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Pioneering safety for more than 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 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.


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1918 plaquette Abraham Kuyper


Foundation of SPANNINGA METAAL BV in Joure (The Netherlands) by Hotso Spanninga, specialized in precious metal forging and in particular plaques.

1920 roadside lights


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

1922 Royal House logo


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

1935 old Jos advert


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

1933 Spanninga rearlight black


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 old Spanninga factory


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

1952 old Spanninga rearlight


Due to a shortage of copper during the Korean War, SPANNINGA is forced to use aluminum for the production of bicycle lighting.

1959 old Spanninga streamline rearlights


SPANNINGA starts with the production of the iconic streamline rearlight.

SPANNINGA introduces the first integrated pedal reflectors.

1960 old Spanninga rearlights


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

1965 old license plates machine


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 Jos logo black


Takeover of JOS by CIBIÉ in Nantua (France).

1973 red rear reflector


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

1984 Cibie headlamps


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

1986 Easyring package


SPANNINGA starts with the production of bicycle bells.

1987 spoke reflectors


Side reflectors in bicycle wheels become compulsory in The Netherlands.

1989 kickstand


Feike Spanninga takes over the company from his father.

SPANNINGA Netherlands starts with the production of kickstands.

1992 Jos International logo black


Takeover of JOS by SPANNINGA Netherlands and creation of the company JOS INTERNATIONAL, alias SPANNINGA France, in Nantua (France).

1997 rearlight with sensor technology


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

2002 Jos piece packed product


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

2006 Sbc office and team


Takeover by SPANNINGA Netherlands of the European activities of HELLA BIKE.

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

2015 Axendo 60 headlamp on front fork


Takeover by SPANNINGA Netherlands of the bicycle lighting activities of PHILIPS.

Spanninga logo 100 years white on gold


Celebration of SPANNINGA’s 100 years anniversary.


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