History

Timeline

Events

1909

William Vinten, a mechanical engineer from London begins manufacturing Kinemacolor projectors for Charles Urban, producer of the world's first successful motion picture colour system.

For more information please visit Vinten History

1910

The William Vinten company is officially founded. The company is based at 89-91 Wardour Street, in the heart of London’s film district and commenced trading as W.Vinten Cinematography Engineers.

1914

With the outbreak of the First World War, William Vinten’s workshops are taken over by the government. The company is invited by Sopwith Aviation to work alongside them in their aeroplane factory in Kingston-Upon-Thames.

1915

William Vinten is invited by the Royal Air Force to design and build a special cine-camera for use in aircraft. Vinten develops Model B - the first cine-camera that can be operated whilst hung over the side of an aircraft.

1917

Gitzo is founded in France by Arsène Gitzhoven, who produce cameras, shutters, cable releases and film pack frames for the photographic industry.

For more information please visit Gitzo History

1921

William Vinten becomes an Associate Member of the Society of Motion Picture Engineers (SMPE) and is later elected to the Royal Photographic Society. He is subsequently involved in the creation of the voluntary Film Censorship Board, which evolves into the British Board of Film Classification.

1928

William Vinten becomes incorporated as a company.

1936

Vinten supplies a variety of equipment for the world's first "high definition" public television tests, transmitted from Alexandra Palace in North London. The tests are arranged by the BBC between rival companies Marconi-EMI and the Baird Company in order to find the definitive television system.

1940

The Second World War creates an increased requirement for reconnaissance cameras. Vinten’s military contracts secure a world market presence for reconnaissance work, particularly with the production of the F24 camera which is fitted into planes that fly over enemy territory.

1949

O Connor is founded by Chadwell O’Connor, a designer and builder of steam power plants with a passion for locomotives.

Chad designed and built a Fluid Head camera support that would allow him to film moving locomotives smoothly. His innovative design caught the attention of Walt Disney who was so impressed that he ordered 10 for his new film, The Living Desert, which won the first Academy Award for Documentary Feature in 1953.

To find out more please visit OConnor History

1958

Wendeling Sachtler, a cinematographer, actor and inventor designs the first tripod head in a small workshop in Munich-Schwabing, Germany. The new tripod proves so popular that it leads to the foundation of the new company, Sachtler.

For more information please visit Sachtler History

1964

W Vinten Ltd relocates from Cricklewood, London to Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.

1967

W Vinten Ltd is awarded the Queen's Award for Technological Innovation for the Peregrine Crane.

1969

Haigh-Farr is established by Bill Haigh and George Farr in the United States as a consulting, research, development and manufacturing company, with expertise in the area of antennas and RF propagation for aerospace vehicles.

For more information please visit Haigh-Farr History

1970

Anton/Bauer is established in Shelton Connecitucut, United States. Set up by former engineering students from Cornell Univiersity, Anton Wilson and Geroge Bauer, theycombine the creative and technical flare to produce innovative battery products.

1972

W Vinten Ltd is floated on the London Stock Exchange.

1973

W Vinten Ltd changes its name to Vinten Group, and a new company W Vinten Ltd is set up. The Vinten Group took care of investment holding and policy making, while W Vinten Ltd is responsible for development, manufacture and sales.

1974

The first Manfrotto Tripod is launched. It is developed by the photojournalist, Lino Manfrotto, and technician, Gilberto Battocchioin Bassano del Grappa, Italy.

For more information, please see Manfrotto History

1990

Vinten robotic camera control systems are awarded an EMMY Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technical/Engineering Development.

1995

The group rebrands as The Vitec Group plc.

2007

The factory building in Bury St Edmunds is named the William Vinten Building, in a ceremony performed by Bill Vinten, son of William Vinten, founder of the business. The Videocom Division continue to operate at this site.

2010

Vinten celebrates 100 years from its original foundation.

2012

A new production facility opens in Cartago, Costa Rica. The official opening is attended by the President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla.

 

Source - Images of Success History of the Vinten’s Stuart Sansom and Luke Vinten

Acquisitions & Disposals

Acquisitions Disposals

1982

Exotic Materials Inc

1983

Trivector Systems International

Spectron

1984

Sig Davall

Manfrotto. Lino Manfrotto and Gilberto Battocchio remain in Group management.

1991

Bexel

Gitzo

1993

Bogen Photo Corp

TSM Inc

Internet Video Communications

Vinten Electro-Optics

Exotic Material Inc

1995

Sachtler

BERC

1996

W Vinten

1997

Clear-Com

MVS

Anton/Bauer

1998

Systems Wireless

Intercom Specialties

Drake Electronics

Internet Video Communications

1999

Vega

Litec

2000

Duke City Video

2002

Aspen Electronics

2003

Radamec Broadcast System. Radamec develops robotic camera supports and systems and contributes to the robotic experience at Vinten. The two brands combine to create Vinten Radamec.

O’Connor Engineering

2005

The business and assets of Kata International Limited and Kata Professional (Kimchi & Tishler) Limited

2006

Petrol

ALC Broadcast Limited (the holding company for the Autoscript prompting businesses)

2007

RF Systems

2008

Litepanels

The Camera Store

2010

Clear-Com

2011

Haigh-Farr

Lastolite

2012

Camera Corps

Tomcat, Brilliant Stages and Litec

2013

Teradek

2014

Special Camera assets of SIS Live.

Autocue

SmallHD

IMT

Microwave Services Company

Nucomm

RF Central