The legend of Würth Industrie Service.

"On and on but true to its roots" This sentence sums up everything that Würth Industrie Service stands for. As a brand. As a company. And as a C-parts partner. Let us take you on a journey shaped by tradition and innovation.

1945 – From the beginning

History is written by people. People like Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, who in 1945 founded the company that bore his name: Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG. This laid the foundation for the Würth Group. Formerly the Industry Division in the parent company Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG in Künzelsau, Reinhold Würth recognised the potential of supplying industrial customers and the associated growth market. And so, Würth Industrie Service was founded on 13 January 1999 as an independent subsidiary at the Industriepark Würth business park in Bad Mergentheim. The Industriepark Würth business park at the Bad Mergentheim site in central Germany was the ideal location for the company's activities. The former Deutschorden-Kaserne barracks has served as the corporate headquarters of Würth Industrie Service for over 20 years. The Deutschorden-Kaserne barracks on the "Drillberg" in Bad Mergentheim was closed when the armed forces across Europe were reduced in size in the early 1990s. The armoured brigade 36 that was stationed there was relocated and taken out of service in 2003. The barracks site was acquired by the Würth Group in 1999 and converted by Würth Industrie Service into a European logistics centre using the existing infrastructure to serve industrial customers.

 

Industriepark Würth, 1999
On the Drillberg, 1999
Barracks site, 1994
Barracks, 1999
Visit with Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, 1998
Reception at Würth Industrie Service, 1999

2000 – A step into independence

On 1 January of the new millennium, Würth Industrie Service took over the business of the industrial division of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG. At first, the idea of employing 88 people over an area of 122 hectares seemed inconceivable. But the figures and success story over the years have proven the founders of the company right. This step was made possible by the joint efforts of all colleagues. Another milestone this year was the inauguration of the Kanban logistics centre in February. It has a total area of 11,000 square metres. With a total of 9200 pallet spaces and over 100,000 shelves, there really is room for a whole lot of goods! On 22 and 23 July 2000, Würth Industrie Service presented itself to the general public for the first time with an open day event. The number of visitors was huge, with over 100,000 guests!

 

Inauguration of the Kanban logistics centre, 2000

Inauguration of the Kanban warehouse, 2000

Würth Industrie Service open day

Open day, 2000

2001 to 2005 – Ongoing improvements

Together with Liebherr-International Deutschland GmbH, Würth Industrie Service won the WIN-WIN-Cup* awarded by the Association of German Engineers (VDI*) in 2001. This is an annual B2B award presented for business relationships in which customers and suppliers can both be considered winners. In 2002, Sales at Würth Industrie Service was divided into the Automotive, Cargo, Kanban and E-Commerce divisions. Würth Industrie Service also supplied customers of Würth Switzerland from Bad Mergentheim, while in 2003 Würth Industrie Service took over the logistics supply for Würth Industrie France. In addition, work to expand the Kanban warehouse by an additional 5500 pallet spaces over a floor area of 2000 square metres began. The numbers were eye-opening – 15,000 pallet spaces, 45 metres high. In 2004, a plan was drawn up for a corresponding warehouse on the Drillberg. This was followed by the initial groundbreaking for the first construction phase of the new high-bay warehouse (N07). At this time, the incoming and outgoing goods warehouse on the Drillberg was annexed as a new building to the high-bay warehouse in Building N06. From the beginning of 2005, the new EU countries were also supplied from Bad Mergentheim, and the WINWORK® (Würth Industrial Network) began to grow. WINWORK® companies in India and China consolidated the industrial network in Asia.

 

Pallet warehouse

New pallet warehouse, 2003

Würth Industrie Service high-bay warehouse

Ongoing construction of the new high-bay warehouse (N07)

2006 to 2007 – Another discovery Café Waldeck

The worldwide industrial network WINWORK® continued to grow. Companies in Brazil and South Africa, as well as a new branch office in Great Britain, strengthened the industrial network. On 21 February, 2006, the first groundbreaking ceremony took place on the Ketterberg for the conversion of the former Café Waldeck into the Reinhold Würth Haus. The Reinhold Würth Haus, a new conference and event centre, was officially inaugurated in 2007. Lord Mayor Dr. Barth handed over a street sign for "Reinhold-Würth-Straße" on behalf of the town of Bad Mergentheim. A second high rack warehouse (N08) is built and directly connected to the existing high rack warehouse (N07).

 

Café Waldeck

Café Waldeck, 2005 ...

Reinhold Würth Haus

... eventually became the Reinhold Würth Haus event centre.

2008 to 2015 – Continuous innovation

The year 2009 began with a major innovation in Kanban logistics: The development and introduction of the W-KLT® (Würth small load carrier). This was followed by a string of awards, such as the 2009 Deutscher Logistik-Preis (German Logistics Prize) for the project "Modular Logistics: The Solution for Multi-Channel Distribution" or the Bambus-Champion 2010 award. The annual award honours companies that stand out from the competition due to above-average growth, innovation or other success factors. In 2011, the WIN-WIN CUP was awarded for the best customer-supplier relationship of the decade between the Liebherr Group and Würth Industrie Service. The year 2012 also brought some significant innovations. The brand exceeded 1,000,000 items in the industrial range, the new Kanban container W-KLT®2.0 was officially ready for production as a further development of the revolution in Kanban logistics, the ORSY®mat 3.0 was introduced as an innovative output system for managing C-part requirements in material management, and the iBin® camera module was released in 2013 as an optical ordering system that revolutionised the entire material management process over the long term. The goal of the iBin® is to link and automate C-Parts management and direct workstation supply in real time. The new iBin®WP heralded the industrial revolution in C-parts management: Industry 4.0 – The person at the centre of a networked system world. Networked systems – Digital. Real. Transparent. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML), the iDISPLAY was developed 2015. The CPS®MOBILE app opens up an additional management system and offers a transparent exchange of information and data.

 

W-KLT® – Würth small load carrier
W-KLT®2.0 – Würth small load carrier 2.0
Environmentally friendly components
iBin®: The first intelligent Kanban bin
iBin®WP: Direct, networked workstation supply
iDisplay & CPS®Mobile: Networked systems

2016 to 2019 – Looking to the future

Is your factory really lean? Gone are the days when supplying companies with C-parts involved nothing more than delivering the required item. These days, the supplier has developed into a partner that is integrated into the process landscape of a company, and supports the company in being networked in the digital and physical world through comprehensive systems, services and information media. Since 2017, the expansion of the high-bay warehouse has increased storage capacity by more than 49,000 pallet bays to around 650,000 storage slots, of which 150,000 alone are for pallets. The test lab for Würth Industrie Service was accredited as an official testing centre. The iPLACER® was added to the RFID range. At the end of the year, Würth Industrie Service generated sales of more than EUR 500 million for the first time. In 2018, with CPS®miLOGISTICS items from outside Würth are integrated into C-parts management along with standard and special parts, and they are included in the automated Kanban supply for Würth Industrie Service. In 2019, the innovation factory grew when innovative automated technologies such as the ORSY®mat WGT and ORSY®mat CHE were added to the Würth Industrie Service range as further solutions that allow users to digitalise their entire supply chain and make this supply chain more transparent. The ORSY® LockBox is a simple and flexible way for companies to control their racking and warehouse management processes. Further investments to expand the location are being implemented, including the expansion of the high-bay warehouse by 30,000 bays. The expansion of the Würth Industrie Service logistics centre is an ongoing endeavour. Between 2018 and 2020, a total of EUR 160 million has been invested in expansion measures to ensure security of supply for customers. The company plans to start operations in this regard in 2020.

 

Würth Industrie Service lean factory

Is your factory really lean? From a supplier to a networked partner

Würth Industrie Service construction projects

Logistics expansion in full swing – investing in the future