Bravery enjoys a long tradition at CWS. The roots of the company stretch right back to the 19th century. Right from the very beginning, our development has been spurred on by people
brimming with entrepreneurial spirit. What began with Bernhard Burmeister’s textile rental company soon evolved into a driver of innovation and a trailblazer for an entire industry. Today, in addition to the innovations like the CWS cotton towel dispensers now found in washrooms all over the world, the concept of renting workwear has also established itself. These developments are part of a long line of industry-revolutionising concepts for better hygiene in daily life and improved safety at work. The joint venture with Initial in 2017 was a fundamental step on our journey to becoming the market leader in Europe.
Today, sustainable thinking and action drive us in all areas. We at CWS are also making the most of all the opportunities that present themselves here. Using state-of-the-art technologies such as chemical-free wastewater plants, we reduce our CO2 emissions. Diversity and inclusion are also key elements of our strategy: in 2020, we founded the Diversity & Inclusion Council, a committee that actively and consistently promotes equality and diversity in the company.
We utilise our strategic participations to improve our customer service further and develop new markets. Here we employ our unique combination of experience and inventivene talent to develop bold new, customer-centric solutions and establish them in the market.
Since its founding in 1899, CWS was quite active. Come with us on a little journey through time!
All activities are placed under the international brand CWS.
CWS-boco Supply Chain Management win the 2. place at the german CSR prize in the category "CSR in supply chain".
boco launches the first workware profi line collection with fairtrade cotton.
The CWS Paradise Air Bar got introduced. It provides scent concepts for a comfort room air atmosphere.
The stainless steel dispenser line CWS ParadiseLine Stainless Steel won the award "Design Plus powered by ISH 2013".
CWS-boco starts operating the new laundry in Neuss
Alle CWS Stoffhandtuchsysteme in Deutschland, BeNeLux, Schweiz, Italien und Irland werden mit dem renommierten Umweltzeichen „Blauer Engel“ ausgezeichnet.
CWS-boco markets the first cotton towel dispenser with flat panel screen, bringing videos to the washroom.
The company HTS is renamed into CWS-boco.
The Haniel Group integrates both brands, boco and CWS, under the roof of "Haniel Textil Service GmbH "HTS" in Duisburg.
boco launches Corporate Fashion, the first individually washable business clothing range.
Die Haniel Gruppe übernimmt boco aus dem Familienbesitz.
boco baut Europas größte High-Tech-Wäscherei in Bielefeld.
CWS bringt den weltweit ersten selbstreinigenden Toilettensitz auf den Markt: CWS Cleanseat.
from the family estate
CWS innovation: easy-to-operate fabric towel dispenser with micro-processor.
boco develops the first workwear for the craft trade.
CWS launches into rental service with dirt trapping mats.
CWS sets hygiene standards with soap dispensers for industry.
CWS opens the first of its own laundries in Germany.
boco launches rental service for workwear.
Founding of CWS Germany. European market launch of the first CWS cotton towel dispenser.
Conrad Wolfgang Schnyder founds CWS Switzerland.
Burmeister, Oszmer and Co. merge into boco.
Bernhard Burmeister starts with a laundry rental service in Hamburg.