All over the world we celebrated 40 years of CTDI US and 15 years of CTDI Europe
In 2000, we started out in Europe with two facilities in Germany and 444 employees. Today, we have ten facilities in seven countries and more than 1,500 employees. Over time, CTDI Europe also developed new business segments. At the beginning, there was only the fixed network (wireline) segment (logistics and repair services). Step by step, CTDI Europe added new business segments to its portfolio: Wireless, Supply, Connected Home, Network Deployment, Test and Measurement Equipment, as well as Automotive.
Our roots in Germany go back 50 years, when in Malsch the telecommunications supply and repair centre officially opened. In the year 2000, Deutsche Telekom decided to outsource (“spin off”) its repair centre within the framework of a joint venture with CTDI. 2000 was the foundation of CTDI Europe as a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and CTDI.
40 years ago, the success story of CTDI started in the family garage of the Parsons family. It was there that Don Parsons, better known as Mr. P, together with his sons Jerry and Richard, established the first repair shop on 17 March 1975. Today, CTDI is the largest multi-vendor repair and logistics provider in the communications industry worldwide.
The announcement came booming out over the huge loudspeakers in Stephanstraße in Malsch: “The Malsch telecommunications supply and repair centre is officially opened”. That was back in 1966. Sure, the employees had already started their jobs in the telecommunications supply and repair centre the year before (1965), but it was as of 01 January 1966 that the new supply centre was officially handed over. Initially, the Malsch facility employed mainly telecommunications workers and craftspeople who were in charge of procuring and supplying the entire range of telecommunications and construction equipment needed for both above-ground and underground telecommunication line construction within the authority of the Karlsruhe Regional Postal Directorate. This included, among other things, telephones, telecommunication switches, telecommunication cables, as well as any materials required for installation. The supply centre also included repair shops in charge of repairing and refurbishing the devices and materials.