Founding the WIKU saw factory
Always still close to home and innovative in thinking - The history of WIKUS begins with an ambitious idea: The technological further development of the metal band saw, Wilhelm Hubert Kullmann, supported by his brother Josef, founds the company WIKU in a former stable in Spangenberg, which was later renamed WIKUS in 1962.
Construction of the first company building
Metal band saws made from tool-grade steel are produced and manufactured in the new building in order to replace the previously dominant circular saw on the saw market worldwide.
Opening up new markets
WIKUS dedicates itself to internationalisation: The first subsidiary with WIKUS IBERICA is founded in Spain and new markets are opened up in South America.
25 years of WIKUS
25th annual company anniversary with a staff of 132 employees.
WIKUS becomes a family-managed incorporated company
Dr. Jörg H. Kullmann and Rolf Kullmann, sons of Wilhelm H. Kullmann, take over the management and lay the foundation for the additional expansion of the company.
WIKUS is the first European saw blade manufacturer to be awarded the certificate for the quality assurance system according to DIN EN ISO 9001.
40 years of WIKUS
40th annual company anniversary with a staff of 342 employees and inauguration of the new administration wing with shipping department.
WIKUS manufactures a new generation of carbide saw blades and thereby sets new benchmarks for the industry: In the production hall with the name of 1st carbide bandsaw, FUTURA, the most extensive production lines in the saw market are created. The WIKUS SAW subsidiary is additionally founded in the USA.
WIKUS is classified as Europe's largest saw blade manufacturer with over 400 members of staff. Saw bands with cutting materials are developed and produced: Tool-grade steel, bimetal, carbide and diamond.
Expansion of the production area
Expanding the FUTURA production hall with around 4500 m² of production area.
WIKUS mourns for Rolf Kullmann
Rolf Kullmann, the company´s commercial CEO, passes away at the age of 49.
Amendments to the Management Board
Dr. Jörg H. Kullmann takes over as Operative Chief Executive Officer for WIKUS Saw Factory. His father, Wilhelm H. Kullmann, joins the Supervisory Board as Chairman. Furthermore, the company was awarded second place in the “Hessen Champions” competition in the “Job Engine” category.
New construction for Hall 9
The new Hall 9 creates a state-of-the-art customer order production facility with a production area of 7000 m².
WIKUS around the world
The decade represents the constant internationalisation of the company. Own sales companies and service companies are founded in all strategic markets in order to respond even quicker and more flexibly to global customer requirements. The foreign subsidiaries: WIKUS Nordic / Sweden and WIKUS Saw Technology / Shanghai are founded.
The foreign subsidiaries of WIKUS France and WIKUS Austria are founded.
The foreign subsidiary WIKUS India is founded.
New construction for Hall 2
5000 m² production area: This new capacity has become necessary for the research and development of the latest plant and system technology.
Innovation with in-line production
Commissioning for the first machine series in in-line production is completed - with a process interlinking which is unique in the saw market.
60 years of WIKUS
Opening ceremony for the new WI.com corporate center and foundation of the foreign subsidiary WIKUS Canada. At the 27th Hessian Entrepreneur Day, WIKUS is awarded the title of Hessen Champion for the commissioning of the first ever in-line production in the field of process innovation.
WIKUS presents two product innovations: the all-rounder PRIMAR® and the CBN-coated band saw blade CUBOGRIT®. With the WIstore for automated ordering processes and a new website, WIKUS is taking further steps into the digital future.
WIKUS mournes the loss of Wilhelm H. Kullmann
On December 24, 2019, the WIKUS family has to say goodbye to its company founder and senior partner Wilhelm Hubert Kullmann, who died at the age of 91. His lifetime achievement will be maintained and carried on.
Even in times of crisis, WIKUS remains a reliable partner and innovation driver and has been awarded again the research seal from the Stifterverband. The online offers and concepts of agile cooperation which were already developed before the exceptional year of the Corona pandemic have proved their worth. Customers and partners can rely on the availability of the products and services.