To us, tradition does not mean that we have been making our containers the same way for 40 years. To us, tradition means expertise. Commitment to innovation. Responsibility for our work.
As a family-run enterprise from the Lower Rhine area in Germany, we stand for our personal responsibility towards our customers. And as a medium-sized enterprise we are always focussed on the market. We know about new developments in the plastics sector and see how modern container logistics develops.
From a business trip to Japan, engineer Rolf F. Walther brings back a foldable plastic container. Inspired by this, he developed the first folding box made of plastic (polypropylene) for the European market in collaboration with an injection moulding company. After the mould and the first boxes have been produced, there are attempts at selling the folding box to private customers – with limited success.
Presentation of the box at the HANOVER trade fair. There, the brand “WALTHER folding box” is registered. The first distributur – PAUL CORBETT Co. Ltd. from England – orders a pallet of boxes in different colours at the trade fair.
With the appointment of Thomas Wiederer as Sales Manager, the systematic marketing of the folding box idea in Germany and Europe begins. Through advertising and participation in trade fairs, the folding boxes become increasingly better known.
More versions of the folding box are developed: 32 l folding box, 40 l folding box, and first bulk orders (more than 1,000 items) are placed by industry and trade customers.
TCHIBO has the WALTHER 32 l folding box copied by NIJHOF in the Netherlands and produces 100,000 boxes. A market for folding boxes is created.
Introduction of the so-called department store shipping tower for the stores of retail chain KARSTADT. Various folding box sizes can be placed onto a mobile base with the basic dimensions 800 x 600 mm. These are then rolled from the central warehouse directly to the shelves in the stores.
Following the KARSTADT example, KAUFRING orders its own despatch tower. The bulk order has a volume of approx. 9 million Deutschmark. The order by KAUFRING is the breakthrough in trade. First contacts with VDO (today’s Continental) lead to a contract for an adaptation of the 60 l folding box with a reinforced base made from conductive PP. Start of the collaboration with RAJA in France.
The product range now comprises more than 35 folding box versions. WALTHER folding boxes are established as reusable foldable boxes in the non-food range of food retailing.
Purchase of larger premises in Kevelaer in the Lower Rhine area, thus establishing a second place of business in addition to Mülheim / Ruhr. Thomas Wiederer is given general commercial power of attorney. The German Packaging Ordinace obliges manufacturers or distributors of packaging to dispose of the same. This makes the reusable foldable WALTHER packaging solutions even more interesting for industrial users.
WALTHER Faltsysteme expands its dealer network in Germany and in the western and northern European Countries.
Rolf F. Walther retires as managing partner, his son Thomas Walther is appointed as sole manager.
Certification according to DIN EN ISO 9001. First studies on marketing foldable pallet boxes in lighweight design.
Development of a foldable large container range with the brand name Mega-Pack system, expanding the range of volume-reducible transport containers by the basic dimensions 800 x 600 mm, 1,200 x 800 mm and 1,200 x 1,000 mm.
The retail chain FNAC in France completely changes the supply of its stores to folding boxes and dollies. This cooperation results in the dolly 600 x 400 mm.
The Hybox 1,200 x 800 mm is introduced as a foldable pallet box for food packaging and for use in hygienically sensitive areas.
Introduction of the online shop www.boxline.de, offering more than 2,000 different storage and transport containers made of plastic for industry, trade and commerce.
Launch of a new generation of folding boxes, with optimized hinges and mould technology carrying both higher payloads and stacking capability (NG version).
The Hybox range is expanded by the ISO dimension 1,200 mm x 1000 mm, thus creating new markets. At the suggestion of INFINEON in Dresden and SILTRONIC in Burghausen, an air freight Hybox 1,200 x 1,000 mm is designed in cooperation with the VDZ in Dortmund. This Hybox is still the basis for the Hybox packaging used in the semiconductor industry worldwide today.
Relocation to Kevelaer. Due to the strong growth, the premises are continuously expanded over the following years.
The extension of the Packing Ordinance in 1991 results in the obligation to take back disposable bottles. As early as late 2005, WALTHER develops the first concept packaging for collecting and returning disposable bottles and cans in cooperation with manufacturers of reverse vending machines. With the start on 1st May, 2006, the range of WALTHER Faltsysteme includes an extensive system of collection containers for both automated and stand-alone applications. Start of the collaboration with BEKUPLAST from Ringe as a development and production partner. The drugstore chain MÜLLER changes the supply of all its chain stores to folding boxes and dollies from WALTHER. So far, more than 1.5 million boxes have been delivered to MÜLLER.
Development of an innovative plastic pallet folding frame for Migros in Switzerland. Discount store ALDI SÜD orders 4.5 million foldable fruit and vegetable containers to establish their own multi-trip pool system.
The success story in the retail sector continues – WALTHER Faltsysteme supplies the largest logistics project in Scandinavia with innovative, collapsible reusable boxes.
WALTHER Faltsysteme aquires a substantial share of its main supplier Formex Plastik GmbH. Thomas Wiederer, who has been manager with general commercial power of attorney and sales manager for many years, is appointed Managing Director and Partner of WALTHER Faltsysteme GmbH.
Another milestone is reached: for top food retail group REWE, hundreds of thousands of collapsible containers are produced – for the first time from certified recycled material of the Procyclen brand manufactured by interseroh. Sustainability and green logistics are the daily business of WALTHER Faltsysteme.
Introduction of a new retail folding box for fully automated warehouses with special base outline and in-mould labelling.
Certification according to DIN EN ISO 14001 environmental management and DIN EN ISO 50001 energy management.
Opening of the new WALTHER logistics centre with an area for storage, picking and packing, and shipping comprising 2,500 m² to meet today’s standards for fast delivery of a wide product range.
Introduction of a new plastic half pallet to the Austrian retail trade. Start of the new e-commerce folding box eFold with fully automated assembly and innovative printing technique.
Introduction of the Greenline boxes made from recycled polypropylene.
WALTHER Faltsysteme celebrates its 40th company anniversary. Presentation of an innovative container for hanging goods in the textile industry. Expansion of the premises by another 3,000 m² office and storage space. Introduction of a new, future-oriented enterprise resource planning system.