Miele Dates & facts


About Miele

Miele is the globally prominent supplier of premium household appliances for kitchens, laundry and floor care. In addition, Miele supplies dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as appliances for the preparation of medical instruments and laboratory equipment ("Miele Professional"). With its own sales companies or importers Miele is represented in about 100 countries.


The Miele & Cie. KG has been owned by the Miele (51 per cent) and the Zinkann (49 per cent) families since its foundation in 1899. The head office with central administration and parent plant is located in Gütersloh.

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Miele is an independent family-owned company with the claim to being an industry leader in quality and technology. Miele stands for partnership-based conduct towards its business partners, an employee-focused corporate culture as well as continuity of values, goals and leadership.

Company management

The Miele & Cie. KG is led by six managing directors with equal say: Olaf Bartsch (Managing Director Finances and Central Administration), Dr. Stefan Breit (Managing Director Technology), Dr. Axel Kniehl (Managing Director Marketing and Sales), as well as Dr. Markus Miele and Dr. Reinhard Zinkann (Managing Partners).


Worldwide Miele employs 20,098 people (as of 30th June 2018), of which 11,225 are in Germany.

Business development

During the business year 2017/2018, which ended on 30 June 2018, the company achieved a sales volume of €4.1 billion. This corresponds to an increase of €167 million or 4.3 per cent. In its home market of Germany, the company grew to €1.21 billion (plus 2.4 per cent).

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For Miele, sustainable conduct is entrenched in the values and tradition of the company and is the absolute foundation for long-term corporate success. Miele is a member of the UN sustainability organization Global Compact and signatory of the ""Diversity Charter"". Miele publishes a sustainability report every two years. Everything else regarding sustainability can be found here.

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Founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann as a centrifuge factory, Miele initially became a well positioned supplier for agriculture, with product divisions such as dairy equipment, washing machines, bicycles and even automobiles. Today, the company's focus is on the claim to global leadership in quality and technology for household and commercial appliances.



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