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In some countries, there is a quality stamp on packaging referring to the “Institut Fresenius.” The name looks similar to our company name, but it’s not us! It all goes back to history: In the 18th century the Fresenius family split into two. One line of the family went into apothecaries (drugstores), the others became chemists. The drugstore part of the family resulted in what is now Fresenius the health care company. The chemist part of the family ultimately became the Institut Fresenius in Taunusstein, northwest of Frankfurt.
The Fresenius logo is an abstract design based on deer antlers. It’s linked to the name of a drugstore in Frankfurt which has belonged to the Fresenius family since the 18th century: the stag apothecary (or “Hirsch-Apotheke” in German). In 1912, the owner, a certain Dr. Eduard Fresenius, started producing his own medicines. In 1939, deer antlers were registered as the official company logo. Although the logo has changed over the years to reflect contemporary design, its deer antler origins are still evident in the Fresenius logo of today.
We are currently the only company registered twice on the German stock index, the DAX. Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA and Fresenius Medical Care are both listed on the German leading index and rank among the biggest German companies quoted on the stock exchange. Fresenius is also the biggest health care employer in Germany.
Fresenius celebrated on October 1, 2012 its 100th birthday! On this occasion, a grand gala with more than 1,000 guests was organized, in which even German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a speech.
At Fresenius, responsibility and initiative are high-priority topics. We promote and seek out employees who find opportunities and propel their ideas forward with curiosity and enthusiasm. Fresenius is a company that offers people many ways to act on their creativity: those who are willing to can assume responsibility early on. Doing so involves a certain willingness to take risks, of course, but it also involves passion. The many employees who are "entrepreneurs within the enterprise" have both.
The Fresenius Medical Care corporation's largest development and production site for dialysis machines is located in Schweinfurt. Today every other dialysis machine used around the world comes from Schweinfurt. Some 45,000 devices per year are manufactured there.
Fresenius Medical Care’s product Therapiesystem 5008 was awarded the 2006 red dot design award in the product design category. The 5008 therapy system is used to treat patients with chronic kidney failure. Companies from 41 countries entered the competition with over 2,000 product submissions.
VAMED Vitality World, the thermal baths and health spa division of Fresenius Vamed, combines health resorts with wellness, medical expertise and health tourism expertise to create an atmosphere of pure well-being.
Else Kröner was 26 years old when she took over the apothecary and assumed responsibility for the pharmaceutical business after the death of Dr. Eduard Fresenius.
The fact that Fresenius has undergone an incredibly dynamic development in the past 25 years is clear when you look at the facts and figures. In 1960, the company known as "Dr. E. Fresenius chemisch-pharmazeutische Industrie KG" had only approximately 30 employees. By 1989, the figure had grown to some 5,300; nowadays it is over 250,000. In other words, the number of employees has increased 40 times over since 1989.
We were bestowed this title by the Ethisphere Institute. Ethisphere is a research-based think-tank dedicated to the promotion of best practice in the field of international politics, business ethics, compliance and corporate social responsibility. Before naming prize winners, the institute researched more than 10,000 leading international companies. Announcing the award, Ethisphere confirmed that Fresenius Medical Care has developed impressive and useful ethic business practices, making the company an outstanding example in its sector of industry.
The heart and soul of the new high-bay warehouse and site logistics in St. Wendel is the inventory management system ELVIS (Eigenentwickeltes Lager Verwaltungs- und Informationssystem). It handles the flow of materials and the driverless transportation system consisting of 14 vehicles. ELVIS uses 14 driverless forklifts to move 220,000 palettes a year.