Miele is the world's leading supplier of premium domestic appliances for cooking, baking, steam cooking, cooling/freezing, coffee preparation, dishwashing, laundry and floor care. It also supplies dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers for commercial use, as well as cleaning, disinfecting and sterilising equipment for medical facilities and laboratories ("Miele Professional"). Founded in 1899, the company has eight production sites in Germany and one plant each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China and Romania. Sales in the 2016/17 fiscal year amounted to around 3.93 billion euros, 70 percent of which was generated outside Germany. Miele is represented in almost 100 countries by its own sales companies or by importers. The fourth-generation family-run company employs around 19,500 people worldwide, 10,900 of them in Germany. The company is headquartered in Gütersloh, Westphalia.