16/04/15

Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth celebrates his 80th birthday

A visionary turns 80: A life dedicated to a company and its employees, to the Hohenlohe region, to art and culture, to society

He turned a small screw wholesaling company into a world market leader in the trade with fastening and assembly technology. He employs more than 66,000 people all over the world. He established an art collection of more than 16,000 works. Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group's Family Trusts and Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Würth Group celebrates his 80th birthday on Monday, 20 April 2015. 500 guests, friends and companions will attend the festive ceremony at Freie Schule Anne-Sophie to celebrate Prof. Würth. Expected speakers are Günther H. Oettinger, European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, and Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Foreign Minister.

Anniversary trilogy

In 2014, the Würth Group and Reinhold Würth celebrated a very special event: his 65th employment anniversary. With the 80th birthday of Reinhold Würth and the 70th company anniversary of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG (the parent company of the Group), the Würth Group completes a trilogy of anniversaries around which many events will be held in 2015, as corresponds to the tradition of the company of celebrating such occasions. The public is invited to an open-house day on Sunday, 21 June 2015.

The person Reinhold Würth – curiosity has always been his driving force

"I always wanted to know what there was behind the mountain or the next corner." This statement of Reinhold Würth himself describes him best. This curiosity has always driven him – and still does. He is distinguished by this courage to enter rough terrain and to look where nobody even expects to see something. He combines this characteristic with his skill to inspire people. He knew right from the start that a company needs values and a strong culture to avoid that objectives would just remain visions. He has always attached great importance to respecting and recognizing the performance of each individual. Such appreciation is a quality distinction of him and the Würth culture. The company's principle of "The term we consider most important in dealing with each other is thank you" reflects this.

Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth

Adolf Würth, the father of Prof. Reinhold Würth, founded Adolf Würth GmbH Co. KG in Künzelsau in 1945. In 1949, 14-year old Reinhold Würth started training as an entrepreneur at his father’s screw wholesale business. After the early death of his father in 1954, he took over the company at the age of 19. Starting in the years of reconstruction in postwar Germany, he has turned the former two-man business into a trading group operating worldwide with more than 400 companies in more than 80 countries. In 2014, the group of companies generated sales of more than EUR 10 billion.