Dr. Walter Zumtobel founds "Elektrogeräte- und Kunstharzpreßwerk W. Zumtobel KG" in Dornbirn, Austria; the company produces ballasts for the newly introduced fluorescent light fittings.
Introduction of Profilux, the first complete Zumtobel light fitting.
First trip to the USA by Dr. Walter Zumtobel; visit to U.S. luminaire manufacturer Daybright in St. Louis.
The first international design award for a Zumtobel product (the FER recessed luminaire).
Jürg and Fritz Zumtobel are appointed General Partners of Zumtobel KG.
The company celebrates its 20th anniversary and opens the first section of Plant II in Dornbirn.
Zumtobel becomes a stock corporation (Aktiengesellschaft) and acquires a minority stake in the British company Tridonic Ltd. (the remaining shares are acquired in 1983).
A painting robot – the very first in Austria – is used at Zumtobel AG’s Plant II in Dornbirn.
Dr. Walter Zumtobel retires from the Management Board of Zumtobel AG and is elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Jürg Zumtobel succeeds him as Chairman of the Management Board.
The first electronic ballasts are manufactured (first in the world to be compatible with argon and krypton fluorescent tubes).
The Zumtobel group acquires all the remaining shares in Tridonic Ltd.
Establishment of Zumtobel Lighting Inc. in Garfield, New Jersey, USA.
At the Hanover Fair, the Electrical Components Division of Zumtobel AG presents the first generation of electronic transformers for low-voltage halogen lamps developed in-house.
Zumtobel AG commissions ist first two CAD workstations for tool and luminaire design.
Introduction of the first corporate mission statement of Zumtobel AG. The statement includes guidelines and principles for an active corporate culture and defines corporate values that are binding for both management and staff.
Establishment of the Spanish sales company, Zumtobel Iberica S.A., in Madrid, which proves especially successful in the key account sector.