100 years of success
The year 2006 has special significance for Hasselblad. It marks the 100th anniversary of not only the birth of Victor Hasselblad, the founder of the original camera company, but it also marks the establishment of the Shriro Group, the owners of the present day Hasselblad.
Shriro is a family concern, headed by chairman Mark Shriro. It was his grandfather who set up business in Harbin, China one hundred years ago to trade in commodities such as furs and leathers. The business prospered and soon they opened an international office in Yokohama, Japan. After 1945, rapid expansion took place and now Shriro has subsidiaries in many Southeast Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand.
These celebrations also are also amplified by the appearance of the 39 megapixel-based models of Hasselblad digital backs that have been causing a stir this year. Interest is great and all Hasselblad has to do now is meet the demand!
Of course high-tech digital capture development requires more resources than traditional cameras demanded and more than leather trading can produce. Both companies had modest beginnings but both have grown significantly. Luckily Hasselblad has the necessary backing of the Shriro Group that presently employs over 3,500 people in 16 countries and regions around the world with an annual sales turnover in excess of US $350 million.