OSRAM Licht AG history, profile and corporate video

 OSRAM Licht AG engages in the manufacturing of lamps, opto semiconductors, luminaires, light management systems and lighting solutions. The company’s operates through four segments: Lamps, Light Engines & Controls, Luminaires and Solutions. The Lamp segment comprises activities for traditional lamps and lamp based on LED. It products include incandescent, halogen, fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps and high intensity discharge lamps. The Light Engines & Controls segment focuses on LED and light management systems as well as electronic control gear (ECG) to control lamps, luminaires and lighting systems, this includes Encelium. The Luminaires segment comprises luminaire activities for professional users and private end-users. Its product includes LED luminaires, modular systems, surface mounted, batten and furniture luminaires, industrial fittings, and spotlights. The Solutions segment customized LED lighting and control solutions for projects. The company was founded on June 1, 2012 and is headquartered in Munich, Germany.”

“OSRAM Licht history

This was the register number in the Trademark Directory, the start of an exciting story in the history of German industry. It is one of the most traditional brand names in the world, synonymous with light around the globe and first saw the light of day itself more than one hundred years ago. On April 17, 1906 the brand name of OSRAM was entered in the Trademark Directory of the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin.

Who would have thought in 1906 that one day OSRAM would produce sales of 5 billion euros ? Who would have thought hundred years ago, that the electronic in light sources – not exclusively in light emitting diodes (LED) and other opto-semiconductor products – would play a bigger role in the lighting market?

The brand name of OSRAM was “born” in 1906 and registered by the Deutsche Gasglühlicht-Anstalt (also known as Auer-Gesellschaft). The world famous name from 1906 was created from the names of the two materials that were needed at the time to produce filaments – initially Osmium and later Wolfram (or tungsten as it is now more commonly known). 13 years later (on July 1, 1919) it became part of a company name: OSRAM Werke GmbH Kommanditgesellschaft. At the time, Auer-Gesellschaft, AEG and Siemens & Halske AG combined their lamp production activities. From 1978 to 2013, Siemens has been the sole shareholder. Since then, the Group has been listed on the stock exchange as OSRAM Licht AG.

In 1919, the world famous picture logo with the light bulb also made its first appearance. Today, the stylised lamp in our picture logo is a symbol not only for light but also for good ideas and our passion for intelligent light.

Today light is more than lighting – who would have thought 100 years ago for example,

  • that light could protect us against diseases?
    Pure drinking water is and always will be one of our most precious commodities. With the Puritec UV system from OSRAM water can be disinfected without the use of chemicals.
  • that intelligent light sources would be used in vehicles to enhance our safety?
    Whereas early cars had no more than two light sources, if at all, a modern car has around 250. Infra-red technology is used to control rain sensors, lane guidance systems and night vision aids.
  • that a light source saves up to 80% of energy?
    1985 OSRAM integrates as the first manufacturer the electronic ballasts (ECG). Today OSRAM Dulux EL Longlife energy-saving lamps last ten years or more. And consume up to 80% less energy than ordinary light bulbs.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Osram.com

**Video published on YouTube by “OSRAM