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#DidYouKnow? 110 years W+D!


Did you know that Winkler+Dünnebier is celebrating its 110th anniversary on August 12, 2023?

Do you know when and how this story of inventive genius, engineering skill, innovative machines, and committed people started? No? Then follow our anniversary series on this page or on LinkedIn and learn more about the company’s milestones. You will find brief insights and surprising facts at regular intervals.

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„When you look at the picture of the first W+D workshop in Neuwied from 1913, you realize how the world has changed in the last 110 years, what exciting times we have experienced, what challenges we have overcome, and what outstanding work has been done. Our thanks go out to all employees, customers, and partners who are part of the W+D story and who have thereby made us what we are today. Our know-how, which forms the foundation of our current market position, is the result of these experiences, and these experiences in turn make us all better together—in the present and in the future.“

Thank you for 110 years of trust. Better together!

A glimpse into the history of W+D

Check back here regularly—this article will be continuously updated.

How it started

On August 12, 1913, the invention of the rotary principle for envelope machines led to the foundation of W+D.
Stay tuned for more on our 110th anniversary series, as we will be celebrating this momentous milestone with you all year long.

W+D in the 30s

The launch of the first roll envelope machine was one of W+D's outstanding projects in the 1930s.
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W+D in the 50s

The youth shapes our future!
Nearly 150 apprentices were trained in up to 10 different trades in the 1950s.
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W+D in the 70s – Part I

In 1973, the subsidiary in Overland Park, Kansas/USA was founded, today known as W+D North America.
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W+D in the 70s – Part II

One of the most important decisions was certainly the diversification of W+D's production program. In 1976, W+D started building machines for hygiene products, such as paper handkerchiefs, paper or nonwoven napkins, facial tissues, dry wipes for personal and industrial use, sanitary towels and baby diapers. Explore highlights from the past below!

W+D in the 70s – Part III

In the 1970s, a foray into the music business was made by building machines for the vinyl records industry, such as filling, pressing, record jackets and gatefolder machines. Many of these are still in use today! Explore highlights from the past below.

Celebrating 110 years of history by focusing on the future: Incredibly, building machines for the vinyl records industry resumed this year. Stay tuned for more by following W+D POEM on LinkedIn.

W+D in the 80s – Part I

In 1980, the first W+D sanitary napkin and baby diaper machine, the W+D 640, was introduced.

W+D in the 80s – Part II

41-year work anniversary: We are incredibly proud to have our long-time employee @ (1) Ulrich Wald | LinkedIn. We are very grateful for his expertise and appreciate his commitment to us and our customers. Here's to many more years!

W+D in the 80s – Part III

In 1980, the first highly efficient 4-lane Handkerchiefmachine, the W+D 624, was introduced. Up to 200 units of this high-performance machine are sold to this day.

W+D in the 90s 

In 1990, the first W+D light inco machine for discrete high-performance lady products was introduced.

W+D in 2001

In 2001, W+D POEM (PreOwned Envelope Machines) was founded with the strong commitment to the used envelope machine and mail inserting machine market. Stay up to date by following W+D POEM on LinkedIn.

W+D in 2010

In 2010, W+D expanded its production program to include modular inserting systems with the purchase of Buhrs-ITM GmbH. These inserting systems are suitable for a variety of applications in the areas of direct mail, transactional mail, light packaging, special applications like school photos, greeting card and vote by mail ballot applications. Explore our latest solution, the W+D BB820+ 20K multi-format inserter!

W+D in 2013

In 2013, W+D launches the world's fastest two-lane tissue production system. Explore in the video the highlights of the most innovative and flexible medium-speed handkerchief production line encompassing converting, packaging and bundle-wrapping, the VENTUS-FLOWTOS!

W+D in 2015

In 2015, W+D became part of the U.S. Barry Wehmiller Group and is now part of its BW Converting Solutions platform with six industry-leading brands.

Curious to find out more about our platform? Feel free to follow our activity on LinkedIn or visit https://www.bwconvertingsolutions.com/

The countdown is on!

In nine days, the time has finally come: We are celebrating the 110th anniversary of W+D
August 12th, 2023 - W+D turns 110!

Today W+D turned 110!

We will celebrate our 110th anniversary together with our employees. We’re proud of the hard work and dedication from our teams around the world – past and present – and we look forward to what we can achieve in the next 110 years.

Thank you, team, for your commitment and passion – Better Together!

Big W+D employee family party

An unforgettable experience! More than 800 guests celebrated the company's 110th anniversary last Saturday at the headquarters in Neuwied, Germany. The weather was perfect, and the varied programme provided great entertainment. There was something for every taste!

An all-round successful celebration that we will certainly remember for a long time.