From Tradition with Innovation

Our History

Bernhardt & Schulte GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1919 and is a family-owned company in the fourth generation.

It all started with our built-in switches for electrical applications and this tradition stands the test of time until today.

However, tradition has been combined with innovation. In the course of time we could improve our business activities significantly so that we can look back on more than 100 years of experience in thermoset and thermoplastic production.

Founding of the Bernhardt & Schulte Company for the manufacture of switches for installation purposes.

Appliance switches for the new electric cookers and other household appliances are included in the expanded production program.

Member of the VDE with Ref. No. 136, first mark approval for a rotary switch

A plastic pressing plant is set up for processing typified thermosets for switch construction.

The first heating appliance switches on a plastic basis join the ceramic-base switches in general use up to this date.

Thermoplastic injection-molded parts are now included in the expanded product range.

Newly developed injection-molding machines mark the start of production of industrial plastic parts in thermosets.

Plant II is built in Steinwiesen/Upper Franconia, with a plastic pressing plant and rotary switch production.

50th founding anniversary, plant Meinerzhagen

Switches – Serie 3000

Introduction of the QS system according to DIN EN ISO 9001:1994

Switches – Serie 4000

Switches – Serie 3100/3600

New plant at Steinwiesen

Switches – Serie 5000

Introduction of the QS system specified by DIN EN ISO 9001:2000

Introduction of the UM system specified by DIN EN ISO 14001

Introduction of the QS system specified by DIN EN ISO 9001:2008


Installation of the photovoltaic array in Steinwiesen.

Introduction of the QM system specified by ISO/TS 16949:2009


50th founding anniversary, plant Steinwiesen

Expansion of the production plant in Steinwiesen

Bernhard & Schulte wins the BSH Supplier Award 2014/15. Awarded by BSH Hausgeräte GmbH in Berlin


Introduction of the QM system specified by DIN EN ISO 9001:2015

100th founding anniversary, plant Meinerzhagen


Verified partner company at the Kunststoff-Institut Lüdenscheid