In 1919 the brothers, Alphonse and Werner De Backer founded Niko. They designed and manufactured switches and socket outlets that quickly won the Belgian market. Ever since, a lot has changed. For us. But in society too.
Electricy becomes established in the 1900's and has a huge & permanent impact on the world.
Werner & Alphonse De Backer launch Niko in the center of Sint-Nikolaas (Belgium) 5 months after the end of World War I.
The first Niko products are simple or double switches and socket outlets, made of porcelain.
The brothers set up their offices and factory in the Lindenstraat in Sint-Niklaas. The Niko home for the coming 52 years.
Charles Lindbergh is the first pilot ever to conduct a non-stop transatlantic flight. He flies from New York to Paris in 33 hours. The world becomes a little 'smaller'.
Bakelite is invented by the Belgian Leo Baekeland in 1907. In 1928 Niko produces its first bakelite wall switch.
Niko becomes a NV (Public Limited Company)
At the end of World War II the United Nations is established. This intergovernmental organization has to promote international co-operation.
After World War II, Niko liberates part of their capacity to support the rebuilding of the Netherlands.
Niko keeps growing: turnover increases from 60 to 92 Mio BEF in the '50s
(€ 2,28 Mio).
All eyes are on Belgium: the Brussels World's Fair, better know as Expo'58 takes place. It will forever be synonym to future and progress, the beginning of a new and different era.
Niko launches the new rocker switch.
The computer chip is invented. Where as in 1958 the production of an electrical circuit costed 10 dollar, you now get a chip with millions of circuits.
The "Bo-Niko" luminaires are born and become a tremendous success, urging Niko to open a new factory in the Industriepark Noord in St-Niklaas.
Constant innovation leeds to several new products and domains to explore. Turnover increases in the '60s from 100 to 265 Mio BEF (2,5 to 6,6 Mio €)
Bob Dylan releases the song 'The Times They Are a-Changin'. He wrote it as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time. Ever since its release the song has been very influential to people's views on society.
Niko launches the first flat luxury switch in Europe: Niko's Inter 70.
Only 2 years later, the first electronic dimmer is brought to market. Constant innovation, improvement and simplicity are core for Niko.
Whereas Joeri Gagarin was the first human to travel in space in 1961, Neil Armstrong has the honour to set the very first step on the moon.
Niko relocates to the new site - Indrustriepark West. This is still the home of Niko Group today.
Release of the 'Apple II', one of the first succesfull personal computers. It will be produced for almost 17 years.
New catalogues, promoting the luxury switch in Europe. Our habit of setting high standards of quality and not compromising on it is a cornerstone of our success.
Introducing a new baseline: The touch of Niko – It captures in one small phrase what makes us unique, the sometimes small things that make the difference.
The use of Internet, untill now reserved for government and education, is opened up by the US government for companies and individuals. The world of communication changes dramatically.
Niko takes its first steps in home automation systems with the launch of NIKOBUS: a system programmable with a screwdriver, easy to handle by the installers.
Through the acquisition of 3 companies in Belgium and the Netherlands, Niko Group starts to focus also on care and assisted living solutions.
The current ranges of Niko are launched: Niko Original, Niko Intense and Niko Pure. All this with a new logo and tagline: "Illuminating Ideas"
The start of fifthplay - an innovative software platform with a focus on enriching smart homes and buildings with services for care, comfort and energy
The first iPhone is introduced. Apple Inc will sell over 700 million iPhones in the coming years.
Acquisition of Servodan - Market leader in Denmark. Specialist in products for intelligent lighting control.
Launch Niko Home Control. We no longer talk about domotics, but about a modern electrical installation, designed to be available for everyone who wants to build or renovate.
The Nobel Prize in Physics is awarded for the invention of LED, a major evolution in energy saving light sources. Giving people more possibilities to create moods and leading to new generations of our lighting control devices.
Acquisition of Zublin - Switzerland. Specialist in lighting control systems and luminaires.
Niko Group expresses a unified vision and mission for its business lines.
In February 2015, Jo De Backer organized a number of so called ‘sofa sessions’, explaining to Niko Group’s employees the vision and mission of the company. We show you a short movie with some excerpts of these sessions