For more than 60 years, the name Sennheiser has been synonymous with top-quality products and tailor-made complete solutions for every aspect of the recording, transmission and reproduction of sound. In 1945, Dr. Fritz Sennheiser together with seven engineers and technicians set out on the venture to found a new company. The research and development specialists converted their university institute, which had been moved during the war to the small village of Wennebostel, into what became known as "Labor W", and it was there that they began to build measuring instruments. Less than a year later, microphones were added to their product range, and soon the resourceful team became extremely successful in numerous fields of audio technology.
Those were the humble beginnings of Sennheiser electronic, now a worldwide group of companies with more than 1,800 employees and one of the world´s leading manufacturers of complete audio solutions. Still a family-owned company, Sennheiser has made a name for itself above all in the development and manufacture of high-quality microphones, wireless RF technology and headphones. Conference and information technology, infrared systems, products for the hearing impaired and aviation headsets round off the comprehensive product portfolio. The Sennheiser Group also includes the studio microphone specialist Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin, K+H Vertriebs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (loudspeakers and studio monitors) and the Denmark-based joint venture Sennheiser Communications, which develops headsets for the PC, office and call center markets.
Sennheiser´s main priority has always been research and development. The company´s outstanding reputation throughout the world is the result of countless innovations, such as the invention of open-back headphones in the 1960s, infrared transmission technology in the 1970s, groundbreaking innovations in multi-channel wireless transmission in the 1980s, head-based surround sound systems in the 1990s and intelligent audio information systems in the new millennium. As the company´s founder, Prof. Dr. Fritz Sennheiser, points out: "Ideas need space. So I was always a firm believer in giving our R&D staff all the freedom they need to develop their ideas." Today, a major research and development division in Germany and an R&D center in California ensure that the company maintains its technological lead. Numerous patents and awards, including two German Innovation Awards, a Scientific and Engineering Award, an Emmy and a Grammy, are evidence of the company´s capacity for innovation.
The headquarters of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG are still located in Wennebostel, which is now part of the municipality of Wedemark. The company also has production sites at its second German location in Burgdorf (electronics manufacturing, wireless technology), as well as in Tullamore, Ireland (headphones production) and Albuquerque, USA (wireless technology for the American hemisphere). Sennheiser´s products are sold by a worldwide network of long-standing sales partners and subsidiaries. "That was certainly my most important decision: not only to make products but also to be responsible for selling them," said Prof. Dr. Jörg Sennheiser, now chairman of the Supervisory Board. In 2006, the Sennheiser Group had sales of approximately € 356 million, of which 82% were achieved outside Germany.