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2019

100 years – One team: Big celebration on WISKA centenary

10.10.2019

WISKA, the German supplier for industry, trade and shipbuilding, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. On this occasion, over 500 national and international guests from 35 countries, comprising partners, representatives from the world of politics, economy, the press as well as employees came to Hamburg´s Fischauktionshalle.

Like the entire anniversary year, the evening was held under the motto “100 Years - One Team”, placing the focus of attention on those who have made the company successful: its customers, partners and employees.

‘I am delighted that so many guests have come to celebrate our centenary together with us in our founding city of Hamburg. On this evening we would like to thank all our business customers, partners, and current and former employees. We have achieved a lot together and stuck together through thick and thin. That has made our bonds strong. We are proud of these good relationships. You appreciate them when everything goes smoothly – and even more when a problem arises.’, said Ronald Hoppmann, who is the third generation of the family to run the company together with his sister Tanja Hoppmann. And also some of Hamburg´s celebrities and guests from industry´s associations took the chance to congratulate the company, among them, Michael Ziesemer, President of ZVEI German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers´ Association, Bernd Aufderheide, President and CEO of Hamburg Messe + Congress GmbH, Marcell Jansen, President of the Hamburger SV, and Ian Karan, Hamburg Entrepreneur and former senator for economic affairs. Karan was, together with the Schotstek foundation, donation partners for WISKA, to allow for investments into the next generations rather than gifts to the company. The Karan foundation emphasizes on language training for migrant children. “We are very proud, that with our guests of only this evening, we managed to collect over 20 thousand Euro for both foundations.”, Tanja Hoppmann added.

In keeping with the team spirit, there was a special highlight for the guests: puppets up to five metres tall comprising a net of fibres and light, which were brought to life by the puppeteer ensemble “Dundu”, walked through the hall and interacted with the guests. Each puppet requires five puppeteers to move it. This symbolises the fact that individuals are always a part of a whole.

Even the site itself, the Hamburg Fischauktionshalle, is a very meaningful location for WISKA: with a direct view on the Blohm+Voss shipyard. The shipyard in which the founder of the company Wilhelm Hoppmann worked as a designing engineer before he set up his own business with his friend Hermann Mulsow in 1919. The two founded a special factory in Hamburg producing ship installation material made of brass. At that time, most probably neither of them suspected that 100 years later WISKA would be an internationally successful company with a total of six subsidiaries worldwide.

About WISKA®

Founded in Hamburg in 1919, we are today one of the leading manufacturers of electrical equipment, lighting products and CCTV video surveillance for trade, industry and shipbuilding. We operate our own research and development facilities and production plants next door at our headquarters in Germany. Our global sales network of representatives and subsidiaries ensure a quick and personal on-site customer service for you. The WISKA Group tod

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Investment in the future: WISKA builds new company headquarters outside Hamburg, Germany, on 36,500 square metres

03.09.2019

Kaltenkirchen, 3 September 2019 – Project partners, representatives from the town of Kaltenkirchen, mayor Hanno Krause and WISKA General Manager Ronald Hoppmann all took part in the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the construction work for the company’s new headquarters in Kaltenkirchen, 30 km north of Hamburg. The first phase of construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

‘With this new building, we are laying a foundation stone for the future, further development and long-term growth. I am particularly pleased that we can celebrate this special milestone in the year of our 100th anniversary’, says Ronald Hoppmann, who is the third generation of his family to manage the company along with his sister Tanja Hoppmann.

The 36,500 sq. m space will comprise of state-of-the-art logistics and production areas, office space and quality control areas. The first construction phase will focus largely on the building of the logistics and production facilities, which are to commence operation as early as 2021 and will enable WISKA to expand its capacity in this area by 50 per cent.

‘It is good for Kaltenkirchen and the region that the family-run company WISKA continues to invest in the future even after 50 years in this location. With this 36,500 sq. m plot they have found the right place for expanding their production and logistics facilities. The example of WISKA shows how important it is for the town to provide commercial land’, says Hanno Krause, mayor of Kaltenkirchen.

The new building has been planned and designed to ensure optimal material flows. It impresses with a significantly higher level of automation and digitalisation, both in logistics and in manufacturing. This will enable WISKA to establish completely new processes and considerably increase the level of service they offer to their customers.

‘By integrating cutting-edge software solutions into the warehouse and production areas and with the help of automated processes, we will be able to manufacture and ship individual customer orders on the same day. This underpins our claim of guaranteeing our customers constant high availability of our products across our entire product range. We will be able to be a lot more transparent about the shipping status of our goods, similar to what you see in the e-commerce segment. When you look at it in this way, we are constructing this building very much with the interests of our customers in mind’, explains Björn Heyna, Supply Chain Management and project manager for the new building at WISKA.

The building has been designed to ensure it can be further developed over the next 30 years. The overall concept will ensure that the separate WISKA sites of today, which are two km apart as the crow flies, can be merged together to form one German headquarters in the new location. This will be implemented over the course of further construction phases in the coming years.

‘With this new building, WISKA will be absolutely future-proof. The concept provides sufficient scope for us to develop in line with the market at a later date and adapt time and again whenever the framework conditions change. The building “breathes” with customer needs, regardless of whether this means that an even broader product portfolio, larger batch sizes or processes that integrate business partners are required. Overall, we will be quicker, more flexible and able to offer even more quality’, says Heyna.

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WISKA’s COMBI 206 makes the finals

29.08.2019

WISKA’s latest product (The COMBI 206) has been selected as a finalist for this year’s Electrical Industry Awards 2019.

The Electrical Industry Awards is an annual awards ceremony organised by Electrical Times Magazine, celebrating excellence and product innovation within the electrical industry.  The COMBI 206 has been selected for Residential/ Domestic Product of the Year 2019.

The COMBI 206 is the smallest member of the COMBI junction box range measuring 85 x 49mm, approximately half the size of the COMBI 308 model.  The COMBI 206 offers WISKA’s usual high Ingress Protection rating (IP66/67) as well as the user-friendly threaded membrane entry system (6 x M20 threaded entries and 2 rear membrane entries).  The COMBI 206 comes complete with 3 x WAGO 221 3-conductor lever connectors. Available in black, light grey and white this clever little box is perfect for outside applications including video-surveillance systems and LED lighting, offering all the benefits of its COMBI 308 big brother, in a smaller solution.  (The COMBI 206 can also be used with SWA Cable with the addition of a simple earthing solution).

The awards take place on Thursday 24th October at The Royal Garden Hotel, London.

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100 years of WISKA: from a specialist factory to a multi-solutions supplier

01.04.2019

Kaltenkirchen, 02. May 2019 - The German supplier for shipbuilding, industry and trade is celebrating its 100th anniversary

In 1919, an engineer at the shipyard Blohm+Voss and his friend set up their own business: a specialist factory for the production of ship installation materials made of brass in Hamburg: Hoppmann & Mulsow. In a conversation between the two founders Wilhelm Hoppmann and Hermann Mulsow, the idea of the name WISKA is born – as an abbreviation of the German “wasserdichte isolierstoffgekapselte Kabelarmaturen” (waterproof insulated cable fittings), becoming the company name from then on. This year, the family-run business celebrates its 100th anniversary.

‘Throughout the WISKA history, we have walked new paths and been a benchmark for individual solutions. Starting with the founders, who laid the foundation for our approach with the idea of manufacturing products to meet the extreme demands at sea – right up until the present day’, says the grandson of company founder Ronald Hoppmann, who is now the third generation of the family to run the business alongside his sister Tanja Hoppmann.

In 1919, the founders of WISKA saw an opportunity to manufacture cost-efficiently switches, sockets and junction boxes made of robust brass in series production which met the requirements of the merchant ship standards committee (HNA) that was founded two years earlier.

Today, the family-run company employs 210 people in Germany and 50 in international subsidiaries. At the headquarters outside Hamburg WISKA develops searchlights, floodlights, reefer container sockets and CCTV video surveillance systems in addition to a wide variety of installation materials that are used worldwide. The material of choice is increasingly plastic. In WISKA’s own production facility, thirty injection moulding machines work in several shifts, ten of which use the two-component injection moulding process.

In order to deliver the highest quality, WISKA controls the entire supply chain itself, from development to delivery, everything is in one hand. "In order to continue to offer high-quality products "Made in Germany" in the future, we want to invest in our Kaltenkirchen location, expand production and internationally strengthen our sales structure and our subsidiaries," says Ronald Hoppmann.

About WISKA®

Founded in Hamburg in 1919, we are today one of the leading manufacturers of electrical equipment, lighting products and CCTV video surveillance for trade, industry and shipbuilding. We operate our own research and development facilities and production plants next door at our headquarters in Germany. Our global sales network of representatives and subsidiaries ensure a quick and personal on-site customer service for you. The WISKA Group today employs 260 people worldwide. www.wiska.com

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100 years of WISKA: A centenary with product highlights and party

25.03.2019

Kaltenkirchen, 25 March 2019 – "100 years - One team" is the centenary motto for the industry, trade and shipbuilding supplier WISKA. The family company from Kaltenkirchen near Hamburg, Germany, celebrates its centenary this year. A highlight of the year long festivities will be the trade fair in Hanover.

"In sports, a good team is what really counts. Moreover, with good people, work is even more fun. This is what we take as an example in our centenary year and invite our business partners to celebrate together with us "100 years - one team" on our exhibition stand in Hanover”, says Ronald Hoppmann, 3rd generation General Manager of WISKA, together with his sister Tanja.

Visitors are welcome to explore their current product range, for example, the SPRINT® cable gland system (Pic. 1), that due to its modular design fits to almost any cable type and application. From standard to bend protection over external strain relief and explosion-proof to applications in extreme weather conditions, SPRINT® offers any solution.

In addition to cable entries, cable glands and junction boxes, WISKA will also be presenting the Brace® system (Pic. 2) for cable protection. The BraceFITTING, the centerpiece of the system, has a 360 degree closing mechanism for simple installation. The system further comprises of both metal and non-metal fittings, conduits and sleeve types.

And because it is not every year you turn 100, the Hannover Messe is the perfect place to celebrate this special occasion. On 2 April, from 6 p. m., the stand will become a party area and guests of the exhibition are kindly invited to become part of the team celebration. Ronald Hoppmann gives another good piece of advice for everyone who wants to come along. "Bring plenty of energy for dancing – our live band and DJ will give their all."

WISKA at Hannover Messe: Hall 13, Stand: C54

 

About WISKA®

Founded in Hamburg in 1919, we are today one of the leading manufacturers of electrical equipment, lighting products and CCTV video surveillance for trade, industry and shipbuilding. We operate our own research and development facilities and production plants next door at our headquarters in Germany. Our global sales network of representatives and subsidiaries ensure a quick and personal on-site customer service for you. The WISKA Group today employs 260 people worldwide.

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2018

Fresh wind in the areas of video surveillance, lighting and installation material

27.09.2018

At WindEnergy, the international wind energy trade fair in Hamburg, the supplier for industry, trade and shipbuilding WISKA® presents its new products in the fields of CCTV video surveillance, lighting and cable entry.

The video surveillance range has been extended: WISKA® showcases a new Plastic PTZ IP Dome Camera D100 (pic. 1) for offshore applications at WindEnergy. Also, the camera range has been extended with explosion-proof and nightvision products. This also helps to increase safety and security.

When it comes to lighting, the LED Floodlight 5000 is undoubtedly one of their major highlights (pic. 2). It is ideally suited for applications under extreme weather conditions, as it is heat- conductive and corrosion-free due to its special modular design of high-quality plastic modules and stainless steel housing. To meet different lighting requirements, the floodlights is now also available with “narrow” and “wide beam” lens types.

At the WindEnergy WISKA® is solidifying its position as a full-range supplier in the field of cable entries and presents the cable protection system Brace® (pic. 3). The heart of the system is the BraceFITTING. The fastening section of the BraceFITTING is designed in such a way that it directly grips into the conduit and can be opened and closed again using a standard tool in just a few seconds. Part of the system are also non-metallic conduits and the metallic range of fittings and conduits. The range is rounded off by braided and woven sleeves for comprehensive protection.

The innovative cable entry system CONMAXX (pic. 4) consists of three components: Frame, grid inserts and conical sealing elements. The three components can be compiled individually according to requirement and application. This way, the entry system can be assembled from the inside out. Together with the WISKA® typical junction boxes, they cover the majority of electrical installation on board and are also presented at SMM.

WISKA® at WindEnergy 2018: Hall B6, Stand 208a

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Highlights at their “Heimspiel”: WISKA® presents product novelties at SMM

04.09.2018

Hamburg, 4 September – At SMM, the world´s leading trade fair for the maritime industry, in Hamburg, the supplier for trade, industries and shipbuilding presents product novelties in the fields of reefer container sockets, CCTV video surveillance, lighting and cable entries.

Driven by their ideas and exhibits of product intelligence for lighting and reefer sockets, WISKA® also wants to discuss possible applications of these in maritime surroundings.

“As a company founded in Hamburg, we have been exhibiting at SMM for decades – and each time are more than happy to do so. We like to see partners, showcase new products and keep in touch about future and current maritime subjects. Exhibiting here at SMM in Hamburg, always feels like a `Heimspiel´ for us, which is the German word for “home game”.”, says WISKA® General Manager Ronald Hoppmann. And at this year´s SMM, the company presents several new product highlights.

The VARITAIN® reefer container socket range is famous for meeting most individual demands on board. And now it has been extended by two new spacesavers. The new VARITAIN® PushIn Rack (pic. 1) has been designed in upright position to offer a maximum of reefer connections on the same space. The sockets are designed with a 45° angle to ensure a space-saving product and safe installation. The Advance version (pic. 2) of the PushIn Rack further has an external power connection and the smallest housing of the VARITAIN® series.

„The external powerport significantly simplifies installation as the main power supply is very comfortable to connect. The risk of damages is minimised, because the housing´s lid can stay closed during the whole installation process.“, Ronald Hoppmann explains.

Also the video surveillance range has been extended: WISKA® showcases a new Plastic PTZ IP Dome Camera D100 (pic. 3) for maritime applications at SMM. Also, the camera range has been extended with explosion-proof and nightvision products. This also helps to increase safety and security on board.

When it comes to lighting, the LED Floodlight 5000 is undoubtedly one of their major highlights (pic. 4). It is ideally suited for applications under extreme weather conditions at sea, as it is heat- conductive and corrosion-free due to its special modular design of high-quality plastic modules and stainless steel housing. To meet different lighting requirements, the floodlights is now also available with “narrow” and “wide beam” lens types.

The cable entries range of WISKA® newly also comprises a comprehensive cable protection range with metallic and non-metallic fittings and conduits. Together with the WISKA® typical junction boxes, they cover the majority of electrical installation on board and are also presented at SMM.

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Goals, team spirit, football fever: WISKA kicks off its first Business Cup

04.07.2018

Football connects, as the supplier for the electrical trade, industry and shipbuilding, WISKA from Kaltenkirchen, found when it invited customers and partners to attend the first WISKA Business Cup. A total of eight companies from the electrical trades and wholesalers as well as international sales partners from England, Ireland and the Netherlands kicked a ball around in style in front of the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg to win their very own trophy. Teams applied in advance to take part via the WISKA lottery.

‘Achieving good figures with customers and partners is important, but it is even more important to know each other well. This not only makes our work more successful, but also simply makes it more fun to spend time together’, says WISKA Managing Director Ronald Hoppmann, who is the third generation of the family to manage the company together with his sister Tanja Hoppmann.

The joy of playing and the fun that was had also inspired former HSV professional, current DFB sports director and coach of the women's national team Horst Hrubesch. The former international came as a surprise guest and was enthusiastic about the mood of everyone involved.

It was also Hrubesch who presented the Cup to the winners of the tournament, the team from electrical wholesaler Hillmann & Ploog. Second and third places went to the two teams from WISKA Germany. The top scorer of the day was Callum Wilson from Team WISKA UK.

Even after the award ceremony, the atmosphere remained relaxed. ‘We do it like the pros. On the pitch, we’re united by our enthusiasm for sporting competition and off the pitch, we're inspired by working together’, summarises Hoppmann, adding: ‘We're delighted that many young players have also taken part in the guest teams – because the promotion of young talent is particularly important to us as a family company. Not only at WISKA itself, but also in our home region at Hamburger SV, which enabled us to host this event at the stadium.

And because football fever works up an appetite, the teams went on to a Hamburg beach club after the tournament, where the eventful day ended with a relaxed barbecue by the Elbe. The following day, all the guests got the opportunity to get to know WISKA on site in Kaltenkirchen – from development and production to the laboratory. The new edition of the popular “WISKA box” presented this March, one of the latest WISKA highlights, was essential viewing, not least as a result of the direct cooperation with craftspeople who were hugely enthusiastic and already flirting with the idea of registering early for the next WISKA Business Cup.

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Is that a new COMBI® Junction Box from WISKA?

14.05.2018

We take a look at WISKA’s latest product innovations…

2018 is an exciting year for fans of the COMBI® Junction Box as WISKA® launches two brand new junction boxes (the COMBI® 206 and 116), a new look COMBI® 407 featuring WAGO connectors as well as a new gel jointing solution LEDJOY®.

We take a look at WISKA’s latest product innovations…

2018 is an exciting year for fans of the COMBI®  Junction Box as WISKA launches two brand new junction boxes (the COMBI® 206 and 116), a new look COMBI® 407 featuring WAGO connectors as well as a new gel jointing solution LEDJOY®.

WISKA have teamed up with WAGO to offer customers the COMBI® 407 complete with WAGO connectors.  “Time and time again contractors kept commenting that they loved using our COMBI® Junction Boxes with the WAGO connectors” comments Terry Boswell, WISKA Sales Office Manager “So, we decided to offer them just that!  WISKA® and WAGO together: Win, Win for everyone.”  Win, Win indeed the COMBI® 407 comes with 3 x WAGO 221 3-pole connectors and is available in three colour options (Light Grey, White and Black).

It doesn’t stop there though; this Autumn will see WISKA launch the newest members of the COMBI® Junction Box family.  The COMBI® 116 measuring 152 x 76 mm offers twice the installation space of the 108 model as well IP66 protection and 18 membrane entries. The COMBI® 206 is the smallest member of the COMBI® family measuring 85 x 49 mm (approximately half the size of the COMBI® 308 model) offering IP66/67 protection, 6 x M20 membrane threaded entries and 2 rear membrane entries.  This clever little box is perfect for outside applications including video-surveillance systems and LED lighting.  Both options are available three colour options (Light Grey, White and Black).

Finally, WISKA® introduce LEDJOY®: an IP68 pre-filled gel insulated junction device for connecting small cross-section cables from 0.5 to 1.5mm².  LEDJOY® is perfect for narrow and tight spaces and excellent for LED lighting, video-surveillance systems, urban and civic lighting (street lighting, road and carriageway signs, gardens, fountains, ground lighting).

LEDJOY® comes complete with 2-pole, 3-pole (or both) connectors. The unique cable blocking system ensures a safe and securely connected cable.  As with all of WISKA’s gel products, LEDJOY®  has no expiry date, is re-enterable and non-toxic.

WISKA, make power smile.

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Outside the box thinking: The new junction boxes by WISKA

15.03.2018

Trade and industry supplier WISKA presents its new highlights in installa-tion material at this year´s Light + Building in Frankfurt.

This year WISKA have focused on their newly developed junction box range. WISKA has added two new sizes to its popular COMBI series and the WISKA installation box has receieved a total make-over.

„The new COMBI boxes come with the proven quality of the series, that is characterised by its UV- and ozone resistance“, explains Stefan Stange-Düsterhöft, electrical wholesale and trade sales manager at WISKA.

Just push the cable through the soft membrane and it is automatically sealed with IP66 protection – that is how easy the installation with the new COMBI 116 is. Twice the size as the already established COMBI 108 it offers greater installation space and flexibility.

The new COMBI 206 measures 85x49 centimeters and has a space-saving rectangular form. This makes it perfect for outside applications and LED luminaires. Six threaded membrane entries help create maxi-mum flexibility.

When developing the new installation boxes WISKA has taken into consideration the everyday needs of electricians at work. The new WISKA installation boxes offer comprehensive fixing options: whether with cable ties, screws and dowels or with various fixing elements. Furthermore the lid can be fitted tightly without use of a tool or screws.

“The new installation boxes is a continued development of the popular KA series which WISKA initially developed over 80 years ago. For the relaunch we have spoken with electricians about what is important for them. The results have been considered in the development.”, says Stefan Stange-Düsterhöft.

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