The importance of good design
Bellman, after the Swedish composer Carl-Michael Bellman, was founded and registered by Peter Jungvid. The same year, the company's first product Bellman Ringer won The Swedish Security Council’s competition for new ideas. The device's functionality received high praise from the reference group, but was criticized for its looks, comparing it to a “1950's Russian radio”.
Peter then sought assistance from an industrial designer, Professor Jan Hampf, who shaped the distinctive design that to this day defines a Bellman product. When both the functionality and design were set, Peter established the production of the Bellman Ringer in China.
A new focus
When on the lookout for new hearing solutions, the hearing clinic at Sahlgrenska University Hospital came across the Bellman Ringer. Word about its versatility and ease of use spread, and the Bellman Ringer soon became a staple product in many of the Swedish hearing clinics. This started the company’s new direction – helping deaf and hard of hearing people with their day-to-day lives.
The discreet pocket listener
Industrial designer Professor Jan Hampf was consulted to design Bellman company's first personal amplifier, Bellman Response. It was built to work well in a variety of different situations where hearing and making out words can be difficult, such as family gatherings or watching TV.
The amplifier was made small and lightweight and featured clear sound with minimal feedback, making it ideal for discreetness. And It offered an alternative for people who cannot or choose not to use hearing aids.
The Bellman Way forward
Jan-Eric Bergström was engaged as new chairman (2010-). The Bellman & Symfon Way, including the Star Formula and the 4C's, was established as a guideline for the different international teams in the Bellman & Symfon group.
Mino, a small and light personal amplifier joined the Audio family. Like its counterpart Maxi, the device made it easy to keep up with conversation in all contexts. In addition, Mino could offer a wealth of innovative and user-friendly features, such as a directional microphone and rechargeable batteries.
Meeting the demands of present and future homes
In the spring of 2015, Bellman & Symfon established a regional office located in Lüneburg, south of Hamburg, Germany.
A new set of easy-to use-transmitters were introduced in the Visit system, making it smarter than ever. The business also expanded to further enhance the development of solutions specially intended for use in-home care.
The new Amicus system was designed to help home care for people with for example epilepsy or dementia. Together with a set of sensors, care providers could detect alarms in critical situations, receiving alerts on both their Amicus pager and their mobile phone.
Multi Care Systems joins the Bellman & Symfon Group
In May, Bellman & Symfon acquired 100% of the shares of Multi Care Systems B.V., a long-time business partner, in the Netherlands. Retention of all the experienced staff ensured that for MCS customers it’s been ’business as usual’. The joint future comprised a stronger financial standing and the launch of many innovative products to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
MCS was a welcome and important addition to the regional offices located in China, Hong Kong, Germany, USA and now also the Netherlands.
Driven to make a difference
After having founded and managed the company for 30+ years, Peter Jungvid hands over the role of Group Chief Executive Officer to Anders Fogelberg. Anders has a long experience from international business development, digital transformation, innovation, and sales and has for instance held leading positions in SKF in USA, Sweden and during the last four years, in SKF Malaysia.
Peter Jungvid continues to be a member of the team, as an active board member and operationally supporting the North American expansion.
The year of 2020 will in many aspects be defined by Covid-19, the pandemic that affected the entire world on so many levels. The world situation has put many things at the forefront and for our part, we stay driven to develop solutions contributing to a safe, secure, and independent life for seniors all over the world.