Experience pays off
"Experience is understood perception," said the
German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, and the message is one we have understood
and put into practice. For 85 years WILBRA has stood for customer orientation,
a partnership approach and a high degree of technical expertise.
The company started off as a metalwork factory. A locksmith by trade, Wilhelm
Brand, returned from captivity as a Russian prisoner of war to his home town
of Velbert in 1919 and, together with his wife, established Schlossfabrik Wilhelm
Brand. The small family firm produced furniture fittings, hinges and castors.
In 1943 the firm branched out into bicycle parts and hardware
for hairdressers but production of these was discontinued in the early
1950s. With an eye to developments in technology, work was begun on a
sizeable modern injection moulded plastics plant in 1956.
The business expanded rapidly in response to demand
not only in Germany but also from all European countries and from Africa