The company history of the largest family-run metrology company

On this website we will present the most important milestones of the WENZEL-History in regular intervals. – Over 50 years have passed since Werner Wenzel founded the company in Wiesthal. These were exciting years in which the family business has developed from a small three-man operation to a worldwide leading manufacturer of measuring solutions. Look back with us on an impressive company history with groundbreaking innovations and products and learn more about the people behind the scenes and the secret of WENZEL’s success.


1968 – Foundation

The foundation of our company, the WENZEL Group with all its subsidiaries, goes back to our senior partner Werner Wenzel. He was a master toolmaker and originally wanted to found a mechanical engineering company in his home town Heigenbrücken in 1968. But the community was anything but enthusiastic. In our beautiful Spessart, tourism was expected to do much more, and Heigenbrücken wanted to avoid a permanent disturbance of the idyll by manufacturing industry. The neighbouring community of Wiesthal had no objections to this and left Werner Wenzel a piece of land. Learn more


Prosperous early years in the 70s
Our first years of operation were very successful, so that as early as 1971 the first structural extensions were made. The facilities used were already among the most modern of their kind at that time (even if they seem a bit old-fashioned from today’s perspective). WENZEL was one of the few manufacturers worldwide who were able to supply components with an accuracy of less than 1 µm. Learn more


1980 – Presentation of the first WENZEL CMM

In 1980 the time had come. At the Wiesthal site, we produced the first WENZEL 3D measuring and marking machines, starting a success story that continues to this day. The positive response to the new development at home and abroad enabled WENZEL to continue expanding. Learn more


The golden 80s

20 years after the company was founded, Werner Wenzel was able to look back proudly on the achievements to date in his celebratory speech. At that time, we were generating sales of over DM 16 million with 117 employees. Learn more