Dr. Schumacher GmbH
Although our head office is located in the countryside, our products and our philosophy are successful around the world. We are one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of disinfectant, hygiene and skin care products for hospitals, medical practices and aged care facilities as well as of wet wipes for baby care, personal hygiene, cosmetics and household use.
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- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Medical Supplies
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
What started as a vision in the laboratory has become a global success story. The idea of producing individual products in the disinfection and hygiene sector to cover a wide range of applications to satisfy customers’ needs was well received right from the start. The gamble of marketing these products as private label or OEM products proved to be a sound and groundbreaking decision. The expertise of Dr. Schumacher GmbH spoke for itself then and continues to now.
From our rural location in Malsfeld in northern Hesse, the company has been on a global growth curve for years.
Our turnover has grown by an average of 20 percent every year since 2005. More than 1,850 staff in the company group are currently employed at three production sites (Germany, Poland and Turkey) to ensure that we can reliably supply our customers with goods. This includes major health and beauty chains in Germany as well as various global players.
Just in our new major factory in Poland of about 50,000 m², more than 50 production facilities work around the clock at full speed. Every year about 21,000 tons of disinfectant for skin and hands, medical devices and surfaces of every type along with more than 250 million packaging units containing wet wipes are manufactured for various applications. Distribution centres in eight countries ensure that our products are used in about 70 countries around the world.
As a chemist, he had worked and researched for renowned companies before setting up his own business in 1978. At the end of the 1990s, he transferred ownership of the company to his two sons, keeping the necessary expertise in the family: Dierk is also a chemist while Jens is a pharmacist.
Our company is still shaped by the philosophy the founder developed. Research and development of products continue to be the core element of our business strategy. For us, tradition and innovation are in tune with one another.
We are a family business and consider it our responsibility to keep it as such, we operate independently of share prices and investors. Together we continue to develop the group of companies following the family’s visions.
We focus on continuity and reliability in terms of our suppliers and customers. Long-term contracts with our suppliers and ongoing partnerships with our customers are important to us. The base of our full-service mentality is: Your success is our success – this is anchored in our company’s origins as a private label manufacturer.
Our products protect you. Of course, this means that responsibility plays a major role in our daily operations. We want you to be able to trust us and rely on our expertise.
These values are the foundation of building a business culture based on regard for each other. A pleasant work environment, a safe workplace and employee loyalty: for us, consistency counts. We want our staff to be mature, self-determined people with the ability, willingness and obligation to be responsible for their own actions. This applies to all our sites around the world.
The idea of our company founder will continue to be our mission: ‘We protect your health’.
On behalf of proprietors and management board
Dierk Schumacher, Irmhild Schumacher, Jens Schumacher
Our roots lie firmly in innovative, reliably effective and easy-to-use products. Since the founding of our company, our products have been synonymous with these concepts and will continue to be so across the generations. The development of the world’s first aldehyde-free disinfectant demonstrated that as early as the 1980s we were also focused on sustainability and we have transferred this philosophy to the medical and consumer sectors.
Our pioneering spirit: Our internal research and development division ensures innovative, needs-based and above all customer-specific products right from the start. We also offer services such as certified training programmes, hygiene manuals and disinfection plans. Over the last almost four decades we have developed into a renowned, international hygiene specialist.
What makes us different? We offer you specially tailored combinations of nonwoven wipe and impregnating solution based on our many years’ of expertise in the manufacturing of effective impregnation liquids and disinfectants. We also have our own wipe production facilities and keep even this expertise in-house. Because our focus was on OEM and private label manufacturing right from the start, you benefit from our established market and production knowledge. By closely consulting with you, our experts can help you with custom project developments to realise new product ideas.
Our portfolio: Made in Germany. Our service: Made in Europe. We are one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of disinfectant, hygiene and skin care products both across the entire medical sector and for baby care, personal hygiene, cosmetics and around the house. You can find our products in 70 different countries around the world. That’s how we campaign for an awareness of hygiene – worldwide.
Our know-how: Our range of products includes many patents and active formulas. Our medical and scientific division keeps up to date with the legal requirements and changes to the legislation. This means that we are always a step ahead, meaning that we will be able to continue marketing safe and successful products.
Our added value: We combine our knowledge and pass it on to you from product idea to delivery. Whether you use modules from our full-service program or use it in full – you always get the best advice.
You can rely on our products
Dr. Schumacher is synonymous with quality. That’s not a promise, that’s a fact. We are certified manufacturers of medical devices and medicinal products and operate within ISO guidelines. This means that our products are subject to very stringent quality requirements and controls.
Our team of expert staff draws on many years of experience to safeguard this standard for our products. From research & development to quality management and our medical and scientific division, our staff are dedicated to ensuring the highest possible quality.
We place great importance on quality inspections, even during production processes. The result is a wide range of controls on the plan. Continuous refinement of our procedures and extensive dermatological testing and product tests ensures that we maintain consistent standards. External institutes and experts also review the effectiveness and skin tolerance of our products.
Our products are subject across the board to very high quality requirements. Depending on the specific product requirements, we guarantee production that complies with the biocidal and cosmetic ordinances or the Medical Devices Directive.
Sustainability is a hard fact for us
We are very conscious of our environmental responsibilities. That’s why we go far beyond what is legally required of us. The goal of our environment management program is systematic reduction of our CO2 emissions and our water and energy consumption.
Every year we reach our goals, which is why we are environmentally certified by ISO 14000 and QAKE. Our business has also been certified by the Eco Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) developed by the EU and this for the tenth time in a row.
Of course, we also have nonwoven materials that are certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes). As part of the supply chain, these certifications demonstrate that we are committed to responsible and sustainable forestry.