Multiblitz history

The company was founded in 1948 by Dr. Ing. D. A. Mannesmann. The first location was in
Cologne at Oberstrasse 65, Porz-Westhoven. In 1985 the company moved to a new building at the Ferdinand-Porschestrasse 19 also in Cologne.
The first product was the Multiblitz strobe, Multiblitz I built in 1948.  The company is now called
Multiblitz Dr. Ing. D. A. Mannesmann GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Ing. Dieter Mannesmann was born in  Bonn on June the first 1911. He died on January 28th 1956 in Arlberg, here he was killed by an avalanche. In 1948 he developed the first electric flash unit.

In the 50's and 60's Multiblitz flash units the REPORTER II or the PRESS UNIVERSAL were extremely popular by a lot of  photographers.
In 1973, Multiblitz came under new management in the form of visionary engineer and CEO Hans-Gerd Wulms and has grown to become one of the world’s leading companies for premium studio lighting. Under Wulms, Multiblitz forever changed the studio lighting world when it introduced the industry’s first compact studio flash, the now legendary MINISTUDIO 202 in 1976. Since then, Wulms and Multiblitz are accountable for many inventions and products that were well ahead of their time including the most successful PROFILITE and VARIOLITE systems, and the famed PROFILUX studio flash with its lightweight yet robust design and consistent peak performance in the 90s. Today, a full range of Multiblitz products are used by leading professionals in over 100 countries.

To establish a permanent presence in the USA, MULTIBLITZ USA was founded in 2010.  Now for the first time, Multiblitz products are available to consumers in the US and Canada directly from the manufacturer at our online store. The store will provide American and Canadian photographers the chance to easily experience award-winning Multiblitz products with the convenience of ordering directly online – just a click away! This new strategy guarantees customer friendly prices and improved service by a new team dedicated to deliver the best possible Multiblitz experience. We are approaching the US market with new 110V and multi-voltage studio flashes that deliver premium quality and highest reliability. The recent success of the award winning studio flash PROFILUX PLUS system (named Best Flash System: TIPA Award 2010) and the recently introduced PROFILUX (PROFILUX ECO outside the US) shows that Multiblitz USA is on the right track to continue the unparalleled international Multiblitz success of the past.
Source: Several different sources on the Internet, documentation and other information.
 

Source Multiblitz:

MULTIBLITZ Dr. Ing. D.A. Mannesmann GmbH was founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dr. Mannesmann in 1948 in Cologne, Germany, and is one of the worlds leading manufacturers of state-of-the-art studio flash lighting. The first ever Multiblitz strobe, in fact the first German electronic flash unit ever, was the Multiblitz I built in 1948. In the 50's and 60's Multiblitz strobes like the MULTIBLITZ REPORTER II or the MULTIBLITZ PRESS UNIVERSAL were extremely popular among press photographers. Since 1973, Multiblitz has been managed by visionary engineer and CEO Hans-Gerd Wulms and has grown to become one of the world’s leading companies for premium studio lighting. Under Wulms, Multiblitz forever changed the studio lighting world when it introduced the industry’s first compact studio flash, the now legendary MINISTUDIO 202 in 1976. Since then, Wulms and Multiblitz are accountable for many inventions and products that were well ahead of their time including the most successful PROFILITE and VARIOLITE systems, and the famed PROFILUX studio flash with its lightweight yet robust design and consistent peak performance in the 90s. Today, a broad range of Multiblitz equipment is used by leading professionals around the world.

With over 60 years of experience in developing premium studio lighting equipment, Multiblitz is the most experienced manufacturer for photographic lighting equipment in the world. We take pride in the fact that we are the only European brand that is solely manufacturing award-winning products in Germany.
 

MULTIBLITZ USA was founded in 2010 to establish a permanent presence of the Multiblitz brand in North America. For the first time, Multiblitz products are available to consumers in the US and Canada directly from the manufacturer at the Multiblitz USA online store. The store will provide North American photographers the chance to easily experience award-winning Multiblitz products with the convenience of ordering directly online – just a click away! This new strategy guarantees customer friendly prices and improved service by a new team dedicated to deliver the best possible Multiblitz experience. We are approaching the US market with new 110V and multi-voltage studio flashes that deliver premium quality and highest reliability. The recent success of the award winning studio flash PROFILUX PLUS system (named Best Flash System: TIPA Award 2010) and the recently introduced PROFILUX (PROFILUX ECO outside the US) shows that Multiblitz USA is on the right track to continue the unparalleled international Multiblitz success of the past.