History

Experience by tradition

KUHN RIKON has been developing and producing products for the kitchen since 1926. Here are some important milestones in our development, from the 19th century to the present day.

1899

The “Rykon Spinning Mill” is converted into a coppersmith’s and tinning shop owned by the Kindlimann brothers.

1987

Kuhn Rikon becomes the first enterprise in the consumer goods industry to have its quality management certified to ISO 9001.

1926

Heinrich Kuhn buys the Kindlimann brothers’ steel and copper pan manufactory, known locally as the "Pfanni."

2000

The “Brand Asset Valuator” by Advico Young & Rubicam once again names “KUHN RIKON” the best brand in terms of quality.

1927

The spread of electric hobs calls for a new technology in the production of pots and pans. Heinrich Kuhn develops the first aluminium “Duro” cookware suitable for electric hobs.

2001

Heinrich Kuhn Metallwarenfabrik becomes Kuhn Rikon AG. Introduction of a new corporate identity and logo.

1932

This brief start-up phase is interrupted by the premature death of Heinrich Kuhn. His 18-year-old son, Henri, takes over the management.

2002

Kuhn Rikon AG wins the prestigious marketing trophy.

1939

The establishment of a voluntary employee pension fund provides the employees and their families with additional security during the war years.

2005

Kuhn Rikon underscores its expertise in cooking: the leading chef Rudolf Lehmann is employed to hold regular gourmet cooking classes. The company’s own herb garden is opened in Rikon with over 70 plants, some of them rare.

1947

Henri’s younger brother, the engineer Jacques, joins the company as technical director. Under the leadership of the two brothers, the company enjoys a satisfactory upswing.

2006

We celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the company with all our employees on the Titlis mountain. Dr. Wolfgang Auwärter, the chairman of the board of directors, opens our Museum about the History of Cooking.

1949

Development of the DUROMATIC pressure cooker. This product is an instant hit, its name soon becoming synonymous with all pressure cookers. This highly successful product also becomes the company’s first export.

2008

The technical lead is secured by an investment of several million Swiss Francs in the production, and underlines the clear commitment to the Rikon site and to "Swiss Made" quality.

1969

Henri Kuhn dies at the early age of only 55. Jacques Kuhn takes over the sole management of the company.

2009

The Duromatic pressure cooker which Jacques Kuhn invented and which can be found in every Swiss kitchen is celebrating its sixtieth year in existence.

1975

The first double-walled cookware with the triple benefits: Cooking, serving, keeping warm is patented and introduced to the worldwide market under the brand name Durotherm.

2010

Kuhn Rikon launches a Cooking At The Table range together with the ceramics expert Hanspeter Landert. The range includes cheese and meat fondues, heaters and forks.

1984

Jacques Kuhn hands over the reins to Dr. Wolfgang Auwärter-Kuhn and Hans-Heinrich Kuhn.

2011

Launch of the DUROMATIC RELAX power steamer – a fully automatic pressure cooker for installation in the kitchen. With the intuitive operation via a colour touch screen, Kuhn Rikon sets new standards for kitchen appliances in the household.
Launch of the new Duromatic pressure cooker Alcea – even easier to operate than the tried and tested Duromatic.
Launch of a complete series of colourful knives of top quality. The melon knife even appears on Times Square on a big screen in New York.