From yesterday to today

History of Zehnder


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 3500 people.


Opening of the logistics centre

Opening 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.


Industry in its sights

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


Move into the ventilation business

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


First production site in China

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


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.


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.


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.


Europe’s first steel tube radiator

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


A light motorcycle conquers Switzerland

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


The family-run company is born

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


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 Gränichen, Switzerland.