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History

With over 85 years of company history and three generations of the Schwank family, we can look back on an eventful history.

1933

Günther Schwank founds his company in Fegersheim, Alsace, France

1938

Günther Schwank invents and patents the world’s first gas infrared radiator

1951

Commencement of series production in Hamburg

1956

Schwank moves to Cologne. The new building from that time has become a venerable establishment in Cologne, where we have been working to this very day.

1970

Bernd Schwank, son of company founder Günther Schwank joins the company; foundation of the first foreign subsidiary

1981

Foundation of the North American subsidiary in Waynesboro, Georgia

1988

Ahead of its time: Installation of the first hybrid system with heat recovery

1995

Joint venture with the Russian company Gazprom in Tyumen, Russia

2004

Schwank in the third generation – Entry of Oliver Schwank

2005

Foundation of the 12th foreign subsidiary: Schwank Romania

2008

75th anniversary of the company

2009

2nd millionth device sold; foundation of Schwank Ukraine
Handelsblatt: Top 100 medium-sized enterprises of Germany

2010

Inauguration of the new innovation centre for tube and luminous heaters and new technologies.

2012

: Record sales and acquisition of 51% of Gazprom’s shares in Sibschwank, Russia
Unternehmerpreis 2012 (Entrepreneur’s Award): 1st place.

2013

Receives the renowned award Industriepreis 2013 for exceptional product sustainability.

2016

Schwank wins the Industriepreis with tetraSchwank, the innovative heat recovery system
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Friedhelm Schlößer enters the company at an exciting point.

2017

“Wirtschaftswoche”, a renowned German business journal announces Schwank to be the global market leader in 2017.

2018

Schwank is awarded TOP100 of the most innovative medium-sized enterprises in Germany.