Global Q&A Series: An Interview with Dr. Reinhard Zinkann of the Miele Group
Miele is one of the world's leading provider of premium domestic appliances for cooking, laundry care, and floor care. The company also produces dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers for commercial use, as well as machines for reprocessing medical instruments and for laboratory needs. Founded in 1899 by Carl Miele and Reinhard Zinkann as a centrifuge factory, Miele established itself as a supplier for many segments of the agricultural industry by offering dairy factory equipment, washing machines, bicycles and even automobiles. Today, the company focuses on producing durable domestic and commercial appliances that deliver superior quality, performance and user comfort.
Their products are exported to nearly 50 countries around the world, including the United States. Miele expanded their operations stateside in 1983 when the company opened a U.S> headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey. They've since relocated to Princeton, New Jersey and operate 10 different showrooms throughout the U.S. It's products in the U.S. are marketed alongside high-end competitors like Dacor, Viking Range, and others.
Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, who shares the name and family lineage with the Miele cofounder, serves as one of five Executive Directors in the company. He was gracious enough to spare some time to answer a few questions from Dealerscope. Here's a look at our conversation.