Company:SGM Light

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SGM Light A/S
IndustryStage, Architectural.
FoundedItaly (1975)
Key people
Ulrik Jakobsen, CEO
ProductsIntelligent lights, LED technology

SGM Light A/S is a Denmark manufacturer of LED lighting for the concert touring, entertainment, architectural, commercial, and industrial sectors. The company is based in Aarhus, Denmark.[1]


SGM Technology for Lighting was founded in 1975 in Italy, by Gabriele Giorgi and Maurizio Guidi — the company name a truncation of ‘Societa Gabriele Maurizio’. In the early days they were known for producing a diverse catalogue of products for the emerging disco industry — ranging from illuminated dancefloor modules, ‘bubblesmoke’ machines and controllers — from their base in Pesaro.

In April 2009 ownership was passed by president Gabriele Giorgi and his daughter Alessandra to long-standing Italian pro audio company, RCF Group.

Peter Johansen was brought in to head up R&D in late 2010 — marking his return to the industry following a ten-year absence, after earlier setting up Martin Professional which he subsequently floated on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange.

He recruited many of his former R&D team and quickly relocated the operation to Denmark — to work on innovations for the entertainment and architectural segments.

In February 2012 Peter Johansen formed a consortium to acquire the company [2][3] from the RCF Group, renaming it SGM A/S. Peter Johansen was joined by the LED specialists from his Danish R&D team and former members of his Martin Professional sales force as well as some of the company's Italian personnel.

With R&D, administration and after-sales based in Denmark , manufacturing initially took place at bases in Italy, Thailand, and China before being consolidated into a single, purpose-built factory in Denmark .[4][5][6] To broaden its marketing reach, SGM has set up subsidiaries in key territories around the world, including SGM Lighting Inc based in Orlando, FL and serving the North American market, SGM Deutschland and SGM UK.

In November 2015, SGM A/S was restructured[7] as SGM Light A/S with new ownership and new capital from an Italian company, while maintaining the management, the entire team behind the company, the product portfolio, and the distribution network.

In October 2019, Peter Johansen stepped down from his role as SGM Light's CEO.[8] Three Executive Directors (Torben Balmer, Mikkel Falk, and Ulrik Jakobsen) managed the company until 2021, when Ulrik Jakobsen became SGM's CEO.

Entertainment Products

SGM Light manufactures a wide range of IP65 or IP66 rated products for the entertainment industry. These products include moving heads, washes, strobes, blinders, and effect lighting products.

Architectural Products

Besides the entertainment focused product range, SGM Light also develops and builds IP66 rated lighting fixtures for architectural installations. These fixtures are marked POI (Permanent Outdoor Installation) and specifically developed to fulfill the requirements of installations on buildings, bridges, cruise ships, etc.

Industry awards

In October 2013 SGM won the PLASA Award for Innovation for developing the weather-resistant G-Spot LED moving head.[9]

In April 2015 SGM won the Prolight+Sound International Press Award (pipa) for best lighting product for the Q-7 flood, blind, strobe.[10]


  1. "Sales & Operation Planning at SGM Light A/S". 2018. 
  2. "Tilbage til fremtiden". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  3. "Peter Johansen Acquires SGM". Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  4. "Vil skabe 400 nye jobs". Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  5. "Trekantssamarbejde giver job og kvalificerede medarbejdere". Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  6. "SGM moves production to Denmark". Lighting and Sound International. Retrieved 4 June 2014. 
  7. "SGM: Restructured and Stronger Than Ever". Retrieved 12 November 2015. 
  8. "Peter Johansen steps down from his role as SGM Light's CEO". 
  9. "SGM G-Spot Scoops Top PLASA Award". Retrieved 10 December 2014. 
  10. "The 2nd pipa Prolight + Sound International Press Award 2015". Retrieved 23 June 2015.