Different. The Nimbus Group is different from most other enterprises - and has been for over 25 years. You can see it in a lot of telling details.
However, nowhere is the company's differentness more apparent than in its canteen: every morning at 10 o' clock all 160 employees meet to take breakfast together. The warehouseman next to the controller. Designers next to development engineers. Lighting designers next to packers. Salespeople, interns, clerks, marketing experts, architects, interior designers, electricians, acoustics specialists.
Company CEO Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl is among those to take a seat at any one of the tables in the room and he is the one who provides the coffee and tea, different kinds of bread, butter, chocolate spread, jam and honey. The walls of the canteen are adorned with a quote that sums up the company philosophy: "I DO NOT SEEK – I FIND. Seeking is when you start from old things. And in the new find what is already familiar. Finding is something completely new..."
The Nimbus brand of luminaires has it origin in a garage – and that is not a start-up myth. It served the architect and toolmaker Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl as a workshop at the end of the 1980s. His first serially produced luminaire, a halogen luminaire by the name of Cirrus 0, was a cylindrical luminaire with a cable system for an art gallery. This model already displayed the trademark clear-cut, simple formal idiom coupled with high-quality materials and a high standard of technical finesse. However, technical parameters such as heat development and light emission enforced design constraints that seemed too narrow to Dietrich F. Brennenstuhl.
LED-Pioneer and a driving force in innovation From the year 2000 on, he broke free of these constraints by focusing Nimbus' attention on LED technology. These very small, very efficient light sources produce little heat and provided the ideal preconditions for a paradigm shift in luminaire manufacture: while other producers continued to design more or less appealing housings around conventional light sources, Nimbus saw this tiny, economical piece of technology as a core with the potential for developing completely new designs – but also with the power to radically change lighting systems, electronics and production. After five years of intensive research and development in collaboration with suppliers, the LED had made such progress in terms of performance and reliability that it was ready for the market - a market that, from 2006 on, Nimbus served for a good number of years almost without competition