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The Blum brand


Company history

More than 50 years in motion

The Blum name stands for innovation, motivated employees and top-quality products. Julius Blum founded his company on 1 March 1952 and produced his first product: a horseshoe stud.

Facts and figures

Blum's fiscal year runs from 1 July to 30 June of the next year. We update our economic data in July. We have summarised the most important facts and data for the current business year for you here.


  • Consolidated sales (Blum Group) EUR 1.166 billion (+ 12,1% from previous year)
  • Sales per employee (Blum Group) EUR 219,900
  • Share of foreign sales 96%
  • Investments/Fixed capital assets EUR 84.2 million (EUR 85.5 million in previous year)


Number of employees for business year 2010/2011 (average in business year)
  • Employees in the Blum Group: 5,304 (+ 261 over previous year)
  • Employees in Vorarlberg: 4,103 (+ 165 over previous year)
Current number of employees (as of 30 June 2011)
  • Employees in the Blum Group: 5,376 employees (+ 251 over previous year)
  • Employees in Vorarlberg: 4,147 employees (+ 160 over previous year)

Company and management structure

Julius Blum GmbH is a family company and is entirely family-owned: Herbert Blum 26%, Gerhard E. Blum 26%, Blum private trust 48%.

More about locations in Austria
We have seven production facilities in Vorarlberg.

More about the USA location
We manufacture hinge and pull-out systems in Lowesville, North Carolina.

More about the Brazil location
We manufacture hinges and drawer runners in Embú/Sao Paulo.

More about the Poland location
Our assembly and logistics centre in Swarzędz-Jasin.

Blum - strong brand

Blum turns the opening and closing of furniture into an experience that significantly increases the comfort of motion in all areas of the house, but especially the kitchen. Over 5000 employees are working worldwide realising our goal to create perfect motion for Blum fittings systems. Within this process, we always focus on the needs of the kitchen and furniture user.

Our fittings systems shout "high quality" with their well-thought-out function, recognised design and high durability. They are designed to spark inspiration and create an emotional experience out of day-to-day kitchen tasks.

We support our partners with a comprehensive range of products and services. In order to stay on track to achieve our goals, we keep a constant dialogue open with kitchen manufacturers, joiners, distributors and kitchen users all over the world.

Emotion < Design < Function

The design must fascinate

That's why Blum places as much value on the look of its products as it does on their function. They are designed to spark inspiration and their operation should create an emotional response. A combination that is a hit with both our customers as well as international design experts.

Internationally recognised

Quality is our standard — Design our claim. This is backed up by several international design awards for Blum products such as CLIP top hinges, TANDEMBOX pull-out systems and AVENTOS lift systems.

Blum product quality

Quality performance for the lifetime of the furniture

Blum products are engineered to provide trouble-free performance for the lifetime of kitchen furniture - that's approximately 20 years.

Blum's products are subjected to heavy loads in everyday use. We simulate these same situations in our testing lab. As in everyday life, fully loaded drawers and pull-outs are opened and closed up to 100,000 times. The durability of a hinge is tested using 200,000 door movements. Lift systems are opened and closed in the testing lab 80,000 times.

Innovations that point the way

Whether you are talking about CLIP, tool-free assembly, smooth running action, the use of storage space, BLUMOTION with its silent and effortless motion or the SERVO-DRIVE opening support system innovations from Blum are seen as milestones in the furniture manufacturing industry. And this tradition will certainly continue for the future.

Solutions begin with dialogue

The focus: Global customer benefits

We provide products which make life easier for our customers. Before we start product development, we think about their needs and desires. Everyone who comes in contact with our products should be able to profit from their advantages. This is our philosophy of global customer benefits. That's why we are in a constant dialogue with our customers around the world taking their feedback to develop new product ideas.

Furniture manufacturers

Furniture manufacturers profit from Blum's mature product systems and services for their manufacturing and sales processes.

Furniture salesmen

Furniture salesmen value not only the quality of Blum products but also the solutions and arguments that support a successful sale as well as those that speak to the customer on an emotional level.

Furniture fitters

Blum products offer many advantages to furniture fitters: Assembly is fast, simple and tool-free, and it minimises the danger of damaging furniture and fronts.

Furniture buyers

Blum products represent added-value as well as increased ergonomics and comfort in the kitchen as well as other areas of the house.

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