ABOUT THE COMPANY
Eighty years after the first vacuum cleaner patent, two young consulting engineers were confident they could invent a vacuum cleaner on a whole new level. With a lot of theoretical and practical experience they founded the company "Stein & Co." in Velbert in the "Bergischem Land" and developed the SEBO 350 in 1978.
This innovatively designed model contained so many new patents reflecting advanced technical progress that the ambitious cleaning staff in hotels, hospitals and offices were quickly impressed and convinced that this was the best vacuum ever made. Since 1978 up to the present, SEBO vacuums are found being used on all floors throughout the world.
With more than six million vacuum cleaners sold, SEBO is the global leader in commercial uprights. Our customers benefit from this know-how.
The experienced partners Klaus Stein, Heinz Kaulig and Axel Bellingen begin a development project for a new kind of upright vacuum cleaner with a clutch for the brush, integrated suction hose and top-fill filter bag.
|17.01.1978||Stein & Co. GmbH become registered. The trademark SEBO, short for ”SEmigewerbliche BOdenpflege” (semi-commercial floor care), is created. The production of the new upright vacuum cleaner SEBO 350 for commercial use starts.|
|18.07.1978||Vacuum cleaner No. 100 is produced in the first manufacturing plant, a previous weaving mill in Velbert. Distribution in Germany and Europe begins.|
|1979||Windsor Industries become our partner, as sales start in the U.S.|
|1980||The company moves to a larger location and the product range is extended. The 25,000th vacuum cleaner is built.|
|1981||By 1981, SEBO machines are distributed worldwide, also as Private Label products.|
|1983||By 1983, SEBO distribution companies have been founded in Austria, the United Kingdom, South Africa and France.|
|1984||Stein & Co. move into the newly built, modern company premises on Wülfrather Straße. The introduction of the duo carpet cleaning system and the electrostatic microfilter leads to our continued business success.|
|1985||The production output doubles compared to 1983 figures.|
|1986||Introduction of the newly designed SEBO 360 series with electronic brush control.|
|1988||SEBO Stein & Co. have been in business for 10 years.|
|1991|| We move into our new extended facilities with state-of-the-art storage and production technology. |
Introduction of the sensational SEBO AUTOMATIC X series. SEBO UK starts distribution through electrical appliance retailers, Germany follows the same year.
|08.08.1994||On the occasion of Klaus Stein’s birthday, unit No. 1,000,000 is manufactured.|
|1995||Presentation of the SEBO AIRBELT C cylinder vacuum cleaner for a new market segment. The retail distribution in Australia and Korea begins.|
|1997||Retail distribution in the U.S. begins. SEBO 370 series is presented to the commercial market.|
|1998||The company celebrates 20 years of SEBO Stein & Co. Thomas Stein joins the company’s management. The 1,500,000th unit is a SEBO AUTOMATIC X1.|
|1998||Foundation of SEBO America and start of SEBO retail distribution in the USA.|
|1999||Foundation of SEBO America and start of SEBO retail distribution in the USA.|
|2000||Unit No. 2,000,000 is a SEBO AIRBELT C3.1.|
|2002||Two new product series are presented: SEBO PROFESSIONAL G and SEBO AIRBELT K. Heinz Kaulig retires. Achim Liffers joins the company’s management.|
|2003||Customers, suppliers and employees celebrate 25 years of Stein & Co.|
|2004||A new generation of upright vacuum cleaner, called Windsor Flexamatic, is presented at the ISSA trade fair in New Orleans for the first time.|
|2005||Product launch of SEBO FELIX and SEBO DART. Assembling of the 3.000.0000th SEBO vacuum cleaner. Stein & Co. starts building operation for an annex building with a storage and production area.|
|2006||The new facility is to be brought into operation. The area of storage and production is redoubled, in order to avoid spatial restrictions and enable future growth.|
|2007||Product launch of the Ultra High Speed Suction Floor Polisher SEBO DISCO and SEBO DART 3.|
|2008||30 years of SEBO Stein & Co. Sales and distribution to the consumer in the Russian Market began the previous year and sells in unexpected large numbers. Russia becomes 4th major player on the market for Stein & Co, next to USA, GB and Germany. The efficiency of the SEBO DISCO is increased, due to the launch of pads, which are equipped with diamond dust on a new patented plate – a unique |
combination, in order to maintain and easily polish surfaces without water or dust exposure.
|2009||Award "Company of the Month November" of the Ja-zu-Deutschland- Initiative|
|2010||Launch of the new cylinder SEBO AIRBELT D. The SEBO AIRBELT D replaces the SEBO AIRBELT C series.|
|2011||SEBO Stein & Co. brings out the PROFESSIONAL D. As a global leader in premium uprights for commercial use, SEBO extends its product range with the PROFESSIONAL D as a new innovative and high quality cylinder for professional use.|
|2012||Relaunch of the established twin-motored uprights. The SEBO BS 36/46 COMFORT and SEBO 370/470 COMFORT provide a new and improved power head,which makes these workhorses more convenient and easier to service.|
|2014||Launch of the new SEBO EVOLUTION professional upright. After 36 years of company history, it constitutes a succesful synergy between the single and twin-motored series.|
|2015||Launch of the new cylinder, the SEBO AIRBELT E.|