Laying the foundations for the digital future
With the official ground-breaking ceremony for the “Smart Factory”, the Wilo Group heralds the next stage of its “Wilo Campus Dortmund” location development project. “There are enough examples of manufacturing companies leaving the Ruhr region. We have deliberately chosen to buck this trend,” says CEO Oliver Hermes. The guests from the worlds of business, politics, science, culture and sport also included the then Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hannelore Kraft, and Dortmund’s mayor Ullrich Sierau. “This is the start of fantastic construction project on a huge scale,” says Dr Jochen Opländer, Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Board.
Acquisitions in the USA
Wilo acquires the operating business of the pump manufacturers Weil Pump Company, Inc. and Scot Pump Company as well as of Karak Machine Corporation in an asset deal. The acquired manufacturing capacity enables the company to meet the needs of customers on the US market in a prompt and targeted manner and to offer a wider range of high-quality products made in the USA.
Design Plus award for the Wilo-Stratos MAXO
The Wilo-Stratos MAXO not only sets new standards in terms of connectivity, efficiency and flexibility – the high-efficiency pump also features an impressive design. It is therefore awarded the “Design Plus” seal of quality. The Wilo-Stratos MAXO perfectly combines form and function. As well as looking good, it is also particularly easy to operate and install.
“Wilo brings the future” – this is the motto with which Wilo presents itself at the sector’s leading global trade fair ISH in Frankfurt. In our booth covering 1,200 m², we demonstrate our claim to be in the lead in the digital era by presenting our smart products and innovative solutions. For us, innovation leadership means always staying a step ahead technologically and being the first to launch innovations on the market. The highlight of Wilo’s appearance is the Wilo-Stratos MAXO, the world’s first smart pump*.
Double success in the Brand Awards
This year, WILO SE is presented with two German Brand Awards by the renowned German Design Council in Berlin: Both the digital customer interface and an employer branding project for young target groups impress the high-calibre jury.
Working together for a strong Europe
Wilo joins the initiative “We4Europe”. Under this slogan, several well-known German companies and institutions have come together to send a clear signal against right-wing populism and protectionism and in support of diversity, democracy and free trade in a free world.
Further expansion of market presence in Russia
Wilo reaches another milestone in tapping the Russian market and implementing its localisation strategy when it concludes a special investment contract with the Russian Federation. The implementation of this contract gives Wilo the status of a local manufacturer in Russia. For Wilo, Russia is one of the world’s most important individual markets with enormous growth potential. For this reason, Wilo has also made targeted investments in its own location here and increased the local value added.
Wilo welcomes industry leaders at strategy summit
At Wilo’s invitation, many prominent representatives from the worlds of business, science, politics, culture and sport meet in Berlin for the two-day strategy summit #GoDigital2017. Various different aspects of digitalisation are examined in 13 presentations and discussion rounds. According to host and CEO Oliver Hermes, the event is just a start and will be held again in future as a dialogue and information summit.
Federal President’s German Sustainibility Award
Wilo is presented with the renowned German Sustainability Award 2018 in Düsseldorf as one of the top 3 of “Germany’s most sustainable large companies”. In explaining its choice, the jury under the auspices of German Federal President Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier emphasised Wilo’s resource-conserving high-efficiency products and its comprehensive approach to sustainability.
* We understand a smart-pump as a new category of pumps, which goes far beyond our high-ef ciency pumps or pumps with pump intelligence. Only the combination of the latest sensor technology and innovative control functions (e.g. Dynamic Adapt plus and Multi-Flow Adaptation), bidirectional connectivity (e.g. Bluetooth, integrated analogue inputs, binary inputs and outputs, Wilo Net interface), software updates and excellent usability (e.g. thanks to the Setup Guide, the preview principle for predictive navigation and the tried and tested Green Button Technology) make this pump a smart-pump.