Every big story has its beginning. That of the Würth Group began in 1945 in Künzelsau, a small German town in the region of Hohenlohe. Over many decades, the screw wholesaler has developed into the world’s largest company for assembly and fastening technology and into a patron of art and culture.
Adolf Würth, who has already worked in the industry for 20 years, founds a wholesale company for screws and nuts in Künzelsau. The company is entered in the commercial register on 16 July 1945. Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is the parent company and the largest individual company of the Würth Group. This date marks the beginning of the global enterprise.
Adolf Würth, founder of the business, passes away at the age of 45. His 19-year-old son Reinhold takes over the company. The annual sales volume amounted to around EUR 80,000 at that time.
Reinhold Würth sets up Würth Nederland B.V, the first company outside of Germany. Companies in Switzerland and Austria are added in the same year.
With the acquisition of the painting “Cloud Reflection in the Marsh” by Emil Nolde, the foundation stone is laid for the Würth Collection. Today, it comprises more than 18,500 works of art. The collection focuses on sculptures, paintings, and graphics from the late 19th century to the present, and more recently on the art of the Early Modern Age.
With the acquisition of a company in Japan and the establishment of its own company in Malaysia, Würth is now also represented in Asia, in addition to America, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.
A new administration building is inaugurated in Künzelsau-Gaisbach on 15 May 1992. The iconic piece of architecture also houses a museum that is open to the public.
On 1 January 1994, Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth resigns from operative management and takes over the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Würth Group.
Due to his outstanding entrepreneurial achievements Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth is appointed as a professor for entrepreneurship at the University of Karlsruhe (TH), where he teaches until the end of the summer semester of 2003.
The Würth Group closes an outstanding business year with new records. The company surpasses the five-billion-euro sales mark, thus fulfilling Prof. Reinhold Würth’s “Vision 2000,” which he had formulated in 1987, at a time when Group sales still amounted to EUR 700 million.
Robert Friedmann, who started his career at Würth in 1992, is appointed Chairman of the Central Management Board of the Würth Group.
On 1 March 2006, Bettina Würth takes over the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Würth Group from her father. Professor Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth acts as Honorary Chairman of the Advisory Board and remains Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group. On 4 May 2006, Alma Würth, co-founder of Adolf Würth GmbH Co. KG, passes away at the age of 92. Together with her husband Adolf Würth, she was the driving force behind the establishment of the parent company and largest individual company of the Würth Group.
At the beginning of the 2008/2009 school year, Freie Schule Anne-Sophie, which is sponsored by the Würth Foundation, celebrates the opening of its new school buildings in Künzelsau.
Two special milestones in the Würth Group:
Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth celebrates his 75th birthday in April and Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, the parent company and largest individual company of the Würth Group, celebrates its 65th anniversary.
The Würth Group receives a new logo.
The Würth Foundation, which promotes projects in the fields of art and culture, research and science, and training and education, celebrates its 25th anniversary.
Würth Haus is opened in Rorschach, Switzerland. In addition to six Würth companies, it houses the exhibition rooms of Forum Würth Rorschach, a pick-up shop, and conference rooms.
With the 80th birthday of Reinhold Würth and the 70th company anniversary of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, the Würth Group celebrates two milestones. In line with the company's tradition of celebrating such occasions, the birthday and anniversary culminate in a great number of events. The public is invited to an open-house day on 21 June.
The Würth Group continues to strengthen its e-business activities by launching its very own B2B online platform in Germany. Using the Wucato platform, customers are provided access to the Group-wide product range consisting of more than 500,000 products from Würth Group suppliers for the first time.
The inauguration of the Carmen Würth Forum culture and convention center in Künzelsau-Gaisbach is celebrated with a great ceremony on 18 July. Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group, says in his speech: “I wanted to raise a monument in my wife’s honor. Carmen and I have been married for 61 years, and I am most grateful for every day spent with her. It is a great way to keep her memory alive well beyond our days.”
Würth plans to manufacture cordless power tools itself in the future by entering into a joint venture with Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd. The joint venture is called WÜRTH MASTER POWER TOOLS LTD.
Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group, looks back on an outstanding career: He turned a two-man business into a globally operating group for assembly and fastening materials. On 1 October 2019, the entrepreneur celebrates his 70th work anniversary. Many friends and guests from the worlds of politics, business, and culture arrive at Carmen Würth Forum for the anniversary celebrations.
In June 2020, Museum Würth 2 for contemporary and modern art opens. The annex to the Carmen Würth Forum convention center in Künzelsau, Baden-Württemberg, designed by David Chipperfield Architects, is completed.
Honoring their entrepreneurial achievements and their commitment to society and culture, the German business newspaper Handelsblatt admits Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group, and Bettina Würth, Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of the Würth Group, to the Hall of Fame of Family Businesses, along with another four German companies.
20 years Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall. On 18 May 2001, the private museum Kunsthalle Würth in Schwäbisch Hall is officially opened by then-Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder. Since then, the museum has developed into a great attraction for art lovers of all ages due to its generous opening hours seven days a week and free admission.
Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG opens one of the world’s most sophisticated test centers for fastening technology, including an anchor laboratory. At the Reinhold Würth Innovation Center CURIO, product designers from the Würth Group work alongside scientists and students from technical universities on product and system innovations.