Always on the move

Here at winkler, we like it best when our work speaks for itself, but we'd still like to give you a bit of information about our company, our guiding principles and our company history.

Facts and figures

winkler – that's over 35 locations, over 1,400 employees and a full range of some 200,000 parts. Our head office is in Stuttgart and there are winkler branches in Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia and the Slovak Republic as well as in Germany. Our individual, industry-specific advice makes the difference everywhere. Amongst other things, this expertise has made us one of the leading wholesalers of commercial vehicle parts in

Europe – and consequently the ideal first port of call for commercial vehicle owners, bus companies, agricultural businesses, workshops and international trading partners. However, winkler is not only active on behalf of its customers – it's also a member of the Carat and GVA associations. We support the GVA campaign "Right to repair" – an initiative to support the free trade of commercial vehicle parts.

Every division convinces

 

Our group is divided into four divisions. Together they cover the complete range of products and services required by our customers, however different these may be.

winkler-Fahrzeugteile [winkler vehicle parts]

winkler trade counters ensure individual care and competent specialist advice for commercial vehicle owners, workshops, agricultural businesses  and bus companies. The target group-specific teams of advisers are professionals in their field and are in continuous dialogue with suppliers, manufacturers and customers.

winkler Logistik [winkler logistics]

In two of the largest central warehouses for commercial vehicle spare parts in Europe, our logistics company winkler Logistik stocks over 200,000 parts for trucks, trailers, semitrailers, buses, transporters, fork-lift trucks and agricultural machinery. With a high-performance warehousing and logistics concept, the spare part required is with the customer in the shortest possible time.

winkler Truck and Trailer Parts

Our subsidiary exports commercial vehicle parts all over the world through local trading partners. Truck and Trailer Parts has access to the full winkler product range as well as to the services of winkler Logistik. The customer advisers speak 11 languages.

winkler Fahrzeugtechnik [winkler Technical Centre]

The winkler Technical Centre based in Ludwigsburg concentrates on repairing commercial vehicles and is one of the few axle repair specialists in Germany. The affiliated fork-lift truck centre provides special repairs for fork-lift trucks.

Find out more about the services they offer here

History in stages

From Stuttgart blacksmith and coach-builder to commercial vehicle specialist with Europe-wide operations in just over 100 years.
Find out more about the key stages in our history.

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1901 – 1924

In 1901, Christian Winkler set himself up as a blacksmith and coach-builder in Stuttgart; five years later he was appointed blacksmith and coach-builder to the royal court at Württemberg. Although he went blind in 1914, his sons Ludwig and Wilhelm became true masters of their craft under the supervision of their father

1925 – 1945

Despite a difficult economic situation, new land for the business was bought. The car was the future, and this gave rise to the company’s idea of producing and repairing car springs – “Winkler springs” were soon known all over the country. Development work for Porsche and Daimler-Benz, together with serial production of springs and stabilizers, were routine. In the early 1940s, a new production hall was built. Axle repair was a pioneering service from winkler.

1946 – 1962

The new production hall was the only building to survive the Second World War. With the 1948 currency reform, the company started rebuilding itself. The old workshop was rebuilt and extended. In 1958, a large new building was erected. The repair technique was perfected and expanded in a new smaller factory at Weilimdorf.

1963 – 1985

1963 saw the birth of the wholesale business in commercial vehicle parts - a new foothold for winkler. Under a new generation of directors, the wholesale business rapidly developed into a dynamic growth area. In 1975, modern premises for the repair departments were built in Ludwigsburg. Administration, trading and the production and repair of springs were all accommodated in the parent house in Stuttgart. From 1972 onwards, the company grew rapidly, with new locations in Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Ulm.

1986 – 1999

The first central warehouse was built in Ulm in 1987, the second in Kassel in 1996. winkler became a full-range supplier with branches all over Germany. The first location outside Germany was in Härkingen, in Switzerland. When the export company winkler Truck and Trailer Parts was set up, it formed the basis for international growth.

2000 – today

RiTec agrar GmbH was founded in 2001. This was when winkler started selling agriculture-specific spare parts. In subsequent years, branches were opened in Switzerland, Latvia, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. From 2002 to 2011, the number of employees doubled. 2013 saw completion of the extension of winkler's central warehouse in Ulm. In 2016, the RiTec agrar brand was dissolved and the business continued under the winkler name.

The board of the winkler Group

Rüdiger Hahn

Chairman of the Board

Bernd Sixt

Managing director
Product management

Hans Strobel

Managing director Sales

Ralf Dannhäuser

Sales Business Manager

Reinhold Schlotterer

Organization and IT / Finance and Accounting Business Manager

Jürgen Schweizer

Sales Business Manager

Herbert Skala

Logistics Business Manager

Driven by values

As a company, we are aware of the responsibility we have. Against this background, we put stringent demands not only on our products, but also on how we deal with the environment, as well as our customers and business partners. It goes without saying that we also have an especially great responsibility for our employees, who are the people who put everything into the company day in, day out.

 

 

 

Added value from a good diet


Good work demands good food, we're convinced of that. We would like to give our employees ideal working conditions, and that includes a good, balanced lunch with lots of variety. winkler provides this for its staff in cooperation with its catering partner "Essenszeit" [mealtime]. In concrete terms, this means using fresh, high-quality ingredients and preparing them with care. This enables us to contribute to the well-being of our employees, which is why we are also happy to pay the lion's share of the costs involved.

 

 

Looking beyond the ends of our noses


As a company conscious of its responsibilities, we want to make a real contribution to the future and to the general public. This is why year after year, we help charities around our locations realize an enormous variety of projects. And because the social commitment of each individual counts, our up-and-coming managers undertake several weeks' work experience in a charitable facility of their choice as part of their development programme.

 

Our environmental approach

 

Selling commercial vehicle parts sales and protecting the environment - are these mutually exclusive notions? We don’t think so. It is precisely because of our business operations that we believe we have an obligation to be as kind to the environment as possible.

 

This is why at winkler, we put a lot of energy into saving energy. The measures to achieve this range from using LED technology and daylight controls to the use of eco-electricity and heat pumps. At many locations, we also use block-type thermal power plants, as well as photovoltaic systems.

Read our voluntary declaration on environmental protection and sustainability here. It summarizes all the technologies and measures the winkler Group uses to save energy and resources.

 

This declaration includes a certificate issued by Partslife GmbH. The results of the energy audit undertaken at the company show that winkler has an energy concept which enables optimum energy-saving potential to be achieved.

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As a representative of the press you are in the right place. We are glad to answer your questions or bring you in contact with the right person.

If you want to order or if you have any questions about our product range and services please contact the winkler facility in your area , the headquater +49 711 85999-0 or use our contact form

Almut Werthmann

T.: +49 711 85999-113
almut.werthmann@winkler.de

 

 

Anja Moser

T.: +49 711 85999-115
anja.moser@winkler.de

 

 

Photographic records

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Full range, delivery service, specialist advice. winkler benefits in Germany and in many countries in Europe

winkler has over 35 sites throughout Europe employing over 1,400 people. You will find us in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, Latvia and Slovakia. And everywhere we are a valued contact with our full range, high-performance delivery service and expert advice. This page tells you what else makes the company special, the business units it is divided into and the shared vision which governs our actions.