Robe lighting is a leading worldwide manufacturer based in the Czech Republic, which produces high quality moving lights and digital lighting products such as Discharge-lamp Moving Lights, LED-based Moving Lights, Tungsten-lamp Static Lights, LED-based Static Lights, Digital Moving Lights, Control, Fog and Haze and Flight Cases & Accessories. Robe is dedicated to constantly improving and innovating their products. The latter are all made in Europe and then distributed all around the world.
Philosophy and values
The company values the relationship with its business partners and end consumers. Despite the rapid constant growth for the last 20 years, they manage to stay in close relationships with the consumers, listen to their needs and take feedback into consideration. Dedication to improvement and communication are values that Robe cherishes and are imperative to the company's success.
Robe Lighting was founded by Josef Valchar and Ladislav Petrek, who are both still in charge and actively participate in the day to day life of the company.
LADISLAV PETREK, CEO
Ladislav Petrek works mostly behind the scenes and takes care of the fiscal affairs, corporate infrastructure elements and ensures that the company runs smoothly and the staff is well managed. He also overlooks the factories refurbishments and any constructions sites.
JOSEF VALCHAR, CEO
Josef Valchář is the public face of Robe lighting. He is the one, who visits exhibitions and events to ensure that communication with investors, customers, distributors and partners runs smoothly and that feedback has been taken into consideration and used to further improve Robe’s products.
History and heritage
In the early 90s Ladislav Petřek started importing PAR cans, mirror balls and other lighting equipment from Germany and noticed an increased demand for lighting installation. He then seized the opportunity and started designing his own effects and marketed them through his company at the time – ProLux.
Meanwhile the Sales Manager at Pro Lux, Josef Valchář, was considering to create and distribute an entire product range of his own across Europe. Naturally the two joined forces and in 1994 established ‘Robe Show Lighting’.
The year 2000 proved to be a huge success for the company. Despite growing rapidly for the last 6 years, The Millennium brought Robe even bigger achievements. The company added to their list of new partners across Europe and the turnover that year tripled.
Until this point the company has been working as an OEM, but in 2002 it was rebranded and turned into its own brand. Not only the company exported to over 50 countries, but also expanded in the face of Robe UK Ltd, Robe America and Robe Italia and Robe S.E.A in Singapore.
With its primary 55 000 square metre facility in Valašské Meziříčí, more than 600 employers, offices on every continent and more than 20 years of constant growth Robe now exports to over 100 countries worldwide.
Events and venues
Robe’s products are used to add that lighting charm and effect to events from exhibitions, concerts and theatre performances to sport events, festivals, clubs, various celebrations and installations.
For example popular events where Robe’s products can be seen in action are the Eurovision contests and various architectural installations such as the opening of the Queensferry Crossing, the 2.7 kilometres of which were illuminated by BMFL Wash Beans. Robe’s products have also lit up the tallest tower in South America, the Colosseum in Rome, Boston’s City Hall and Ljubljana’s Castles, just to name a few.