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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 and Asia.