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The dynamics of innovation
Businesses depend on their innovative power and it is precisely this dynamic that has made ROVO what it is today. This dynamic has also given the company the necessary independence required by a successful owner-operated company in the office chair industry.
As with many dynamic companies, the history of ROVO CHAIR begins in a garage. Wire goods, steel frames and decorative furniture are produced.
The new factory is complete. Metal vendor parts are produced for the furniture industry.
The first office chair series is manufactured. The first patent is used to develop and to produce office chairs under its own name.
ROVO turns its full attention to the development and manufacture of its own office chairs. Right from the beginning the focus is on ergonomics. The use of plastic makes the chairs light, stable and economical.
Europe’s first self-supporting plastic base is developed.
In collaboration with ergonomist and healthy living specialist Prof. Karlheinz Nier and numerous designers an ergonomic, future-proof seating concept is created. This forms the basis for many patented developments, e.g. the AIR CHAIR.
The first fully-plastic swivel chair comes onto the market.
BUGGY, the first chair designed especially for children and young people today has become a classic. Thanks to the patented construction of the frame with its characteristic handle, the seat can be adjusted as the child grows.
Three rotational axes are integrated into the seat for triple freedom of movement – the ergonomic concept of the ROVO TEC is ahead of its time.
The new company headquarter is finished. It was designed as part of an architectural competition and features well-lit offices, modern production facilities and a high-bay warehouse.
The dream of being able to switch smoothly between a relaxed posture and a working posture comes true with ROVO VISION and the patented gliding-seat technology.
ROVO FUN. The new program, fully up¬holstered with interesting fabrics and color concepts estab¬lished itself as an audience favorite from the start. The model series grows by numerous product variants with wooden or plastic back.
ROVO COM is synonymous for individual seating comfort. Eight settings cover all ergonomic functions.
ROVO XS is created in collaboration with Claudio Bellini. The concept wins the innovation prize “Architektur und Office”.
ROVO XP, the broad product family for all work areas. Certified by Quality Office.
Rolf Völkle hands over the management to his son Rolf Andreas Völkle and retires from the operative business.
ROVO XN shows delicate design combined with sophisticated comfort technology, a line of chairs with many design options.
ROVO XZ, a distinctive executive chair series, is developed featuring the best materials, technology and ergonomic concepts. For the first time the visco-elastic foam ROVO-PUR is used in an office chair.
A new ergo-balance technology is developed with ROVO XT – posture training and dynamic sitting are combined.
Slim, easy, active: With the R12, ROVO gives new criteria in view to ergonomics, design and technical features. The FLEX-RELAX multi-disk system at the backrest and the optional ERGO BALANCE technology characterize the activating office chair.
The new ERGO BALANCE technology is ready for mass production. It is switchable, lockable and adjustable to individual body weight.
ROVO R12: The swivel chair series ROVO R12 by ROVO CHAIR received an Honourable Mention at the Red Dot Award, which honours particularly well-executed aspects of design work.
ROVO R14: A really slight, flexible chair with convincing sitting comfort.
ROVO R12: specially mentioned at the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2016.
ROVO R16: New design line from ROVO with a characteristic filigree back profile.
ROVO SOLO: complete new chair development of ROVO and designer Henner Jahns / Gecco Vision.
The joint venture ROVO Benelux B.V. is founded in Hengelo. Thus, ROVO consolidates the cooperation with the long-term trading partner in the Netherlands.
ROVO SOLO wins the German Design Award