We celebrate 100 years of hygiene expertise for HARTMANN

A tradition of expertise


Founded as Bacillolfabrik Dr. Bode & Co. in 1924, BODE ranks among the leading hygiene specialists today. The company looks back on an eventful history completely dedicated to infection prevention. With
PAUL HARTMANN AG in Heidenheim, Germany acquiring BODE in 2009, two enterprises that have a long tradition in interdisciplinary research and development joined forces. Until today, the active exchange with scientists has been part of both company cultures.

Scientific network

Some milestones in the company history demonstrate the importance both PAUL HARTMANN AG and BODE Chemie attach to the exchange between science and practice.

Almost 140 years ago, for example, HARTMANN founder Paul Hartmann and Sir Joseph Lister developed the carbolic gauze, the world’s first antiseptic wound dressing, in the response to the fatal gangrene disease.

In 1965, scientists of Bacillolfabrik Dr. Bode & Co. and physicians from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany developed the first marketable alcohol-based rub-in hand disinfectant – Sterillium®.

To continue to expand this expertise in the future, the HARTMANN SCIENCE CENTER was founded in 2011 under the umbrella of the HARTMANN GROUP. This center of excellence focuses on exploring solutions for infection protection. Its core competences are scientific publications, the development of new standards and high-level guidance, thus successfully continuing the long tradition of combining science with practice.

A very special anniversary in 2024

We are pleased to announce that we are celebrating a very special anniversary this year: 100 years of successful company history for BODE Chemie GmbH.

100 years of disinfection expertise from Hamburg, Germany
100 years of hygiene expertise for HARTMANN

Alexander Schwieger, Managing Director BODE Chemie GmbH & Head of Division Disinfection at HARTMANN:
"A century full of challenges, growth, innovation and, above all, the support of you – our valued customers and partners – who have accompanied us on this journey. The coming years promise to be just as exciting as the last 100."

Our Products

From product solutions for hand and surface disinfection to skin care and skin antisepsis – accompanied by matching dispensers and accessories, expert advice, training and digital services, our product portfolio is comprehensive.Because our mission, then as now, is infection prevention.

Use disinfectants safely.
Always read the label and product information before use.