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History of WERIT establishment

The successful history of a traditional company

1949
The engineer Wilhelm Schneider and his son Helmhold Schneider acquired a small production facility located on Kölner Straße in Altenkirchen, Germany and established their own company, WERIT Kunststoffwerke W. Schneider.

1950
Motivated by the excellent insulation capabilities of plastics, the firm initially made products for the electrical industry. Duroplastics, better known under the name Bakelite, i.e. heat resistant plastics, were manufactured by the application of strong pressure. For this reason, many insiders still refer to our company as the "Presswerk Schneider". During the 1950s, the company built up its own production range and developed its own tools within the company. This allowed the company to respond to new requirements quickly and flexibly.

1962
Helmhold Schneider and his cousin Willy Korf founded the Westerwälder Kunststoffwerke. This company made plastic canisters using an extrusion blow moulding process.

1964
Construction of a new hall for injection moulding machines which were able to produce items weighing up to 17 kg each. This enabled the business to manufacture bottle boxes as well as storage and shipping containers. Again, WERIT proved to be an innovative pioneer and supplied products for dairy processors, breweries and fresh beverage manufacturers.

1969
Establishment of the subsidiary plant at Bludenz/Austria.

1970
At the ISH (International Trade Fair for Sanitary, Heating and Air Conditioning) WERIT presented the largest heating oil tank ever blown in one piece (volume of 2,000 litres) to an amazed world of industry experts.

1971
Foundation stone laid of the WERIT Wissembourg subsidiary plant in France.

1972
Acquisition of Isoplex AG in Zurich, Switzerland. The company had embarked on its mission to become a European Corporate Group.

1974
In-house construction of the world’s largest extrusion blowing machine at the time for the production of single-process blown heating oil tanks with a volume of up to 5,000 litres. Development and manufacturing all occurred under one roof.

1978
Incorporation of Josef Mohr GmbH into the WERIT Group.

1985
Series production launch for industrial pallet containers. These containers have capacities of 600-1,000 litres and are suitable for the transportation of liquids and pastes. The IBCs meet the standards of a wide range of dangerous goods classes and are subjected to continual tests by the official approval agencies.

 

 

History of WERIT machine transport

1987
JOMO Sanitär-Kunststofftechnik was established as a new company folli=owing on from the Cologne-based Josef Mohr GmbH, which had been merged into the Group in 1978, and the production facility was relocated to Buchholz.

1991
WERIT was one of the first industrial companies to establish a subsidiary in Germany’s new Federal States, called WERIT Kunststoffwerke Sachsen in Ottendorf-Okrilla.

1995
Festive ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ottendorf-Okrilla plant. Keynote address by Professor Dr. Kurt Biedenkopf, Ministerpräsident of the State of Saxony.
 
Roll-out of pallet production in Ottendorf.

1999
Start-up of a new assembly line for container production in Wissembourg, France and in Altenkirchen, Germany.

2003
Inauguration of the new WERIT factory in Manchester, Great Britain.

2004
Establishment of PACKONE, a corporate joint venture founded for the reconditioning of industrial packaging supplies.

2006
Expansion of the IBC production line.

2009
The company celebrated its 60th anniversary.

2010
New injection moulding machine in Altenkirchen with 160 t and 250 t clamping force for the production of IBC accessories.

2011
Construction of a large pallet injection moulding facility in a new production bay at the Altenkirchen site.

2012
Development of a world first; the antimicrobial (i.e. self-cleaning) IBC.

2013
Expansion of pallet production and enhancement of existing range to become a separate product line.

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