History

History

From Dortmund to the entire world

Caspar Ludwig ("Louis") Opländer founded the company in 1872 as a copper and brassware factory in Dortmund, thus laying the foundation for its development. Today, WILO SE is one of the world's leading manufacturers of high-tech pumps with over 60 production sites and distribution companies and more than 7,000 employees worldwide. 

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Foundation of the Louis Opländer Kupfer- und Messingwarenfabrik.

WILO History 1872

1872 - Foundation of the Louis Opländer Kupfer- und Messingwarenfabrik.

Invention of the world´s first circulation accelerator.

WILO History 1928

1928 - Invention of the world´s first circulation accelerator.

With this development, significant progress was made in hot-water heating in comparison to the previous gravity circulation.

The "Wilo-Perfecta" is presented.

WILO History 1953-neu

1953 - The "Wilo-Perfecta" is presented.

A complete success - the relative-to-its-output small pump is maintenance-free and requires no lubrication after installation.

100 year company anniversary.

WILO History 1972

1972 - 100 year company anniversary.

Acquisition of the French pump manufacturer Pompes Salmson.

WILO History 1984

1984 - Acquisition of the French pump manufacturer Pompes Salmson.

Wilo "Star-E", the world´s first electronically regulated circulation pump, is launched.

WILO History 1988-neu

1988 - Wilo "Star-E", the world´s first electronically regulated circulation pump, is launched.

New Wilo production plant - Wilo Pumps Ltd. - opens in Korea.

WILO History 1994

1994 - New Wilo production plant - Wilo Pumps Ltd. - opens in Korea.

Wilo launches the world´s first high-efficiency pump with the "Wilo-Stratos".

WILO History 2001

2001 -Wilo launches the world´s first high-efficiency pump with the "Wilo-Stratos".

Take-over of EMU Unterwasserpumpen GmbH and EMU Anlagenbau GmbH.

WILO History 2003-neu

2003 - Take-over of EMU Unterwasserpumpen GmbH and EMU Anlagenbau GmbH.

Acquisition of Mather & Platt Pumps Ltd in India.

WILO History 2005-neu

2005 - Acquisition of Mather & Platt Pumps Ltd in India.

Foundation of the Caspar Ludwig Opländer Foundation.

WILO History 2011

2011 - Foundation of the Caspar Ludwig Opländer Foundation.

The majority of the WILO SE shares held by the Opländer family will be transferred to this foundation. This creates the optimal prerequisites for thriving company development.

Wilo is continuing to invest in the growing Asian market.

WILO History 2012

2012 - Wilo is continuing to invest in the growing Asian market.

A new production facility of WILO SE was opened in Beijing.

Wilo is way ahead of the times.

WILO History 2015

2015 - Wilo is way ahead of the times.

Strict efficiency levels for pumps will come into force in the EU in 2013 and 2015. The ErP (Energy related Products) Ecodesign Directive relates to nearly all energy-consuming and consumption-related products, thus including circulation pumps for heating and air-conditioning systems. The stipulated efficiency levels will be introduced in two stages – from 1 January 2013 and from 1 August 2015. Consequently, the sale of around 80% of models currently available on the market will no longer be permitted. The objective is to reduce energy consumption and the resultant CO2 emissions through environmentally sound product design. The high-efficiency models in the Wilo-Stratos series already meet the particularly stringent requirements of the second stage of the EU regulation, thus also providing planning certainty regarding future projects.