History

1962

Karl Ruggli builds custom-made sewing machines in Zurich
Shortly after founding his company, a pharmacist asks him to sew a length of yarn onto a wad of cotton.
Karl Ruggli goes on to develop his first tampon machine with an output of 10 tampons per minute.

1970
After Karl Ruggli’s death in the late 70s, his widow Emily Ruggli takes over the company.

1980
Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) puts an end to Procter & Gamble’s RELY brand. After a worldwide anti-tampon campaign, Ruggli’s tampon machine sales decline.

1985
Ruggli is sold to the German company Niepmann AG. Besides machines for the tobacco industry, Niepmann AG builds tampon machines for Johnson & Johnson.
Niepmann produces exclusively for Johnson & Johnson, Ruggli is partner for own brands.

1995
Political and legal pressure on the tobacco industry grows.
Niepmann fails, Ruggli is acquired by DAX Holding AG. DAX remains majority shareholder to the present day.

2002
Ruggli launches the CL3 tampon machine.

2009
The company moves to new facilities for production and administration in Koblenz.

2011
Ruggli launches the TLD tampon machine.

2012
Ruggli develops packaging systems for applicator tampons and other potential markets.
The company celebrates its 50th anniversary

2017
Ruggli builds various customised tampon machines (confidential projects).