Timeline

50 Years of Dussmann Group History

Peter Dussmann founded the company in 1963: with only a few employees, he set up a home cleaning service. Today, the Dussmann Group is one of the largest private multi-service providers worldwide.

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The journey to becoming a multi-service provider
Start History
1963
The Beginnings
Peter Dussmann follows his dream of setting up his own service company. He scrapes his savings together, takes out a small loan and resolves to found a home cleaning service for bachelors in Munich.
1966
Outsourcing Solutions
For those who dislike window cleaning, Peter Dussmann has a solution: Outsourcing saves time, money, own personnel and allows a company to concentrate on its core activities.
1968
Hospital Cleaning
Peter Dussmann makes a clean sweep in operating theaters too. In 1968, Pedus Service enters the hospital cleaning market. The first client is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Today, the Dussmann Group is a specialist for hospital hygiene.
1968
Going International: Austria
Peter Dussmann establishes his first subsidiary outside Germany – in Austria. The company develops swiftly.
1969
Italy
Dussmann expands into Italy. Over the years it becomes the company’s biggest market outside Germany. From Bergamo to Sicily, over 11,000 employees make the company successful with their dedication and their positive approach.
1972
Communication is the key
Peter Dussmann places value on know-how transfer, on the job or, as on this photograph, in the course of further training. Improvements and innovations are passed on and introduced quickly.
1976
Facility Management is born
One day, Dussmann receives a request for a service package – from cleaning to security – and all of this in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert. Facility Management is born and takes its first steps in Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
1978
Luxembourg
Dussmann Luxembourg is established. Today, one in every 200 Luxembourg citizens is a Dussmann employee. The automatic “service operative”, advertises the fast, efficient cleaning services of Pedus International at Munich airport.
1978
Catering
Catering is a new addition to the service range, first only in hospitals. In 1982, the company starts to provide catering to staff restaurants
1984
Dussmann Office
Peter Dussmann brings the idea for a new company division back from the USA. Dussmann Office offers fully furnished offices, conference rooms, office services and innovative solutions for business needs. Today, clients can even rent virtual offices.
1984
The New Headquarters in Munich
The opening of the newly constructed Dussmann headquarters in Pilotystraße, Munich is marked by a celebration. The building is a reflection of the company philosophy: modern, future-oriented and well-planned.
1985
Kursana Care
Dussmann takes on the management of six care facilities where cleaning and catering is already being provided. Nursing and care services are reinvented under the brand name Kursana, today the leading private provider of nursing and care in Germany.
1988
25th Anniversary
1st October at the main train station in Munich. Pedus porters wait for passengers on their way to the 25th anniversary celebrations. In the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Dussmann welcome over 350 guests.
1989
Fall of the Wall
The fall of the Berlin wall signals a period of growth for the Dussmann Group: The company is one of the first to create thousands of new jobs in East Germany.
1991
Eastern Europe
As the iron curtain opens, it becomes possible to found subsidiaries in Hungary (1991) and in the Czech Republic (1992). It is the beginning of a new era in which the Dussmann Group expands to Eastern Europe.
1992
Museum Services
Personnel is specifically trained to carry out security, cleaning and attendance where art is displayed. Amongst the museums under their care is the Pergamon museum, Berlin where Nofratete resides.
1997
Headquarters Berlin
The headquarters of the Dussmann Group moves to Berlin.
1997
Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus
Germany’s largest media store, Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus opens. Due to the wide range of goods, its professional sales staff and its exceptionally long opening hours, it attracts millions of clients each year.
1998
Catering in the Far East
On 4th December, during his visit to Asia, Peter Dussmann opens the central kitchen at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho-Chi-Minh-City (Saigon), Vietnam. Today, the Dussmann Group has business activities in Vietnam and in China.
2004
Kursana Takes the Lead
The number of Kursana facilities grow to 80. Kursana is now Germany’s leading private provider of nursing and care services for the elderly.
2007
Clean-Room Cleaning
The years of experience gathered in hygiene cleaning pay off. Clean-room cleaning becomes a part of the Dussmann Group’s service spectrum.
2008
Lavador in Luxemburg
In June, the industrial laundry, Lavador, opens in Bissen, Luxembourg. It is the largest operation of its kind in the country.
2011
Dussmann KulturKindergarten
Catherine von Fürstenberg-Dussmann opens the first KulturKindergarten in Berlin. The in-house company child care is characterized by an emphasis on arts and culture, a bilingual approach and long opening hours to suit the working times of parents.
2012
Alarm Receiving Center
In May, the Alarm Receiving Center opens in Gardelegen/ Saxony-Anhalt. The security center monitors the status of security systems at sites across Europe. The new facility creates many new jobs and strengthens regional infrastructure
2012
The Vertical Garden
At Dussmann House on the Friedrichstrasse in Berlin, the vertical garden is created by the French artist, Patrick Blanc. The garden symbolizes the social responsibility of the Dussmann Group towards its employees, its clients and the environment.
2013
The Logo: Then and Now
50 years have passed and much has changed but the service philosophy remains unchanged. The company now operates under the name “Dussmann Group” in all languages. This emphasizes the international nature of the group, now a global player.