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History

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Over 130 Years of schülke

For over 130 years, a pioneering spirit has been the basis of our success. In April 1889, the merchants Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr met in a store in downtown Hamburg to sign a contract that laid the foundation for the Schülke & Mayr company. As schülke now turns 130 years old our mission “We protect lives worldwide” perfectly ties together the original vision of Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr and the work done today by our committed employees to add new milestones to our future.

1889

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

Lysol
 
 

1893

The City of Hamburg awarded Schülke & Mayr a gold-plated certificate of honour for helping to control the epidemic.

Certificate award
 
 

1950

Introduction of a pioneering antiviral disinfectant.

Virus
 
 

1975

gigasept® - the first HBV-effective disinfectant.

gigasept
 
 

1984

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

thermosept
 
 

1989

schülke celebrated its 100th anniversary! The company has numerous patents, worldwide distribution and more than 500 employees.

100 years of schulke
 
 

1995

The company continues to expand internationally with three new subsidiaries: Sheffield (England), Haarlem (Netherlands) and Milan (Italy).

Europe
 
 

1997

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

desderman
 
 

2003

Our respect for product safety, quality and ethics at schülke was recognised with the Responsible Care Award for Product Stewardship.

Responsible Care Award
 
 

2007

Company rebrand from Schülke & Mayr to schülke.

schülke
 
 

2015

Launch of our e-learning website to support the lifelong learning of healthcare staff:
www.schuelke-learning.com/.

Nurse learning
 
 

2016

The takeover of VIC Pharma in Brazil was announced and close cooperation between colleagues in Germany and Brazil is essential in successfully growing the global schülke family.
Global expandison
 
 

Today

schülke’s dedication to research and innovation continues to lead to an unrivalled range of effective products and services.

Research and innovation
 
 

1892

The people of Hamburg learned first hand the value of disinfection measures in a tragic cholera epidemic, as a result Lysol grew enormously worldwide. 

Stamps
 
 

1913

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

sagrotan
 
 

1972

The Rudolf Schülke Foundation was established in 1972, to promote research and development, and every two years it awards the Hygiene Prize to scientists in the fields of hygiene and microbiology

Global expansion
 
 

1981

schülke launches the mikrozid® brand, with mikrozid® AF liquid for combined surface cleaning and disinfection.

mikrozid
 
 

1986

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

lysetol
 
 

1990

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

octenisept
 
 

1996

The French group Air Liquide acquires Schülke & Mayr, offering the chance of a new beginning, consistency and a strong partner for the future. .

Air Liquide logo
 
 

2002

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

sensiva wash lotion
 
 

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
 
 

2016

Launch of mikrozid® universal, a uniquely versatile, low-alcohol formation

Mikrozid
 
 

2019

schülke celebrate its 130th anniversary!

schulke 130 years
 

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