Our history

Pioneering safety for 100 years

Founded in 1918, the company has always been family-run. With its headquarters in Joure (Friesland, The Netherlands), the only goal of Spanninga has been to bring safety of the cyclist up to another level. And this value crossed the Dutch borders, making of the Spanninga Group one of the leaders of bicycle safety in the world. Our 100-year heritage and the trust that customers put in the name Spanninga keeps us striving for the next challenges, and pursuing the limitless possibilities of light. That is the core spirit of Spanninga. Pioneering safety. For the next 100 years.

1918

Foundation of Spanninga Metaal B.V. in Joure (The Netherlands) by Hotso Spanninga. He is specialized in precious metal forging and in particular plaques.

1920

Spanninga starts with the production of roadside lights for the automotive industry.

1922

Due to exceptional performances, Spanninga receives the distinguished title of: “Purveyor to the Royal Household of The Netherlands”.

1935

Foundation of JOS in Nantua (France) by Mr. Josserand, one of Spanninga’s French competitors, specialized in bicycle and automotive lighting.

1937

Spanninga starts with the production of bicycle lighting. Hotso Spanninga being originally a goldsmith, first Spanninga rearlights were artwork: polished until they shine like jewels.

1947

Completion of the Spanninga factory at the Geert Knolweg in Joure (The Netherlands).

1952

Due to a shortage of copper, Spanninga is forced to use aluminum for the production of bicycle lighting.

1959

Spanninga starts with the production of the iconic streamline rearlight.

Spanninga introduces the first integrated pedal reflectors.

1960

Spanninga creates the first plastic optical blocks for rearlights replacing glass.

1965

Gatze and Gerben (Jeppe) Spanninga take over the company from their father. Each brother owns 50% of the shares.

Production by Spanninga of the first insurance plates for mopeds.

1970

Takeover of JOS by CIBIE in Nantua (France).

1973

Production by Spanninga of the first red reflectors for Dutch bicycles (compulsory in The Netherlands since 1977).

1984

JOS becomes independent again and is now called JOS/CIBIE.

1986

Spanninga starts with the production of bicycle bells.

1987

Side reflectors in bicycle wheels become compulsory in The Netherlands.

1989

Feike Spanninga takes over the company from his father.

Spanninga starts with the production of bicycle kickstands.

1992

Takeover of JOS by Spanninga and creation of the company JOS International in Nantua (France).

1997

Creation of the first sensors in bicycle lights. Spanninga brings (among others) the SPX and Ultra with sensors to the market.

1998

Creation of a joint-venture in Asia, called Q-Lite in Taichung (Taiwan).

Takeover by Spanninga of the Belgian company Ekolight.

2002

JOS International sells its automotive activities and from now on focuses completely on the production of bicycle lighting.

2006

Takeover by Spanninga of the European activities of Hella Bike.

Creation of a subsidiary in Shunde (China), called Spanninga Bicycle Components (SBC).

2015

Takeover by Spanninga of the bicycle lighting activities of Philips.

2018

Celebration of Spanninga’s 100 years anniversary.