• Distrelec is born!

    Distrelec, a prominent online and catalogue distributor for electronics, automation, measurement technology, as well as IT and accessories,…

  • First cellular phone call

    The first mobile phone call was made. The phone can most famously be seen in the film American…

  • One year old!

    Distrelec celebrates its first birthday.

  • The first home computer is made

    Computers became smaller and more powerful thanks to advances in technology.

  • Introduction of Catalogues

    First two editions of Distrelec AG Catalogues released back to back.

  • The Incorporation of Apple Computer Company

    Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in California.

  • Acquisition by Datwyler Group

    Distrelec AG is acquired by Datwyler Group.

  • Music Revolution

    The Sony Walkman hit the shelves and revolutionised the way music was consumed.

  • Display Elektronika Relocates

    Display Elektronika (which is later acquired by Distrelec to operate in the Netherlands and Belgium) relocates to Lange…

  • Back to the Future Movie Released

    Back to the Future movie is released and makes it to #1 in the US Box Office Charts!

  • Catalogues Continue to Thrive

    Catalogues of different styles are created and used throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

  • The World Wide Web was created

    English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 with the purpose to share automated information…

  • Elfa Launches Online Catalogue

    Elfa was one of the first companies in the industry that had their own website, the first product…

  • Titanic Movie Is Released

    The Titanic Movie is released and takes the world by storm, breaking all records for years to come.…

  • First Look – Distrelec Website

    We take a first look at Distrelec’s website.

  • Google is Founded

    The most-used search engine in the world was born in 1998. The company later releases phones, software, internet…

  • Distrelec enters the German Market

    Distrelec enters the German market after the acquisition of Schuricht GmbH.

  • Magic Mania

    Magic was in the air as the now iconic first Harry Potter movie released worldwide to much fanfare.

  • Distrelec’s Growth Continues

    Distrelec expands into Romania with further plans to expand into Eastern Europe.

  • iPhone is Officially Released

    After years of rumours and speculation, the new iPhone was officially announced and released in 2007, in the…

  • Acquisition of Proditec

    Swiss-based Proditec is acquired for cost synergy reasons.

  • NASA launches the Phoenix Mars Lander

    The space probe was launched from Florida and landed in May 2008 to search for a habitable area…

  • Distrelec Enters the Swedish Market

    Elfa becomes a part of Distrelec Group with the name ELFA Distrelec (Swedish based ELFA group consists of…

  • The Large Hadron Collider is Officially Finished

    After ten years of being built in Switzerland, the world’s largest particle accelerator (17 mile circumference) was finally…

  • Acquisition of Nordic Power

    Nordic Power acquired into Distrelec Group for synergies in Norway and Sweden.

  • WHO Declares Global Pandemic

    The H1N1 strain of influenza or ‘swine flu’ was declared as a global pandemic with over 280,000 deaths.

  • Centralisation of Warehousing

    European warehousing activities in the Netherlands and new subsidiaries in the Nordics and Eastern Europe.

  • Skydive World Record Broken

    Austrian, Felix Baumgartner smashed the world record for the highest skydive when he leapt from 128,097 feet, being…

  • Acquisition of Display Elektronica

    Display Electronics acquired by Distrelec and becomes active as Distrelec in Netherlands and Belgium.

  • Facebook Reaches 1 Billion Users

    Mark Zuckerberg’s social media platform becomes the most popular social networking site on the internet in just seven…

  • Distrelec Goes Digital

    Launch of new web platform and ERP System – movement away from catalogues to online and more personalised…

  • Tesla Autopilot

    Tesla Motors debuted its semi-autonomous driving system, called Autopilot. It employed an array of cameras and both radar…

  • RND is Launched!

    Distrelec’s own brand was born in March, 2016 offering exceptional value, great quality and low prices.

  • Pokemon Phenomenon

    Pokemon Go is an augmented reality smartphone game. After only a month of being released, downloads exceeded 100…

  • Manchester Enterprise Hub

    Launch and development of the Enterprise Hub with UK expansion possibilities. RND team moves to the Enterprise HUB…

  • AI Program Announced as the World’s Best GO Player

    AlphaGo is a computer program that plays the board game GO. GO is a game with 250 possible…

  • Knowhow Platform is Launched

    Knowhow platform is launched, hosting a variety of educational, technical and informative articles around the latest trends in…

  • World Record Egg

    A stock photo of an egg trumped Kylie Jenner to become the most-liked picture ever on Instagram after…

  • Distrelec goes to Productonica

    During the trade show productronica 2019 Elektor interviewed Andreas a.k.a. Andy Zueger from electronic component distributor Distrelec. We…

  • Greta Thunberg is in The Spotlight

    16-year-old Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg is in the spotlight after a powerful speech to the U.N. at…

  • Acquisition by Aurelius

    Distrelec acquired by Aurelius Equity Opportunities.

  • The Queen’s Gambit hits Netflix

    Chess fever swept the world with the debut of The Queen’s Gambit, achieving Top 10 in 92 countries…

  • Display Electronics acquired by Distrelec

    Display Electronics acquired by Distrelec and becomes active as Distrelec in France.

  • SpaceX Launches First Civilian Spaceflight

    SpaceX, headed by billionaire Elon Musk, sends the first-ever all-civilian crew into orbit in September 2021.

  • Knowhow Clocks up a Hundred

    100 articles were published on Knowhow in 2022.

  • Lionel Messi Finally Wins the World Cup

    The first-ever winter World Cup sees Argentina lift the trophy for the third time.


Distrelec Celebrates it’s 50th Birthday!