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Our history

Ideas that make life at home comfortable, safe and easier - that's what everything at HAILO has been about since the company was founded.

In 1947, the then 33-year-old mechanical engineer Rudolf Loh founded the Metallwarenfabrik Rudolf Loh GmbH. In the period of reconstruction after the 2nd World War, he initially produced medical furniture, metal beds and hot-water bottles. Soon the product range was extended by watering cans and waste bins. In 1954 the safety ladder for households followed. Only a few years later, HAILO launched a revolution on the market, which, with its lightweight material, was to simplify everyday life for many households: the aluminium household ladder. The appearance of its red hinge point was immortalised in the design of the company logo, and this successful model made HAILO the market leader.

After Rudolf Loh's death in 1971, his son Joachim took over the company and consistently pushed the internationalisation of HAILO. At the beginning of 2009, the family business passed into the 3rd generation of owners: Joachim Loh handed over to his son Sebastian. Under his leadership, HAILO repeatedly underlined its own innovative strength with new products such as the stairs platform TP1 or the HAILO Fresh, which is equipped with a plasma module for odour neutralisation.

Hailo company founder Rudolf Loh on a tour of the production facility
Two women produce the Hailo Klettermax outside in the open air
Three women produce Hailo metal hot water bottles

Company founded by mechanical engineer, Rudolf Loh


Launch of the first built-in waste bin for fitted kitchens


Launch of the first aluminium household ladder


Joachim Loh takes over the company


Launch of the first ironing board with built-in electric socket, flex holder and iron rest


Launch of the first waste separation system for fitted kitchens


Launch of the first waste organisation and separation system for corner sink units


HAILO takes over Eisenwerk Sauerland steelworks in Drolshagen


All sign gantries at road toll points in Germany and Austria are fitted with HAILO ladders and the first aluminium ladder scaffold system for the DIY sector is introduced


The HAILO brand enters the "German Standards - Brands of the Century" encyclopaedia


Joachim Loh hands down the leadership of the company to his son, Sebastian Loh (3rd generation)


HAILO takes over the ladder and stepladder production division of Leifheit, while the HAILO Steam Iron Systems Division transfers to Leifheit

View into the Haio Museum
Managing Director Jörg Lindemann gives a speech on the occasion of Hailo's 70th anniversary
Woman changing a baby throws a used nappy into the bin

The Wind Business Unit is spun off as a new company: Hailo Wind Systems GmbH & Co. KG (www.hailo-windsystems.com)


70th company anniversary and opening of the Hailo Welt with outlet and museum


Hailo Digital Hub GmbH & Co. KG was founded as a spin off to HAILO with the aim to develop and distribute technology based Smart Waste Solutions: (www.hailodigitalhub.de)


First waste bin with plasma module for odour neutralisation


The "red dot" celebrates: HAILO turns 75.

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