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The Health Care Group

With roots reaching back more than a century, our company has grown from a single pharmacy to one of Germany's largest publicly traded companies with operations worldwide. Find out who we are and where we come from.

Ever better medicine for ever more people worldwide

We are committed to continuously improving the quality and efficiency of health care, and are enabling a growing number of people to have access to high-quality medicine. Because patients' well-being is our top priority. 



More than 300,000 Fresenius employees are committed to improving the quality of life of patients across all continents.

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Fresenius has a presence in over 100 countries, enabling an increasing number of people around the world to have access to high-quality healthcare.

> €35 billion

in sales

With annual sales of more than €35 billion, Fresenius is one of the world's largest healthcare companies.

Four business segments under one roof

Fresenius is a global health care group — which means facing different patient requirements on each continent and in each country. Requirements that can only be met with expertise and skill in the target market and sectors. Using modern technology and a sophisticated organizational structure, we are able to successfully work across national borders and apply our specialized knowledge where it's needed. We take a networked approach and offer our employees international opportunities.

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Our business segments

Our individual business segments focus on dialysis products and services, the production of lifesaving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition, hospital operation – including outpatient care – and the planning and management of healthcare facilities. All under the umbrella of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA as the holding company.

From a small pharmacy to a global health care group

Over more than a century, Fresenius has grown from a small pharmacy into a global health care group. Today, more than 300,000 people work at Fresenius in over 100 countries.

Black-and-white photo with delivery vehicle from the 20s from the Hirsch Pharmacy

The Hirsch Pharmacy opens in Frankfurt am Main.


The pharmacy is acquired by the Fresenius family.


Start of the production of pharmaceuticals: The owner of the Hirsch Pharmacy , Dr. Eduard Fresenius, founds the pharmaceutical company Dr. E. Fresenius.

Else Kröner behind the counter of the Hirsch Pharmacy in Frankfurt

The company is growing, the manufacturing company is separated from the Hirsch Pharmacy in Frankfurt and moves to Bad Homburg.


The sudden death of Dr. Eduard Fresenius puts the company at risk.


After obtaining a degree in pharmaceutical studies, Else Kröner takes over responsibility for the pharmacy and company.


The infusion solutions product range is expanded.

Dialysis treatment in the 60s

Fresenius starts to sell dialysis machines from foreign companies.


Introduction of an amino acid solution based on the "potato-egg pattern."


Production starts at the newly acquired plant in St. Wendel, Saarland.


Production of the dialysis machine A 2008 also starts at the new location in Schweinfurt, Bavaria.

Front shot of the Fresenius Group headquarters in Bad Homburg

Fresenius KG is converted into a joint stock company.


Start of production of synthetic polysulfone fiber membranes for dialysis.


Founding of Fresenius Medical Care.


Relocation to the new Group headquarters in Bad Homburg.

Three good-humored nurses in the hospital corridor

The company continues to expand: Fresenius Vamed and Fresenius Kabi are formed.


Fresenius operates its own hospitals in Germany for the first time with the acquisition of Wittgensteiner Kliniken AG. In 2005, the Helios Hospital Group is also acquired.

Quirónsalud University Hospital in Madrid

Over the following years, the Fresenius business segments expand their international presence through a series of successful acquisitions in various countries.

As an example of a whole package of new acquisitions, Fresenius Medical Care takes over the Renal Care Group in the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. Fresenius Kabi also expands its influence in North America with APP Pharmaceuticals. And Fresenius Helios provides an important increase in hospital beds in the Group through the integration of the Spanish hospital operator Quirónsalud. 

Collage with various pictures of Fresenius employees
2018 – today

In 2018, we celebrate our 15th record year in a row. Group turnover reaches over €33 billion. 2020 sees the 27th consecutive increase in dividends at the Annual General Meeting. The company now employs more than 300,000 people worldwide.



A detailed look at our history

Insight into our locations

International or regional — anything is possible: As Fresenius is active in more than 100 countries worldwide, there are numerous opportunities for our employees when it comes to the location of their workplace. The holding company in Bad Homburg provides an international environment in a single location. Fresenius Medical Care, Fresenius Kabi and Fresenius Vamed, with their many locations around the globe, offer the best opportunities to gain experience abroad. At our IT service provider Fresenius Netcare, you can expect to work on national and international IT projects for the entire Fresenius Group. Fresenius Helios owns the Helios hospitals in Germany and Quirónsalud in Spain under the umbrella of Helios Health, with over 100 locations.

An excellent employer

We are delighted to regularly rank as one of the 100 most popular employers in Germany in both the "Student Survey" and the "Young Professional Survey" by Universum. We are particularly proud of our performance in the Potential Park study, in which we have already been named the company with the best digital applicant communication in Germany several times.

Potential Park award
Potential Park study

Named the best digital applicant communication in Germany on several occasions

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Universum Young Professional Survey

Regular top 100 ranking across industries

Universum Students seal
Universum Student Survey

Regular top 100 ranking in various disciplines

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