exists since 1870. In that year Carl Lorenz started a mechanical
workshop in Berlin. In 1880 a company named Telegraphenbauanstalt, Fabrik für elektrisches Licht,
elektrische Eisenbahnen, Kunst und Industrie was founded.
In 1938 the production of DKE38
People's Receivers starts, after Lorenz has won the
competition for a cheap radio.
In 1940 Lorenz takes over company G.
Schaub Apparatebau GmbH.
After the war Lorenz starts anew and
in 1948 the company headquarters move from Berlin to
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. There are several braches by
that time: Berlin-Tempelhof (wireless- and broadcasting
technique), Esslingen (valves), Landshut
(electrical machines, broadcasting equipment and signal
technique), Pforzheim I (development laboratory and
model workshop for different forms of small-scale
transmitting equipment), Pforzheim II
(telex factory) and Schaub Pforzheim (radio- and television
receivers). In the eastern part of Germany the
production of radios goes on for some time, but ceases
In the beginning of the fifties, Lorenz
starts making wire recorders, mostly integrated into
radios. In 1954 the brand name of radios and televisions
is changed to Schaub-Lorenz. In 1958 Lorenz teams up
with Standard Elektrik AG as Standard Elektrik Lorenz AG (SEL).
In 1961 the company also becomes the major shareholder
of radio firm Graetz.
In 1975 some sectors experience
losses and Alcatel, that has the majority of shares,
moves part of the activities to Nokia in the 1980's.
Nokia still uses the brand names Schaub-Lorenz and Graez.
his death in 1890 the company was bought by textile salesman Robert Held.
After the takeover of the company Telegraphen-Bauanstalt C.F. Lewert
in 1906, the name of the firm was changed in C.
Lorenz A.G. From that time on the company was allowed to use the Poulsen
arc transmitter system. In order to optimise these activities a
wireless telegraphy department was formed.
In 1920 Lorenz
started the first radio broadcasting in Germany with a Lorenz-Poulsen-transmitter.
Lorenz also gives amateurs and employees the possibility to
receive and transmit.
In 1923 the first
receiver is introduced: the Liebhaber-Empfänger.
In 1924 Robert Held
dies. The company employs more than 3000 worker and is active in
a number of fields. In 1929 Lorenz makes radios for Philips for
a short while, but has to stop in 1930, because of a conflict with
Telefunken. In the same year company Tefag is taken over. The
brand name Tefag is used until the Second World War. Valve
making stops for a while in 1932.
In 1935 Lorenz patents the ferrite
sounding antenna; this invention is widely used in
radios later on. In 1937 Lorenz starts producing radio
valves again for the German Army.