So much has changed in those 50 years! Everybody’s way of living has transformed, with exciting new ways of working, learning, and socialising. Interior styles have come and gone. And the world of audio visual equipment has seen a true revolution.
But some things never change - like our drive to find superior solutions. From the very beginning, innovation and quality have driven the Vogel’s family brand, and they always will.
It all started in 1973. Golden Earring's ‘Radar Love’ was blasting from speakers everywhere, and the very first stereo systems began to appear in our homes.
Speaker quality was getting better and better (just like the music!) but people didn’t know how to make the best of their newfound technology. They’d place speakers on the floor or on the windowsill - not ideal for the best listening experience.
Harry Vogels was a true music lover who saw room for improvement. A chance for innovation. Why not hang speakers on the wall and then rotate them into the ideal position? Wouldn’t that give the listener the best sound?
So one night, while Harry was all alone at the dinner table, he began to sketch. He’s got it!
Not long after, Harry’s idea was no longer simply a sketch, but a real, revolutionary new product. In his hands, Harry held the prototype of the world's first speaker mount: the BEK 100.
When the BEK 100 finally arrived on the market everything changed in the Vogel’s family home. The garage was turned into a small warehouse and the farm from Harry's parents became the assembly spot. Harry Vogels officially starts the business and establishes the Vogel’s brand.
“My father was always improving speaker mounts and making new prototypes. He used all kinds of materials, anything he could get his hands on really. He was very resourceful. Even my mother's soup spoons and my brother's and my toys were not safe!”
Inspired by the BEK 100's success and developments in the AV market, Harry wasn’t one to simply sit still. The market was asking for smaller speaker bracket so a new product, the Minor 5, was added. Shortly after, the first tv mount became reality and opened doors for export.
The Vogel’s company grew and grew but has always remained a family business. People are still our priority, not numbers. And of course, our drive to innovate and deliver top quality.
We could write a book about the 50 years that followed Harry’s humble beginnings. The world and the zeitgeist change, the technological landscape transforming. But during all these years, in many ways, Vogel’s has stayed the same - always at the forefront of the market. Our customers continue to rely on our latest solutions and products.
The years bring us a lot of good things: iconic products, wonderful awards, committed employees and partners. And a rich timeline full of highlights and precious memories…
After 50 years, we are still a family business, with an eye for people. Caring for the environment, quality conscious, future-oriented and reliable.
And we still cherish the core values that our founder Harry Vogels stood for. It’s what makes us who we are.
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