The founders of the Diethelm and Keller companies started their businesses in the late 1860s, trading products between Europe and Asia. Over time, descendants of the founding families expanded the trading business to take in marketing, logistics and related services, while also diversifying into industrial and travel activities.
Today, the Diethelm Keller Group consists of five operating units, plus the Diethelm Keller Real Estate and Shareholder Services division and a major participation in DKSH Holding Ltd. All subsidiaries hold strong positions within their respective fields and operate with a high degree of entrepreneurial autonomy.
At the end of 2019, the five operating units employed around 4,800 people in 29 countries.
DKSH employs more than 33'000 people representing around 70 nationalities in 35 countries.