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100 YEARS OF WALTERSCHEID – A BRAND THAT UNITES

Ein neues Werk in Südtirol: In Welsberg eröffnet Walterscheid 2019 eine moderne Produktion von Doppelgelenkwellen.
Anerkennung durch einen Stammkunden: John Deere kürt Walterscheid 2005 zum „Lieferanten des Jahres“.
Das Getriebewerk im sächsischen Sohland entwickelt sich zu einem wichtigen Bestandteil der Walterscheid-Produktion.
Sorgfalt und moderne Technik sichern den hohen Standard in der Produktion.
Gemeinsam lernen: Walterscheid bildet seit den Anfängen junge Menschen in verschiedenen Berufen aus, die Ausbildungsplätze sind begehrt.
Mehr Raum für Walterscheid: Bei der Agritechnica 2017 präsentiert Walterscheid gut sichtbar seine Produkte.

CHALLENGES IN THE NEW CENTURY

2003–2019

Tasks and strategies

Peter Röttgen takes over the role of Managing Director in 2003. Walterscheid maintains its good position with a stable base of products and innovations, such as the ICVD hydrostatic drive. Agricultural engineering is booming worldwide and the international businesses are doing particularly well. The company even manages to cope with the slump during the financial crisis in 2009. Starting in 2017, Walterscheid becomes even stronger as part of GKN Off-Highway-Powertrain. The sale to the financially strong investor OEP opens up new prospects for Walterscheid.

Peter Röttgen übernimmt 2003 die Geschäftsführung – nach vielen Jahren als Vertriebschef bei Walterscheid.

In 2003, Peter Röttgen takes over the role of Managing Director after many years spent as the Sales Director at Walterscheid.

After 25 years at the top of Walterscheid, on 1 May 2003 Manfred Arntz hands over the reins to his long-term deputy Peter Röttgen. A year later, Arntz passes away at the age of 58 after suffering from a short but serious illness. The new Managing Director Röttgen has already been part of Walterscheid for over a quarter of a century. In the last 13 years he paved the way for the company to become a global player side-by-side with Arntz. He is familiar with the company’s strengths in quality, service and innovation and wants to take advantage of this.„Walterscheid does not wait until the market demands a better product, rather it is always looking to set new technical standards“, emphasizes Röttgen.

At Agritechnica 2003, Walterscheid demonstrates this ability and presents the ICVD, the integrated continuously variable drive. The ICVD consists of a gear stage, a hydraulic motor and control elements. The idea of combining gearboxes with hydrostatic drives was born in 1999 in collaboration with a development partner, and has now reached market maturity. Self-propelled agricultural and construction machines are stronger, faster and more comfortable with ICVD devices. Claas, for example, uses ICVD in its telehandler.

Tried-and-tested products and innovations are a stable foundation, but major challenges await the new Managing Director Röttgen. As ever, agricultural engineering is largely dependent on the development of agriculture. Walterscheid is primarily a supplier for machines in the hay and the dairy industry. Mowers, swathers and presses for producing hay require powerful drive shafts. If the price of milk falls, this also has a direct effect on sales. The price of milk starts to fluctuate more significantly in the 2000s, which has a direct impact on Walterscheid’s businesses. Livestock farming enters a state of crisis when the first case of BSE is reported in Germany at the end of 2000. The following year, foot-and-mouth disease rages in many stables, which leads to drastic losses for the affected farmers. On top of this, the agricultural industry as well as the agricultural machinery manufacturers have to battle against weather events, such as the heat wave in the summer of 2003. What’s more, steel prices are also high at this time, so the costs for cast and forged parts as well as raw materials increase, and manufacturing Walterscheid products becomes more expensive.

During this time, it starts to become clear how changeable business will be in the coming years due to factors that cannot be influenced, such as price fluctuations in the agricultural industry and weather development. As a consequence of climate change, extreme events such as droughts and heavy rainfall have become more frequent. Farmers are faced with the challenge of adjusting to these changes in their soil cultivation, and agricultural engineering will also be part of this change.

At the start of the millennium Walterscheid is primarily focussed on securing the stability of the company. Walterscheid continues to rely on autonomous divisions: the Sohland site becomes the autonomous GKN Walterscheid Getriebe GmbH and the Service and Distribution (S&D) division becomes the third division in Lohmar, in addition to TAS and DLS.

Sales companies in Belgium, Denmark and Norway expand the international network, which also includes the production and logistics sites in North America, China and Brazil. “We are in close contact with our local sales partners, the original equipment manufacturers and users directly on location.” Peter Röttgen highlights the benefits of this setup under the slogan “think global, act local”. The company’s new structure includes its separation from Walterscheid Tube Fittings after over 45 years. In the summer of 2004, GKN sells the company to the US industrial group Eaton.

But for many Walterscheid employees, this is overshadowed by another defining event in 2004: On 22 April the paint shop goes up in flames due to a flashover. A huge column of smoke rises up over the plant, the town of Lohmar blocks the Hauptstraße and the Cologne Bonn Airport even diverts air traffic. Peter Röttgen learns of the fire on a business trip but has to switch his mobile phone off on the plane. Above the clouds he anxiously asks himself how bad the damage will be. After landing comes the all-clear: the fire has been extinguished and no one is injured, but the paint shop is completely destroyed. Over the next few months Walterscheid drive shafts and clutches are coated in Hennef and Cologne. The new paint shop in Lohmar only starts operation in 2006.

Der hydrostatische Antrieb ICVD ist eine Entwicklung von Walterscheid; Konstruktionsleiter Wolfgang Adamek (stehend) und Egbert Dohm am ICVD-Modell.

The ICVD hydrostatic drive is a Walterscheid development; Design Manager Wolfgang Adamek (standing) and Egbert Dohm with the ICVD model.

Der hydrostatische Antrieb ICVD wird im eigenen Versuch getestet.

The ICVD hydrostatic drive is tested in the in-house testing department.

Agricultural engineering booms worldwide

“Our order situation is the best it’s ever been”, announces Peter Röttgen in 2005. In particularly, the export market, especially exports to Eastern Europe, improve Walterscheid’s results. The economic upturn in the ten new EU member states creates sales markets for agricultural engineering. The need for technological improvement in Russia, East Asia and South America means that there is great growth potential. Markets in Western Europe and North America also offer good prospects: the intensification of agriculture requires more technology, for example, to secure the operation of biogas plants with renewable resources. Walterscheid’s production in Lohmar operates at full capacity in the peak season in the first few months of 2006, in some cases for seven days a week and around the clock.

The products gain a high level of recognition: in 2005, Claas and John Deere both name the Off-Highway Division, with Walterscheid as the centrepiece, as the supplier of the year. John Deere awards Walterscheid partner status – a position that only a few of the group’s top suppliers enjoy. As a supplier for the combine harvesters and forage harvesters manufactured in Zweibrücken, Walterscheid achieves the maximum score in all criteria (delivery reliability, quality, support and technical consultation). Smaller customers particularly appreciate Walterscheid’s CWO (customer workshop order) system for orders at short notice. It guarantees the delivery of up to five drive shafts within no more than five days.

Walterscheid increasingly strives to ensure that it is close to the customer worldwide. In Brazil, where the agricultural sector makes up a third of the gross domestic product and accounts for almost half of exports, Walterscheid builds its own production area in 2005. The country’s booming agriculture offers an outstanding sales market for agricultural machinery. Even Chinese agriculture is faced with major challenges in view of the country’s population growth. Walterscheid expands its presence in the country and, in September 2005, it leases a roughly 1,700-square-metre factory hall in the Xinzhuang industrial park in the Yangtze Delta, just outside Shanghai. Production of drive shafts begins the following year.

Das Getriebewerk im sächsischen Sohland entwickelt sich zu einem wichtigen Bestandteil der Walterscheid-Produktion.

The transmission plant in Sohland, Saxony, develops into an important part of Walterscheid production.

Anerkennung durch einen Stammkunden: John Deere kürt Walterscheid 2005 zum „Lieferanten des Jahres“.

Recognition by a regular customer: in 2005 John Deere names Walterscheid the “Supplier of the year”.

Mit der Anhängetechnik von Cramer wird Walterscheid zum Full-Liner für das Traktorheck.

Cramer’s hitch systems turn Walterscheid into a full-liner for the tractor rear.

Hearts of gold

Walterscheid has been committed to the region since the days of Jean Walterscheid and Bernhard Walterscheid-Müller. The company regularly supports Lohmar associations and events. The establishment of the Hearts of Gold programme in 2007 takes Walterscheid’s social involvement to a new level.

The Hearts of Gold programme asks every individual to contribute according to their means. The donations are a mix of donations of employee time, cash donations by management and proceeds from charitable campaigns and events. The annual family festival in particular is used for this purpose and is a fixed part of the Walterscheid annual calendar. It not only promises a few enjoyable hours for (the generally around 1,000) participants, it also provides assistance for those in need with the proceeds from admission and the tombola. Donations of many thousands of euros are collected in this manner. The total each year ranges between 36,000 and 75,000 EUR.

Where do these proceeds go? In 2018, the 65,500-EUR Hearts of Gold donations are distributed amongst a total of 15 different institutions, including Doctors for Ethiopia Sankt Augustin, the Ambulante Hospizdienst Much and the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Lohmar. The Cologne Hospital Clowns, the Children and Youth Foundation in Hennef and the Aktion Lichtblicke, organised by the regional radio broadcaster, also receive donations.

Overall, Walterscheid employees, with project manager Norbert Fielenbach, have donated around 620,000 EUR in twelve years of Hearts of Gold.

Hearts of Gold – eine Aktion der Walterscheider, um soziale Projekte in der Region zu unterstützen

Hearts of Gold – a Walterscheid campaign that supports social projects in the region.

Records and crises

Quality guarantee: Walterscheid develops and tests innovations in the design department and on the test bench.

High prices for agricultural products and rising demand for agricultural machinery and tractors in Germany and abroad drive the businesses forward. At the height of the boom in 2008, Walterscheid records annual sales of 137 million EUR and invests in a welding robot for lower links, among other things. But after the bankruptcy of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008 and the subsequent financial crisis, the global economy enters a turbulent period that also has a serious impact on agricultural engineering. The demand for tractors and mowers falls by 30 percent in Europe, and similarly in North and South America, although the crisis has less of an impact on the Asian market.

In the midst of this difficult situation, the former head of TAS Ralf Klein takes over the role of Managing Director in February 2009 while Peter Röttgen switches to the Management Board of the German GKN Holding. Still, Röttgen maintains contact with the agricultural engineering sector and the associations until his death in January 2017.

Walterscheid suffers a dramatic slump in the spring of 2009. When March orders are postponed or cancelled, the company is forced to take additional plant shutdown days in April and to introduce part-time work in May and June to be able to retain staff. Savings are required to overcome the crisis. The DLS and TAS divisions are merged to create synergies. The plant in Essen is closed, and the production area and employees move to Lohmar. The logistics department is also forced to save costs; Walterscheid reduces its inventories of raw materials and semi-finished stock by a third. The company succeeds in avoiding compulsory redundancies, and the number of employees only declines slightly.

It becomes even more important to offer innovations. At Agritechnica 2009 Walterscheid presents improved cross seals and hardened profile tubes, which increase the maintenance interval of the drive shafts and reduce maintenance expense. The trends towards larger tractors and machines continues, and large equipment is increasingly also used in combination. For example, Walterscheid develops a frame for machine combinations that drives on its own axle. Two standard machines (e.g. rotary harrow and corn planter), which were previously each drawn by a tractor, can now operate one after the other in a frame with two interfaces.

The new TAS Power Carrier System makes it possible to easily combine attachments with larger working widths across manufacturers for the very first time.

Walterscheid successfully positions its products with many manufacturers and machines. For instance, the new Claas corn cutter head with 31 different drive components runs entirely on Walterscheid drive technology. Pöttinger Landtechnik from Austria also uses Walterscheid’s drive shafts and gearboxes for two new machines – the side swathe and the tedder.

At the start of 2010 GKN merges the Off-Highway Division, including Walterscheid, and a number of other group divisions to form GKN Land Systems. The service area switches within the group and moves to the neighbouring Rösrath under the name Aftermarket & Services.

Umso wichtiger ist es, Innovationen zu bieten. Auf der Agritechnica 2009 präsentiert Walterscheid verbesserte Kreuzdichtungen und gehärtete Profilrohre, die das Wartungsintervall der Gelenkwelle erhöhen und den Wartungsaufwand reduzieren. Der Trend zu größeren Traktoren und Maschinen hält an, immer häufiger werden große Geräte auch kombiniert eingesetzt. Walterscheid entwickelt zum Beispiel einen Träger für Gerätekombinationen, die auf einer eigenen Achse fahren. Zwei Standardgeräte (z.B. Kreiselegge und Maisdrille), die bisher jeweils ein Traktor zog, arbeiten damit hintereinander in einem Rahmen mit zwei Schnittstellen. Das neue Power-Carrier-System von TAS ermöglicht es erstmalig, Anbaugeräte mit größeren Arbeitsbreiten einfach und herstellerübergreifend miteinander zu kombinieren.

Diligence and modern technology ensure high standards in the production area.

New prospects

Trade fair presence as part of GKN Land Systems: Walterscheid’s products are presented next to the group’s other products.

In the crisis year of 2009 some Walterscheid employees feared that it would take years to return to their former successes. However rising prices for agricultural products and reforms in European agricultural policy soon increase revenues in agriculture. The agricultural engineering industry records overall growth of 25 percent leading up to 2011, and demand also quickly reaches Walterscheid. To manage the orders, work on weekends and public holidays is a constant feature at Walterscheid. In 2011, GKN acquires the mechanical engineering company Stromag from Unna, with which Walterscheid has already been cooperating for 15 years. This reinforcement rounds-out the offer for agricultural machinery. As a result, drive shafts from Lohmar, gearboxes from Sohland and switchable clutches from Unna combine to form the powertrain for the self-propelled Fendt Katana forager. In 2012 Walterscheid records its best annual result in its hundred-year history with sales of 145.4 million euros. The crisis finally seems to be over.

In the same year, GKN Land Systems establishes the Land Systems Academy, with its own training rooms on the third floor of the main building, in Lohmar. This is where agricultural engineering employees, together with colleagues from other divisions will participate in internal training as well as sessions held by external instructors. Sales should no longer focus solely on agricultural engineering, but also offer other GKN Land System products. “One Face to the Customer” is the idea. But can this new approach work for Walterscheid, with its good position amongst agricultural machinery manufacturers?

Award-winning Walterscheid employees

Since the DLG started handing out awards for new developments in agricultural engineering in 1997, Walterscheid has received its fair share. Even in the first few years, Walterscheid receives two silver medals for its Tele-Space drive shaft and HTC clutch technology. Since then, the DLG has regularly recognises the innovations from Lohmar. Walterscheid products also win awards abroad, such as the USA Award for its wide-angle technology (1980) and the cam clutch (1989).

The renowned commemorative medal awarded by Max-Eyth-Gesellschaft Agrartechnik, the highest honour for designers in agricultural engineering, is first received by a Walterscheid employee in 1962: Kurt Schröter. The “Nobel Prize of agricultural engineering” acknowledges his services “for the development of the agricultural trailer and the drive axle trailer, as well as the design of attachments, drive shafts and overload clutches”. In 1989 the Max- Eyth-Gesellschaft acknowledges Clemens Nienhaus’ contribution to the design of components for the interoperation of trucks and working equipment. The certificate also mentions his commitment to the VDI and particularly his support for young engineers. Eight years later, the award is received by Manfred Eidam – “in recognition of his services for the design of efficient gearboxes for agricultural engineering”. When Andreas Roth finally receives the Max-Eyth commemorative medal in 2010, the announcement emphasizes that Andreas Roth developed particularly innovative mechanical drives in agricultural engineering.

Walterscheids Ausbildung ist hervorragend. Niclas Harms (2. von rechts) und Viktor Sostmann (3. von rechts) sind 2018 die Top-Azubis der Stadt Lohmar. Mit ihnen freuen sich Geschäftsführer Justus Volhard (rechts) und Ausbilder Ralf Gehrke (1. von links) sowie Personalchef Norbert Fielenbach (2. von links).

Walterscheid’s training is outstanding. Niclas Harms (2nd from the right) and Viktor Sostmann (3rd from the right) are the top apprentices in the town of Lohmar in 2018. They celebrate together with Managing Director Justus Volhard (right) and trainer Ralf Gehrke (1st from the left) as well as HR manager Norbert Fielenbach (2nd from the left).

Gemeinsam lernen: Walterscheid bildet seit den Anfängen junge Menschen in verschiedenen Berufen aus, die Ausbildungsplätze sind begehrt.

Learning together: since the very beginning, Walterscheid has been training young people in various professions; the training places are coveted.

Unsettled times

More room for Walterscheid: Walterscheid products are clearly visible at Agritechnica 2017.

Against expectations, Walterscheid’s sales fall in 2014. This is due to a sudden and, for many experts, surprising downturn in the industry, among other things. Producer prices fall and leases rise, leading to a decline in investment confidence. The agricultural engineering markets in France, Italy and Germany slump, and the Ukraine conflict and sanctions against Russia are a drag on economic development in Eastern Europe.

Walterscheid is worried about falling sales, but especially about its decline in market shares. The fact that the company is falling more quickly than the market overall is a previously unheard-of development. The causes
are manifold but, in particular, many regular customers are dissatisfied with the group’s globally oriented sales organisation. This is exacerbated by technical problems, which cause some customers to doubt the quality. While Walterscheid is quick to rectify these problems, trust needs to be restored. This is difficult, as fewer innovations are developed. GKN focuses its investments on short-term success, meaning that long-term growth with high-quality technological products that require elaborate development becomes more difficult.

In addition to this, Walterscheid now plays a subordinate role in the large Land Systems Division and, for example, only has a relatively modest presence at Agritechnica. This development is criticised by customers. „We are hit with the brutal truth at the trade fairs“, report the sales representatives. Even apparently trivial details are noticed. When the established Walterscheid yellow is replaced by the corporate design of GKN, some visitors gain the (false) impression that Walterscheid is not present at the trade fair.

Back to its roots

The situation improves after another restructuring within the GKN Group. At the end of 2016, GKN Off-Highway Powertrain, which is composed of the agricultural engineering plants in Germany, Italy, the USA, China and Brazil as well as the global service network, is formed. It is managed by Wolfgang Lemser (as CEO) and engineer Justus Volhard (as Managing Director) since May 2017. Volhard previously managed a GKN Sinter Metals plant and has been the plant manager in Lohmar since 2015. He knows the plant and its strengths and tackles the new task with confidence.

Walterscheid quickly regains trust, not least thanks to its technical experts in consulting.„We want to make ourselves available to our customers as advisors and problem solvers“, emphasizes Volhard. This applies for the entire duration of a project with original equipment manufacturers as well as for the special concerns of small and medium-sized customers. The service department that had transferred to Rösrath returns to Lohmar to once again improve discussions between the problems on-site and development and production.

The “new, old Walterscheid” attends Agritechnica 2017 with a large stand focussed on Walterscheid products. Walterscheid also once again presents technical innovations, such as the ICVD370 hydrostatic drive. The hydraulic drive technology, which is now manufactured in Sohland, offers exceptional performance and durability.

The hydraulic top link with integrated shock absorption, which provides a noticeable improvement for farmers, causes quite a stir in 2017. When farmers drive a heavy machine, the front axle is often raised and then lands again with a mighty shock on the powertrain. The hydraulic top link reduces this considerably. The front axle’s optimised contact with the ground provides a much-improved driving performance, and the shock absorber insulates the tractor from impact loads. The Deutsche Landwirtschaftsverlag (DLV) publisher names the new Walterscheid top link the 2017 „Machine of the Year”.

Der hydraulische Oberlenker mit integrierter Dämpfung sorgt für Aufsehen in der Branche. Der DLV kürt Walterscheids Innovation zur „Maschine des Jahres 2017“.

The hydraulic top link with integrated shock absorption attracts attention in the industry. The DLV names Walterscheid’s innovation the “2017 Machine of the Year”.

Der hydraulische Oberlenker mit integrierter Dämpfung sorgt für Aufsehen in der Branche. Der DLV kürt Walterscheids Innovation zur „Maschine des Jahres 2017“.

Smart farming – digital agricultural engineering

Drones that record data are an important element in digital agriculture.

Digitalisation has been changing all areas of life, including agricultural engineering, since the 20th century. From milking robots to satellite-controlled tractors, a wide range of technical equipment is available, which revolutionises livestock farming and crop cultivation. Some developments are still in their infancy; in some cases, risks such as data security need to be reviewed. In addition, agriculture is reliant on the global expansion of mobile telecommunications infrastructure to allow the opportunities afforded by digitalisation to be fully utilised.

Among the great achievements in crop production are tractors with GPS receivers, which can be controlled down to the centimetre. Together with appropriate attachments, this enables soil cultivation without any overlaps. In a best case scenario, this creates completely integrated processes for the farmer without setup times and without multiple field runs. The opportunity provided by digitalisation lies in the pooling of various data. This can then be used to control the work processes involved in soil cultivation and harvesting and structure them more efficiently.

Agricultural machinery manufacturers see great potential in this next-generation technology. Walterscheid works on concepts that use digital technology to optimise drive systems and coupling technology. In the future, mechanical drives will be able to be electronically controlled and become part of combined systems for which the pneumatics and hydraulics used will also have to be adapted. Cooperations will play a huge role in product development. In communities and associations, such as the Agricultural Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) established in 2008, in which Walterscheid is a member, leading agricultural engineering companies develop international electronic standards in compliance with legislation and data security. Walterscheid also prepares for the complex challenges of digitalisation in product development – both the engineering profile as well as extended tasks in the service area are aligned accordingly. Walterscheid is well-positioned to help shape the imminent major changes in agricultural engineering.

A new beginning

A new plant in South Tyrol: in 2019 Walterscheid opens a modern production plant for double-joint drive shafts in Welsberg.

The new innovations and stronger customer focus bring about a turnaround. In the economically strong years of 2017 and 2018, Walterscheid records above-average results and regains its market share. However, the future of Walterscheid within the GKN Group is now unclear.

In the spring of 2018, GKN transfers into ownership by London-based investment company Melrose as part of a hostile takeover. The GKN Off-Highway Powertrain division, which focuses on agricultural and construction machinery, is predestined to be separated from the other divisions and put up for sale, not least due to its good results.

After Melrose receives numerous expressions of interest in GKN Off-Highway Powertrain, it eventually sold it to the investment company One Equity Partners (OEP), who had previously shown an interest in Walterscheid, for around 200 million pounds (approx. 225 million euros). When the decision is made in March 2019, Walterscheid employees are pleased. The investor’s strategy fits well with Walterscheid: OEP provides freedom for the operating business and supports sustainable growth.

The new group is named the Walterscheid Powertrain Group, placing the focus squarely on the strong brand from Lohmar. Besides the Lohmar site, the group also includes the transmission plant in Sohland and the sites in the USA, Brazil and China as well as the global service network, with 22 locations in 16 countries. The Italian plant moves from Bruneck to Welsberg around twenty kilometres away, where a state-of-the-art plant for the production of double-joint drive shafts starts operation in 2019. This is OEP’s first foray into the agricultural engineering sector and it wants to invest further in the Walterscheid Powertrain Group.

To ensure that Walterscheid Lohmar continues to grow, it also receives significant investments: over 3.8 million euros in 2018 and five million EUR in 2019. One focus, for example, is on upgrading the fork machining for which pick-up machines and automatic broaching machines are purchased.

Ein neues Werk in Südtirol: In Welsberg eröffnet Walterscheid 2019 eine moderne Produktion von Doppelgelenkwellen.

Good prospects

Walterscheid’s lasting success will be ensured by its product innovations as well as its global presence. Key components of the drive system have been overhauled to further facilitate its application. With the “Ultra Plus” campaign, Walterscheid launches a fourth generation of its yellow drive shafts on the market over twenty years after the launch of Power Drive. The primary focus is on a good combination of protection and everyday usability: for example, the profiled ST protective tube connects both halves of the guard to prevent them from twisting, making a supporting chain unnecessary. The protective cap on the machine side can be completely opened. This currently unique technology simplifies attachment and maintenance. Apart from this, end customers are primarily interested in longer maintenance intervals. The new universal joints have a maintenance interval of up to 250 hours, and also double the service life of the shaft. The 50-degree wide-angle joint developed in Lohmar and Welsberg can even be used as a completely maintenance-free capsule solution. The new K90/TF and K90/4TF overload clutches can also be serviced and adjusted by a local agricultural machinery business. The P675 wide-angle joint responds to the increasing challenge of transmitting higher power in a limited installation space.

Innovations such as the multi-award-winning hydraulic top link with integrated shock absorption (including the eima Innovation Award) are the key to convincing original equipment manufacturers. As was once the case for the WKS, they are hesitant due to the higher costs. Walterscheid therefore once again attempts to demonstrate the practical added value to users directly. Closeness to the customer and innovations with high practical added value are still the deciding factors.

Walterscheid’s future success will also be based on a few other key factors: technological market leadership, innovativeness and customer orientation, with a constant focus on OEM and end customers. If the company is able to maintain these strengths, it has good opportunities in a market that is expected to continue to grow.

Continuing to feed a growing global population remains a considerable challenge. Arable and grazing land is limited, the demand for renewable resources is increasing and the impacts of climate change are a constant issue for agriculture. Efficient land use is therefore necessary and the demand for innovative agricultural engineering will continue to increase.

Walterscheid has good prospects in its anniversary year of 2019 – for a new and promising chapter after a strong first 100 years.

Ultra Plus – mit der vierten Generation der gelben Gelenk- welle blickt Walterscheid im Jubiläumsjahr 2019 optimistisch in die Zukunft.

Ultra.Plus – the fourth generation of the yellow drive shaft allows Walterscheid to look optimistically towards the future in its anniversary year of 2019.