The company Luftschiffbau Schütte-Lanz was concerned at first construction of airships , later also with airplanes and automobiles. It was the largest German competition Ferdinand von Zeppelins in the field of rigid airship construction before and during the First World War . The Schütte-Lanz airships were superior to the Zeppelins but did not have the same success. however , at its plant in Zeesen in Brandenburg , about 500 aircraft were also built. After the First World War in 1922 had to be stopped according to the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles production. This meant the end for the company in airship construction.
It was possible to transfer the technological experience from airship construction to other business fields and from 1920 to 1924 built a branch, the Schütte-Lanz-Werke AG in Königs Wusterhausen - Zeesen , bodies for automobiles under the name Schütte-Lanz (SL) . 1922-1924 was also a passenger car with 4/14-horsepower engine.