Company profile: Julius Blum GmbH
An innovative furniture fittings manufacturer from Hoechst, Austria
Hoechst, Austria, April / 2017. Founded in 1952 by Julius Blum in the Austrian municipality of Hoechst in Vorarlberg, the company has established itself as one of the market leaders of the fittings branch. Everyone from furniture manufacturers, authorised dealers, furniture sellers, fitters and end users experiences enhanced convenience thanks to Blum’s innovative fittings solutions.
Blum is a family-owned company that operates worldwide, specialising in the manufacture and distribution of furniture fittings. Its main product groups are lift, hinge and pull-out systems for furniture, predominantly in kitchens. Worldwide clients include furniture manufacturers and authorised dealers. Blum has roughly 7,100 employees all over the world today, 5,400 in Vorarlberg alone. The fittings manufacturer operates seven plants in Vorarlberg which all have state-of-the art workplaces and high-tech production facilities, production sites in Poland, Brazil and the USA and 28 subsidiaries and representative offices. The company supplies more than 120 markets around the world.
Quality of motion throughout the home
Blum strives to achieve perfect motion with all its fittings solutions. Blum products make opening and closing of furniture a mesmerising experience and increase the quality of motion and user convenience throughout the home – in particular in kitchens. Consistent developments and innovative force are required to achieve this goal. Blum has been able to assert and maintain its position both as a reliable supplier to furniture manufacturers and an innovative market leader for many years thanks to consistent investment in R&D. This also includes continuous efforts to identify customer needs along the entire value added chain – from manufacturers, sellers and fitters to end users (i.e. kitchen buyers).
When Julius Blum founded his own company in 1952 the one-man business focused on the manufacture of special horseshoe studs that prevented horses from slipping on ice or bad soil conditions. Business was good in the early 1950s. In 1953 Julius Blum hired his first employee followed by many others over the years. However, the decline of the horseshoe business became foreseeable when tractors found their way into Vorarlberg’s farming industry. Luckily, it came to Julius Blum’s notice that novel window, door and cabinet fittings were being manufactured in neighbouring Switzerland. His company had the suitable machinery but lacked the necessary manufacturing licences. So the young entrepreneur travelled to Zurich to meet the patent owner in person. As a result, he was commissioned with the manufacture of the Anuba hinges. Much later, Julius Blum described this step as “a milestone in the company’s history”.
Blum milestones in the Austrian furniture branch
1952 Founded by Julius Blum
1958 Licence for the manufacture of Anuba hinges in Austria
1964 First concealed furniture hinge
1966 First roller runners
1985 Clip, the tool-free fixable hinge system
1993 Inserta assembly technology for Box drawer systems
1996 Full extension for drawers and pull-outs
1998 Clip top hinge with utmost adjustment ease
2001 Blumotion – for soft and effortless closing
2001 Dynamic Space – a concept for improved space utilisation and quality of motion in kitchens
2005 Lift system Aventos
2006 Servo-Drive, the electric opening support system for drawers and pull-outs
2007 Box systemTandembox intivo
2009 Clip top Blumotion, the hinge with integrated soft-close
2011 Movento, new concealed runner system for wooden drawers
2012 Tandembox antaro
2013 Legrabox pure with inner dividing system Ambia-Line
2014 Legrabox free, a new design option; Tip-On Blumotion, the mechanical motion technology, combines two functions in one fitting:
easy one-touch opening and soft and effortless closing (Legrabox); Servo-Drive flex, our electric opening support system for
built-in refrigerators and freezers with handle-less fronts
2015 Tip-On Blumotion, the mechanical motion technology
(Tandembox and Movento); Cabloxx, the single locking system for pull-out systems; Easy Assembly-App