THE PAST PREPARED US FOR THE FUTURE
Imagine you have a nearly 290-year-old brand history that you are eager to share with everyone. But at the same time you are a modern, forward thinking company that is all about future cooking trends and technologies. Both are really important. Which is why we’re going to tell you about both parts separately. Let’s start with where we started.
On June 13th, Peter Henckels registers not only his company, but also ZWILLING as a trademark. This makes ZWILLING one of the oldest picture 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. 1915 ZWILLING wins four first prizes at the World Fair in San Francisco.
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.
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, Achim Wolfgarten
Cutlery, cookware, electrics, vacuum and 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
USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan (incl. knife production), China (incl. production of knives, scissors, cookware,) India (knife production), Taiwan, Germany (incl. knife production), Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, France (incl. cookware production), Italy (incl. cookware production), Belgium (incl. cookware production), Great Britain, Ireland, Russian Federation, Turkey
0.7 billion EUR (86% outside of Germany)
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.
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.
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.