Lawo launched its 50th anniversary celebration in January with a party for its 300-plus employees in the company’s hometown in Rastatt, close to the Rhine River and the Black Forest region of Germany.
The milestone anniversary follows what the company states is its most successful business year to date, achieving a record revenue resulting in growth of 40 percent. This performance was generated by an uptake of Lawo’s IP core media technologies for audio, video, workflow and monitoring.
Founded by Peter Lawo in 1970, Lawo started out as an engineering office providing technical solutions before focusing on broadcast and media production technology. The drive of its founder and his son Philipp, who took over as CEO in 1999, helped ensure innovation that has helped evolve and grow the company.
Lawo’s early vision of IP becoming a single, unified infrastructure for all types of signal transport in broadcast and media production triggered a clear corporate strategy that has resulted in the IP native focus of the company today. This included the development and definition of RAVENNA as an open media-over-IP standard more than 10 years ago. The company’s belief in open industry standards have also helped pave the way for AES67, Ember+ and ST2110.
“Lawo has witnessed exceptional growth based on our growing expertise and product portfolio” says Jamie Dunn, chief commercial officer of Lawo. “We are very proud of the evolution of the company over the past 50 years and understand the importance that our talented staff, loyal customers and innovative mindset will play in securing another successful 50.”
Lawo’s current IP line-up covers the media production chain ranging from audio- and video-to-IP conversion edge devices, the V__matrix software-defined IP-routing, processing and multi-viewing platform, the VSM IP control and workflow design solution and the SMART monitoring and real-time telemetry tools to the mc²-series audio production consoles, as well as its IP-based counterparts for radio on-air production.
Lawo will continue to mark its 50th anniversary with a number of events and online presentations throughout 2020.