Company history of SALZMANN AG ST. GALLEN 

During SALZMANN AG ST.GALLEN's long company history, many offices, factories and sales agencies were opened and then closed again. For this reason, only the most important milestones are listed below:

1883 SALZMANN & Co. founded by Julius Salzmann at Geltenwilenstrasse 18 in St.Gallen. At that time, the business was involved in manufacture and trading in cotton yarns for St.Gallen's embroidery industry, which accounted for over 50% of Swiss exports at the turn of the century.


1934 A spinning and a doubling mill for cotton yarns founded in Budapest. This was nationalized by the government in 1950.

1942 In the middle of the Second World War, the manufacture of ready-made ladies and gentlemen's raincoats was started in St.Gallen. As a temporary measure, a blouse and shirt factory was also operated in Tessin. In 1980 the ready-made division was discontinued, due to it no longer being capable of competing with imports.

1947 An international organization for trading in cotton set up, with its own branches in Ghent, Hamburg, Milan, Paris, Tangiers and Vaduz. This trading organization was dissolved again during the period from 1956 to 1958.

1950 S.B.H. founded in Cape Town (spinning mill, weaving mill and equipment shop). In 1954, our associate, Ben Brunschweiler, left SALZMANN & Co. and took over S.B.H., together with the HMMERLE Company from Dornbirn.

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1954 was a turbulent year for SALZMANN

On the 8th of April, Walter Salzmann was killed when his Comet airliner crashed near Naples, whilst he was on a business trip to South Africa.

Walter Salzmann was the son of the company's founder, but had no children of his own. His brother and his two sisters were not active in the running of the company.


1954 Max Knzli, who had been working for SALZMANN since 1945, took over management on Walter Salzmann's death.

SALZMANN AG ST.GALLEN was founded as a PLC. The shareholders consisted of the brother and two sisters of the late Walter Salzmann, plus Max Knzli.

1971 In this year Max Knzli purchased all shares from the late Walter Salzmann's brother and sisters and thus became the sole owner of SALZMANN AG ST.GALLEN.


1980Salzmann MEDICO founded. As elastic stockings had been produced at Oscar Haag in Laupen (ZH) since as long ago as 1943, contacts were made over the years with doctors and more and more medical aids were added as product lines. Establishment of a separate trading division under the Salzmann MEDICO name was therefore advisable.

1989 VENOSAN ITALIA s.r.l. founded as a marketing company in Milan, for the sale of surgical support stockings in Italy.

1990Operational management was taken over from Max Knzli by Daniel Knzli.

Daniel Knzli joined SALZMANN AG in 1973 and played a leading role in the setting up of Salzmann MEDICO.

Max Knzli remained as President of the Board of Directors until his death in 1994.


1991Shares purchased in the newly-established ETI production facility in Asheboro N.C. for the manufacture of medical compression stockings in the USA.


1993 VENOSAN NORTH AMERICA Inc. founded as a marketing company in Asheboro N.C. for the sale of medical compression stockings in the USA.


1994 VENOSAN VERTRIEBS GmbH (Nowadays arthroven GmbH) founded in Rottweil (D) for the sale of medical compression stockings in Germany.


1998 VENOSAN CANADA Inc. founded in Ottawa for the sale of medical compression stockings in Canada.

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1999VENOSAN BRASIL S/A founded in Olinda for the manufacture and sale of medical compression stockings in Brazil. Venosan_Brazil_Olinda_Default.jpg

2002Shares purchased in VOGUE MISR in Egypt and a production facility set up for medical compression stockings for sale in the North African and Arabian economic areas. Vogue-Egypt_Default.jpg

2006 Venosan (Dalian) Medical Stocking Co., Ltd. founded in Dalian for the manufacture and sale of medical compression stockings in China.

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VENOSAN Brasil S/A inaugurated its new production facility in Abreu e Lima, in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, on 11 April 2007 after a construction project lasting over one year.  

The entire site covers approximately 19,000 m2. When completed, the factory will have its own yarn covering, knitting, sewing, dyeing and moulding plants, as well as a state-of-the-art knitting laboratory.