1960er Eroeffnung Werk Stuthuetten

Neunkirchen-Struthütten location
New opening in 1961

1960er Farbspritzroboter

Start of robot technology
First paint spraying robot

1960er Halbautomatischer Beschichtungsstand

Coating booth

1960er Messestand Pilot

Exhibition stand
with pilot poducts in focus

Innovation, Expansion, and Progress – Pilot is More than Just a Program

Mergers and takeovers characterize the painting industry in the 1960s and substantially shaped the competitive landscape. To consolidate its own market position, Walther opens a second production site in Neunkirchen-Struthütten in 1961, where pressure tank construction and large-scale production of ventilation systems, standard boxes, and coating lines are realized. This decision is closely related to the flourishing metal industry in Siegerland, which is still considered an outstanding center for metal processing to this day. The choice of this location therefore represents a coherent entrepreneurial approach in which Walther benefits from both the existing expertise as well as the infrastructure of the region and thus becomes the market leader in the field of tank manufacturing.

To complement the portfolio, the company adopts the "Airless Paint Spraying" technology, developed in the USA. This new technology is particularly advantageous for processing large, contiguous surfaces.

At the same time, the company introduces its first paint spray robot as part of this innovation. However, these modern models are no longer marketed solely under the name "Walther". In 1962, the new brand name "Walther Pilot" is officially registered, under which the company is still known today, making history. With over 350 employees, Walther relies on a strong workforce to drive its visions forward.

The painful loss of Richard Curt Walther in 1968 marks the end of the 1960s, a decade that concludes with profound emotional impact. For his family and the company, he founded, which will miss the brilliance of his foresight and leadership, this event is a major turning point.