Sprecher + Schuh has provided reliable control and protection solutions for its customers since 1903, when the company was founded in Aarau, Switzerland, by two entrepreneurial engineers. Carl Sprecher and Heinrich Schuh combined their talents to produce some of the most innovative low-voltage control products of their day, including automatic switches, overload devices, high-interrupting capacity fuses, and some of the first oilbreakers.
Along with a mission for continual product development and improvement, Sprecher + Schuh was equally interested in promoting the growth of the industry as a whole. In 1906, Sprecher + Schuh played a key role in the formation of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The visionary stance of the IEC was to standardize electrical equipment for the world market, and ultimately facilitate the application of products internationally. Through efforts of the Commission, such standards as DIN and VDE were adopted with the participation of manufacturers – but more importantly, with the support of industry engineers and people who actually used the equipment.
In the years that followed, Sprecher + Schuh expanded participation in North American based industry organizations such as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Canadian Standards Association, the Association of High Tech Distributors (AHTD), the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA), and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED). By actively engaging with these organizations, Sprecher + Schuh was able to design products to meet industry needs with quality, reliability and value.
The North American organization includes a large number of distributors covering the US, Canada and Mexico — all selling the familiar brand that, to this day, is still manufactured with pride in Aarau, Switzerland and now also in manufacturing facilities around the globe.
Today, Sprecher + Schuh offers a wide range of low-voltage industrial control products, including contactors, a variety of relays, starters, push buttons, switches, terminals and controllers, to name a few. All products are crafted with precision and tested rigorously for performance — far exceeding industry standards. Sprecher + Schuh has come to be the industrial control manufacturer of choice for many customers around the globe seeking quality, reliability, and a name they can trust.