Neutrik AG, the connector company from that tiny country in the middle of Europe, has announced a double celebration: a 40th anniversary and the production of the one billionth connector.
What began 40 years ago as a small operation in the backyard of an old farmhouse in Schaan, Liechtenstein, has grown into one of the world’s leading provider of electrical and electronic interconnection products and systems for the professional entertainment industry.
The Neutrik Group now has subsidiaries in the USA, UK, France, Japan, China, Hong Kong, India and Germany, plus a network of distributors in more than 80 countries worldwide.
The company produced its one millionth connector back in 1983: 28 years and 999,000,000 machine cycles later, the company can rightfully claim to be the biggest producer of XLR-based connectors in the world.
Werner Bachmann is shown here with what Neutrik acknowledges as the billionth finished (and bagged!) product.
Any delay in manufacturing and Bachmann might have missed this photo opportunity, as the long-standing CEO will be stepping down at the end of the year. Mechanical engineering graduate Peter Boeglin has been appointed new CEO of Neutrik AG, assuming full responsibility for the role on 1 January 2016.
Born in Switzerland, Boeglin grew up in Liechtenstein and has a successful track record in industrial management both at home and abroad after having graduated as mechanical engineer (ETH Zurich). He has held several positions at director level, including serving as CEO of a large company in the machine tool industry for many years. He also maintains ties with the academic sector, teaching at the University of Rapperswil.