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History

Over 125 Years of schülke

For over 125 years, a pioneering spirit has been the basis of our success. In 1889, the company Schülke & Mayr GmbH was founded by Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr in Hamburg. The cornerstone of the company's success was laid with the first branded disinfectant lysol® that brought victory over the cholera epidemic in Hamburg in 1892.

1889

Company founded by Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr in Hamburg (Germany) to launch the world's first ever branded disinfectant, lysol®.

Lysol
 
 

1913

Market launch of sagrotan®, the worlds first branded disinfectant for domestic use.

sagrotan
 
 

1975

gigasept® - the first HBV-effective disinfectant.

gigasept
 
 

1981

Launch of mikrozid®, the leading quick disinfectant in the medical field.

mikrozid
 
 

1986

Introduction of aldehyde-free disinfectants, terralin® and lysetol® AF.

lysetol
 
 

1996

Schülke & Mayr become a subsidiary of the Air Liquide Group.

Air Liquide logo
 
 

2000

Schülke & Mayr – 111 years and represented in 60 countries around the world.

The world
 
 

2006

Surface disinfection and cleaning in one, thanks to the new product terralin® protect.

terralin
 
 

2014

Launch of gigazyme® foam, a moisture retaining foam to aid instrument cleaning.


gigazyme foam
 
 

Today

Research and innovation

schülke’s dedication to research and innovation has led to an unrivalled range of effective products and services for infection prevention and preservation.

 
 

1892

Successful fight against the cholera epidemic in Hamburg (Germany) with lysol®. Schülke & Mayr issues its own series of stamps for exports to German East Africa

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Stamps
 
 

1950

Introduction of an antiviral disinfectant.

Virus
 
 

1980

Introduction of kodan® - skin friendly, disinfectant wipes.

kodan
 
 

1984

Introduction of the extensive thermosept® range for the thermal reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.

thermosept
 
 

1990

Introduction of octenisept®, a mucous membrane and wound antiseptic.

octenisept
 
 

1997

Introduction of hand disinfectant with virucidal action for lipophilic and hydrophilic viruses - desderman®.

desderman
 
 

2002

sensiva® - A hand care range free of colours and perfumes, suitable for the particular requirements of medical staff.

sensiva wash lotion
 
 

2007

Company rebrand from Schülke & Mayr to schülke.

schülke
 
 

2014

schülke celebrate their 125th anniversary.

125 years of schülke
 

Discover the world of schülke

The video below takes you from its foundation in 1889 to its current role as a global leader in fighting diseases and contaminations before they emerge.

schulke film