THE PAST PREPARED US FOR THE FUTURE
Imagine looking back on a brand history of 290 years, in which you absolutely want everyone to participate. But at the same time you are a modern, future-oriented company, where everything revolves around future cooking trends and technologies. Both parts are very important. So we'd like to tell you about both parts separately, but let's start from scratch.
On June 13th, Peter Henckels not only registers his new company, but also ZWILLING as a trademark. This makes ZWILLING one of the oldest brands in the world.
ZWILLING opens its first sales outlet in Berlin.
ZWILLING is awarded a prize at the World Fair in London.
ZWILLING is presented with the highest award at the World Fair in Paris.
Opening of the New York branch by Graef & Schmidt.
ZWILLING wins the only medal awarded at the World Fair in Chicago.
The first subsidiary is opened in the USA.
ZWILLING is granted the patent for the "Küchenhilfe" range of scissors. Extremely robust, they are still included in our product range today. And we are proud to say that they are one of the most widely copied scissors worldwide.
ZWILLING applies for the patent for the ice-hardening process. Ice-hardened FRIODUR® blades have extremely good cutting edge retention, are flexible, ultra-corrosion-resistant and really cool. Sorry for the pun – we just couldn’t resist.
Wilh. Werhahn KG becomes the sole shareholder.
Development of the ****FOUR STAR knives – ZWILLING's best-selling chef's knife range with an iconic design that hasn’t changed in over 40 years. That’s what we call truly timeless.
Establishment of the joint venture in China. The start of an incomparable success story that made ZWILLING one of the most desired premium brands in China.
Opening of the first ZWILLING concept store in Paris.
Acquisition of the French cookware manufacturer STAUB. Its leading product ranges are cast-iron enamel cookware and ceramics.
Acquisition of the Belgian cookware manufacturer DEMEYERE. The traditional company is particularly well known among professional chefs as a manufacturer and pioneer of high-quality cookware for energy-saving induction hobs.
ZWILLING Care launches an extraordinary initiative for people with disabilities in the southern Indian town of Pondicherry. Young Indians with disabilities are helped to learn a trade and lead independent lives.
Acquisition of the Italian brand BALLARINI – one of the leading brands for nonstick cookware.
Opening of the first ZWILLING Culinary World flagship store at Taikoo Hui Mall in Shanghai.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
MADE IN SOLINGEN
Who would have thought that the small company that started with the production of high quality knives and invented the tool with the unspeakable name “Küchenhilfe“ (which literally means Kitchen-helper) would one day inspire the whole world? From Solingen to Berlin to New York to almost every important culinary region. ZWILLING expanded quickly and became the specialist for the international culinary culture that you know today.
MADE OF STEEL. AND PASSION.
When it comes to the production of our products we are really passionate about perfection. We are only using quality materials and the most advanced technologies in their development to ensure the most durable products. The premium quality of every product is monitored throughout the whole production process continuously. But we couldn’t live up to our own standards without the skilled hands that share our passion for quality.
The Culinary World of the ZWILLING Group is not only home to great kitchen tools but also to great brands from all over the world like ZWILLING from Germany, STAUB from France, MIYABI from Japan, BALLARINI from Italy or DEMEYERE from Belgium. Each with different strengths and traditions but with the same passion for high quality products.
...IS YOUR WORLD
No matter where you are, at some point you want to prepare something that tastes extraordinary. And while we have no idea with whom you are cooking or where you’re going to eat, we do know this: our products will inspire you and help you along the way.
AT YOUR SIDE FOR 290 YEARS
We have been connecting people through the joy of cooking for 290 years. With high-quality products, innovative new products and inspiration for the kitchen, we lay the foundation for cooking with passion. Thanks to our long tradition and ever-increasing range of products, we have the know-how to keep inspiring you, even after all these years.
YOU NEVER JUST BUY A PRODUCT
Maybe you think we are talking about the fact that every knife is also a piece of history and an example for extraordinary craftsmanship–and you are right. But there is more.
TASTE. LEARN. DISCOVER.
Our shops are no longer just places where you can buy products–they now can open a culinary world of their own to the customer. A leading example is the new World Flagship Store Taikoo Hui in Shanghai, where a unique shopping experience is combined with places of exploration and discovery such as restaurants, a cooking school and a local market.
A STRONG LINEUP
MEET THE FAMILY
ZWILLING was a family business from day one. And we are proud of the fact that this family grew bigger and bigger over the years. Today several brands are members of the ZWILLING Group. And millions of people around the globe who are using ZWILLING tools are part of the family, too.
We've grown from a cutlery forge in Solingen to a worldwide company with a wide range of products for your modern-living kitchen. And we are sure: the best is yet to come.
Savoir vivre–French people know how to live. And STAUB knows how to produce authentic cast iron and ceramic cookware.
Japanese artistry and German precision so intertwined that not even our sharpest knife could separate them.
Want to know the secret behind one of the leading brands for nonstick cookware since 1889? Always stick to your values. And combine technology with passion, family rituals and laughter.
PROUD PART OF THE WERHAHN GROUP
Since 1970 ZWILLING has belonged to the Werhahn Group. Like ZWILLING, Werhahn is a family company with a long tradition that shares our values and innovative thinking. Together we have grown even bigger and Werhahn has fueled our innovation engine. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
ZWILLING CARE® - WE HELP
WE DO WHAT FAMILIES DO BEST – WE CARE
ZWILLING Care was founded to help people that had a rough start in life. We support projects all over the world with a focus on educating, training and integrating children, young people and adults with disabilities. With continued support and long-term funding they are able to achieve more independence and social participation – throughout their entire lives.
ZWILLING FOUNDATION PONDICHERRY, INDIA
In India it is not self-evident that everyone has the opportunity to learn a trade. We wanted to change that by starting an initiative for young people with disabilities in the southern Indian town of Pondicherry. Because a job is not only a job, it’s a future. Click for more information.
Money can’t buy love, but it can help you to spread love. In 2015 we came up with this sponsorship program. With this program we are not only supporting 25 disabled children during school hours, but organizing professional follow-ups and regular doctors checks and provide surgical interventions or handicapped-accessible equipment like hearing aids, toilets for the disabled, wheelchairs or whatever is needed. Click here to learn more.
CHAO THAI MAI SCHOOL
In 2004 a tsunami destroyed the Chao Thai Mai School in the Phang Nga Province in Thailand – and the chance of education for all the kids that used to attend this school. Along with the Heinecke Foundation we helped to rebuild it. Today the school is back and so is the kids’ laughter. Disadvantaged children receive targeted support.
COOPERATION WITH WORKSHOPS FOR THE DISABLED
Inclusion is just a word. But as soon as you make it your everyday mission it becomes something really great. We started this mission over 20 years ago and are more than happy about the things we have achieved. Over 70 disabled employees are part of the ZWILLING team in Solingen/Germany, about 20 young workers are included in our logisitics in Merville/France and over 50 disabled employees work with us in Albacete/Spain. And we couldn't be prouder of every single one of them.
ZWILLING PLUS - WE ARE MORE
A successful company has a lot in common with a great recipe: The better the ingredients, the better the result. In the case of ZWILLING, those “ingredients“ are the people that work with us. And for the best results we add some really special “spices“.
We love families. And we want our employees to see their loved ones as often as possible. Therefore we enable a balance between work and life and offer special health and sport programs.
Willkommen. Welcome. Bienvenue. Velkomin. No matter where our employees come from, we are happy that they are part of our success story. Because we embrace diversity and love to work across borders. No matter if they are real or just in some people’s heads.
Our employees are the best. Period. But sometimes they think that they can get even better. In this case we are happy to help. With individual career and development plans and a wide range of seminars.
We mentioned it earlier, but we just can’t say it enough: our employees are part of our family. So whenever it’s possible we want to spend time together. At company events, after-work-parties or athletic activities.
42657 Solingen, Gruenewalder Street 14-22
Stock company, since 1970 the Werhahn Group is the sole shareholder
Dr. Erich Schiffers (CEO), Dr. Alexander Gulden, Klaus Kuhl, Sebastian Labud
Cutlery, cookware, electrics, vacuum/storage, thermo products, flatware, glassware, kitchen tools
ZWILLING, Staub, Ballarini, Miyabi, Demeyere, Henckels
In more than 100 countries worldwide, brand presence in every important market
Main ZWILLING distribution companies
Germany (incl. knife production), Austria, Switzerland, Denmark (incl. distribution Scandinavia), Netherlands, Belgium (incl. cookware production), Spain, Portugal, France (incl. cookware production), Italy (incl. cookware production), Great Britain, Ireland, Russian Federation, Turkey, USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan (incl. knife production), China (incl. production of knives and cookware,) India (knife production), Taiwan.
0.7 billion EUR (86% outside of Germany)