Lino Man­frotto,

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the man who cre­ated the epony­mous tri­pod com­pany, passed away on 5 Fe­bru­ary at his home in Bas­sano del Grappa, Italy, aged 80. Orig­i­nally a pho­to­jour­nal­ist in Italy, Man­frotto be­gan by build­ing light­weight but strong tripods for him­self in the late 1960s, but there was soon de­mand from his news­pa­per col­leagues and, in 1974, he estab­lished a small pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity in part­ner­ship with me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Gil­berto Bat­toc­chio. The com­pany sub­se­quently went from strength to strength, fi­nally be­ing sold to the Bri­tish Vitec Group in 1989. Since then Man­frotto has ac­quired the French tri­pod com­pany Gitzo in 1992, the Amer­i­can photo dis­trib­u­tor Bo­gen in 1993, the Is­raeli cam­era bag maker Kata in 2005, and light­ing ac­ces­sory com­pany Las­to­lite in 2011. To­day Man­frotto prod­ucts are sold in over 65 coun­tries around the world. The com­pany is still based in north­ern Italy where it has two man­u­fac­tur­ing plants and cur­rently em­ploys 735 peo­ple.

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