Wurth Australia – A member of the Wurth Group
Standing alongside 400+ international companies, Wurth Australia is part of the global operating Wurth Group. Being known as the world market leader in its core business – the sales of assembly and fastening materials – the Wurth Group generated its highest annual turnover in history of EUR 19.95 billion in 2022. Compared to the generated sales in 2021 (EUR 17.1 billion), this corresponds to an increase of 15.1 percent.
Wurth – A family business
As a constantly growing business, the Wurth Group employs more than 85,000 employees in over 80 countries. The international team services 3.9 million customers with their 125,000+ products and service solutions worldwide. Exceptional for its size, the Wurth Group is still a family held business, which was founded by Adolf Würth in Künzelsau/Southern Germany in 1945.
Milestones of the Wurth Group
It all started in 1945 after World War II in Künzelsau, a small town in Southern Germany. Adolf Würth who has been in fastening business for more than two decades, established a wholesale company supplying screws, nuts and bolts. Products that were definitively required to rebuild what has been destroyed during the war.
From an early age on, Adolf Würth’s son Reinhold Würth joined the family business. He officially started his career as the company’s first apprenticeship and second employee after he left school at the age of 14 on 1st October 1949.
Still during his apprenticeship in 1951, Reinhold Würth was sent on his first sales trip on his own by his father Adolf Würth. The 15-year old youngster was supposed to look for new customers in Düsseldorf, a city approximately located 400 km northwest of Künzelsau. To demonstrate and showcase products on customer site, Reinhold used to load the company’s handcart with Wurth products.
1954 has been a sad year for the Würth family as family business founder Adolf Wurth passed away at the age of 45. His 19 year old son Reinhold Würth took over the business, which had already an annual turnover of about 80,000 Euros. With his incredible enthusiasm, talent and work ethic he turned the two-man company into a dynamic, worldwide operating trading group with more than 77,000 employees worldwide.
The first Wurth logo, based on Reinhold Würth’s idea, was designed. The emblem shows two screw heads – a socket head screw at the top and a round head screw at the button – that surround the Wurth lettering.
Wurth went global. The company’s first foreign subsidiary “Würth Nederland B. V." was founded in 1962. Many other has followed since then. Today the Wurth Group counts more than 400 companies in over 80 countries countries across all five continents.
The globalisation of the Wurth Group is continuing. After expanding to several European companies, Wurth took the step to the USA in 1969.
Wurth established the first company in South Africa in 1970.
The trading company started to develop their own products with their own branding. The brand ZEBRA® was born. Since the early days, ZEBRA® has been systematically developed and expanded.
Modernisation of the Wurth logo that was first created in 1956 and last modernised in the 1970’s. With adding a new element to the logo, the emblem has now a brand strip.
In the 1980’s the mother company Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG experienced a significant boom. Between 1980 and 1985 the turnover of the Wurth Group almost doubled and exceeded the billion Deutsche Mark (DM) turnover border for the first time. And the Wurth Group is continuously expanding…
In 1987 Wurth enters the Asian market by acquiring a company in Japan and establishing their own subsidiary in Malaysia. With their commencement in both countries, the Wurth Group is now present on all five continents.
On 20 April 1995, the Wurth Group’s mother company Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG celebrates its 50th anniversary. In the same year, the Wurth Group achieved record sales of EUR 2.2 billion.
With the new medium “Internet”, Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG simplifies their customers’ procurement process. The ordering system “Würth Katalog Online” (WÜKO) = “Wurth Catalogue Online” was launched.
An outstanding year of the company history with new sales records exceeding EUR 5 billion. This achievement represents the fulfilment of the target set by Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth. His “Vision 2000”, formulated back in 1987 when group sales were just EUR 700 milion, becomes reality.
In 2005, the Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG celebrates 60 years in business.
The Wurth Groups’s mother company Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG is the Group’s first entity to record sales of EUR 1 billion in a fiscal year, including intra-Group sales.
Two special anniversaries for the Wurth Group: In April, Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth celebrates his 75th birthday and Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, parent company of the Wurth Group, its 65th anniversary
Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, parent company of the Wurth Group, celebrates the laying of the foundation stone of a brand new logistics center in Southern Germany. The new building provides the logistic basis for the company’s future growth. 60,000 order lines can be picked every day. The building offers storage space of 17,000 square meters.
The Wurth Group bolsters its e-business activities by launching its very own B2B online platform in Germany in December 2016. Wucato, an e-procurement solution and online procurement platform for the B2B sector, allows customers to access a Group-wide product range consisting of more than 500,000 products from suppliers within the Wurth Group. Wucato will serve as a pioneering sales channel, enabling the Wurth Group to respond to more complicated demands of its customers and react to new market conditions.
Opening of the Carmen Würth Forum, a new convention center at the Wurth headquarters in Germany. The inauguration ceremony was celebrated on Carmen Würth’s 80th birthday, after whom the building is named. Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth wanted to rause a monument to his wifes's honor to keep her memory alive well beyond their days.
The Wurth Group achieves records in sales and operating results. According to the preliminary annual financial statement, the Würth Group reports a sales volume of EUR 12.7 billion in 2017 (previous year: EUR 11.8 billion). This corresponds to a growth of 7.5 percent. Adjusted for foreign currency effects, growth comes to 7.9 percent. In particular, companies in Eastern and Southern Europe grew dynamically. With respect to the business units, Electronics and Production show above-average growth rates.
70 years of service to the company! Prof. Dr. h. c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the , can look back to an extraordinary professional life. He turned a two-man business into a globally operating organisation. On 1st October 2019, Reinhold Würth celebrated his 70th work anniversary with many friends and guests from politics, business and culture at the Carmen Wurth Forum at Kuenzelsau/Southern Germany.
The beginning of a global success story
Prof. Reinhold Würth, today’s Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group’s Family Trusts, took over the family business at the age of 19 when his father Adolf sadly passed away at the age of 45 in 1954. Starting from the early years of the company in post-war Germany, he turned the former two-man business into a worldwide operating trading group.
We owe it to Prof. Reinhold Würth that we have a clear business orientation with a strong brand policy that incorporates a future-oriented product strategy, quality commitment and a customer focused obligation. We are proud of our unique and our ability to think in terms of visions which secure our long-term growth.