Franke (company)

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Franke Holding AG
Limited Company
IndustryKitchen Systems
Foodservice Systems
Water Systems
Coffee Systems
Beverage Systems
Industrial Engineering
Key people
Patrik Wohlhauser, CEO Michael Pieper, owner
Number of employees

Franke Holding AG, based in Aarburg, Switzerland, is an industrial manufacturer with companies located around the world.

Franke has about 10,500 employees working in 68 companies in Europe, South and North America, Africa, Australia and Asia.

In 2012, the Franke Group had a total turnover of CHF 2,012.4 million.[citation needed]

Franke History[edit]

Founding years[edit]

Hermann Franke founded a sheet metal business in his name in Rorschach, Switzerland, in 1911. In the late 1920s the economic upturn in the industry and construction sector led to the incorporation of a sanitary installations department. Franke began with the production of oven tops, skylights and dormer windows.

In the 1930s Franke started production of the first sink units in nickeline, monel-metal and later in stainless steel. Franke built a new factory with offices and residential building, and the company's ten employees relocated to Aarburg, Switzerland. Franke initiated the first production series and the first fully welded, smooth sink unit.

Hermann Franke died on January 25, 1939, and his son Walter took over the business. The Second World War led to great difficulties in obtaining materials. During the years after the war the company's factory facilities expanded and the production of complete kitchens began. Franke started to export products to European countries.[citation needed]

Expansion years[edit]

The construction sector developed encouragingly. Business expanded rapidly. Franke sold kitchen sinks. In 1950 the Washroom and Sanitary Equipment product group was established as part of Franke with products for communal washrooms and WCs. Production of components for propulsion systems began. Franke saw its first foreign investment in Germany and by 1955 had 500 employees.

In the late 1950s, Franke's production doubled. Factory facilities were expanded further. A "Commercial Kitchens" division was founded. By 1961 Franke had 750 employees.

Over the next twelve years Franke experienced rapid growth: 13 new subsidiaries were established and two companies began manufacturing under license. In 1972, Franke built and installed the first kitchen for McDonald's in Munich. By 1974 the company had 2,600 employees. In 1975 Franke ownership changes: Walter Franke's friend and business partner Willi Pieper took over. Four subsidiaries and two licensees were added to the group. In 1979 the Franke compact sink system was introduced. In the late 1980s the divisional organization was established.[citation needed]


Michael Pieper joined Group Management in 1989. Rapid and consistent expansion transformed Franke into a corporate group with worldwide operations. Today Franke consists of approx. 10,500 employees in over 70 companies in Europe, South America, North America, Africa, Australia and Asia.[citation needed]

Franke Companies[edit]


Franke Artemis Group has its headquarters in Aarburg/Switzerland.


Franke Sissons Ltd Head office at Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK

Franke took over the Sissons company based in Chesterfield, who are a manufacturer of stainless steel catering sinks and washroom systems. Sissons were one of the first companies to manufacture stainless steel sinks in the 1930s, and were founded in Sheffield, England. The company is known as Franke Sissons Ltd. In 1990 it bought the Falkirk-based Carron Phoenix.

Franke Coffee Systems UK are based in St Albans, Hertfordshire and sell and service bean-to-cup, pod and traditional style coffee machines.


The company has also bought the companies Blinox and Roblin (producing hoods).


Franke Kitchen Systems (sinks, extractor hoods, tables, stoves, ovens) and Franke Foodservice Systems (systems and services for quick service restaurants) are both global market leaders in their respective segments.[citation needed] Further activities include Franke Water Systems (washroom and sanitary systems for public and semi-public use), Franke Coffee Systems with a range of coffee machines, Franke Beverage Systems as well as industrial engineering.

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sinks, extractor hoods, tables, stoves, ovens systems and services for quick service restaurants washroom and sanitary systems for public and semi-public use professional and semi-professional coffee machines
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