It all started in 1960 with a small specialist pet shop in Ludwigshafen, which Joachim Böhme, a trained chemist, beetle expert and aquarium enthusiast from Dresden, opened. This turned his hobby into a profession. When diseases for ornamental fish became a problem in these early days, he developed a remedy named Punktol for the “white spot disease”, which is called “Ichtyo” among aquarists. It can be purchased to this day. To bring this remedy to market, he needed a brand name, which he created from his own initials JB, and the “L” of his location at the time, Ludwigshafen.
From the launch of the brand JBL, the company JBL - based in Neuhofen/Pfalz since 1984 - rapidly developed to become one of the biggest full range suppliers for aquarium, terrarium and garden pond products in Germany. 160 employees work on the company site of about 2.5 ha. Today JBL supplies 60 countries worldwide with a product range of over 1000 products and over 300 spare parts.