Company Profile - ROBE lighting

Company profile

Robe lighting is based in the Czech Republic and manufactures innovative, high quality moving lights and digital lighting products for the professional entertainment & leisure, architectural and themed environment industries.

ROBE lighting factory at Valasske Mezirici

Central to the company philosophy is the practise of working as closely with our business partners and end users as possible, listening to their needs, thoughts and wishes and understanding their markets. Knowing our business is based on numerous individuals and we endeavour to meet as many of them face-to-face as possible. Building the "Robe Family" means that all comments and feedback are welcome.

The Robe brand is currently still experiencing growth in all sectors, and our products can be found on stages, in concert halls and TV studios and illuminating buildings and other structures worldwide.

Over 450 employees work at Robe’s primary 49,000 square metre facility in Valašské Meziříčí, and the products are exported via a worldwide distributor network to over 90 countries across all continents.

The administration side of the company is constantly expanding to keep pace with the increases in production.

The future is full of ambitious plans and ideas. Robe continues to focus on designing and producing well-engineered products utilising the very latest available technology to meet the creative, technical and practical demands of our wide range of users and investors.

Josef Valchar (General Manager)
Josef Valchar (General Manager)
Ladislav Petrek (Managing Director)
Ladislav Petrek (Managing Director)

Owners

Robe Lighting’s two founder/owners Josef Valchar and Ladislav Petrek are both still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the company.

Josef Valchar is very much a public face of Robe lighting, and is constantly on the road, at exhibitions and visiting distributors, listening to feedback and opinions and checking out shows and events to see how the products are being utilised. This information is shared with various departments within the company, and acted on to ensure that products and services are constantly kept evolving and moving forward.

Ladislav Petrek oversees all Robe’s fiscal affairs and corporate infrastructure elements including staff welfare – everything that makes the operation smooth and efficient. He is also co-ordinating the ongoing development of Robe’s ever-expanding factory site, including managing any new construction projects and the refurbishment of existing facilities.

Valchar states: “It's is a very exciting time to be involved in lighting manufacture with the increasing convergence between the mediums of lighting and video into one integrated visual tool. Environmental concerns and the importance of developing energy efficient and sustainable technology for the future is also starting to shape our industry. These and other issues are already influencing our future plans and R ‘n’ D at Robe – which continues along the proactive and innovative path that has made it a market leader.”

Petrek says: “Robe enjoys some fantastic interdepartmental teamwork. We are very lucky to have a young, skilled, highly motivated and engaged workforce, all of whom help maintain the high standards for which the brand is renowned. Considerable time and energy is dedicated to creating a convivial, inclusive atmosphere throughout the company, where people feel valued and can excel.”

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