Lino Manfrotto, the founder of Manfrotto, passed away at his home in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, on February 5th,2017. He was 80 years old.
Lino Manfrotto began his career as a photojournalist for a couple of local newspapers in his hometown. Soon he began to design his own stands, booms, other accessories in his garage.
Eventually, he partnered up with mechanical engineer Gilberto Battocchio and launched his first tripod in 1974. Later on, in 1989 he sold the company to a British multinational company Vitec Group.
Manfrotto has continued to dominate the market with its assurance of quality and trust it owned over the years from photographers around the world. Today it has two manufacturing plants and 9 branches around the world and a 30% share of the global tripod market.