75 Years – 75 Insights
Shaping the Future of Endoscopy with you
In 2020, KARL STORZ celebrated 75 years of success. To mark this occasion, we offer you 75 meaningful and interesting glimpses of our family company’s past and present. Read on to discover a panoply of historical retrospectives, interesting facts, touching moments, and unforgettable successes — all fascinating insights into who we are and what has been motivating us for more than 75 years.
Whether you are a customer, employee, or fan: Browse the gallery and explore our glances at the past, present, and future.
We Are Looking Ahead
KARL STORZ's anniversary year is coming to a close, and we have enjoyed sharing our memories of 75 successful years with you. We are highly motivated to continue shaping medical technology through our innovations in service of patient health. Shaping the future of endoscopy with you.
Learning for the Benefit of Patients
Through training courses, workshops, and congresses, we support physicians and their assistants worldwide: The importance of promoting targeted continuing education and professional development opportunities increases with the complexity of surgical techniques and the associated instruments and devices.
Global Center of Medical Technology
Dr. med. h. c. Karl Storz brought modern endoscopy to Tuttlingen. Over time, the city has developed into a center of medical technology, and is now home to almost 400 other medical technology companies. Together, they form a cluster, Tuttlingen's economic heart.
In 2009, KARL STORZ became a founding member of the Tuttlingen University Campus Support Association. With a membership of over 100 partners, the association promotes the idea of practice-oriented higher education by supporting this university concept with EUR 2.5 million annually.
Growth & Globalization
"My goal was to globalize the company my father founded and develop it sustainably. Technological milestones and dialog with physicians were and continue to be our foundations for ensuring that people worldwide can benefit from minimally invasive surgical techniques."
Dr. h. c. mult. Sybill Storz
Chair of the Supervisory Board
Help That Lasts
Since 2011, KARL STORZ has been part of the German Doctors NGO's circle of supporters. As part of this partnership, companies like KARL STORZ contribute donations, materials, and knowledge to support physicians’ volunteer work in developing countries. Visit www.german-doctors.de to find out more.
Committed to Women’s Health
In 2006, Dr. h. c. mult. Sybill Storz met gynecologist Dr. Catherine Hamlin, a pioneer in the care of women with childbirth injuries in Ethiopia. Since that time, Dr. Storz has been supporting projects in Ethiopia and Uganda to help women with childbirth injuries get treatment. For more information, visit www.fistula.de
Taking Responsibility – Today & Tomorrow
We support: KARL STORZ joined the United Nations Global Compact 17 years ago. By doing so, we have committed to promoting ten sustainability principles in the areas of human rights, labor, the environment, and anti-corruption, and to incorporating those principles into our business activities.
For the past five years, KARL STORZ has been the main sponsor of the Schwenninger Wild Wings – a commitment that goes beyond the players’ jerseys: Together with the ice hockey club, we hold an annual competition to nurture young people’s enthusiasm for sports and social projects.
KARL STORZ Aktiv
We look back on many years full of fun, sports, and entertainment: The establishment of our company sports group in 1993 laid the foundation for KARL STORZ Aktiv. The association not only promotes sports and team spirit, but also supports social projects in the region every year.
Endoscopy in Art
In the summer of 2020, the designer Patrick Jouin presented his exposition entitled "The Dream of Forms" (Le Rêve des formes) in Paris. In his "exploratory journey to the heart of the object" (Voyage Exploratoire au cœur de l'objet), he uses KARL STORZ endoscopes to visualize the complex internal design of his pieces of art.
KARL STORZ received the prestigious Deutsche Innovationspreis 2017 (German innovation award) in the "Major enterprise" category for its C-MAC® Pocket Monitor video laryngoscope. There is a good reason why the C-MAC® Pocket Monitor is used by air rescue services virtually throughout Germany.
For 75 years, the chance of people being cured has been our motivation for producing the highest possible quality. Until the day of his surgery, Rahim Sewani lived with severe sensorineural hearing loss. With the help of KARL STORZ technology, he is now able to hear his daughter’s voice.
Learning – a lifelong process
“The Instrument Maker” – a bronze sculpture made by the artist Roland Martin – symbolizes how knowledge is passed on from one generation to the next. In 1987, the Storz family donated this sculpture, which has been gracing the Tuttlingen market square and our headquarters ever since.