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History

65 years in motion

The name Blum stands for innovation, dedicated employees and international market presence. Julius Blum founded the company on 1 March 1952. His first product was a horseshoe stud. Today we are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of furniture fittings.

Founding of Blum subsidiaries and representative offices at a glance:

  1. 1977 Blum Sweden, Blum USA

  2. 1978 Blum Canada

  3. 1981 Blum Germany

  4. 1987 Blum UK

  5. 1989 Blum Norway

  6. 1991 Blum France

  7. 1992 Blum Poland

  8. 1993 Blum Czech Republic

  9. 1994 Blum Hungary

  10. 1995 Blum Romania

  11. 1996 Blum Turkey

  12. 1997 Blum Australia, Blum Russia

  13. 1998 Blum Brazil

  14. 2001 Blum South East Asia

  15. 2002 Blum China

  16. 2005 Blum Ukraine

  17. 2007 Blum Mexico

  18. 2008 Blum Kazakhstan, Blum Vietnam

  19. 2009 Blum India, Blum Hong Kong

  20. 2010 Blum New Zealand

  21. 2011 Blum North Africa, Blum Portugal

  22. 2012 Blum Greece

  23. 2016 Blum Azerbaijan

1952

The company is founded by Julius Blum

Julius Blum, a farrier and carriage smith by trade, founds his company on 1 March 1952. His first product is a horseshoe stud which prevents horses from slipping.

 

1958

The first furniture hinge

The first furniture hinge is the ANUBA hinge for doors, windows and furniture.

1964

The first Blum hinge

The production of concealed hinges is started.

1965

First export business

First products are exported to European countries.

1966

The first roller runners

Roller runners are added to the production programme.

1967

First representative offices abroad

First representative offices are set up. Blum takes part in interzum, the trendsetting fair in Cologne, for the first time.

1970

Launch of apprenticeship programme

Blum starts its own vocational training programme in Austria.

1972

New plant in Hoechst

Plant 2 is built and put into operation in Hoechst. Tools and manufacturing systems need to meet the same rigorous testing requirements at all our plants. Quality assurance measures are developed on an ongoing basis to guarantee the high quality standard.

1977

First issue of Blum News

Blum celebrates its 25th anniversary. The first issue of the employee magazine ‘Blum News’ is published.

Blum presents the MODUL hinge and TANDEM drawer runner.

Subsidiaries are established in the USA and Sweden.

1978

The first high bay warehouse

Vorarlberg's first high bay warehouse is put into operation at Plant 2.

Blum Canada is established.

1979

Plant 4

Plant 4 is opened in Bregenz.

1981

Blum Germany

Our subsidiary Blum Germany is established.

1984

Production in the USA

Blum USA assembles hinges and drawer runners.

1985

CLIP hinge

Blum presents CLIP - the hinge for tool-free mounting.

1987

METABOX

The METABOX drawer system goes into production.

Blum UK is established.

1989

Global customer benefits

Blum introduces its philosophy of ‘Global customer benefits’.

Blum Norway is established.

1991

ISO certification

Blum is the first manufacturer of furniture fittings to be certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard.

Blum France is established.

1992

Blum Poland is established.

An additional production facility is set up in Poland.

1993

New box systems

Blum presents new steel, aluminium and stainless steel box systems and introduces INSERTA assembly technology for hinges.

Blum Czech Republic is established.

1996

Easy planning

The first version of DYNAPLAN is launched on the market. The software makes it easy to plan cabinets and choose the right furniture fittings.

Blum Turkey is established.

1997

Environmental certification

Blum is certified to the international ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard.

The company presents TANDEMBOX plus full extension.

Blum Australia and Blum Russia are established.

1998

Blum Brazil

A production facility is set up in Brazil.

1999

The CLIP top hinge

Blum presents its beautifully designed CLIP top hinge for fast and easy adjustment and launches the ORGA-LINE inner dividing system for TANDEMBOX.

2000

Storage space planning

Blum focuses on storage space planning and usage in kitchens.

2001

BLUMOTION

Drawers, lift systems and doors close softly and effortlessly with BLUMOTION.

Blum South East Asia is established.

2002

50th anniversary

Blum celebrates its 50th anniversary.

A representative office is opened in China.

2003

DYNAMIC SPACE by Blum

Blum presents new ways to make the best possible use of the space available and provide top quality motion.

The new Stamping Centre (Plant 5) is put into operation in Fussach.

2005

New AVENTOS lift systems

AVENTOS lift systems and the TIP-ON mechanical opening support system for TANDEM runners are presented for the first time at interzum in Cologne.

Plangger Coatings is integrated into the Blum organisation. It is Plant 6.

Blum Ukraine is established.

2006

SERVO-DRIVE

Blum presents the SERVO-DRIVE electrical opening support system for drawers and pull-outs.

Blum's Logistics and Packaging Centre is put into operation in Poland.

2007

TANDEMBOX intivo

TANDEMBOX intivo, the box system that allows you to personalise side panels and

TIP-ON for doors are added to the product range.

Blum Mexico is established.

2008

Record number of trainees in Vorarlberg

73 apprentices start their training with Blum.

Blum Kazakhstan and Blum Vietnam are established.

2009

CLIP top BLUMOTION

The hinge with integrated soft close, TANDEMBOX antaro with a rectangular gallery rail and

the TIP-ON mechanical opening support system for the AVENTOS HK lift system are presented for the first time at trade shows.

Plant 7, which has its own rail sidings, begins operations in Dornbirn.

Blum India and Blum Hong Kong are established.

2010

SERVO-DRIVE for lift systems

The SERVO-DRIVE electrical motion support system adds a new dimension to lift systems.

Blum New Zealand is established.

2011

New box system with straight drawer sides

The new LEGRABOX box system, MOVENTO runner system and SERVO-DRIVE uno are presented for the first time.

Blum North Africa and Blum Portugal are established.

2012

Blum Greece

Blum Greece is established.

2013

European Inventor Award 2013

BLUMOTION for soft and effortless closing wins the European Inventor Award 2013.

Blum presents the LEGRABOX free design option and the AMBIA-LINE inner dividing system.

AVENTOS HK-XS is added to Blum’s range of lift systems.

2014

TIP-ON BLUMOTION

TIP-ON BLUMOTION for LEGRABOX: This product is a combination of mechanical opening and soft and effortless closing.

Blum also presents SERVO-DRIVE flex - an electrical opening support system for built-in fridge/freezers and dishwashers.

2015

4 motion technologies

Whether mechanical or electrical, our four motion technologies can be combined as required. They make handle-less furniture easy to use, providing various levels of convenience to suit every living area.

The new EASY ASSEMBLY app provides digital support to fitters and installers.

CABLOXX is a single locking system for all Blum box and runner systems.

2016

Solutions to meet the latest trends

Blum presents itself as an innovative systems partner that delivers solutions for handle-less furniture.

New colour option for hinges: onyx black is launched on pilot markets.

Blum Azerbaijan is established.

2017

The new AVENTOS HK top lift system is presented for the first time

EASYSTICK supports efficient and precise assembly.

Austria's Chamber of Commerce presents Blum with Global Player Award 2017.

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