1889 - The pioneering spiritIn April 1889, the merchants Rudolf Schülke and Julius Mayr met in downtown Hamburg to sign a contract that laid the foundation for the Schülke & Mayr company. They had already begun production of the first branded disinfectant, Lysol, but hardly anyone knew what disinfection actually meant and why it was so important. In the hot summer of 1892, another cholera epidemic broke out in the region and claimed many lives. Luckily, the epidemic was contained with the help of Lysol and many lives were saved. Lysol very quickly became a household name and the demand for it grew enormously worldwide. In March 1893, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg awarded the Schülke & Mayr company a gold-plated certificate of honor for its efforts during the epidemic.
1913 - Milestones in hygiene and disinfectionThe first product, Lysol (1892), was followed by numerous other new products that set milestones in the company's history: Buraton, Primasept, Gigasept in the medical sector, and Grotan, Parmetol, Euxyl in the industrial sector are just a few groundbreaking products that were developed. After years of hard work, research and development, chlorinated phenols were patented as active ingredients in 1913. In the same year, this led to the introduction of the well-known disinfectant Sagrotan, which is still a synonym for hygiene and disinfection today.
1939-1945 - Years of danger and a new beginningLike many industrial companies, Schülke & Mayr was asked by the state to set up production in "less dangerous places". Thus, temporary branch factories were set up in Brand, a small town in the Fichtelgebirge and in Wesel. Two things kept the company intact: the loyalty and skill of its employees and the luck that no bomb hit the production facilities. After the Second World War, Schülke & Mayr drew up a balance sheet: to compare and weigh debit and credit; with this they were able to obtain clarity about the future of the company. Externally, the company had survived the last 50 years and the wars well, but internally it had suffered many losses. Many of the company's former valuable employees were fallen or missing. The production facilities had largely survived the war well and there remained a demanding market for Schülke & Mayr products. The doctors’, clinics’ and sanatoriums’ trust in its products was unshakeable. Consumers continued to demand the products they had come to know and trust: Lysol, Sagrotan, Parmetol, Quartamon.
1972 - Rudolf Schülke FoundationThe Rudolf Schülke Foundation was established in 1972 in honor of the founder Rudolf Schülke. The aim is to promote research and development in the fields of hygiene and microbiology beyond the company's internal boundaries. Every two years, the foundation awards the highly endowed Hygiene Prize to outstanding scientists who have developed special solutions in the fields of hygiene, microbiology, preventive medicine and public health.
1988-2017 - Foundation of the first subsidiary and international growth
1988In 1988 Schülke & Mayr founded its first subsidiary in Austria, Schülke & Mayr Ges.m.b.H., based in Vienna.
1991Three years after the founding of the first subsidiary in Austria, Schülke France SARL based in Paris, France, was established.
1995The company continues to expand its international business and founds three further subsidiaries in 1995:
● Schülke & Mayr UK Ltd. in Rotherham, England
● Schülke & Mayr Benelux b.v. in Haarlem, Netherlands
● Schülke & Mayr Italia, s.r.l. in Milan, Italy
1999Schülke & Mayr GmbH founded schülke inc in the USA, with headquarters in Fairfield, NJ.
2001 & 2003The acquisition of Simedsu Medical Supplies in Singapore and Malaysia marks the establishment of the subsidiaries S&M Malaysia and S&M Singapore. This was an important step for Schülke & Mayr to expand its position in the Asian market, which is important for the company. Only two years later, the S&M Shanghai Representative Office opens.
2008schülke takes over the Polish distributor Higiena. From now on, the new subsidiary operates under the name Schulke Polska Sp. Z.o.o.
2011This year, the subsidiary Schülke India Pvt. Ltd. becomes part of the growing schülke family.
2014schülke acquires shares of Chemoxal, including the French company Bioxal.
20152015 was an important year for the company, as it founded several international subsidiaries at the same time, thus constantly advancing its international development.
● Schulke Australia Pty Ltd in Sydney, Australia
● Schulke New Zealand Limited in Auckland, New Zealand
● Schulke SK, s.r.o. in Priwitz, Slovakia
● Schulke CZ, s.r.o. in Oderberg, Czech Republic
schülke expands in South America and takes over the Brazilian hygiene product manufacturer Vic Pharma. With more than 130 employees, Vic Pharma is the second largest independent supplier on the Brazilian hygiene market. The hygiene product manufacturer offers a wide range of products for the disinfection of surfaces, instruments and medical devices as well as antiseptic solutions for pre- and postoperative treatment. With this acquisition, schülke is also expanding its position in the South American hygiene market for the first time.