Experts for the material application since 1923

With the onset of mass production in the automotive industry after the First World War, it became uneconomical for the industry to paint vehicle bodies manually, so paint spraying technology became established in America for the first time.

Richard Curt Walther from Wuppertal came into contact with the new technology in his function as general agent of the Leipzig Tangier Werke and recognized the potential of spraying technology. He then founded the "Spritzapparate und Maschinenbauanstalt" in Wuppertal-Vohwinkel in 1923, where he developed and marketed high-quality spraying tools.

Among the first best-sellers were small paint spraying systems consisting of a compressor, cup gun and a practical carrying case. Thus, the company's developments under the name WALTHER PILOT quickly become a fixture in the Weimar Republic.

In particular, the versatility of WALTHER products contributed to the company's great success. Because everywhere where painting is done, the novel technology is appreciated.

Solutions were also quickly developed for the problems that arose when using the spraying technology. For example, portable pressure tanks were produced for processing larger quantities of material. The company also recognized the harmful effects of spray mist on health and the environment and developed appropriate extraction systems.

After the Second World War, WALTHER also initially benefits from the boom of the years of the economic miracle. In 1961, a new production plant is built at the Neunkirchen-Struthütten site in the Siegerland region. In the mid-1960s, Walther employs around 350 people. The company enters the field of tank construction for material handling and quickly becomes the market leader in the pressure tank sector.

The traditional company is taken over by employees and business partners. Further development into a system provider for spraying and painting technology takes place, as well as an expansion of the product portfolio into related business areas such as adhesive and non-contact marking technologies.

In 2002, J. Wagner GmbH acquired the company. With a wide range of products for a variety of industries, flexible manufacturing and specialization in niche products, they continued the successful concept of the brand. In 2021, the pistol production was handed over to J. Wagner GmbH in Altstätten. Since then, the administration and pistol assembly are still located in Wuppertal-Vohwinkel.

Today, Walther Spritz- und Lackiersysteme GmbH employs around 159 people at the Wuppertal and Neunkirchen-Struthütten sites and has been the international market leader for equipment and systems for material conveying and application since 2019.