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Schulthess history

Innovative for over 170 years

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

Schulthess Museum: highlights from two hundred years of laundry history

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

You can obtain further information from the marketing department, Mr Christian Wachter:
telephone +41 55 253 51 11