Company History

Who's CITEL ?

Since 1937, CITEL has been keeping the world's critical networks and equipment protected from transient overvoltages. Whether a large magnitude lightning strike or the relentless barrage of switching events, our surge protectors keep sensitive electronics safe and operations uninterrupted.

CITEL's thorough understanding of local standards and regulations, along with a continuous investment in R&D, inspire us to design, manufacture and supply millions of SPD’s each year to our clients who are conscious of the danger transients pose and actively take steps to eliminate the threat.

CITEL develops many of our critical surge protection components internally including gas discharge tubes, thermally protected varistors and high-energy varistor assemblies. This means that CITEL has expertise into every minute detail of the parts that make up an SPD.

Our teams all over the globe are proud to bring our clients a comprehensive product range of surge protectors that is unmatched in customer service and product quality.

CITEL is unique, like each of our clients.

Unique, is our strategic vision that places financial independence, international technical collaboration and strong individual commitment, at the forefront of who we are...

A long history

1937 CITEL founded
1944 Manufactures the first surge arrester gas tube
1985 CITEL America founded in Miami (USA)
1988 Citel Electronics Gmbh founded in Düsseldorf (GERMANY)
1988 1st AC modular surge protector
1992 Acquisition of CLAUDE, gaz tube line from GTE Sylvania
1996 Establishment of Shanghai Citel Electronics Co., Ltd (CHINA)
1997 AC surge protector new range 'DS' series
1997 New Technology VG for AC surge protectors
2010 CITEL Russia founded in Moscow
2012 CITEL India founded in New Delhi
2012 UL497E’s 1st Fully Listed RF Coaxial SPD
2012 UL1449’s 1st Full Range Type 4CA DC Din Rail SPD
2012 Surge Test Lab of Reims FRANCE initiates G100K Surge Generator (100kA 8/20us, 100kA 10/350us) for R&D and client product testing
2014 Surge Test Lab of Miramar Florida USA initiates G30K Surge Generator (up to 30kA 8/20us) for R&D and client product testing
2016 UL1449’s 1st Listed Type 1 DC PV Din Rail SPD
2016 UL1449’s 1st Listed Type 1 AC Din Rail SPD
2017 CITEL Thailand founded in Bangkok
2017 Surge Test Lab of Shanghai initiates G240K Surge Generator (up to 240kA 8/20us) for R&D and client product testing
2019 New range of AC and DC din rail surge protectors : DAC and DDC series
2020 Surge Test Lab of Miramar Florida USA is now online for remote client witnessed testing
2020 New range AC din rail surge protectors : DAC50VGUS

As a privately-held, family owned company, our philosophy is simple: produce innovative and reliable surge protectors that the market and the environment demands.

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