Alfred Kärcher – innovator and entrepreneur
In 1924, 23-year-old Alfred Karcher completed his education and thereafter devoted himself to the
development of his own product ideas.
By 1939 Karcher had moved his company to Winnenden near Stutgardt, where the family enterprise still has its
headquarters. Throughout the 30’s and 40’s he designed and produced many innovations for industry.
Entry into cleaning technology
Alfred Kärcher made his breakthrough into cleaning technology in 1950 with the development
of the first European hot-water pressure washer (the DS 350 steam blaster).
Even today, a half decade later, his original design still serves as the basis for
burner system technologies.Sadly, Alfred Kärcher passed away on September 17th, 1959 at age 58.
At that time, his wife Irene assumed management of the organization and directed the fortunes
of the company for three decades thereafter. Her children Johannes Kärcher and Susanne Zimmermann von Siefart,
carry on the family enterprise today as the second succeeding generation. Read more