Ahead of our time for 50 years
Harri Wilke founds the company "Wilke Werkzeugbau" in Wuppertal. The company rapidly develops into a recognised specialist in the manufacture of extrusion dies for the aluminium industry. Erosion and milling machining, as well as the necessary advice, round off the range of services.
The traditional handicraft company becomes a modern industrial company with pioneering computer controlled machinery, CNC programming and CAD systems.
Hans Joachim Wilke founds the sales company Wilke Erodiertechnik. 1989 sees the start of integrated contract production at Wilke Werkzeugbau GmbH.
Wilke starts construction of the new company premises at the present site. Relocation takes place one year later.
Many extrusion companies outsource their toolmaking operations and rely on Wilke. An expansion of the production and office areas becomes necessary.
Wilke is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001.
Wilke starts to collaborate with the Dortmund University Institute for Forming Technology and Lightweight Construction in order to promote and support research and development in the sector.
Wilke commissions the first 5-axis milling machine.
Wilke expands its premises to enable expansion into the global market.
The IT systems are modernised to meet the high demands of the industry as well as to guarantee high system availability.
In the year of the company's 50th anniversary, the contract production division is being modernised. Fully air-conditioned production areas now enable continuous, high-precision production.
Since July 2015 Wilke has been part of the international group of companies held by Phoenix International S.p.A. in Verdello (Italy), which is regarded as one of the world’s leading companies in the development and production of extrusion dies for aluminium profiles.
In October 2016 Wilke Werkzeugbau ceased its services in the field of contract production and since then has concentrated exclusively on its core competence in the field of development and production of extrusion dies.