ADB was originally  founded in Belgium in 1920  by  Adrien De Backer and it operated as a family owned business until 1987, when it was acquired by the SIEMENS Group.

At that time ADB had already pioneered some of the key technologies used in  stage & studio lighting, such as digital dimmers, memory control systems, condenser optics for theatre spotlights and it was strongly established as a leading manufacturer with a capillary sales organization consisting of subsidiaries and independent distributors.

In 2002, the whole ADB-TTV Group was taken over by a group of private and institutional investers, headed by Christian Léonard, then General Manager of ADB-TTV France.