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.
After Karl Ruggli’s death in the late 70s, his widow Emily Ruggli takes over the company.
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.
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.
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.
Ruggli launches the CL3 tampon machine.
The company moves to new facilities for production and administration in Koblenz.
Ruggli launches the TLD tampon machine.
Ruggli develops packaging systems for applicator tampons and other potential markets.
The company celebrates its 50th anniversary
Ruggli builds various customised tampon machines (confidential projects).