ELYSATOR – a Swiss pioneer in water technology

ELYSATOR – a Swiss pioneer in water technology Heinrich Rickenbach, born in Zurich in 1931, completed an apprenticeship as a metal worker and mechanic. In 1950, straight after the training, he founded his first company for the construction and maintenance of facilities relating to water technology. He found technical support with his brother, who had completed his studies as an electronics engineer at Winterthur College. It was recognised early on that electrochemistry would play a leading role in the future of “water engineering”. It promised, in many cases, to be more economical and ecological than traditional water chemistry. But the beginnings were difficult; ecology had not yet been queried and years of research and development passed before the implementation on of the in some cases visionary ideas of the two brothers. In 1971, with the ELYSATOR® for heating systems, came the first great breakthrough. Oxygen diffusion through plastic tubing became the technical scourge of the first generation of underfloor heating. Chemical inhibitors failed and the electrochemical procedure triumphed. And so the product gave the company its name: ELYSATOR.

The 1970‘s – The development of the ELYSATOR® and founding of ELYSATOR AG in Zurich

1988 – Recognition of the ELYSATOR® as “state of the art”

1991 – Founding of a subsidiary in Germany

2004 – Development and registration of PUROTAP®

2010 – Spin-off of the largest water laboratory for the SHK industry

2013 – New building in Bilten (Glarus region of Switzerland)

2013 – Development and patenting of SorbOx®

Our location


At the beginning of 2013, ELYSATOR moved from Wollerau to Bilten in the Glarus region. The production and administration building was completed in just 8 months. In addition to the steel construction which houses two halls covering 1200 m2 for production and logistics, there is an adjacent 3-storey administration building in a conventional solid design with a floor space of 1‘000 m2.

Manuel Rickenbach:  “We are committed to Switzerland as our production location. With technologically advanced production systems, innovative products, complete logistics, consistent quality assurance and strong customer support which includes training and technical consultation, we ensure an ideal price/performance ratio and satisfied customers – which is why we are the market leader in Switzerland.”