schülke (“schülke” or “the company”) and EQT, a global investment organization, today announced that the acquisition of the hygiene solutions provider has been completed. schülke welcomes EQT as their new shareholder and partner. Founded in 1889 in Hamburg, schülke’s mission is to protect lives worldwide by providing critical hygiene solutions that effectively combat risks for humans and materials from infection and contamination.
“We are excited to welcome EQT as our new shareholder. Together we will make further progress in our mission to protect lives worldwide. We are also pleased that schülke will continue its 130-year long success story as an independent leader in the field of infection prevention. True to our strategy, we will continue to focus on launching new and innovative products and leveraging our customer partnerships worldwide,” says Christian Last, CEO schülke.
Together with EQT, schülke will shape the continuous development and growth of the company, based on shared and sustainable values. EQT will support schülke and the management team, led by CEO Christian Last, in their next phase of growth and innovation to further strengthen schülke’s brand and market position.
“schülke is a very impressive company with a long track record of developing innovative hygiene solutions to help protect people’s health. The dedication and hard work of the entire team during the current pandemic has underlined this once again. EQT is now looking forward to supporting schülke’s management team as the company enters the next chapter of its long growth history,” says Matthias Wittkowski, Partner at EQT Partners.
With regard to the current crisis situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, schülke will continue to provide its customers with the best possible support and supply them with the required products. The entire schülke team is dedicated and focused on supporting customers and society at large during these challenging times.
schülke is in direct contact and exchange with the German Federal Ministry of Health and political decision makers, also in concert with its industry associations, in order to further improve supply across the healthcare system and its customers with necessary disinfectants.