Zenitel celebrates it's 50th anniversary as a listed company
Zenitel specializes in the development, manufacturing and marketing of audio and data communication systems and networks.
The history of Zenitel dates back to 1901, when a group of Belgian entrepreneurs founded C.T.S.F. – Compagnie Générale de Télégraphie sans Fil. None less than King Leopold II and Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the wireless telegraph, supported them.
Following World War II, the company (then named S.A.I.T. Electronics – Société Anonyme Internationale de Télégraphie), entered into various collaboration agreements with other companies including Radio Holland N.V. and Norsk Marconikompagnie A/S. In 1992, the successful partnership with Radio Holland led to a takeover and SAIT Electronics began trading under the name SAIT-RadioHolland.
1997 brought a merger with another Norwegian company, Stentofon, likewise active in the internal communication systems sector. Stentofon began life in 1946 as Stentor Radiofabrikk, specializing in radio communication systems for ships and for fishing boats. Stentor later extended its range with intercom systems that it sold under the brand name STENTOFON. Also in 1997, Stentofon AS merged with another Norwegian supplier of internal communication systems and provider of PMR-systems, RingCom AS, itself the result of a merger between Ring-Master and Noracom. Ring Marine AB in Gothenburg also joined the group. The Stentofon and RingCom amalgamation was called Stento ASA.
In 1988, after eight years of fruitful cooperation with Vingmed AS to adapt the PAMEX and other on shore intercom systems for on board communication, Stento acquired the company VINGTOR Marine and became sole owner. Subsidiaries were later established in Croatia, Germany, Singapore and China. Meanwhile, Ring-Master and Noracom both had close business relations with Motorola, and Stento eventually became the main distributor for Motorola in all of the Nordic countries. Stento quickly expanded through a number of acquisitions, amongst which were the acquisition of Philips Intercom and Nursecall.
The next milestone came along in 1999, when the company decided to restructure its organisation and focus on core activities. In May 2000, a decision was taken on a merger between Stento ASA and the reorganised SAIT-RadioHolland. In 2001, Zenitel celebrated its one hundredth anniversary, changed its corporate identity and name to Zenitel.
Early 2009, in order to guarantee the profitability of the Zenitel Group, especially given the global financial and economic crisis, it was decided to focus all commercial efforts on the continuing development of Secure Communication Systems.
All through these years, one aspect hasn’t changed: since 1901, Zenitel has been providing the means for people in trouble to talk. Zenitel has no intention of changing its course; indeed, the business of security and communication is due to become one of the most relevant businesses in the near future. That is because it relates to the safety of people.
Vingtor-Stentofon came to life as a brand in November 2014, after a merge of the two brand VINGTOR and STENTOFON. The change was a long thought out plan and ultimate necessity for Zenitel’s corporative objectives as products from the two brands were designed, developed and manufactured under the same organization.