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Orbus Announces Passing of Founder

Simon Perutz passed away in England at age 64.




Orbus Exhibit & Display Group (Woodridge, IL), sadly announces the sudden death of Simon Perutz, respected and honored founder of Nimlok, Orbus and 13 other exhibit and display companies around the globe. Perutz died suddenly while in England with his wife Kim on April 19, at the age of 64, according to a press release from the company.

Simon Perutz

Simon Perutz

Perutz was “a remarkable man of inspiration, intelligence, wit, energy, tenacity and generosity. He was an entrepreneur, mentor, associate and friend to many. Simon was a titan in the Exhibit Industry and leaves a legacy of relationship-building, innovation, hard work and enormous success. More importantly, he was a loving husband, son, brother, father, and grandfather and is survived by his wife Kim, sons Andrew and Matthew, daughters Kate, Tessa, and Lucy, as well as granddaughter Daisy, and his siblings Tim and Sandie,” per the release.

Perutz’s father, Gerald Perutz, and Neil Nimmo — inventor of the Nimlok lock & clip and the original modular display system — founded Nimlok Limited in the UK in 1970. The business grew rapidly and in 1977, Gerald relocated his family from the UK to the US. In 1981, Neil, Gerald and Simon established Nimlok in the US.

In 2001, Perutz established Orbus Exhibit & Display Group in the US. He continued to lead the Nimlok business in the US until 2010, when Nimlok merged with Orbus. Together, Simon Perutz, his brother Tim and father Gerald established 15 exhibit and display-focused companies worldwide and formed the P3 Group — all according to the release.

“Words cannot express what a truly incredible person Simon was,” Gary Keefer, CEO of Orbus, is quoted in the release. “We are deeply saddened, yet extremely thankful to have had such a wonderful founder, mentor and caring leader. Simon will be profoundly missed and honored.”


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