Munich - Nov 21, 2008 - Under the motto 75 Years of Driving Innovation, Rohde & Schwarz celebrated its anniversary in the company's Technology Center, which was opened in 2005. More than 200 guests from around the world attended. The prime minister of the State of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, delivered a greeting. A glance into the high-tech world of the year 2025 was presented by the American physicist and futurologist Michio Kaku. Representatives of the founders' families and of the Executive Board spanned the decades from yesterday, today and tomorrow.
During his speech, Michael Vohrer, president and CEO, discussed how important innovations are for Rohde & Schwarz as a technology company: "They are our foundation, our future."
Dr. Hermann Schwarz and Dr. Lothar Rohde founded the company in 1933, initially under the name Physikalisch-Technisches Entwicklungslabor Dr. L. Rohde und Dr. H. Schwarz (translates to physical-technical development lab). Today, the electronics group has 7,500 employees worldwide. The sons of the two founders, Friedrich Schwarz and Professor Ulrich L. Rohde, looked back over 75 years of company history during the festivities.
Friedrich Schwarz took stock of his 35 years at Rohde & Schwarz - first as a member of the executive board, then as president and CEO from 1995 to 2005. Ulrich L. Rohde drew a rather personal sketch of the company and his father. "Discussions with my father about various measurement problems were part of my upbringing even at an early age," recounted Rohde. "And his ideas always went a step beyond the ordinary."