60 years of Warmpresswerk
On January 23rd, 1959, Max Bernhard Schachmann founded today's Warmpresswerk Max B. Schachmann GmbH in Plettenberg. He set up the first machines in a horse stable. That’s how he started with the production of radiator fittings. However, the space quickly became too narrow and further expansion wasn‘t possible. Thus, in November 1959, the move to Niederstadtfeld in the Eifel started. On the present company site, where today’s locksmith’s workshop is, was at that time a ball factory. That one was insolvent and thus could be bought by Mr. Schachmann and converted into a blacksmith’s shop. At that time, the first forge presses were in the lower rooms and the offices were upstairs. In the first years, the factory mainly produced radiator fittings. Shortly after the move to Niederstadtfeld, the company expanded further and was completely relocated there.
The first few years were not easy for the company, it was struggling with considerable financial and technical difficulties. Particularly the recession in 1967 made it difficult for the company with its already 100 employees. However, the year before, in 1966, the production had already been switched to more valuable forgings and finished parts, and also the machining workshop, which previously had been only a pure blacksmith’s shop, had been equipped so that the production of transmission parts such as gears and crankshafts and parts made of rust- and acid-resistant material was possible for the food industry. Over the years, the production facility has been modernized and enlarged, as well as the product range has been steadily expanded. The company currently has 9 forging presses with a press force of up to 31,500 kN, its own toolmaking facility, a turning shop and an extensive feedstock. This year, the tenth forging press - an AMP 1250 - will go into operation.
The maintenance work on forging presses and other machines is carried out by the company's own locksmiths. The starting material is shaved or sawed to the exact weight as required. Inductive heating and precision presses allow the production of blanks with minimal machining allowances and minimum tolerances. Today components of any kind and shape are forged, weighting from 0.20 kg to 25.00 kg. These are for general mechanical engineering, gear construction, engine construction, valve construction, automobile manufacturing, aviation construction and medical technology.
The long-standing success story of Warmpresswerk would not have been possible without our dedicated employees, loyal customers and suppliers. Many thanks to all of you for that. But not without the current owner and CEO Mr. Hans-Joachim Willke, who entered the company in 1968 and advanced it with great success. From 2001 to 2014, he was assisted by Hans-Werner Hommelsen as the second managing director, who also successfully managed the company. In 2015, the niece of Mr. Willke, Mrs. Carolin Walz joined the management, where she has been supported since 1.7.2017 by another managing director Mr. Hans-Dieter Meeth. Thus, the foundation is laid for the coming generation to be able to offer the employees at the Niederstadtfeld location a secure and attractive workplace for the future, based on economic solidity.
We look forward to many more exciting years.