70 years: Quality - Made in Germanywissner-bosserhoff celebrates its birthday
The company history of wissner-bosserhoff shows that sometimes things turn out differently than you think: In 1952, the year of the company's foundation, the shareholders activated the company shell they held, Wissner GmbH, which was a well-known brand in the bicycle industry in the early days.
The first hospital bed from Wissner GmbH
However, the company's real moment of glory did not come until ten years later. In 1962, the first hospital beds were developed and produced. In close cooperation with physicians and nursing services, the company was already striving at that time for ergonomics and comfort for patients and nursing staff.
Following German reunification, the company developed a comprehensive expansion strategy towards Eastern Europe in the early 1990s. First of all, a nationwide expansion of the distribution network in the new German states was realized.
LINET was established in an old farmhouse and is now one of the largest producers of hospital beds in the world.
A trend-setting move was the majority shareholding (50.1 percent) in Linet spol. s r.o. in Slaný near Prague, which was implemented in 1990. Since then, the company has concentrated on the production of hospital beds, continuously increasing its worldwide business with these beds and multiplying it to the present day.
The contempora nursing bed was awarded the IF Design Award in 2008.
In 1992, Wissner took over the Delbrück trading company Bosserhoff and merged to form today's wissner-bosserhoff GmbH. 1999 was the turning point for the company to achieve the innovation leadership it had been striving for. Since then, many national and international awards, such as the IF Design Award or the red-dot Award, have confirmed the company's course.
The white villa - today the headquarters of wissner-bosserhoff
Today, the "White Villa" is the seat of the administration as well as training and exhibition center of wissner-bosserhoff in Wickede. The building was constructed in 1851. As an example of the architecture of the Prussian late classicism, it is included in the list of monuments of the municipality of Wickede. In 2000, the villa was acquired and renovated by wissner-bosserhoff and in 2006, attractive exhibition and office space was added.
The site in Wickede (approx. beginning of the 90s)
In 2011, the company merged with LINET spol. s.r.o. to form the LINET Group SE. The group established itself as Europe's leading supplier of high-quality hospital and nursing home beds. Today, the company's portfolio includes solutions for clinical acute and intensive care as well as long-term and geriatric care.
With production sites in Wickede/Ruhr and in Slaný near Prague, as well as sales companies in Europe, in Dubai, in the USA, Canada, in Mexico, Brazil and in Australia, the LINET Group's operational business is conducted in more than 110 countries with over 1,800 employees.
Digital care assistants, such as SafeSense 3 from wissner-bosserhoff are becoming increasingly important in everyday care today
In 2020, the group founded Smart Care Austria in Innsbruck, which grew out of a start-up. The newest part of the LINET Group takes care of the development of digital care assistants, which are becoming increasingly important in times of care emergencies, both in elderly care and in clinics.
The products of wissner-bosserhoff focus on the safety of the residents and the nursing staff
Carried by tradition, the company has since its foundation followed a path focused on quality, safety, homeliness and innovation, making the satisfaction of its customers the benchmark. The continuous goal is to make care more effective and thus increase the quality of care. The safety of the residents and the nursing staff is the focus of attention. Through many years of experience and the proximity to its customers, wissner-bosserhoff knows what it takes to achieve this.