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.
Company founded by Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr in Hamburg (Germany) to launch the world's first ever branded disinfectant, Lysol®.
The City of Hamburg awarded Schülke & Mayr a gold-plated certificate of honour for helping to control the epidemic.
Introduction of a pioneering antiviral disinfectant.
gigasept® - the first HBV-effective disinfectant.
Introduction of the extensive thermosept® range for the thermal reprocessing of flexible endoscopes.
schülke celebrated its 100th anniversary! The company has numerous patents, worldwide distribution and more than 500 employees.
The company continues to expand internationally with three new subsidiaries: Sheffield (England), Haarlem (Netherlands) and Milan (Italy).
Introduction of hand disinfectant with virucidal action for lipophilic and hydrophilic viruses - desderman®.
Our respect for product safety, quality and ethics at schülke was recognised with the Responsible Care Award for Product Stewardship.
Company rebrand from Schülke & Mayr to schülke.
Launch of our e-learning website to support the lifelong learning of healthcare staff:
schülke’s dedication to research and innovation continues to lead to an unrivalled range of effective products and services.
The people of Hamburg learned first hand the value of disinfection measures in a tragic cholera epidemic, as a result Lysol grew enormously worldwide.
Market launch of sagrotan®, the worlds first branded disinfectant for domestic use.
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
schülke launches the mikrozid® brand, with mikrozid® AF liquid for combined surface cleaning and disinfection.
Introduction of aldehyde-free disinfectants, terralin® and lysetol® AF.
Introduction of octenisept®, a mucous membrane and wound antiseptic.
The French group Air Liquide acquires Schülke & Mayr, offering the chance of a new beginning, consistency and a strong partner for the future. .
sensiva® - A hand care range free of colours and perfumes, suitable for the particular requirements of medical staff.
Surface disinfection and cleaning in one, thanks to the new product terralin® protect.
Launch of gigazyme® foam, a moisture retaining foam to aid instrument cleaning.
Launch of mikrozid® universal, a uniquely versatile, low-alcohol formation
schülke celebrate its 130th anniversary!