Founded in 1920 by Mr Adrien de Backer, ADB began to manufactur electrical equipment for laboratories. Professor Picard, the first man to make a balloon trip into the stratosphere, was an early customer of the company.
In 1925, ADB expanded its range of products, applying rheostats to the dimming of light in theatres, music halls and cinemas. ADB operated as a family business until 1987 when the Siemens Group acquired it. At that time ADB had pioneered some of the key technologies used in Theatre and Television lighting, such as digital dimmers, memory control systems, condenser optics for theatre spotlights… and was strongly established as a leading broad line manufacturer of stage and studio lighting equipment with facilities in Belgium and France, a sales subsidiary in Germany, and a worldwide network of agents and distributors.
In December 2002, as the result of a management buy-out, Christian Léonard, then General Manager of ADB-TTV France, took over control of the whole ADB-TTV Group and very rapidly restructured and streamlined the operations. Today production and logistics are centralized in the French facility in Saint-Quentin, whereas R&D, Product Engineering, Marketing and International Sales are still located in the Belgian premises as before. The production of all dimmers has been transferred to the modern facility of Siemens in Huizingen, near Brussels.
ADB Lighting Technologies designs, manufactures and markets throughout the world, a wide range of stage and studio lighting equipment for professional and semi-professional applications. Products include a range of lighting consoles; Ethernet converters – ArtNet, Advanced Dimmer Network; wireless remote control; digital thyristor and sinewave dimmers; install, portable and touring racks; theatre luminares: profile/ellipsoidal, PC,Fresnel, Niethammer spotlights and followspots; Svoboda light battens; silent fully motorized profile luminaries; TV Fresnels, fluorescent cool lights, softlights, cyclights; motorised hoists and telescopes.