150 Years W&H: Building The Future Together

150 Years W&H: Building The Future Together


2019 marks the 150th anniversary of  Windmöller & Hölscher. In search of an anniversary motto, we reflected on what has characterized W&H over the past 150 years, what shapes us today and how we imagine the future. The common denominator: Building the Future Together. 

WE stands for our trusting relationships with customers and partners. WE also stands for all W&H employees worldwide - because they are our most important success factor. 

BUILDING stands for our core competence: building machinery. And also how we put it into practice - in our modern production facilities. BUILDING literally shows itself at our growing locations all over the world. 

For 150 years, we have been shaping the FUTURE with our pioneering spirit. Our ideas have shaped the flexible packaging market: From the conical bag machine in 1869 to PACKAGING 4.0 and beyond. FUTURE  means that we take responsibility for tomorrow. And FUTURE signifies our promise to hire young talent and commit ourselves to education and training.

"Building the Future Together": Since 1869, today and tomorrow. That's what we want to celebrate! We will fill our motto with life all through the year: With stories from our past and views into the future. The highlight: In October - coinciding with the K trade fair at Düsseldorf - we will celebrate this occasion with customers, employees and friends.




#Building the Future Together - yesterday, today and tomorrow



W&H 150: First W&H machine in 1872

The first machine

W&H built the first machine in 1872 for its own production. The goal: A machine that produced conical bags faster and better than was possible by hand. In the nineteenth century, Gottfried Windmöller and Hermann Hölscher built the future with their first cone machine. Due to this pioneering spirit W&H has become the world market leader over the last 150 years and it is still alive in the company today. For example in our central idea: Passion for innovation. 



W&H 150: Blown film lines in transition

Entry into extrusion lines

W&H is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. However, W&H only entered the extrusion market when it was just under 100 years old. In 1967 the first blown film line was developed in Lengerich. In the video you can see the beginnings of blown film extrusion compared to our lines today.




W&H 150: The evolution of gravure printing

W&H is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Our product range today includes high-performance lines for extrusion, printing and converting. In 1953, W&H first started building gravure printing machines with MERKUR. Today the portfolio is led by the high-performance premium line HELIOSTAR II, for particularly high efficiency, and the DYNASTAR, for particularly short job lengths. See the progress in the video.



W&H 150 - The Beginning of Film Valve Sack Machines

W&H turns 150 and we look back on the beginnings of our bottomers: In 1934, the AD folding and gluing machine was developed, the first bottomer for paper. 30 years later, in 1966, the first bottomer for film bags was developed: AD Plastic. The AD Plastic line is one of the most successful machines in W&H's history. Today, the AD Plastic 2 valve bottomer is the market leader for PE cross bottom valve bags.

There is much more to come - STAY TUNED!