About ARRI

Shaping the future of filmmaking

Located in Munich, Germany, Arnold and Richter Cine Technik (A&R) was founded in 1917 and is the largest manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment in the world.

Throughout its 98-year history, ARRI has been associated with constant innovation and revolutionary technologies in all of its core businesses. The company is involved in every aspect of the film industry: engineering, design, manufacturing, equipment rental, studio lighting solutions, film production and distribution, postproduction, lab services and visual effects. 

Manufactured products include the ALEXA 65, ALEXA SXT, ALEXA Mini and AMIRA cameras, which combine unsurpassed image quality with easy workflows for the best overall production value. ARRI SkyPanel and L-Series lighting fixtures incorporate the latest advances in LED illumination, while ARRI cine lenses such as the Master Anamorphic series and Ultra Wide Zoom redefine optical excellence. Pro Camera Accessories and the Electronic Control System simplify tasks on set and in post, and ARRISCAN archive technologies are helping to preserve the world's cinematic heritage.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has recognized ARRI's engineers and their technical contributions with 18 Scientific and Engineering Awards. Most recently, the developers of the ARRILASER film recorder were honored with the Academy Award of Merit® (Oscar Statuette®).

Company Information

The ARRI group has over 1,200 highly trained employees worldwide. Half of them are based in Germany, where the company has its headquarters in Munich and where the largest part of its business is concentrated. ARRI's award-winning product range is sold into film industry centres from Hollywood to Bollywood and everywhere in between.

ARRI Rental, with its worldwide network of subsidiaries, can provide you with an unrivalled range of cutting-edge products wherever you might be shooting. Facilities in America, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as over 40 global partners, mean that you are never too far from world-class ARRI service and support.

On the postproduction side, ARRI Media has a number of facilities in Germany and Switzerland that provide state-of-the-art laboratory, digital intermediate and VFX services. From the uniquely well-equipped one-stop-shop in Munich to Europe's biggest DI grading suite in Berlin, ARRI's post houses carry the vision of filmmakers through the final steps of the creative journey. ARRI Media is also involved in film production and world sales.

In 2013 ARRI Medical was founded to utilize ARRI's core imaging technology and know-how for medical applications. Drawing expertise from all over the ARRI group, ARRI Medical has developed the ARRISCOPE -- a unique, fully digital 3D surgical microscope. In addition, the Surgical Imaging service allows medical procedures to be filmed in unprecedented quality, using camera technology that has been used by multiple Oscar®-winning movies.

A third-generation company, ARRI is owned by the Stahl family, who are descendants of co-founder Robert Richter and who in 2012 made a long-term commitment to the industry by buying the share belonging to the descendant of the other co-founder, August Arnold.

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