST (an acronym for Raster-Anschluss-Steck-Technik) specifications are drawn up with the goal of standardizing the components, guaranteeing the conformity of connectors from different manufacturers and eliminating errors during the production process through keying.

1986
Lumberg extends the Micromodul system by tab headers in surface mount technology (SMT).

1986
Lumberg develops three components for brake boosters by ATE Tewes.

1986
Another, significant expansion of the Cloppenburg factory

1987
Important new customers include Auer (security engineering), Electrolux (home appliances), Hagenuk (communication), Buderus, Stiebel Eltron and Kromschröder (heating technology), Nokia-Graetz and Vestel (television sets) plus ADP Gauselmann, CEAG, Diehl and Pepperl + Fuchs. SEW Eurodrive and Stäfa/Elektrowatt are to follow.

1988
For Lutronic Handelsgesellschaft mbH a new building is erected in Schalksmühle, Ramsloh 10.

1988
Lumberg moves individual production lines to Cuernavaca in Mexico and Coimbra in Portugal.

1989
Lumberg develops the M8 connector (Series 07), which equally becomes a standard in IEC 61076-2-101.

1989
The new product launches are a huge boost for watertight connectors and quickly attract new customers from the machine construction and automation sector (Festo, KBA printing presses, O&K construction machinery, Sick).

1989
The factory in Schalksmühle-Hälvertal is once again significantly enlarged. Lumberg now employs over 500 people.

1989
Celis, the joint venture near São Paulo in Brazil moves into a new production building nearby Itapecerica da Serra.

1989
Wolfgang Papenmeier becomes the Lumberg representative in Singapore.

1990
During the time around Germany’s reunification, a Lumberg production site is built on the grounds of the Robotron factory (VEB Kombinat Robotron-Elektronik) in Hoyerswerda, which is dedicated to automation connectors.

1991
The car makers Audi, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, Peugeot-Citroën, Toyota and Volkswagen use automation connectors from Lumberg in their production lines.

1991
Lumberg develops valve connectors according to DIN 43650 (Series 08) to connect actuators such as valves and pressure switches.

1992
First fieldbus modules (Series 09): distribution boxes are equipped with electronics and support AS-Interface, Profibus and Interbus, later also DeviceNet fieldbus protocols.

1992
Semikron in Vienna becomes Lumberg’s representation in Austria.

1992
Dorma is added as a building technology customer, and Rutenbeck and Telegärtner join the portfolio for communications.

1993
Launch of RAST 2.5. Lumberg develops a new, patented concept of chaining up IDT connectors. They are introduced in the RAST 5 system as well as the new, smaller RAST 2.5 system. Designed for the demanding home appliances industry and launched as Series 35 by the name of Duomodul, Lumberg will market the versatile system RAST 2.5 with great success, including the use in automotive applications.

1993
Lumberg’s quality management system is DIN 9001 certified.

1993
Lumberg reaches sales of more than DM 100 million, thus doubling its figures within a period of five years.

1994
Start of a connector production at the cooperation partner Lukram s.r.o. in Horní Podluží, Czechia.

1994
Supplier of the Quarter: Thomson Consumer Electronics (Nordmende, SABA, Telefunken) distinguishes Lumberg for outstanding delivery performance.

1994
With the new RAST 2.5 and RAST 5 systems and a convincing processing concept, Bosch-Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH) can be added to the list of customers.

1994
A new factory is set up for the production of watertight connectors in Schalksmühle, Gewerbering 9, rounded off by yet again a significant expansion of the Cloppenburg factory.

1994
Formation of Lumberg Sales and Services (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.

1994
The partner, Brunhilde Griefahn, widow of one of the company’s founders, Erich Lumberg, dies in a tragic accident.

1994
Nicole Berghaus and Magnus Helbert, the grandchildren of the company founders Karl and Erich Lumberg respectively, join the company as shareholders.

1996
With the delicate 36-pole contact pressure connector 5011 with only 0.6 mm (.024″) pitch Lumberg develops and produces the first component for a mobile telephone, the Siemens S6.

1996
Bitron, Dorma, Dungs, Maico and Papst for building technology, Vorwerk and Stihl as well as Lütze, Woodhead and Kuka from automation all now use Lumberg components.

1996
Lumberg sets up a representative in Sweden.

1996
For the first time, RAST 2.5 is used inside a car, by Temic Telefunken Microelectronic which is part of Daimler-Benz.

1996
With Farnell, a further international large distributor adds Lumberg’s product range to its portfolio.

1997
Launch of RAST 5 tab headers with neutral and protective conductor bridges in insulation displacement technology; this significant special development creates large market shares for Lumberg within the heating industry.

1997
Launch of a new crimp system; 3111 contacts are introduced with the matching housings for the Minimodul (31) and Multimodul (38) systems.

1997
25th anniversary of the subsidiary Lumberg Nederland BV

1997
Supplier of the Quarter: Thomson Consumer Electronics (Nordmende, SABA, Telefunken) again distinguishes Lumberg for outstanding delivery performance. Lumberg will be a supplier to the television industry for a further ten years.

1998
Start of construction for a new administration and technology center at the Schalksmühle industrial park Ramsloh.

1998
Lumberg USA moves into a new company building in Midlothian near Richmond, Virginia. Lumberg now also produces connectors and components for automation technology here.

1999
Formation of Lumberg Network Technology as a development company for fieldbus systems; LNT Automation GmbH & Co. KG is headquartered in the Swabian town of Backnang, Germany.

1999
EGO, Landis & Staefa, Liebherr, Neff, Tunstall, Weishaupt, Wolf and Zanussi are new additions to the systems and connection technology segment; Benteler, Gildemeister, Mannesmann, Omron and Rockwell to automation.

1999
Siemens Mobile launches the C25 and S25 mobile phone models. They feature a new data and charger interface developed and produced by Lumberg. This I/O interface is termed ‘the Lumberg Connector’ in relevant specialist journals. Lumberg produces the mobile phone charging cables in Taipei, Taiwan.

1999
Lumberg sets up a representative in Spain.

1999
Lumberg develops a number of contact pressure connectors (e.g. for the SIM card or the battery) for Siemens Mobile. A complex GSM helix antenna is implemented with punching and bending technology. With Siemens’ C35/S35 models Lumberg also takes on the assembly of entire half shells.

2000 – 2009

As a system partner, Lumberg initially enjoys supreme success with highly sophisticated technologies for the development and production of mobile telephones, but must also prove its steadfastness in difficult economic times. Lumberg accomplishes this with remarkable achievements through microcontact systems, mechatronics solutions for the automotive industry and photovoltaic components.

2000
Lumberg moves into its new headquarters in Schalksmühle, Im Gewerbepark 2. The hitherto office wing in Hälvertal in converted into production area.

2000
Launch of the RAST 2.5 Power system which enables higher currents in a smaller design. The RAST 2.5 and RAST 5 systems are also continuously expanded.

2000
Vial becomes Lumberg’s representation in Slovenia. The distribution network is enlarged through the addition of Rutronik.

2000
With the formation of Lumberg Electronics (Shanghai) Ltd., Lumberg starts its production of mobile telephone components in Shanghai Pudong, China.

2000
Launch of the modular fieldbus station e2c for Profibus, Interbus and DeviceNet, later also CANopen. EtherMate creates the connection with the Industrial Ethernet.

2001
Lumberg employs 1,000 people worldwide; in the following year, this figure will reach 1,500.

2001
The Cloppenburg factory sees another substantial expansion, for the production of mobile telephone components. Every week, 600,000 assembled half shells for cell phones leave the Lumberg factory.

2001
The Hoyerswerda factory moves into a generous new building.

2001
25th anniversary of the subsidiaries Lumberg SARL in France and Lumberg Ltd. in Great Britain

2001
Start of a connector production at the cooperation partner in Rumburk, Czechia.

2001
With the VARICON 4000 fully-automatic machine, Lumberg offers a flexible solution to harness makers supplying the home appliances sector with IDT RAST connectors.

2001
Braun uses RAST 2.5; Kienzle VDO/Siemens VDO use Micromodul, which marks its first use for an automotive application (speedometer for MAN trucks).

2001
Launch of the Food & Beverage line for automation components of the ultimate protection class, IP69K.

2002
Formation of Lumberg Holding GmbH & Co. KG, under which Lumberg Connect GmbH & Co. KG (systems and connector technology), Lumberg Automation Components GmbH & Co. KG and Lumberg Network Technology GmbH & Co. KG are organized.

2002
Lumberg’s environmental management is EN ISO 14001 certified.

2002
Component miniaturization: A new I/O interface (‘Slim Lumberg’) featuring full USB 2.0 functionality is used for the first time in generation 55 models by Siemens Mobile. Siemens’ landline division also designs-in this solution for its wireless telephones.

2002
Pioneering new projects in all target markets: In the automotive industry, TRW uses Micromodul for several Seat models; Lumberg supplies Ford directly with aux-in jacks for audio accessories. Home appliances wins the significant Chinese customer, Haier, and Vossloh-Schwabe use Micromodul and RAST 2.5 for LED lighting.

2002
With Philips Sound Solutions, Lumberg wins a new customer for microcontact systems which are built into mobile telephone loudspeakers.

2003
From the side of the Karl Lumberg family tree, Thomas Berghaus joins the company as a shareholder, as does Meike Helbert as the granddaughter of Erich Lumberg.

2003
Lumberg develops for Belimo, a specialist for actuating drives, a smart connector solution which combines contact pressure connectors, IDT and watertight overmolded cables.

2003
The automotive supplier Kostal designs-in Micromodul (BMW switch panel) and RAST 2.5 direct connectors, which are thus used in all models on the Volkswagen PQ35 platform, from the Golf V to even Seat, Škoda and Audi models.

2003
The global expansion of wireless networks goes into the next round with UMTS/3G. Lumberg coordinates its circular connectors in IP68 from Series 03 with a further two suppliers to enable a specification by the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG).

2003
For Siemens VDO, Lumberg implements the first complex mechatronics sub-assembly: The fully-automatically produced cooling fan control module starts off in the Jeep Cherokee and soon is supplied in numerous models by Audi, BMW, DaimlerChrysler and many more.

2003
Lumberg develops and produces battery disconnectors for Porsche.

2003
Lumberg and Hirschmann establish D-coded M12 connectors as a standard for the Industrial Ethernet.

2003
Lumberg develops M5 connectors.

2003
To further strengthen the automation division, the Lumberg-Jetter joint venture is formed.

2004
Lumberg moves into the newly-built production site in Schalksmühle-Everinghauserheide.

2004
Lumberg is ISO/TS 16949 certified.

2004
Lumberg follows Siemens Mobile to Brazil and forms the joint venture Balda-Lumberg Technologies (BLT) with factories located in Manaus, Amazonas and Jaguariúna, São Paulo.

2004
Siemens Com distinguishes Balda-Lumberg Technologies (BLT) as the Best International Supplier.

2004
Lumberg sets up representations in Czechia and in Turkey. Luis Velasco is set up as a Lumberg representative in Chihuahua, Mexico.

2004
Lead-free electronics: The entire product range is checked and adjusted where necessary to meet the RoHS directive.

2004
The 357099 and 355299 are launched, and Lumberg is the first manufacturer to introduce RAST 2.5 Power with a double-sided keying.

2004
Lumberg now also supplies Candy and Gorenje (home appliances), De Dietrich/Remeha and Paradigma (heating technology), Volvo (automotive) and TetraPak (automation).

2005
Photovoltaic launch: Lumberg is the first manufacturer to debut overmolded connectors for DC wiring of solar power systems.

2005
Siemens Mobile launches generation 75 models. Due to falling market shares Siemens sells its mobile telephony division to BenQ.

2005
Philips distinguishes Lumberg with the Quality Award Silver.

2005
Lumberg produces a mechantronic component for Siemens VDO’s mass airflow sensors which are fitted into BMW, DaimlerChrysler and Renault engines.

2005
Lumberg customer Juwi is the first to connect a large-scale photovoltaic power plant with array harnesses by Lumberg.

2006
Launch of the Lumberg IO Network (LioN), a new generation of active and passive actuator/sensor distribution boxes.

2006
Electrical Components International (ECI), a leading harness maker for the home appliances industry, offers his Supplier Recognition Program Award to Lumberg USA for outstanding quality and performance.

2006
Lumberg sets up a representative in Poland.

2006
In compliance with the new glow wire standard for unattended home appliances, Lumberg expands its connector program to include numerous versions with alternative plastics.

2006
Leoni, a leading cable manufacturer and harness maker for teh home appliances industry, distinguished Lumberg for excellent quality and performance.

2007
With BenQ Mobile, by far Lumberg’s biggest customer, going into insolvency, Lumberg must take major restructuring measures. Lumberg Automation Components GmbH is sold to the American company, Belden.

2007
Ford awards the Q1 Preferred Quality Status to Lumberg.

2007
The world’s largest solar power plant (40 MW, 550,000 modules) located in Brandis near Leipzig, Germany, is wired with array harnesses by Lumberg (customer: Juwi).

2007
Lumberg Polska Sp. z o.o. Sp. k. with a production site in Świebodzin is formed. Also, Lumberg establishes Krzysztof Jankowski as a representative in Wrocław, Poland.

2007
Electronics Manufacturer Etron distinguishes Lumberg Asia Pacific with his Eligible Supplier Award.

2007
Kostal designs-in RAST 2.5 direct connectors for switches of Volkswagen’s PQ46 platform; and Marquardt Multimodul connectors at Daimler.

2007
Lumberg develops an automotive USB interface which is supplied to Ford, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover, in addition to a contact adaptor for Bosch which is first used in BMW’s 7 series power steering.

2008
Lumberg celebrates its 75th anniversary.

2008
The mechatronics sub-assembly for the cooling fan is now produced for Brose and reaches a growing number of car models, from Audi to Bentley, BMW, Cadillac, Chrysler, Citroën, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Volkswagen.

2008
RAST 2.5 direct connectors enter the automotive lighting domain. Olsa designs them in to the first full LED rear light for the Lancia Delta III; Hella in the front headlamps of the BMW 5 series.

2008
Valeo uses RAST 2.5 direct connectors for steering column modules for Volkswagen, and RAST 2.5 Power direct connectors are used for LED street lights.

2008
Lumberg develops for the pump specialist Wilo an overmolded connector solution based on the RAST 2.5 Power direct connector. Ariston, Baxi, Brötje, Heimeier, Hoval, Hexis, Honeywell and Wolf are new building technology accounts.

2008
The microcontact systems for acoustic components which Lumberg produces for NXP (the new name for the segment now spun off from Philips) are fitted into terminal devices by Apple, Blackberry and Nokia.

2008
Launch of the LC3 and LC4 photovoltaic connector systems, along with new junction boxes for crystalline and thinfilm modules; Inventux is the first module producer to use the new single-pole thin film modules; Schott will follow.

2008
Lumberg introduces its new RAST 2.5 plus system. Fully compatible with the RAST 2.5 standard it provides for the option of double-sided keying.

2009
Helene Lumberg, the widow of Karl Lumberg, passes at the advanced age of 95 on February 5, 2009. For more than 70 years, she contributed to the company’s fate.

2009
With the LTE standard for mobile radio networks, 4G follows 3G, and Lumberg once again significantly expands its 03 series in accordance with the AISG specification.

2009
A huge photovoltaic power plant (53 MW, 700,000 modules) located in Lieberose, Brandenburg, Germany, is wired using array harnesses by Lumberg.

2009
The Helbert family takes over 100 % of Lumberg on December 2, 2009. Meike Helbert, the granddaughter of Erich Lumberg, joins the management. The Berghaus-Lumberg family, from the family tree of the company co-founder, Karl Lumberg, sells its shares and exits the business.

2010 – today

With the same passion which has allowed us to become a technology leader for RAST systems, we design customized system solutions. Under a third-generation management, Lumberg has become a strong and dependable partner for our global target markets: automotive, home appliances and building technology as well as mobile communications.

2010
Meike Helbert weds Ulrich Schmidt, who now also joins the management.

2010
25th anniversary of the subsidiary Lumberg, Inc. in the USA

2010
As a flexible processing solution for all RAST systems, including the new RAST 2.5 plus, Lumberg introduces its new high-performance fully-automatic machine, the VARICON 7000 to OEMs and their harness makers. The company’s in-house mechanical engineering creates ever new solutions for harnessing jobs, including a new generation of compact semi-automatic machines.

2010
Completion of the Burj Khalifa in Abu Dhabi; the world’s highest building measuring 828 meters features innumerous Micromodul connectors for the lighting as well as Belimo connectors for the air conditioning.

2010
Maximum energy efficiency is the driver in building technology: from fuel cells to combined heat-power systems, the avant-garde counts just as much on Lumberg solutions as do established providers of wood pellet and solar thermal heating systems.

2011
The Świebodzin factory is significantly enlarged to serve the demand for photovoltaic components. With Avancis, a further major module maker becomes a customer.

2011
Lumberg sets up Tamer Tunç in Istanbul as its representative in Turkey.

2011
Lumberg wins a further project for Brose which includes press-fit and IDT contacts and joins Volkswagen’s new MQB platform.

2011
The system RAST 7.5 Power for up to 25 amperes with 500 volts is launched; it is used for the first time in the piezo heating by BHTC fitted into the electric Smart. In the following year, RAST 2.5 and Multimodul are also used in Volkswagen’s E-Up electric car.

2011
Lumberg supplies RA Basket microcontact system number one billion to Knowles (which in the meantime has taken over the acoustics segment from NXP). 1.9 million parts leave the Cloppenburg factory every day.

2012
Lumberg is successfully established in the market for 4G mobile wireless networks with customers such as 123e Wireless, Andrew/Commscope, FCT, Powerwave, RFS Radio Frequency Systems and Spinner.

2012
Lumberg starts with the production of an overmolded lead frame as an electrical component carrier for the Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH) dishwasher division on a fully-automated production line.

2012
Automotive Lighting, Hella, Olsa, Valeo and ZKW as the leading suppliers of vehicular lighting use RAST 2.5 direct connectors by Lumberg.

2012
RAST 2.5 direct connectors and Micromodul enter the gear lever by Küster for Volkswagen’s MQB platform and via MGI Coutier, the SCR catalysts used in all Diesel models of the Peugeot Citroën Group.

2012
Lumberg components are used in 250 different car models.

2013
80th anniversary of Lumberg.

2013
Formation of Lutronic Automation Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. headquartered in Singapore.

2013
Lumberg and the Italy representative Elsap celebrate 50 years of a successful cooperation in Milan.

2014
Lumberg starts with the production of press-fit connectors for Volvo cars and Scania trucks.

2014
Design of an overmolded connector solution based on RAST 2.5 Power for actuators by Johnson Controls.


2014

20th anniversary of the subsidiary Lumberg Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. in Singapore

2015
Bosch distinguishes Lumberg with the high award of Preferred Supplier of the Bosch Group.

2015
Lumberg implements two complex customer-specific mechatronics solutions for Brose and Valeo which will be used in the upcoming generation of vehicle models, – for a gearbox oil pump and the charger inverter of electric vehicles.

2015
Lumberg Electronics (Shanghai) Ltd. moves into new premises in Shanghai Pudong at 278 Jinhu Lu.

2015
Turkey is establishing itself as an ever more important market. Lumberg Connect GmbH sees potential and further growth especially for the Home Appliance, Building Technology and Automotive business units and sets up a liaison office in Istanbul.

2015
Lumberg generates Euro 127 million in sales.

2016
Resolution for a comeback to the industrial automation market. The Lutronic Group is founded, as Lumberg itself cannot be active in this market due to trademark reasons. The operational Lutronic GmbH and first subsidiaries in Singapore and the USA are consolidated under the Lutronic Holding GmbH, with the aim to tie in with the former success with M8 and M12 actuator/sensor connectors, which had actually been developed by Lumberg back in the 1980s.

2016
Automotive supplier Brose recognizes Lumberg with the Key Supplier Award.

2016
St. Clair, harness maker for the automotive industry, distinguished Lumberg for overall excellence.

2016
More than 400 different car models around the world are equipped with Lumberg components.

2016
40th anniversary of the subsidiaries Lumberg SARL in France and Lumberg Ltd. in Great Britain.

2016
30 years of RAST connectors: Four new SMT RAST 2.5 pin headers, a new direct RAST 2.5 Power plus connector and a new RAST 5 connector with interior locking are added to round off this extremely successful product range.

2016
30 years of RAST connectors: Lumberg sets a flexible standard with a new generation HA35f of semi-automatic machines, offering 18 new models to the harness makers, flexible to be upgraded as required.

2016
For the second time in series, Bosch distinguishes Lumberg with the award Preferred Supplier of the Bosch Group.

2016
World premiere for SKEDD technology at Electronica Munich: This innovation allows for reversible direct mating, anywhere on the PCB. Combined with insulation displacement technology there will be the SmartSKEDD product range for all of the electronics industries, whereas customer-specific SKEDD components are already being produced in series for the automotive industry.

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