The Watz story

The company history of Watz Hydraulik GmbH


WATZ Hydraulik – Efficient power transmission for over 45 years. Starting in 1971, highly efficient hydraulic drive systems are developed and produced in the central Hessian town of Lollar. Already shortly after its founding, the company begins to focus on the engineering and manufacture of hydraulic systems. Both custom solutions and series products form the basis for the success of WATZ Hydraulik right from the start.

In 2006, FAUDI GmbH in the Hessian town of Stadtallendorf becomes part of the WATZ Group. WATZ acquired the traditional firm operating in the area of filter system construction and very soon put it back on the track to success. Today, both companies enjoy a mutually beneficial cooperation at many points of intersection.

2016
Major contract for a component manufacturer of hydraulic pumps. Watz Hydraulik supplies an end-of-line production test bench for safeguarding product quality in manufacturing and assembly.

2016
New generation of hydraulic briquetting press, the WSPK series with frequency controlled drive.

2015
New product range: Hydraulic test benches for manufacturers of hydraulic components

2014
Acquisition of Hydro-Service Zylinderbau GmbH in Kamen (NRW) with a total of 70 employees.

2013
Expansion of production capacity

2011
Major contract for a coke-oven plant. Watz Hydraulik delivers 6 hydraulic stations installed in large cabinets as well as about 250 hydraulic cylinders to factory specifications.

2011
40th anniversary of Watz Hydraulik GmbH.

2009
Opening of the Hydraulic Service Centre in NRW as a branch of Watz Hydraulik GmbH.

2008
For his work and in particular the spectacular acquisition and rescue of FAUDI GmbH, Horst Watz receives the “Encourager of the Nation" award presented personally from the Minister President of Lower Saxony, Christian Wulff.

2006
Acquisition of the Stadtallendorf filter system specialist, FAUDI GmbH with approximately 70 employees.

2005
New product range: Hydraulic briquetting press for the metalworking industry.

2004
Major contract for the A3 motorway section near Aschaffenburg. Watz supplies 1,500 hydraulic cylinders and assemblies as a series.

2002
Second expansion of production capacity.

1996
First expansion of production capacity. At the Lollar location, the new administration building including a Parker Store is dedicated on 1 April 1996.

1991
Watz obtains a major contract from the Volkswagen factory for the VW Golf production line.

1985
Watz moves its operations to Lollar. The production conditions and transport infrastructure in Staufenberg-Daubringen are no longer suitable for the company.

1981
With an international presence at trade fairs, the firm is able to expand its customer base abroad.

1979
The Horst Watz GmbH processes the first contacts abroad and delivers a complete hydraulic drive unit to Russia for the area of oil production.

1978
The company changes its legal form and is now the Horst Watz GmbH. The Horst Watz GmbH employs 5 staff. The growth of the young company necessitates a relocation to a larger production facility. The company moves to the neighbouring town of Daubringen.

1971
Dipl. Ing. Horst Watz founds the engineering office, Ingenieurbüro Horst Watz, in Mainzlar, Hesse.