Inspired by Sedus

Sedus Stoll AG, based in Dogern (district Waldshut), is one of the leading providers of comprehensive services in the field of office furniture and workplace concepts. Development and production takes place at two locations in Germany. High-quality office furniture "Made in Germany" is sold all over the world. Sedus is a recognized brand and is represented in Europe and Dubai with nine subsidiaries and in over 70 countries around the world. As an expert in the field of office furniture and a technology pioneer, Sedus has repeatedly set standards in its 150-year company history with its innovative products and solutions - especially in the areas of ergonomics, design and sustainability. Sedus Stoll AG is an unlisted joint stock company that operates as an office furniture manufacturer under the Sedus brand. Most of the company's shares belong to the Stoll VITA Foundation in Waldshut and the Karl Bröcker Foundation in Lippstadt. Both foundations, which are to protect the entrepreneurial independence of Sedus Stoll AG, carry out charitable activities. High-quality office furniture by Sedus is characterized by ergonomic design, great aesthetics and excellent workmanship. Through creative designers and passionate engineers, Sedus creates office furniture solutions and products for today's and tomorrow's world of work. With office furniture developed and manufactured in Germany, Sedus is committed to its locations and places the highest demands on its sustainability potential. Credibility, professionalism and profitability determine their thoughts and actions. In this way, the company shapes the long-term future for itself and its jobs. She is guided by it and constantly strives to achieve customer satisfaction. Sedus designs, manufactures and sells high-quality office furniture with passion and professionalism - for people and for the economic success of customers. As a manufacturer and reliable partner, they are service-oriented and committed to the highest standards. The only way for people to work efficiently. This principle has been at the heart of Sedus from the very beginning. Even at a time when little attention was paid to office workers, Albert Stoll, the son of the company's founder, cared about the principles of good seating. Today we would mention the ergonomics of the seat. The first result was the first spring-loaded swivel office chair in Europe. The company continued this path with the successful development of the next generation. By conviction, Christof Stoll and his wife Emma are also intensely committed to healthy nutrition, organic animal and plant breeding, health research and environmental protection. And this is how a committed and forward-looking tradition grew: working tirelessly for the good of people. This applies to both the customers who use the products and the employees who produce them, and the people where they work, so that future generations can live in an ecologically, socially and economically intact world. This holistic concept defines the thoughts and actions of the people in Sedus. We have written this as a voluntary commitment in our corporate policies and consistently implement it in our daily work. We define responsibility and organizational structures so that we can achieve our goals.

Sedus products ensure well-being not only through convenience and ergonomics. The principles of environmental protection, which have always characterized the company's operations and the production of its products, are also of great importance. As early as the 1950s, when the term "environmental protection" did not even exist, Sedus made a commitment to conserving resources. Already in 2010, Sedus was the first office furniture manufacturer in the world to receive the EMAS III (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) certificate. Participation in this European environmental management system is voluntary for companies, which proves their determination to achieve and achieve environmental goals. The clear ecological balance sheet also illustrates this - as well as the use of recycled materials in the production of Sedus products. Sedus is playing a pioneering role in the field of environmental protection - and intends to continue to do so in the future through continuous optimization. Recent examples include the conversion of the electroplating process from chromium (VI) to chromium (III) and an improved powder coating with a collecting system to reuse excess powder. Regarding re-use: When it comes to recycling Sedus products, it goes without saying that all materials can be sorted according to type - the owner sets up a "Stoll & Klock" chair factory in Waldshut. After Klock left the company in 1879, the company changed its name to "Albert Stoll". About two to three dozen workers produce bentwood chairs at this factory. Waldshut offers good production conditions. The most important raw material, beech wood grows very close in the Rhine Valley. In this less industrialized region, Albert Stoll I finds a sufficient number of employees. In the surrounding villages, he easily employs homeworkers who are willing to work for a relatively low salary to make wicker chairs. Waldshut has been connected to the rail network since 1856, which is being expanded further. This is a prerequisite for the distribution of products, as long as there are no fast, efficient and cheap means of road transport. When the company's founder died in 1897 at the age of 61, he left behind a wife, three daughters and a 15-year-old son, Albert Stoll II. The late Berth's wife ran the factory as a successful businesswoman. That's why people start calling her "stool maker." Albrecht Stoll II (1882-1937) completed his high school diploma in Waldshut and studied mechanical engineering in Karlsruhe. In 1910 he went to study in the USA. Spoke chairs have been produced in Waldshut since 1912. These models differ significantly from the previously known bent chairs and consist of only a few bent parts. The horizontal and vertical spokes give the chair, known as a "plate chair", stability and support the backrest. Its individual parts are made on special machines that Albert Stoll II bought in the USA. This eliminates a lot of time-consuming manual work. Albrecht Stoll II improved the American office chair and designed a swivel chair he called "Federdreh". At the Leipzig Trade Fair in 1926, he presented his new product to the public for the first time. It is the worldwide patented "Spring Pivot", the first swivel chair with pivoting column springs. Albrecht Stoll II died on February 16, 1937 at the age of 54. Since then, three of his four sons still run the chair factory. Albrecht Stoll III. manages the Koblenz plant, Christof and Martin Stoll jointly manage Waldshut until 1958. In 1958, Christof and Martin Stoll split the family business, Albert Stoll OHG into two companies. They continue to lead the company with two new companies, Christof Stoll KG in Waldshut and Martin Stoll, Federdreh-Stuhlfabrik in Tiengen. As a result of the company's development, production is gradually moved to a new location in Dogern from 1969 over several years. In 1970, Christof Stoll established his own development and testing department. He hires Theo Hartmann, the company's first formally qualified designer. By 1987, a total of eight trading companies were established in Europe. In the production of office furniture, Stoll uses the most modern, environmentally friendly production processes and systems. The product "office chair" therefore corresponds to the latest knowledge in the field of occupational health and safety. In 1986, Christof Stoll was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his services to the entrepreneur. In 1970, Christof Stoll built the company's first development and testing department with the largest and most modern test lab in the industry. In 1973, the anatomical chair, the backrest with permanent contact and the "like" mechanism (the principle of dynamic sitting) were developed. Technical solutions for optimal ergonomic support for people in the workplace.

Sedus opens after 2000: the first swivel chair with an opening angle of> 40 degrees. With the slogans "Sleeping in the office" and "Power nap", Sedus demonstrates its pioneering spirit and recognizes early on the importance of posture change and its importance for well-being in everyday office life.

Five years later, the holistic concept of "Place 2.5" was born. - the new emotional culture of the office ”. With this approach, Sedus is at the forefront of its mission to design an office as a place that promotes people's emotional and physical well-being and the well-being of companies in terms of productivity. In 2012, the laser edge processing technology was introduced. Improved manufacturing process for all furniture and countertops that creates a seamless, environmentally friendly design edge. Sedus receives the 2012 environmental award for companies in Baden-Württemberg. With the aim of improving office seating, Sedus is working with the Technical University of Munich to develop a new kinematic concept for the seat for the "swing up" swivel chair. The result: healthier sitting thanks to greater freedom of movement. The chair adapts to the person, not the other way around. Today, the company is working on solutions for the world of work of tomorrow. Sedus does this together with partners in over 74 countries around the world. With their services, products and tireless dedication, they help people and companies shape the future in a successful and sustainable way.

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