THIEL & PARTNER
Thiel & Partner have been producing and distributing high quality drivers made of stiff membrane materials such as Al²O³ ceramics, CVD-diamond and aluminium sandwich, under the accuton® brand since 1994.
We aim to provide of the best dynamic speaker drivers on the market.
We also provide our customers with extensive support and collaboration in areas like case construction, design of the crossover and implementation of electronic components.
To achieve our goal, we have set ourselves ambitious targets regarding customer, supplier and employee orientation and defined these as follows.
Our customers manufacture premium quality speakers for the high-end market. To support them as best we can, we not only provide the best drivers, we also co-operate closely in terms of the technical features and visual and haptic designs of their products.
To meet our objectives concerning customer orientation, we have selected the best suppliers on the market. We work together in a long-term and partnership-oriented manner in order to deliver technically and economically outstanding solutions for the benefit of our customers.
All of our employees are committed to our high quality objectives and work constructively to realize these. We communicate our corporate policy clearly to our employees and make the importance of customer and supplier orientation visible by putting our values into practice.
Furthermore, we organize annual employee meetings, in which development opportunities are discussed.
Ongoing training in organizational, economic and technical terms is the prerequisite for our company's success. Efficient work organization, error prevention and monitoring of our own performance are parts of the key building blocks of our quality management on a daily basis.
We reward constructive suggestions for product improvement and the simplification of work processes through a bonus system and a corresponding expansion of responsibilities. Mutual collaboration is supported by motivation, team spirit and a constructive attitude. As with our customers and suppliers, we communicate with our employees in a friendly manner and work together as a team. We value social competence, expertise and professional appearance. Our management fulfills its responsibility to demonstrate and communicate these corporate and quality goals, to guarantee their implementation and further development.
The Story behind Thiel & Partner GmbH
In 1984 the Backes & Müller production-engineer Bernhard Thiel invented a process to produce very thin sheets of extremely hard corundum (Al2O3), also known as saphire. This patented procedure allowed the manufacturing of very stiff, light weighted and highly damped loudspeaker calottes. This new and very hard material facilitates loudspeaker drivers with broader bandwith, lower distortion and a purer sound than ever before possible.
At first, these ceramic drivers were produced exclusively for new Backes & Müller products, but a few years later Bernhard Thiel stepped out of B&M and founded his own company, the original Thiel GmbH in Homburg, Germany. His loudspeaker units - only tweeters and midranges at this time - were distributed quickly in the audiophile world and gained a very high reputation for their sonic virtues. Very soon, these drivers were used in many of the - top of the line - high end loudspeaker boxes of today’s world.
Backes & Müller, still being the main customer for Bernhard Thiel, went out of business in the year 1992. This - of course - presented some major problems for the young Thiel GmbH. So Bernhard Thiel started looking for a partner to take care of the economical side of business. This partner was found in Adrian Bankewitz, at this time european distributor of Accuton products and long time friend of Bernhard Thiel. He bought the assets of the old Thiel GmbH and put together the production and distribution channels and the new Thiel & Partner GmbH of today was born. Since those early days, accuton has experienced a continuous growth and expansion.