THE PAST PREPARED US FOR THE FUTURE
Imagine you have a 287-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.
Peter Henckels registers ZWILLING as a trademark on June 13th in Solingen.
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 wins four First Prizes at the World Fair in San Francisco.
Opening of the Paris branch.
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.
Development of TWIN multi-purpose scissors – ZWILLING's most popular scissors.
TWINOX becomes the embodiment of quality in the beauty sector.
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.
Share in Jaguar Stahlwarenfabrik, manufacturer of high-quality hairdressing equipment.
Takeover of the US manicure producer TWEEZERMAN.
Opening of the first ZWILLING concept store in Paris.
Acquisition of Tondeo Werk GmbH, manufacturer of high-quality hairdressing products.
Introduction of the TWIN 1731 chef's knife range. As the first of a new generation of knives, it discreetly combines the proven with progress, with a focus on form and function.
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.
Share in alessandro International, a renowned nail design brand. 2013 Acquisition of QVS GLOBAL, a manufacturer of cosmetics accessories.
Opening of the first ZWILLING flagship store on Düsseldorf's premier Königsallee.
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.
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.
42657 Solingen, Gruenewalder Street 14-22
Stock company, since 1970 the Werhahn Group is the sole shareholder
Dr. Erich Schiffers (Speaker / CEO), Dr. Alexander Gulden, Helmar Hipp, Klaus Kuhl, Sebastian Labud, Achim Wolfgarten
Cooking and household knifes, cookware, scissors, kitchen tools, beauty tools
ZWILLING, Staub, Ballarini, Miyabi, Demeyere, Henckels International, BSF, Fontignac
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 (87% outside of Germany)