Our company Gira
Gira was founded in 1905 and is now a premium quality manufacturer in the electrotechnical industry. Intelligent building technology from Gira represents future-fit technology and flexible solutions, combined with a high quality of design: automatic light control, time-dependent temperature control, convenient door communication, integration of security systems, and many other functions for more convenience, security and value.
In Radevormwald, Germany, more than 1,200 employees produce switches and socket outlets as well as system components for intelligent building technology, for example devices for the KNX system. Using Gira design platforms, new technologies are merged with the electrical installation to become part of the Gira switch systems. They include communication connections and a flush-mounted radio, the Gira door communication system, and the Gira nurse call system
Plus for hospitals, care homes and doctors' practices. Mobile control of the complete building technology from Gira is possible using an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. For architects, the name Gira represents innovative strength, product quality, and prize-winning design. For example, Gira products have repeatedly received the iF product design award, red dot design award, Plus X Award and the DESIGN PLUS.
From a switch manufacturer to a system supplier
The roots of the German family-run company Gira extend back to 1903. Richard Giersiepen constructed a further development of the then-common toggle switch and applied for a patent. Two years later he founded a company together with his brother Gustav to introduce his invention and other parts for house installation to the market.
With it in 1905, the Giersiepen brothers laid the cornerstone for over 100 years of successful company history and the continuous further development from a switch manufacturer to a system supplier for intelligent building technology. Today, Gira is led by the fourth generation of the family.
From the beginning Gira has relied on quality – not only regarding materials and processing. Optimisation and advancement have always played a central role in the entire product range, as in the initial patent application. This is indicated by numerous innovations with which Gira has decisively shaped the market for building technology for more than a century. In 1960, Gustav Giersiepen's grandson revolutionised the entire field with a modular system for switches, push buttons and cover plates.
In the 1990s, Gira tapped the still-young field of intelligent building control and set a milestone in 2008. With the Gira Interface, an intuitively understandable user interface was introduced for the Gira HomeServer, the on-board computer for the intelligent house – optimised for a wide variety of operating devices such as the Gira Control Clients, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and the computer. A year later, Gira received the renowned Plus X Award for the most innovative brand in the home technology field.
In addition to the most demanding requirements on quality and function, the topic of design has a long tradition at Gira. With the S-Color design line, Gira was one of the first manufacturers to introduce cover frame variants in various colours in the mid-1980s. It was presented with several design awards and remains a permanent part of the range today. The subsequent design lines also regularly receive awards in international design competitions such as the red dot design award and the iF product design award.
However, not only the harmony of material, colour and form distinguish the design concept from Gira. Due to the seamless integration of innovative functions such as door communication devices, audio systems and components to control intelligent building functions in the Gira design lines, Gira sets new standards regarding a comprehensive product design.
Social media: Gira on the web
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