Delta Light may today have grown into a global player with exclusive showrooms in New York, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Los Angeles and Dubai, the story of the specialist in architectural lighting started 30 years ago in Roeselare. No better place for founder Paul Ameloot to receive the trophy for 'Lifetime Achievement' on Saturday, January 26, during the annual presentation of the Roeselare Awards.
For the 22nd time, the Roeselare Awards have put 'talent from the city' in the spotlight. As an entrepreneurial ambassador, Paul Ameloot received the special 'Lifetime Achievement Award' - a recognition for the career of the driving force behind Delta Light.
The story of the lighting specialist started in 1989 in Roeselare. Paul Ameloot: "Indeed, it all started in this city. With Stereo House we offered complete hi-fi and lighting solutions for discos in the neighborhood. When I noticed that project managers were more and more interested in lighting, we started with Delta Light. Very modest by designing and developing each product by myself. Today, we have a team of 35 engineers working on this fulltime. No doubt about that I am proud of the course we have taken. This award is therefore a nice recognition for something that once started as a young man’s dream. I will continue to cherish that."
Meanwhile the family business grew into an impressive global player in architectural lighting, with Peter and Jan Ameloot at the side of their father. With its innovative designs, knowledge and technology, Delta Light has built a strong reputation and international ambitions are growing. Paul Ameloot: "Export is essential. We count on 80% of our turnover abroad and continue to strengthen our position on every continent. But at the same time, we do not lose sight of our local business here in the region. "Delta Light, headquartered in Moorsele, today employs 450 people worldwide and sells in more than 120 countries.
In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Roeselare Awards also presented prizes for shop experience, marketing, new building, renovation, company and trader of the year, the starters award and the personality of the year.