From yesterday to today

History of Zehnder


Opening of the Center of Climate

The Center of Climate is an impressive new corporate building in Lahr. The centrepiece of the nearly 5,000 m2 area spread across three floors is the brand experience space, the interactive exhibition featuring numerous display modules.

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Center of Climate, Lahr, Germany

Driving growth

With the acquisition of the Filtech and Airia brands, Zehnder takes another strategic step in driving growth in the ventilation industry and strengthening its technological expertise. 

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Driving growth, Filtech

A service provider and pioneer

Today, Zehnder is a leading international provider of complete solutions for a healthy and comfortable indoor climate, and employs approximately 3,500 people.

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A service provider and pioneer

Opening of the logistics centre

The opening of the Zehnder logistics centre in Lahr, Germany, provides a hub for European deliveries and is a huge step forward in developing the company's customer service activities.

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Logistic centre, Lahr, Germany

Industry in its sights

Zehnder establishes a fourth business field with air cleaning systems for industry, logistics, and the food and beverage sectors.

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Industrial air cleaning

Move into the ventilation business

Zehnder joins the comfort ventilation business, an area that undergoes regular expansion in subsequent years.

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Zehnder ComfoAir 350

First production site in China 

Zehnder becomes the first foreign company to enter the Chinese radiator market.

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Production site in China

Listing on the Swiss stock market

Zehnder goes public and lists its shares on the Zurich stock exchange. The family retains a majority share to this day.

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Zehnder Holding bearer share

Entry into radiant ceiling panel market

Zehnder expands its portfolio to include radiant ceiling panels, which are ideal for heating industrial halls and commercial buildings.

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Ohnhäuser GmbH, Germany

A leading European innovator

Zehnder demonstrates its pioneering spirit once again by developing the first bathroom radiator – a product that remains popular to this day.

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Zehnder's first bathroom radiator

Start of global expansion

In view of growing competition in Germany, the Zehnder company decides to open its own dedicated production plant near Freiburg in Breisgau.

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Generation change at Zehnder and expansion

Europe's first steel tube radiator

The innovative Zehnder Charleston radiator, a design classic, establishes its place on the market.

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Europe's first steel tube radiator: Zehnder Charleston

A light motorcycle conquers Switzerland

The Zehnder brothers develop and sell the legendary 'Zehnderli' light motorcycle.

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'Zehnderli' light motorcycle

The family-run company is born

The J. Zehnder & Söhne company is founded by Jakob Zehnder and his three sons.

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J. Zehnder & Söhne company

Repairs of all kinds

The Zehnder family of entrepreneurs begins with Jakob Zehnder (born in 1855). He builds a house and small mechanical workshop in Graenichen, Switzerland.

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Mechanical workshop in Graenichen, Switzerland

125 years of Zehnder – a story of great innovations and continual change

Zehnder history – from Zehnderli to radiator

Air, space and time – 125 years of Zehnder

125 year of zehnder history
Air, space and time

Timeline – 125 years of Zehnder

timeline of zehnder history