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Observator 100 years


Observator office in 1924 (Westzeedijk, Rotterdam, the Netherlands)

Since 1924 Observator has evolved to be a trend-setting developer and supplier in a wide variety of industries. Originating from the Netherlands, Observator has grown into an internationally oriented company.

In 1924 a few men began supplying instrumentation (manometers and dial thermometers) to the marine industry. Their business, known as ‘De Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Instrumentenfabriek Observator N.V.’, was located in a small office near the harbour in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

In the 50s our product range expanded with optical components for nautical devices.

In the 60s Observator became a representative of airflow instruments. This gave us an important role in the air technology market.

In the 80s we started our meteorological and hydrological division, with the development of the Obsermet product line (anemometers, rain gauges, data loggers, displays, etc.) and the start of the water level meter with a counter weight and float.

Since the zeros, the meteorological and hydrological markets are the core markets of Observator Instruments.

In 2014 Observator celebrated its 90th anniversary. For this occasion, we have published a jubilee magazine.

Where we started with the development of single instruments and components for the maritime market in the Netherlands, we are now able to develop and supply complete turn-key systems for various markets and applications world-wide. Nowadays the Observator Group comprises three different branches.

  • Observator Instruments develops and delivers instruments for meteorological and hydrological monitoring, air and climate technology, and aquaculture.
  • As a supplier of windows wipers and sunscreens, Observator Vision competes with the four seasons and the associated interplay of dark and light, wet and dry.
  • Observator Precisietechniek is specialised in mechanical precision techniques. A high-quality machine-park makes it possible to carry out extreme precision manufacturing.

On December 12, 2024 we will celebrate our 100th anniversary.

Jubilee magazine 90th anniversary

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