Bereich Composite

History

A workshop was at the beginning

For more than 3 generations in the family - For 120 years in Landau, Germany - and a reliable partner for the future.

Jakob Wickert, a trained master locksmith, founded the J. WICKERT machine factory in Landau on May 4th, 1901. Together with 8 journeymen and 5 apprentices he started to build presses. What could be more logical than to develop and produce presses for wine and fruit growing in what is still the largest wine-growing community in Germany today?

The WICKERT presses have always met the highest standards, for example: the hydraulic top-pressure wine press presented in June 1938. The spindle presses available in various sizes were also equipped with modern hydraulic press units. Early on Jakob Wickert began thinking about transferring his experience in press construction to other fields of application. In 1939, dewatering presses for cotton were developed. The product range was expanded in 1948 to the extent that is still valid today.

1901 | Founder – Jakob Wickert

In 1901 Jokob Wickert founded his own company for the production of presses in Landau, Germany. On the 4th of May 1901 the company “Maschinen-Fabrik J. Wickert“ started out with 8 journeymen and 5 apprentices.

1901 | Hydraulic wine and fruit press​

Construction of the first hydraulic wine and fruit press

1936 | Company entry

The two sons Hans and Jakob Wickert join the company. Company name changed to J. Wickert und Söhne

1939 | Drainage press

Development of first large drainage press for cotton processing

1941 | Elastomer industry​

First press for elastomer industry

1942 | Company takeover

Company taken over by J. Wickert Jr.

1948 | Rubber vulcanising press​

First rubber vulcanising press

1955 | Expansion

Expansion of the production capacities

1976 | Company takeover

Company taken over by Hans J. Wickert

1982 | Progress

First automatic transfer machine with mould handling and programmable control

1992 | Pharmaceutical applications​

First press for pharmaceutical clean room applications

1995 | Rotating machine

Development of the first rotating machine for much shorter cycle times

1995 | Formed component build with recyling-plastic​s

Contruction of the first injection moulding machine for moulded parts made of recycled plastics

1998 | Company entry

Stefan Herzinger joins the company as managing director/partner

1999 | ​Innovation Award

Innovation Award: For development used in the construction of ABS sensors

1999 | Innovative Company Award

Winner of the Outstandingly Successful and Innovative Company Award from the Investitions- und Strukturbank (ISB) Rheinland-Pfalz.

2000 | Extension

Building extension: 600 m² assembly area

2001 | Micro-structural technology

Takeover of USP Pressen GmbH: expansion of micro-structural technology business

2001 | ​Innovation Award

Innovation Award: Press for medical rubber parts

2001 | Innovative Company Award

Renewed winner of the Outstandingly Successful and Innovative Company Award from the Investitions- und Strukturbank (ISB) Rheinland-Pfalz.

2004 | ​Innovation Award

Innovation Award :Press with "zero tolerance" during mechanical processing

2004 | Innovation Award

Another award as a successful and innovative company

2007 | Hardening presses / fixture hardening​

Strategic entry into hardening presses / fixture hardening

2007 | Innovation Award

Renewed winner of the Outstandingly Successful and Innovative Company Award from the Investitions- und Strukturbank (ISB) Rheinland-Pfalz

2007 | Innovation Award

Innovation Award: Press for production of bipolar boards

2008 | Extension

Building extension: 2.000 m² assembly and storage area

2008 | Innovation

Innovation: Press for fully-automatic production of CFC boards

2011 | Extension

Building extension: 18 new workstations for mechanical design and programming

2012 | Innovation

Innovation: RTM process for the production of composite laminated springs

2013 | Innovation

Innovation: Hybrid heating system up to 425°C Variotherm

2013 | ​Innovation Award

Innovation Award: "Thermodiffusionsbondens polymerer Substrate"

2014 | Extension

Extension: logistics area

2015 | Extension

Building extension: 150 m² office area

2015 | Investment into capacity expansion for the mechanical processes

In the year 2015 successful investments in the area of mechanical processing were made. A total of € 1,5 millions was invested into a center for deep drilling and milling, including a round table for the machining of the hotplates developed by Wickert. With the new machine our leading roll in the area of hot plate technology has been strengthened.

Furthermore, a travel stand milling machine with a clamping surface of 7.000 mm x 2.000 mm was successfully put into operation. The fully automated, NC-controlled system weighs almost 50 tons and continues to ensure precise work on large pieces, for the press and equipment construction. With this investment Wickert once more highlights the philosophy of working with a high quality of equipment to ensure the production of high quality presses. They ensure the capacity and flexibility for the future.

2016 | Wickert Maschinenbau GmbH receives a success award

We received the Success technology award for the development of a forming and hardening press with a metal sealing hardening chamber.

2017 | Wickert press construction becomes even more environmental friendly

Not only the presses run environmental friendly and energy efficient: The construction also meets high standards. One of our assembly halls with a total area of 400 m² was optimized to be more energy efficient. The European Regional Development Fund supported us on that behalf.

2018 | From press engineering to plant engineering

Press construction in a large scale becomes standard

2019 Feb. | Groundbreaking

Groundbreaking ceremony

2019 Feb. | Construction starts

Start of two new assembly halls