TRADITION

DEEP ROOTS = HIGH EXPECTATIONS

For decades, GWINNER has been synonymous with high-quality furniture that stands out thanks to appealing designs and innovative, detailed solutions. Our company has evolved from a 60-square-metre carpenter's shop in Pfalzgrafenweiler, Germany, and is now one of the leading suppliers in the German furniture market. Many things have changed over the years but our affinity with a unique material – wood – and our desire to manufacture quality furniture for people still remain.

MILESTONES

GWINNER – successful since 1930

 From its humble beginnings, our company has become one of the leading suppliers in the German furniture market over the years.

1930… Karl and Jakob Gwinner founded a carpenter's shop in Pfalzgrafenweiler (Northern Black Forest, Southern Germany).

1947… The company moved to a three-storey building and began working with other workshops to incorporate machines.

1949… GWINNER worked with its first trading partner in Pforzheim – a combination gentleman's cupboard known as the "Pforzheim" became a series model. Five pieces were manufactured every week.

1952… The company expanded its sales network by working with a furniture wholesaler in Nuremberg. The "Pfalzgraf" model extended the range.

1953... The first sales agent increased the demand in north and south Bavaria. GWINNER also hoped to increase demand by participating in the Cologne furniture trade fair for the first time.

1961… The foundation stone for a new production building was laid. At the same time, GWINNER began its series production of models and subsequently expanded its sales network.

End of the 1960s… The compact Buffet living room was developed as a variable in-line wall-unit system with mounting options for televisions, Hi-Fi systems and a mini-bar – this was seen as a milestone in the development of free-standing cabinets.

1975… The company built a new production building with offices and a factory exhibition space – now used as the company's headquarters.

1979… GWINNER launched the semi-circular classic "Team Bahia". In 1985, the Design Center Stuttgart included this design in the German collection of exemplary design – the original became a trend-setter that was copied many times.

1988… The GWINNER Objektdesign sales area was launched to provide furniture for management and executive offices. In 2010, the company was sold to the Müller carpenter's shop in Bad Rippoldsau and the products are now marketed as "Müller Manufaktur".

1991… GWINNER built the administration building that now covers two storeys.

2000… The Production department invested in new-generation CNC-controlled manufacturing machinery.

2009… GWINNER improved the manufacturing process by focussing on one factory building. 110 employees work in a 11,000-square-metre building to produce 17,000 parts or 2000 cupboard types every week.

2012… A 500-square-metre extension is added for automatic panel storage with 35 storage locations and a direct link to the cutting plant.

2014… GWINNER produces up to 450 individual cupboards and 150 wall combinations every day – end to end, the wall-unit systems produced every week would stretch 2.5 km. 180 employees in Administration and Production work hard every day to ensure our customers are satisfied.

FACTS

COMPANY FACTS:
GWINNER

COMPANY:GWINNER WOHNDESIGN GmbH
HEADQUARTERS:Hauptstraße 70; 72285 Pfalzgrafenweiler, Germany
FOUNDED:1930
MANAGEMENT BOARD:Volker Held, Burkhard Schmidt, Thomas Wälde
SUPERVISORY BOARD:Werner Reiser (Chairman)
EMPLOYEES:180
EXPORT SHARE:25%
MARKETS:Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Russia, Slovenia,
Slovakia, Czech Republic, Spain, USA, France, Great Britain

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