Walther Timeline


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The beginning of Walther Pilot


Walther Spritz- und Lackiersysteme GmbH was founded in 1923 by Richard Curt Walther in Wuppertal Vohwinkel. With the development of the "Luftikus" spray gun, the company revolutionized paint spraying technology in 1929, significantly shaping vehicle painting in Europe.

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Pioneering Work in a Time of Change


In the 1930s, the Walther brand played a key role in the industrial transformation with innovative techniques. The introduction of the "Small paint spraying system" and efficient spray devices for small parts secured the brand's early popularity.

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Revolutionary Progress for Higher Safety and Environmental Standards


Despite the global situation in the 1940s, Walther presented innovative solutions from 1945 onwards: portable pressure tanks increased production efficiency, while early developed extraction systems, ventilation systems, and combined spray and drying booths revolutionized the industry. Walther established itself as a pioneer prioritizing both performance and employee health.

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Remarkable Adaptability to Mass Production


In the 1950s, Walther developed the first automatic spray guns, reshaping the industry and supporting the rapid growth of vehicle mass production. The expansion of the pressure tank range made Walther a leading manufacturer of material pressure tanks.

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Innovation, Expansion, and Progress – Pilot is More Than a Program


In the 1960s, Walther solidified its position as a market leader in tank construction with a second production facility in Siegerland. The introduction of "Airless Paint Spraying" and the first paint spray robot, along with the establishment of the brand name "Walther Pilot," characterized this era. However, the decade ended with the painful loss of Richard Curt Walther, a significant setback for the company.

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A Time of Significant Changes at Walther


The 1970s marked a change in leadership at Walther Pilot. The company responded economically to the growing demand for efficient adhesive application systems - a strategic move emphasizing the company's adaptability.

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Challenges as an Opportunity for a Promising New Beginning


On October 22, 1987, "R. C. Walther GmbH & Co. KG" was renamed "Walther Spritz- und Lackiersysteme GmbH." Walther ventured into the promising field of marking technology, positioning itself as an innovator and successfully contributing to the company's regeneration into a new era.

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Focus on International Success


In the 1990s, Walther's business strategy proved to be successful. The introduction of the "Small Plant Engineering" (KLA) division and the strengthening of the company's international presence strengthened its market position.

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Strategic Directions with Acquisition by WAGNER


The 2000s was Walther's evolution and specialization. In 2002, the company was acquired by J. Wagner GmbH but retained as an independent brand. The development of nozzle extensions and the expansion of bonding technology are the focus during this time. Walther underscored its commitment to the highest safety and environmental standards.

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At the Pulse of Time with Modernizations


In the 2010s, digitalization, automation and environmental protection shape the painting industry. Walther responds with innovations, infrastructure expansion and dynamic corporate management. The modernization of the Wuppertal site from 2018 reflects Walther's efforts to move with the times and promote innovation.

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A Century of Pioneering Spirit


In the 2020s, Walther is focusing on decisive innovations, such as a change in management and greater sustainability. This demonstrates the company's determination to reduce its ecological footprint. Walther celebrates its 100th anniversary on December 15, 2023.

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