History

Check out the milestones that have marked WEG's history of success

Timeline

WEG, from the beginning up today. Get to know our history, know more about our evolution and achievements.

1961

1961

In April 1961 the idea of creating a company to make electric motors is conceived. On September 16, Werner Ricardo Voigt, Eggon João da Silva and Geraldo Werninghaus founded WEG. Initial Capital Stock: Cr$ 3,600.00 (three thousand and six hundred cruzeiros).

1964

1964

WEG buys the piece of land and begins building the Manufacturing Plant I. In the same year, it starts making motors in the plant.

1968

1968

Creation of CENTROWEG. Then, the region did not offer technical training, and the founders created CENTROWEG to provide qualifications for the employees. The school takes adolescents to the world of technology, discovering and encouraging great talents.

1970

1970

Creation of WEG quality policy and production of 1st motor according to ABNT and IEC standards. Concern with quality is in WEG's DNA. Since the foundation, the company has been concerned to meet all required standards.

1970

1970

Beginning of exportation to Guatemala, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador and Bolivia.

1973

1973

Purchase of the piece of land for Manufacturing Plant II and beginning of the building of the factory.

Exportation of motors reaches 20 countries.

1975

1975

One million motors produced.

1976

1976

Opening of an office in Germany with a local partnership – Motores Jara

1977

1977

Opening of Manufacturing Plant II.

1980

1980

Implementation of the Technological Center (Manufacturing Plant I)

1981

1981

Creation of WEG Acionamentos

Creation of WEG Transformadores and WEG Energia.

1983

1983

WEG Química is created

1988

1988

Creation of WEG Automação

1989

1989

Mr. Eggon João da Silva leaves the presidency and hands it over to Décio da Silva. The founders form the Board of Directors.

Production of the first transformer of 10 thousand kVA, 138 kV, with 35 tons and 5.6m high. The largest produced in Santa Catarina state then.

1991

1991

Opening of a Branch in the USA.

1992

1992

Opening of one of the most modern foundries of Latin America in the city of Guaramirim (State of Santa Catarina).

WEG receives, for the first time, the ISO 9001 certification.

2000

2000

Acquisition of the first factory abroad (Argentina and Mexico).

2003

2003

Opening of WEG museum.

Manufacture of the largest generator of the world (50,000kVA, 13.8kV, 4 poles).

2005

2005

Opening of the first manufacturing plant in China.

2005

2005

Acquisition of the manufacturing plant in Manaus.

2006

2006

Production of the motor number 100,000,000.

2007

2007

Acquisition of Trafo, manufacturer of large power transformers, and conventional and mobile substations, with units in the city of Gravataí (State of Rio Grande do Sul) and Hortolândia (State of São Paulo).

2007

2007

WEG acquire the hydraulic turbines manufacturer Hidráulica Industrial S/A - HISA. The acquisition reinforces WEG's position on the energy generation, transmission and distribution segment.

2008

2008

Décio da Silva takes over the presidency of the WEG Board of Directors and Harry Schmelzer Jr. takes over as WEG's CEO

Opening of a branch in Russia.

2009

2009

Building of the Transformer Manufacturing Plant in Mexico (Huehuetoca)

2010

2010

Beginning of the manufacturing operations of WEG India.

2010

2010

Acquisition of Instrutech, in São Paulo, a Brazilian company manufacturer of safety, commercial and industrial automation products and systems.

2010

2010

Acquisition of share control of Voltran.

2010

2010

Acquisition of Zest Electric, WEG distributor in South Africa.

2010

2010

Acquisition of the coating factory Pulverlux in Argentina.

Acquisition of the distributor FOURNAIS A/S in Denmark.

2011

2011

Acquisition of Watt Drive AntriebstechnikGmbH, Austrian company specialized in the development and manufacture of gearboxes, gearmotors, frequency inverters and drive systems.

2011

2011

Acquisition of the Electric Machinery company in the USA. A company specialized in motors, generators and exciters.

2011

2011

Establishment of the Joint-Venture with CESTARI Industrial e Comercial – a company located in the city of Monte Alto (State of São Paulo) – to develop, manufacture and trade gearboxes and gearmotors.

2011

2011

Beginning of the manufacturing of wind turbines

Publishing of the book WEG 50 years.

Opening of WEG India (WII) in Hosur.

Establishment of the branch in Peru.

Opening of WEG Linhares (State of Espírito Santo).

2012

2012

Acquisition of Injetel Indústria e Comércio de Componentes Plásticos Ltda., a company specialized in manufacturing and trading switches, sockets and plugs for commercial and residential applications.

2012

2012

Acquisition of Stardur Tintas Especiais Ltda., a company of industrial and automotive refinish coatings located in the city of Indaiatuba (State of São Paulo).

2012

2012

First supply in wind power generation. Equipment with capacity of 90 MW was installed on a wind farm located in the Northeast of Brazil.

International sales reached 51% (NOI) of WEG's revenue.

Acquisition of Indústria de Tintas e Vernizes Paumar S.A., a company specialized in manufacturing and trading coatings, varnishes, enamels and lacquers.

2013

2013

Opening of the branch in Ecuador.

Acquisition of the transformer and substation manufacturing business from Hawker Siddeley Electric Africa (Pty) Ltd. located in South Africa. Manufacturer of miniature substations and distribution transformers.

2014

2014

Acquisition of Antriebstechnik KATT Hessen GmbH, a company that manufactures special high speed motors. Headquartered in Homberg with a branch in Dresden, Germany.

2014

2014

Acquisition of the FTC Energy Group, a company that manufactures and assembles electrical panels for process automation based in Bogota, Colombia.

2014

2014

Acquisition of the manufacturing plant of motors and gearmotors from Württembergische Elektromotoren GmbH located in Germany.

Acquisition of the manufacturing plants of electric motors for appliances Changzhou Sinya Electromotor Co. and of the manufacturing plant of component parts Changzhou Machine Master Co. located in China.

Acquisition of a service unit from Efacec Energy Service in the city of Jaboatão dos Guararapes (State of Pernambuco).

2015

2015

Acquisition of the manufacturing plant of high voltage transformers, miniature substations, molded-case circuit breakers and related services from TSS Transformers (Pty) Ltd (“TSS”), manufacturer headquartered in Heidelberg (Gauteng), South Africa.

Acquisition of Transformadores Suntec, headquartered in Medelin, Colombia

WEG is chosen Company of the Year by Exame magazine.

WEG has manufacturing plants in eleven countries and commercial offices in 29 countries. It has over 31,000 employees.

Acquisition of Autrial S.L., manufacturer of electrical panels for industrial installations and equipment headquartered in Valencia, Spain.

2016

2016

WEG acquires Bluffton Motor Works, LCC., an electric motor factory in the USA.

WEG greenfield manufacturing site in Rugao, China.

2017

2017

Acquires the brazilian turbines manufacturer TGM. Acquires the US transformers business of CG Power.

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