The Osram Brand was registered in 1906 and is counted among the world’s oldest brands today. On 1 July 1919, the three companies AEG, Siemens & Halske AG, and Deutsche Gasglühlicht AG (Auer Gesellschaft) combined their light bulb production. Today, Siemens AG is the only shareholder of Osram GmbH.
Osram is one of two leading lighting manufacturers in the world. Osram is a high-tech company in the lighting industry and makes 70% of its sales in energy-efficient products. The strongly internationally oriented company has 40,000 employees all around the world, ships to customers in 150 countries, and manufactures in 46 factories in 17 countries.
World leader in future technologies
Osram is a leader in all stages of the light value creation chain, for both classic and new technologies. With a 20% share of LED-based products in sales, the company sets trends in the technology changes in the lighting market. Expenses for research and development make up about 5.5% of the sales.
Lighting for all areas of life
The sales-strongest product area is general illumination. Regarding automotive lights and LEDs for vehicles, Osram is the world-wide number one. In the area of the electric research devices (EGV) for lamps, Osram also keeps a leading position in the market. Especially important strategically is the its fast-growing business with Optohalbleitern. A high pace of innovation also characterises the display-optic special lamps area.
WZ 86,924: Behind these five digits of the register of trademarks hides a curious history of the German economy. Osram is one of the most storied trademarks of the world; today, it is considered the embodiment of light and was born more than a hundred years ago.
Osram’s trademark was “born” in 1906 and appointed by the German Gasglühlicht-Anstalt (Gas Light Institution): The name was a new word made up of common radiation materials of that time – initially Osmium and later Wolfram. The company, Osram Werke GmbH, was created 13 years later (on 1 July 1919). The Auer-Gesellschaft, AEG, and Siemens & Halske AG founded their light bulb production at that time; however, Siemens has been the only shareholder since 1978.
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