Our strengths: Family business, full service provider, global network. Our team consists of designers, project managers, engineers, buyers, logisticians and other highly skilled professionals. We combine experienced professionals with promising young talent and pride ourselves on our dynamic mix. Our work is guided by values such as enthusiasm, reliability, passion and future viability. We firmly believe that continuous improvement is the key to delivering excellent long-term results for our customers. This is why we are the “Partner of Choice” for many strong brands and retailers.
Good things take time. With this credo in mind, we have been developing over the decades with caution and control, but always with our sights firmly set on success.
The name speaks for itself.
Hermann Arnholdt, affectionately known as 'Arno', established the foundation for our success through window displays. As the name suggests, the creative young entrepreneur and his wife Elfriede design, manufacture and sell window displays that showcase and bring products to life. Their customer base primarily consists of retailers specializing in jewelry, watches, photos, and optics. The company promptly gained a reputation for being at the forefront of the industry, excelling in artistic creativity with its creations.
The move to Ruit
The production of window displays in the fifties is the stage for ARNO's success. And success needs space to grow, which is why ARNO moves from Stuttgart-Sonnenberg to nearby Ruit. The new ARNO company building offers space for its own production, which becomes the basis for further growth and independence.
Demand continues to grow. So do the requirements for quantities and delivery dates. That is why we are expanding our production capacity. New building, new machines, new times. ARNO begins semi-industrial production.
The ARNO management recruits from within: Frank and Heike Arnholdt join Hermann and Elfriede Arnholdt in the family business. Two generations join forces.
Expanding the portfolio: shop-in-shop
Salesrooms become showrooms. ARNO recognises the future opportunities in product and brand presentation at the POS. Shop-in-shop systems and store design are added to the portfolio.
Handover to the 2nd generation
Company founder Hermann Arnholdt hands over responsibility to his son Frank Arnholdt. Like everything else at ARNO, the change of generation is prepared with foresight and care: Frank Arnholdt had already worked alongside his father for 11 years when he was appointed sole managing director in 1983.
Growing tasks require a strategic move. The choice fell on Wolfschlugen, where the new ARNO headquarters are being built on Daimlerstrasse. Here, too, there is plenty of space for future growth.
In 1993, ARNO was awarded the first "Müll minimal" prize by the Esslingen district's industrial waste advisory board. Since then, ARNO has consistently pursued a policy of waste reduction through the increased use of wood and metal, the collection of single type plastics as well as recycling and waste separation throughout the company.
ARNO Design Munich
ARNO Design GmbH is established in Munich. New business areas are developed: Exhibition stand construction, showrooms, event architecture, business lounges and congresses.
A pioneer in digital retail
“Our father was the first in the industry to set up an interactive digital solutions company over 20 years ago.”
After more than 60 years, the company is ready for the island! ARNO takes over the FORDS company in Bristol and renames it ARNO GB. The creation of the first foreign subsidiary on the basis of a competitor excellently established in the British market is an important step towards becoming a global player.
Two new floors for the headquarters
Far-sighted planning pays off: the Wolfschlugen building, built in 1985, is being extended by two storeys. This extension was already taken into account when the building was planned in 1985.
The new ARNO Logistics Centre
6500 square metres of floor space, 7000 pallet spaces and six ramps. The new ARNO Logistics Centre in Wolfschlugen makes the company even more efficient and independent.
Next generation of leaders
After 25 years as managing director, Frank Arnholdt hands over the reins. Daughter Alien Wolter (née Arnholdt) and son Tim Arnholdt are appointed managing directors. Both have been active in the company since 2004 and 2002 respectively. Alien Wolter is responsible for marketing and corporate strategy, Tim Arnholdt for sales and business development.
New office: Guangzhou
Hello China! The new presence in the port city of Guangzhou with its 10 million inhabitants is another important base in the company's expansion eastwards. ARNO is in good company with its choice of location: almost 9000 multinational companies also have branches in Guangzhou.
Internationalisation to Istanbul
With the establishment of ARNO Turkey, ARNO is taking a further strategic step towards Eastern Europe. Turkey offers great potential in terms of new customers, but also in terms of efficient suppliers.
Stepping into the business, Sophie Keim (née Arnholdt) began working alongside her mother Heike Arnholdt in the design management. With her fresh perspectives, she took the reins of the design department, infusing it with a dynamic new approach.
The 3rd generation takes over
A new management team is appointed. Alien Wolter, Tim Arnholdt and Steffen Rothmeier take over the management of the ARNO Group. Frank Arnholdt is chairman of the advisory board, but withdraws from the operational business. ARNO remains a family-run business - in the third generation since 2013.
80 years of ARNO
A family business with a passion for success. For 80 years and now in its third generation, ARNO has succeeded in combining apparent opposites to design and realise unique projects for its customers. We combine the innovation of a design agency with the cost-consciousness of a manufacturer, typical Swabian solidity with international growth, and are both regionally rooted and at home in the world.
Opening of the Shanghai office
The ARNO Group has opened its own office in Shanghai in 2016 in order to implement customer projects holistically from this location. This was a strategic decision taken by the management with the aim of strengthening projects in the Asian market and offering ARNO customers in this region an even better and more comprehensive service.
We are proud to announce: We are carbon neutral!
This is another step in the right direction for us - not least thanks to our solar system on our logistics centre at ARNO HQ:
Acting in a resource-saving and future-oriented way.
A pioneer in climate protection
As a pioneer in climate protection, ARNO has joined the Climate Alliance BW.
As a climate-conscious company, we enter into this partnership with the state of Baden-Württemberg and commit ourselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using resources more efficiently. On the way to climate neutrality, we have set ourselves the target of reducing our total greenhouse gas emissions by at least 195 tonnes by 2032.