The history of Blum60 years in motion

  
  • Company founder Julius Blum was a farrier by trade

    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.
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    The first furniture hinge

    The first furniture hinge is produced: The ANUBA hinge for doors, windows and furniture.
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    The first Blum hinge

    The first Blum hinge: The production of concealed hinges is started.
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    First products are exported to European countries.

    First products are exported to European countries.
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    The first roller runners

    Roller runners are added to the production programme.
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    First representative offices abroad

    First representative offices are set up in Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland and Scandinavia. First stand at Interzum in Cologne.
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    Blum starts its own vocational training programme

    Blum starts its own vocational training programme in Austria.
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    New plant in Hoechst

    Plant 2 is built and put into operation in Hoechst.
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    First issue of Blum News

    Blum celebrates 25th anniversary. The first issue of the employee magazine "Blum News" is published. Subsidiaries are established in the USA and Sweden.
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    The first high bay warehouse

    Vorarlberg's first high bay warehouse is put into operation at Plant 2. Blum Canada is established.
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    Plant 4

    Plant 4 is opened in Bregenz.
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    Blum Germany is established

    Blum Germany is established.
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    Production in the USA

    Blum USA assembles hinges and drawer runners.
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    CLIP

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

    The METABOX drawer system goes into production.
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    Global customer benefits by Blum

    The company introduces its philosophy of "Global customer benefits". Launch of the TANDEM concealed pull-out system. Blum Norway is established.
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    ISO certification

    Blum is the first manufacturer of furniture fittings to be certified according to ISO 9001 guidelines. Blum France is established.
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    Start of full production at Blum USA

    Blum begins full production of fittings in the USA. Blum Poland is established.
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    Box system

    The box drawer system and INSERTA assembly technology are launched on the market. Blum Czech Republic, Blum Hungary and Blum Romania are established.
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    Full extension

    Full extension for drawers and pull-outs enhances user convenience in kitchens. Blum Turkey is established.
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    Ecological certification

    Blum receives ecological certification according to ISO 4001, which is recognised all over the world. Blum Australia and Blum Russia are established.
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    Production site in Brazil

    A production facility is established in Brazil.
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    The CLIP top hinge

    The CLIP top hinge is launched on the market. It combines adjustment ease with beautiful design. Blum Brazil assembles furniture hinges in São Paulo.
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    Storage space planning

    The focus is on good storage space planning and usage in kitchens.
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    Perfecting motion

    BLUMOTION stands for perfect motion that closes drawers, pull-outs and doors softly and effortlessly. Blum South East Asia is established.
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    50th anniversary

    Blum celebrates its 50th anniversary. A representative office is opened in China.
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    DYNAMIC SPACE by Blum

    DYNAMIC SPACE by Blum shows new ways of improving space usage and quality of motion. The new stamping centre is put into operation at Plant 5 in Fussach.
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    New AVENTOS lift systems

    AVENTOS lift systems are introduced for the first time at Interzum in Cologne. Plangger Coatings is integrated into the Blum organisation. It is Plant 6. Blum Ukraine is established.
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    New Logistics Centre in Poland

    Blum's Logistics and Packaging Centre is put into operation in Poland. SERVO-DRIVE, the new opening system for drawers and pull-outs is launched on the market. Blum Hong Kong is established.
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    Blum Mexico is established

    Blum Mexico is established.
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    Apprentice record

    Apprentice record: 73 apprentices start their training with Blum. Blum subsidiaries are established in Kazakhstan and Vietnam.
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    New logistics centre

    A quantum leap for hinges: CLIP top BLUMOTION. Soft-close BLUMOTION is seamlessly integrated into the boss. Plant 7 begins operations in Dornbirn. Blum India is established.
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    SERVO-DRIVE for lift systems

    Blum New Zealand is established. The SERVO-DRIVE electric motion support system is also available for lift systems.
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    LEGRABOX, our box system with straight lines and a slim design

    The new runner system MOVENTO and the new box system LEGRABOX are introduced for the first time. Founding of Blum North Africa and Blum Portugal.
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    TANDEMBOX antaro – now available as a closed drawer

    TANDEMBOX antaro with a rectangular gallery is presented as a closed drawer with design elements in glass, wood or metal. Takeover of the Greek sales agency Kliafa S.A. and founding of the subsidiary Blum Greece.
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    Inner dividing system for LEGRABOX presented

    AMBIA-LINE, the new dividing system for LEGRABOX, was presented at Interzum 2013. With TIP-ON for AVENTOS HK-S and AVENTOS HK-XS, the lift system range for tall cabinets was expanded to include new application options.
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    TIP-ON BLUMOTION – a fascinating combination

    With this product, we are combining mechanical opening with silent closing for the first time. With SERVO-DRIVE flex, we are now offering an electrical opening support system for built-in refrigerators, freezers and dishwashers. Herbert Blum is retiring from his role as Managing Director of Julius Blum GmbH.
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    EASY ASSEMBLY, the digital tool

    This new assembly app brings a high level of digital convenience to the work carried out by manufacturers and installers day to day. In CABLOXX, we are now offering a uniform locking system for all our box and runner systems. Our training has won the 'Ausgezeichneter Lehrbetrieb' award for the seventh time in a row now, in recognition of the excellence achieved by our company in this area.

Company history

The name Blum stands for innovation, dedicated employees and top quality products. Julius Blum founded his company on 1 March 1952 and produced his first product: a horseshoe stud.

Join us on a short journey through the history of Julius Blum GmbH.

Overview of Blum subsidiary/representative office founding years:

  • 1977: Blum Sweden, Blum USA
  • 1978: Blum Canada
  • 1981: Blum Germany
  • 1987: Blum U.K.
  • 1989: Blum Norway
  • 1991: Blum France
  • 1992: Blum Poland
  • 1993: Blum Czech Republic
  • 1994: Blum Hungary
  • 1995: Blum Romania
  • 1996: Blum Turkey
  • 1997: Blum Australia, Blum Russia
  • 1998: Blum Brazil
  • 2001: Blum South East Asia
  • 2002: Blum China
  • 2005: Blum Ukraine
  • 2006: Blum Hong Kong
  • 2007: Blum Mexico
  • 2008: Blum Kazakhstan, Blum Vietnam
  • 2009: Blum India
  • 2010: Blum New Zealand
  • 2011: Blum North Africa, Blum Portugal
  • 2012: Blum Greek
  • 2016: Azerbaijan
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