HISTORY A long tradition.

FROM 1981 TO 1989.

Foundation After decades of experience in the field of plant and power station construction and as a sales manager for electric heating systems, Peter Reiter founded ETHERMA in 1981.

The core business is the heating of private and social residential buildings, hotels and commercial buildings with underfloor storage heaters. This period was characterized by good sales work, the development of new calculation and dimensioning methods in the absence of existing standards and experience and the development of new and efficient control methods. This period also saw the development of the practical articulated crossbar, which is still popular with fitters today and enables quick and varied installation. A large selection of heating mat sizes enables precise planning adapted to performance and room geometry.

Planning and construction of the first fully electrically heated large hotel in Europe with underfloor storage heating. Market launch of the self-designed silicone constant heating tape, WPH for heating long pipes (400 V) and SHK for gutter heating. Expansion on foreign markets (Germany, Spain), beginning cooperation and supplier for electrical wholesalers such as Elin, Siemens i-center, further large orders from housing cooperatives, project planning and commissioning of the Hotel Ananas (largest electrically heated hotel in Vienna).

Development of the mesh heating mat for laying in a bed of tile adhesive. Design protection at the Munich Patent Office. A product with a success story. Thanks to the sewing technique, it is still the most installation-friendly heating mat on the market.

FROM 1990 TO 1999.

Heating of more than 1,000 apartments with underfloor, storage, partial storage or direct heating, especially in social housing. Founding of the sales office in Vienna, major order, project planning and delivery of electric underfloor heating for the Sobiesky Hotel in Warsaw.

Further consolidation on the domestic market, creation of sales partnerships in Switzerland and Holland. 1993 Foundation of the company ETHERMA Skandinavia OY in Finland.

Construction of a new company building with modern offices and a production hall for the manufacture of heating mats in Henndorf. The product range is expanded to include church bench heating panels and underfloor heating panels.

Introduction of underfloor convectors made of extruded aluminum for heating houses with wooden floor constructions and for preventing cold air from alling through large panes of glass.

The ST heating mat for installation in mastic asphalt is significantly improved by adding a stable glass fiber mesh to the practical support crossbars. An unrivaled product (design-protected at the Munich and Vienna Patent Office) that enables installation without fixing to the subfloor and does not float up in mastic asphalt. Especially suitable for heating helipads.


With the introduction of the electrosmog-free dipole heating conductor on self-adhesive large-grid support mesh, the DS tile heating system was born. VDE tested in accordance with DIN EN 60335-1 (VDE 0700-1):2007-02

The NSP heating mat with Teflon insulated heating conductor was developed for the subsequent installation of open space heating on existing concrete or asphalt surfaces. It is installed in a polyurethane or epoxy resin covering that is only 15 - 20 mm thick.

ETHERMA perfects its range of wall-mounted heaters with the LAVA designer infrared heating panel. In addition to its elegant design in the colors white, red, black and mirror, this heating panel offers pleasant heat radiation. Takeover of the factory representation for Olsberg night storage heaters type III and II for Austria. Foundation of a subsidiary in Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

Foundation of ETHERMA Deutschland GmbH. Thomas Reiter becomes Managing Director of both companies in Austria and Germany.

ETHERMA becomes the exclusive sales partner for SOLAMAGIC products, thus expanding the product portfolio in the infrared heating sector with high-quality short-wave infrared heaters.

Great success at the KBIS (the world's largest kitchen and bathroom exhibition) in Las Vegas when the LAVA is awarded "Best Product in Show".


Opening of Plant 2 in Henndorf as a new production facility to meet the high demand for LAVA design infrared heating appliances.

Development of a new corporate identity - in the course of this, the ETHERMA logo is given a facelift. The thermostat product range is further expanded and the popular eTOUCH series is added.

ETHERMA is a founding member of the IG-Infrared association, which has set itself the task of enforcing binding quality standards in the booming infrared heating sector.

In December 2017, another important step towards internationalisation was taken. ETHERMA Holding GmbH is the result of the merger of Jowitherm Nederland BV and ETHERMA Elektrowärme GmbH, based in Henndorf. At the same time, Jowitherm Nederland BV became ETHERMA Benelux BV. ETHERMA Austria thus takes on a dual function as the sales organization for Austria and as the production headquarters. ETHERMA Germany and ETHERMA Benelux are sales subsidiaries.

Viessmann, one of the leading international manufacturers of heating, industrial and cooling systems, acquires a stake in ETHERMA. The investment strengthens ETHERMA's Salzburg site with its production facilities, as growth potential can now be exploited even better.

The international expansion course is continued. The ETHERMA Group has grown continuously in recent years. The focus on expansion and internationalization is an important reason for this; ETHERMA is now active in over 10 countries. With the founding of ETHERMA Nordics, based in Copenhagen, we are expanding further north and opening up the markets of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland.