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How it all began

The history of Heinrich Wilke GmbH begins in 1929, as Heinrich Wilke had the Waldecker company entered in the companies' register under the abbreviation HEWI: HEWI is an acronym formed from his initials. The path from sheaf-binding equipment, to money trays, buttons and door protectors through to the first nylon lever handle was long and difficult and took 41 years.

The breakthrough

Then, in 1970, HEWI finally achieved its breakthrough with the classic, legendary lever handle 111. A range including cloakrooms, handrails and balustrades and sanitary products was created with the principle: each part matches the other. During the following years, HEWI acquired cult status. With clear shapes, colours and quality, the brand gains worldwide recognition.

On the way to accessibility leadership

In 1979, HEWI developed its first fittings products for older and disabled people. In collaboration with users, architects and those affected, HEWI developed further functional and design-oriented products – and became the topic and brand leader in the accessibility sector.

From polyamide expert to material-independent specialist

The Bad Arolser company set the next milestone in 2001. HEWI responded to the changing needs of the market with an extension in its material range. Lever handles made of stainless steel or aluminium are nowadays just as much a part of the product range as sanitary accessories made of chrome and stainless steel with glass components. HEWI also proves its electronic expertise: Today, a new generation of electronic locking systems completes a comprehensive hardware range ...

HEWI - the system supplier

... and not only that. With the networking of the three business segments: hardware, sanitary and electronic locking systems HEWI satisfies the growing demand of the market and provides comprehensive system solutions from a single source. Whether entrance area, sanitary room or staircase, the products are coordinated with each other, both in style and in function.

Today the family business operates worldwide with around 600 employees. The HEWI production site - now grown to 43 000 m² - is located in the north-Hessian town of Mengeringhausen. The administration is based in the neighbouring town of Bad Arolsen.