Spanninga Metaal B.V. celebrates its 97th anniversary!
Today, we celebrate our company founded 97 years ago! Therefore, we would like to take you for an amazing trip back in time.
A small piece of history
In 1918, Spanninga Metaal B.V. was founded by Hotso Spanninga, grandfather of the current CEO Feike Spanninga. Four years later, because of exceptional performance, the company received the honourable title of ‘Purveyor to the Royal Household of the Netherlands’ . In 1933, Hotso started with the production of bicycle lighting and in the course of time, the assortment broadened with reflectors, bicycle bells, kickstands and license plates for mopeds. Spanninga, being truly a family-owned company, was taken over by Feike Spanninga in 1989 from his father Gatze. Under the leadership of Feike, the company expanded further and further with several takeovers of major actors in the lighting industry (a.o. JOS, HELLA BIKE and a few months ago the bicycle lighting division of one of the major players in the lighting industry worldwide).
Innovation and know-how
The motto of Spanninga is – and always has been – ‘Keeping ahead of light’ and this comes with a purpose. Already from the beginning, Spanninga distinguished itself by creating high-quality, exclusive and innovative bicycle lighting. This is the main reason why illustrious bike manufacturers have always been keen to work with us. And they still do. The established know-how of Spanninga in optics, electronics and especially design of bicycle lights and components has led to a broad assortment, which meets the various requirements of manufacturers and consumers in the bicycle market.
Spanninga is characterized by its open culture and has always been very close to the people and trends in the market. For example: all our bicycle lights are produced with LED, instead of the more traditional halogen bulbs or light bulbs. LED is extremely economical and has a more efficient light distribution. Other innovations of Spanninga focus on the development of products with durable power sources, like rechargeable batteries. But also products which meet the newest requirements of e-bikes or integrate USB ports to charge mobile devices.
The combination of all these values have strengthened the authenticity of Spanninga already for 97 years. And we look forward to all the years yet to come!