Family Enterprise
with a Long Tradition

Superior Products Directly to the Customer

Vorwerk & Co. KG was founded in Wuppertal in 1883. During the course of its 132-year history, the company, originally a carpet factory, has grown into a highly diversified, global corporate group. Vorwerk nevertheless remains a family enterprise to this day.

Vorwerk’s core business is the direct selling of high-quality products. The Vorwerk product range includes household appliances (the Kobold vacuum cleaner, the Thermomix kitchen appliance, Twercs Tools, products from Lux Asia Pacific) and JAFRA cosmetics. The akf banking group, the Vorwerk carpet factories and the HECTAS Group as an associate company all belong to the Vorwerk entrepreneurial family. Superior products and a special customer approach are something all divisions have in common, and what makes Vorwerk so special.

Vorwerk provides jobs for 625,000 people worldwide, of whom 612,000 work as self-employed advisers and over 12,000 as employees. Vorwerk generated a Group sales totaling more than 3,5 billion euros in 2015 and operates in 70 countries.

Vorwerk Group / Sales by Division 2015



Total number of employees incl. akf bank group:12.612
Self-employed sales advisers "Household Appliances":52.947
Self-employed sales advisers JAFRA Cosmetics:559.937
Total Vorwerk workforce:625.496
Number of countries which sell Vorwerk products and services via business units and exports:71
Group sales 2015:€ 3,5 billion


Vorwerk Group / Sales by Division 2014

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