Our Company | Schulthess
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About us

Schulthess Maschinen AG produces washing machines and dryers for private households, apartment blocks and for businesses and industry. Our company has been in existence for over 170 years; just under 60 years ago Schulthess launched the first automatic household washing machine in Europe. We have kept this pioneering role up – even today our machines belong to the market leaders.

Schulthess Maschinen AG is a Swiss company with tradition and has always been committed to Switzerland as a production location: Schulthess machines are developed and produced with pride and commitment in Wolfhausen in the Zurich Oberland. Our long years of experience, the latest technology and, not least, great professionalism and instinctive flair go into the manufacture and assembly.

Schulthess: Experts in laundry care.

Schulthess Image Film: moving pictures from Wolfhausen

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Schulthess history

From tinsmith to leading provider of washing machines and dryers – the Schulthess success story:

  • 1845 Founding of the Kaspar Schulthess tinsmith works in Zurich
  • 1904 Production of the first washing machine
  • 1917 Move to the factory in Wolfhausen ZH
  • 1949 Discover of punched card control system for washing machines
  • 1951 Production of the first automatic household washing machine in Europe
  • 1978 Launch of an automatic washing machine with microprocessor
  • 1991 Takeover of Merker AG, Baden
  • 2000 Takeover of Alpha-Innotec GmbH, Kasendorf (D), and of the Calmotherm AG, Altishofen (CH)
  • 2013 Launch of the new WMI commercial machines
  • 2015 Launch of the NEW Spirit generation
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Mission Statement 

Within the context of our mission statement we want to:

  • Increase our innovative strength in order to get new competitive products and services onto the market faster
  • Create target market-specific products under the Schulthess and Merker brands with objectively identifiable added value
  • Aim at the interlinking of products, automatisation and digitalisation of processes
  • Implement innovative business models based on benefit to the customer
  • Create close customer loyalty and sustainable customer experiences
  • Build up the future-oriented competences and capabilities required
  • Develop core competences and strengthen partnerships
  • Develop efficient processes and create continual improvement
  • Become faster and more agile
  • Take more account of environmental protection and energy efficiency and adhere to statutory stipulations
  • Actively live new forms of collaboration (new ways of working, interdisciplinary teams)
  • Decentralisation of management, enable staff and actively live health and safety

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Corporate Values

Our values are characterised by:

  • Respect for human rights
  • Good working conditions
  • Minimal impact on the environment
  • Solid business ethics
  • Responsible procurement
  • Product responsibility
  • Social engagement
  • Transparency
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Corporate policy and policies on quality, the environment, occupational safety and health 

We hereby commit to keeping all employees at Schulthess Maschinen AG informed regarding our Corporate policy and regarding policies on quality, the environment, occupational safety and health, and to implement these policies on all levels. On request, Schulthess Maschinen AG is happy to make its policies on quality, the environment, occupational safety and health available to the interested public and relevant parties. In thought and action, all senior executives shall apply a quality-conscious approach to their everyday work, and shall support and monitor their employees in doing the same. They shall ensure their employees have the relevant knowledge, skills and appropriate means to do so. Every employee is personally responsible for the quality of their work.

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Schulthess Museum

Discover two exciting centuries of laundry history in our Schulthess museum (group tours).

You can obtain further information from the marketing department.
Telephone +41 55 253 51 11 

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