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Thomastik Infeld

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When Dr. Thomastik died at the end of 1951, Otto Infeld acquired the whole company. After his death in 1965, Margaretha Infeld took over the company together with her son Peter Infeld. Under the guidance of Margaretha Infeld, the company not only found its present-day base in the Diehlgasse, but also became the leading supplier of strings for stringed instruments. Margaretha Infeld played an active role in the company until 1994 when her son Peter Infeld took over the sole management of the company. He led it according to family traditions up to his unexpected death in April 2009. The time after 1950 was marked by a growth of the company. The unrivalled striving of the founders for the highest quality formed the basis for that crucial innovation which was the starting point for the success of Thomastik-Infeld. Right up to the present day this innovation has significantly contributed to the company’s success: a string with synthetic core and flat wire winding. This product – the Dominant string – is probably the most-played violin string worldwide. Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman had already adopted this string innovation when they were unknown violin students. Later both became soloists of world rank. Currently, Thomastik-Infeld and its 200 employees produce about 3,000 various strings for stringed and plucked instruments in the very heart of Vienna, the City of Music. 97 % of the yearly produced units are exported to more than 90 countries all over the world. A strong international focus and the continuing enlargement of business relations remain an essential component of the strategy of Thomastik-Infeld.