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IndustryConsumer products
FounderKarl Zysset (1907-1998)
Area served
ProductsKitchen Products and Gadgets, Knives and Cutlery, Food Choppers, Graters, Slicers

Zyliss is a Swiss manufacturer of kitchen utensils. Originally a private company, Zyliss is now a brand owned by DKSH, a Swiss holding company.[1][2]


Zyliss was founded by trained bicycle mechanic, Karl Zysset (1907-1998) in 1951.[3] The names Zyliss is based on a combination of the founder's surname and the town of Lyss, Switzerland where the first factory was established.

The company launched its first product, the onion chopper, with the slogan "Zig-Zig Zyliss".[4]

In 1982 the company was sold to two investors who in turn sold the operation in 1985 to the Diethelm Keller Holding Group, now DKSH.[3]

In 2001, Zyliss partnered with the design firm, IDEO to develop a series of kitchen products that have gone on to see worldwide success.[5]

In the year 2003 the company reduced its number of employees from 105 to 80 and the company's management announced that the production site of Zyliss would be relocated. After a protest in Switzerland[6] the move was cancelled.[7][8] Thirty staff of the fifty in the Swiss team moved to China during the mid-2000s.[8][9] The headquarters were also moved to Zurich in December 2005.[10]

In 2006, the company, Zyliss AG, was delisted and was consolidated into DKSH. Today, Zyliss is operated by DKB Household Switzerland AG, the household utensil subsidiary of DKSH.[11] This subsidiary currently has 120 employees and in addition to Zyliss they also operate the brand Cole & Mason (salt & pepper grinders and herb and spice tools) and the appliance brands Koenig and Turmix.


Three notable inventions have been developed by Zyliss including the “Susi” garlic press,[12] the salad spinner, and an onion chopper.[13][14] The Susi garlic press has an accompanying tool cleaner, and has been produced since the mid-20th century.[15] The company also began creating the Zyliss vise (a home improvement tool) in the 1970s[16] and has sold a slicing mandoline.[17] The company has worked with IDEO on projects including the salad spinner, specifically on the aesthetic and visual components.[18]


  1. ^ "Our Brands". DK Brands. Diethelm Keller Group. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Handelsregister Tagebuch Nr. 9270" (PDF). Das Schweizerische Handelsamtsblatt (SHAB). 2006-04-04. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  3. ^ a b Work: Karl Zysset und sein Blitzhacker; workzeitung.ch; abgerufen am 14. August 2012
  4. ^ Gina Bucher (2011-09-25). "Bequemer Alltag - Zum Gebrauch ungeeignet". Der Freitag. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  5. ^ "IDEO Partners with Zyliss". www.ideo.com. IDEO. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  6. ^ „Zyliss-Streik - Verbittert sind sie nicht“, Die Wochenzeitung, 27. November 2003
  7. ^ http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/startseite/article990TY-1.334937
  8. ^ a b http://www.kunststoffweb.de/ki_ticker/Zyliss_Verlagerung_nach_Asien_t201624
  9. ^ http://www.beobachter.ch/konsum/artikel/etikettenschwindel_der-schwindel-mit-der-marke-schweiz
  10. ^ "Handelsregister Tagebuch Nr. 33374" (PDF). Das Schweizerische Handelsamtsblatt (SHAB). 2005-12-08. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  11. ^ http://www.swissguide.ch/de/Haushaltwaren/Zuerich/509992_dkbhouseholdswitzerlanda.html
  12. ^ Mueller Science: 500 Schweizer Primeurs, Schweizer Erfindungen und Schweizer Entdeckungen ; abgerufen am 14. Aug. 2012
  13. ^ "Nervige Küchengeräte - Frauenzimer.de". Frauenzimmer.de. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  14. ^ "schweizer ideen | Land der Erfinder – Das Schweizer Magazin für Innovationen". Land-der-erfinder.ch. 2013-07-31. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  15. ^ Linda Griffith, Fred Griffith. Garlic, Garlic, Garlic: More than 200 Exceptional Recipes for the World's ... pp. 37–38. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  16. ^ The Vise wants to do everything. Apr 1973. p. 26. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  17. ^ Jocelyn chan (Feb 2004). Silver Platter. Orange Coast Magazine. p. 42. Retrieved 2014-07-25.
  18. ^ Michael F. Ashby, Kara Johnso. Materials and Design: The Art and Science of Material Selection in Product ... p. 56.

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