CURTIS HISTORY

 
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Founded on December 9, 1960, by entrepreneurial engineers Edward M. Marwell and Dr.Curtis Beusman, Curtis Instruments began in a one-room office in Mount Kisco, New York. Five decades later, we are a renowned technology leader in electric vehicle instrumentation and controls, serving global markets in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. We reflect on the past with pride and confidently look forward to the future and all it promises.
–Stuart Marwell
 
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1958
The Nuclear Development Corporation of America develops the first mercury coulometer.
1960
Curtis Instruments, Inc. is founded by Edward M. Marwell and Curtis Beusman. Its first products, electrochemical coulometers, put scheduled maintenance on a use-time basis instead of calendar time.
1962
IBM Corporation becomes Curtis' first large customer of the coulometer.
1964
Curtis' first battery monitor is designed for Union Carbide.
1965
Curtis designs Lunar Module timers for the Apollo spacecraft.
1968
Curtis headquarters facility is built in Mount Kisco, New York.
 
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1970
Curtis develops battery monitor for the NASA Lunar Roving Vehicle. NASA installs numerous Curtis visual readout elapsed time indicators on each Lunar Module to monitor electrical systems. Between 1968-72, Curtis products are launched in 13 different lunar modules.
1974
The first overseas sales and service company opens. Curtis Instruments (UK) Ltd. is founded in Northampton, England.
 
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1975
The introduction of the first solid-state battery "fuel" gauge advances forklift and other electric vehicle technology. Curtis' first use of CMOS technology is applied in a battery monitor.
1978
Curtis Instruments, SA is founded in Paris, France.

The Curtis/Albright relationship is formed.
1984
Stephen Post invents first practical MOSFET motor controllers.
 
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1985
Curtis acquires PMC Energy Systems, Inc. The Curtis PMC division is established, revolutionizing motor speed controllers for electric vehicles.
1986
Curtis Instruments (Puerto Rico), Inc. is founded.
1987
Curtis Puerto Rico begins production of coulometers and other instrumentation products.
1988
The first solid-state hour meters and counters are introduced.

Curtis begins production using automated SMT pick and place machines in Puerto Rico.
 
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1989
Curtis Instruments GmbH is founded in Paderborn, Germany.
1990
Curtis Balkan in Sofia, Bulgaria, starts as a joint venture with Transport Electronica and Balkancar to supply speed controllers to Balkancar and other customers in Eastern Europe and Russia.

Curtis Puerto Rico starts production of motor speed controllers.

Curtis starts using automated test equipment to assure consistent quality.
 
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1991
Curtis Puerto Rico acquires a new building.
1992
Curtis' first microprocessor-based controller is developed.

Curtis Instruments (Pacific), Inc. is founded in Tokyo, Japan.
1993
Curtis Massi Elektronik GmbH is founded in the former East Germany.
 
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1995
Curtis' power conversion product line is introduced.

Curtis Instruments AB is founded in Stenkullen, Sweden.

Curtis Instruments (China) Company, Limited is founded, becomes one of the first wholly owned subsidiaries in China.

Curtis premieres electronic gauges for internal combustion engines featuring innovative 10-bar displays.

A comprehensive corporate identity and image program is introduced, uniting all Curtis companies under one logo and setting company wide corporate image standards.

Curtis Balkan is established in Sofia, Bulgaria.
1996
Curtis' first programmable SepEx® controller is developed.

Curtis Instruments AG in Switzerland and Curtis Instruments CIS, Ltd. in Russia are founded.
 
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1997
Curtis Instruments S.r.l. is founded in Milano, Italy.

Curtis plant in Suzhou, China is opened and production of instrumentation starts.

Curtis AB in Sweden is ISO 9002 Certified.
 
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1998
Curtis Instruments BV in Bunnik, Netherlands and Curtis Instruments India in Pune are founded.

Curtis UK is ISO 9002 Certified.

Curtis/Balkan Ltd. is founded.

Second generation of test equipment is introduced.
1999
Curtis Instruments (Hong Kong) Ltd. is founded.
 
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2000
A new Curtis plant in Sofia, Bulgaria is opened, complete with major investment in new equipment.

Curtis Massi and Curtis Paderborn in Germany merge to form Curtis Instruments GmbH.

New Curtis headquarters building construction starts in Mount Kisco.

Curtis AG is ISO 9001 Certified.

Curtis UK opens new, larger facility in Northampton, England.

Curtis PMC moves to new building in Livermore, California.

Curtis China is ISO 9001 Certified.

Curtis Balkan opens a new factory in Sofia, Bulgaria. This flagship facility manufactures a wide range of products.

Curtis Instruments, New York receives ISO certification, joining already certified Curtis offices in China, UK, Switzerland, and Sweden.
 
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2001
Curtis PMC introduces a new line of highly advanced AC Induction motor speed controllers.

Development of a high level Curtis VCL (Vehicle Control Language) able to control, program, integrate and configure a wide variety of Curtis vehicle products.

After leading Curtis Instruments for more than 40 years, Edward Marwell retires as president. Stuart Marwell is named President and CEO of Curtis.

The new corporate world headquarters building is opened in Mount Kisco, New York.
 
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2002
With more than 20 years in senior management, Stuart Marwell becomes Chairman of the Board.
2003
Curtis introduces enGage®, a new line of fully programmable gauges and panels for both electric- and internal combustion-powered off-road vehicles.
 
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2005
A new generation of mobility-chair control systems is introduced. The enAble® systems provide unprecedented control, power and customization to users.

The company celebrates its 45th Anniversary and introduces a new corporate logo.

Curtis Puerto Rico and Bulgaria attain ISO 9001:2000 status.

All SMT lines are automated including PCB handling in the manufacturing process.
2006
The company launches the implementation of a vigorous company wide quality system to assure that quality is built into every facet of the organization, from design to manufacture.

Failure Analysis Group and Reliability Labs are established in California.
2007
Curtis starts large-scale shipments of enAble® 50 systems to Pride Mobility's Quantum line.

Automated Optical Inspection technology is introduced in the manufacturing process.

The Syteline business system is implemented in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland.

All Quality Assurance Managers and Engineers worldwide achieve Certification status by American Society for Quality.
 
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2008
Syteline is implemented in Bulgaria.

Curtis California achieves initial ISO 9001 certification.

Curtis weathers the deepest economic recession since the Great Depression.
 
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2009
Curtis facilities in New York, California, Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, and China are all recertified to ISO 9001:2008.
2010
Curtis introduces a new series of CAN compatible instruments with color LED—the enGage® VII module.

Syteline is implemented at Curtis China.

Curtis introduces new AC controllers to round out the full power range of the product offering.

Edward M. Marwell, the Company's beloved Founder, President and Chairman emeritus, who served the company from1960-2003, dies at age 88.

Curtis celebrates 50 Years of Excellence and Innovation.

Curtis president and CEO, Stuart E. Marwell, is invited to a private roundtable discussion to Mumbai with President Obama to review US-Indian business relationships. President Obama says, “I have been reading about your company. You are doing good work.”
 
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2011
Curtis introduces a new microprocessor based, programmable CAN compatible vehicle instrument panel, enGage® VII with full Input/Output capability.

The Curtis New York Headquarters and Engineering facility attains ISO 14001:2004 Certification.

Curtis is named as one of 50 Best Large Companies to Work for in New York State and the California subsidiary in Livermore is awarded Top Workplace in the San Francisco Bay area honors.

The Acuity Battery Monitoring System is introduced specifically for the US customer Raymond.
 
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2012
Curtis starts production using its first automated robotic assembly line.

A new engineering center is established to expand Curtis presence in China. Curtis Technology (Suzhou) Co. Ltd is established.

For the second year in a row, the engineering center in Livermore, CA, is named as one of the top workplaces in the San Francisco Bay Area by Workplace Dynamics.

Curtis launches the new Curtis ‘E’ series AC controllers that meet the EN ISO 13849-1:2009 functional safety standard, and the EN 1175-1:1998+A1: 2010 industrial truck safety standard.
 
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2013
The Curtis Tech-Center at the headquarters in Mount Kisco, New York, is renamed in honor of Eugene P. Finger, the company’s longtime engineering leader.

The 3.5 inch QVGA color display, the enGage® VI CAN vehicle instrument, is introduced.

Curtis launches Acuity® – a new on-battery monitoring system to measure, record and report critical battery performance parameters.

The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester honors Curtis President Stuart Marwell as “Humanitarian of the Year.”

The business magazine, 914 Inc. names Curtis Vice President of Human Resources, Anne Papaelias, as one of the county’s most influential female business leaders.

The generic version of the Acuity battery Monitoring System is launched.
2014
Grace G. Marwell, beloved First Lady and a guiding force behind Curtis Instruments, passes away in her home in Mount Kisco, New York.

Curtis is recognized as one of the Best (large) Companies to Work for in New York coming in at Nr.5 statewide.
 
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2015
Curtis Instruments, Inc. celebrates its 55th Anniversary.

Curtis is named as the Nr. 4 Best Company to Work For in New York in the large company category.

The new SE series of AC motor speed controllers are introduced – even smaller, even more powerful with even better value.

Curtis Beusman, one of the co-founders of the company along with Edward Marwell, dies in Mount Kisco, New York.

Curtis AG engineering center in Biberist, Switzerland, increases its facility by 40%, providing additional office, lab, conference room and cafeteria space.