Since 1934

From 1934 until the present, an unusual family and manufacturing saga

1934

1934

Hubert Schmidt

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1934

Hubert Schmidt

At the age of 27, Huber Schmidt creates his masonry business in Türkismühle (Saarland). In 1934, Hubert Schmitt is called up. His wife Antonia is the first woman to manage the family business

1948

1948

The first sideboards

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1948

The first sideboards

From individual turnkey houses to Schmidt Küchen sideboards: the sideboard large-production factory is built and the first models are demonstrated at the St Wendel (Saarland) exhibition.

1959

1959

Setting up in Liepvre

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1959

Setting up in Liepvre

The Saarland is once again part of Germany. On 6 July, Cuisines Schmidt moves to Lièpvre and manufactures Heidi sideboards.

 

1967

1967

Growth under the leadership of Karl Leitzgen

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1967

Growth under the leadership of Karl Leitzgen

Karl Leitzgen marries Antonia Schmidt and gives an incredible boost to Cuisines Schmidt Lièpvre with the motto “Be the best, respect everyone, succeed together.”

1975

1975

First kitchens catalogue

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1975

First kitchens catalogue

Sideboards are no longer profitable. Cuisines Schmidt changes gear and launches kitchen units; the first catalogue, which features the standard, prestige and classic ranges, is published. The manufacture of bespoke front panels is established.

1983

1983

The company enters the digital age and Cuisines Schmidt becomes Salm

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1983

The company enters the digital age and Cuisines Schmidt becomes Salm

On 13 July, the last Prestige 150 sideboard is manufactured. With the arrival of the first digital order, the company becomes the Société Alsacienne de Meuble (SALM).

1989

1989

The Cuisines Schmidt brand gathers speed

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1989

The Cuisines Schmidt brand gathers speed

SALM launches its “Cuisines Schmidt” brand policy in Paris and becomes the second largest French Group. A new modern factory is created in Sélestat and the Türkismühle site is brought into the French fold.

1992

1992

Launch of Cuisinella

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1992

Launch of Cuisinella

The SALM Group broadens its appeal and launches a new affordable range for young, first-time customers: “Cuisinella”.

1995

1995

Antonia Leitzgen

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1995

Antonia Leitzgen

Karl Leitzgen dies suddenly; his wife, Antonia, takes over the management, supported by Jean-Marie Schwab. Schmidt offers a free choice of colours, styles and multiple combinations and begins bespoke manufacture on an industrial scale.

2001

2001

Bespoke manufacture or Made-to-Measure in operation

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2001

Bespoke manufacture or Made-to-Measure in operation

A bespoke (made-to-measure) line of furniture and a range of interior solutions ideally suited to respond to customer attitudes, tastes and needs. Schmidt continues its export drive.

2006

2006

Anne Leitzgen

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2006

Anne Leitzgen

Anne Leitzgen, granddaughter of the founder, takes over the management of the family Group; she strengthens the network of exclusive showrooms and enters new territory, transforming the Group into the European leader and an international player.

2008

2008

No. 1 French kitchen manufacturer

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2008

No. 1 French kitchen manufacturer

SALM is the proud holder of three certifications (quality, environment and safety), a first for kitchen manufacturers. Fully automated production begins at its new Sélestat, U2 site. The Group becomes the No. 1 French kitchen manufacturer.

 

2010

2010

No. 1 exporter

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2010

No. 1 exporter

Schmidt has a presence in 25 countries. Thanks to its sustainable development policy, the Group obtains the new eco-label certification.

2014

2014

The conquest of Asia

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2014

The conquest of Asia

SALM opens a plant in China by signing a joint venture with the company SSK, which already has a network of 1,200 furniture showrooms. Two new Schmidt  concept showrooms for Europe: Schmidt Home Stories and Schmidt made-to-measure cupboards and wardrobes. SALM promotes the extended enterprise by putting the customer at the heart of its concerns.

2015

2015

Certification: ISO 50001 (energy management)

2016

2016

Schmidt Group obtained in 2016 the label "Responsible Supplier Relations"

2016

2016

Salm becomes the Schmidt Group

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2016

Salm becomes the Schmidt Group

Echoing its strong growth and its culture of innovation, the Group honours the entrepreneurial spirit of its founding family by making the founder’s name part of the identity of the extended enterprise which brings together all its manufacturing and sales stakeholders. The creative genius of Hubert Schmidt is more alive than ever!

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