The story of your family business


1926: Foundation

In the 1930’s there was an effort to invent artificial materials other than metal and wood: plastic. The industrialization of the production of plastics was rapidly increasing. The engineer Joseph Reiss (1894-1954) recognized the potential of the new material. Together with Hans Sachs they founded the company Reiss und Sachs, in Tettnang in 1926. Their successful company was soon supplying plastic parts to the rapidly developing Zeppelin and Dornier aviation companies.

From 1950: The start of luminaire production

After the Second World War the fluorescent tube came onto the market and, for this purpose, appropriate lighting was needed. This was the birth of luminaire development in Tettnang. Joseph Reiss began manufacturing plastic and developed plastic luminaires. The new business field quickly gained importance. In 1958 his son-in-law, Horst Layer-Reiss, joined the company and systematically was expanding the lighting business.

The luminaire covers were initially made of cellulose and then of plexiglass. Impact-resistant polycarbonate was added in the late 1970s.

From 1968: The development of a new location

The rapid development and great demand for high-quality luminaires and luminaire components (moisture prove luminaires)  was growing enormously. This was the reason why, from 1968, a second location was created in Tettnang to

provide greater production capacity. As a follow-on, today's company Systemtechnik International Lighting Service GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1972.

From 1982: The development of further markets

Through market expansion, together with the co-operation of other luminaire manufacturers, further companies were founded. In 1982 Leuchten-Technik Tettnang GmbH & Co. KG and in 1985 the Fluolite Licht & Leuchten GmbH & Co. KG were created in order to serve the markets both at home and abroad.

Today: On the road to the future

Another milestone for the future was reached in 2009: Horst Layer-Reiss established a foundation which merged all the entrepreneurial activities from the group of companies together.

It was inherently the strength of the company to adapt to new circumstances in a timely manner, by introducing new production technologies, new materials or new luminaires. These qualities coupled with the work ethic of a highly a motivated team has guaranteed a successful future in today's LED world.