The history of the WAGNER-Group
Joseph Wagner, the son of a residential property owner and founder of the company, is born in Augsburg, Germany.
After the end of the Second World War Joseph Wagner trades in repaired machine tools and also in goods which are needed in the post-war period (combs, wood glues, and glazing putty).
The WAGNER company is first entered in the trade register as a trading company with limited liability.
Development of the first electric spray gun Whisker. Therewith the WAGNER enterprise as we know it today is started.
First volume production of electric hand tools, such as a grease gun with pressure regulation up to 800 bar.
The company grows to a turnover of approx. 1.4 million Euros and 57 employees. A three floor factory building with staff canteen and a block of flats for employees arises.
The construction of a diaphragm type airless paint spraying machine begins a new chapter in the story of the company. The market share of this new generation of products climbs steadily.
WAGNER is world-wide the largest manu- facturer of electrical paint spray guns and Europes largest manufacturer of air- less high pressure paint-spraying equipment.
The headquarter in Friedrichshafen- Fischbach is extended. 400 people are now employed there. Joseph Wagner founds another independent manufactu- ring company, WAGNER International AG in Altstaetten, Switzerland. Monthly over 20.000 units of electric spraying equipment are produced and exported into over 80 countries.
Joseph Wagner sets up the Joseph- Wagner-Foundation in Friedrichshafen, which ensures the preservation and continuation of the company and makes it possible to provide support for charitable bodies. For the largest sales market, the USA, its own sales and marketing company in Minnesota is set up.
The Swiss Joseph-Wagner-Foundation is established.
With the formation of a department for industrial painting systems the leap into industry is made. Joseph Wagner is awar- ded the Cross of the Order of the Federal Republic with Ribbon.
Production start in the Minneapolis plant, USA. In Germany, the WAGNER plant design dept in Stuttgart ensures the growth of the industrial business.
Building of a new production and administration site in Markdorf. At this point the number of employees rises to over 1200 and exports are going to over 100 countries throughout the world.
Günter R. Cott is appointed the Managing Director of J. Wagner GmbH. With the purchase of the ESB company WAGNER becomes the European market leader in powder coating. The product range is continuously expanded and technologically improved. This is how WAGNER achieves technical leadership in this product sector throughout the world.
Death of the company founder Joseph Wagner.
WAGNER Czechia is established. Further acquisitions in the sphere of powder coating business follow in the USA (WAGNER Systems), in Italy (WAGNER Itep) and in Japan.
The product range in the consumer area is continually extended with paint roller equipment, heat guns, wallpaper strippers and solar lamps for the garden. Here too, the expansions are achieved by self-development and by acquisitions of other companies. In the industrial division the company Colora in Italy is acquired.
In China, one of the biggest future markets, a WAGNER subsidiary based in Shanghai is established.
WAGNER acquires the TITAN Tool Company in New Jersey, USA and thus becomes the second largest supplier in the US market of paint spraying equipment for contractors.
A new manufacturing business is founded in the Czech Republic which concentrates on producing consumer products at favourable cost levels. In the same year, the WAGNER-Group is restructured. WAGNER International AG is the holding company for all operating units. The owners of the holding company are the two Joseph-Wagner-foundations in Switzerland and in Germany.
Günter R. Cott hands over responsibility to Thorsten Koch, his successor in his function as Chairman of the Board. At this time the group of companies has 1700 employees and has achieved a sales turnover of 350 Million Euro.
With the company Walther-Pilot in Wuppertal, Germany WAGNER takes over an enterprise, which covers also the air spray gun sector.
WAGNER achieves a breakthrough in mist- free spraying on building facades in co- operation with science, industry and contractor businesses. The Nespri-Tec-System receives the Award for outstanding work in the trade from the Minister for the Economy and Labour of the Federal Republic of Germany.
60 years after the foundation of the company WAGNER, a world enterprise with about 1700 employees, 19 operating companies and approx. 50 international WAGNER agencies has been created out of the modest start all those years ago.