History

90 years of professional coating expertise

Our company name wefa stands for safety and quality as well as for innovation and value stability – for good reasons. Westdeutsche Farben GmbH is a modern enterprise with tradition. Founded in 1923 as a family business, our management has always focused on its customers, responsible employees and a sustainable product policy right from the beginning. Today wefa is successfully managed by Robert Schramm – meanwhile in the third generation. Development, production, sales and quality assurance rely on experienced experts.

2017
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Creation of an innovative 1K-graffiti protection for new constructions wefaPermatec 1K Clearcoat

Test coatings on vehicles for various customers

First test coatings with wefaResist 2K W Topcoat in practice

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wefaPermatec 1K Clearcoat: All lab tests are accomplished successfully. The certificate of homologation at DB is in progress

2016
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Renaming of wefaPolysil to wefaPolyseal due to brand protection

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Development and final completion of the first water-based coating system for the furniture industry: wefaResist 2K W Topcoat

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Qualification of wefaResist 2K Topcoat according to DIN 68861-1:2011, 1B

Development of our optimised clearcoat wefaProtect 2K W Klarlack Plus

2015
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Coating of the pilot production ICx with wefaProtect basecoat system, clearcoat und flame-retardant putty

Compliance with the new European fire protection standard DIN EN 45 545-2

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Final report “wefaPolysil“ after 5 years of successful object probation

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Admission of wefaPox 11 primer and wefaProtect 2K W WDL according to VG 95211 according to TL 8010-0001/002 for defence and military technology

2014
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450 locomotives of the “TRAXX“ series for Deutsche Bahn with the “wefaProtect“ pigmented topcoat and clearcoat system

2013

Start of activities in France

2012
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180 “Talent 2” railcar bodies in silver metallic with the system basecoat/clearcoat

DB-call ET-platform
MDS Mitteldeutschland

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DB approval of permanent conserver wefaPolysil 2K colourless, wefaPolysil 2K Reparaturprimer farblos, wefaPolysil 2K Reparaturprimer chromophoric for refurbishments

2010

Start of activities in China

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First coating for Stadler Pankow GmbH

Order for 40 ”Regio Shuttle1“ project, Dieselnetz Oberfranken (DNO)

2009
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First series coating with the clearcoat variant of „wefaProtect“ for the order „Bern XL“ for Siemens in Wien

and „NFU-Rheinbahn“ for Siemens-Duewag in Krefeld

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First coating of locomotives for Voith Turbo Lokomotivtechnik GmbH in Kiel

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Start of series coating of 130 locomotives of the ”Gravitia“ range for Deutsche Bahn AG

2008
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Homologation by DB and introduction of new coating system product line ”wefaProtect“

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Start of series coating of 1,296 ET-vehicles at BOMBARDIER in:

  • Hennigsdorf
  • Görlitz
  • Ceska Lipa
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Series coating of suburban railway vehicles of “Corodia Continental“ series at Alstom LHB in Salzgitter

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Repainting of the ICE 3 fleet at the DB plant in Krefeld

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Series coating application of double-decker trains at the DB plant in Wittenberge

2006
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Introduction of wefa water-based coatings at Stadler by Feyco, our cooperation partner in Switzerland

2005

Redesign of ICE 1 at DB Nuremberg plant with our system wefaPur 2K W füller und wefaDur 2K W Strukturlack (approx. 300,000 m2 surface to be coated) in interiors

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Introduction of wefa water-based coatings at SBB by Feyco, our cooperation partner in Switzerland

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Start of activities in machine and apparatus construction with Rekers GmbH using a water-based, 2K, glossy monolayer

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Extension of activities in the fields of industrial cranes and machine and apparatus construction

Start of activities in the Czech Republic and Poland

2003
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First series coating at BOMBARDIER in Aachen (Talent):

  • ÖBB
  • Prignitzer Eisenbahn
  • ATI
  • ESW
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First series coating with wefaPur 2K W Füller and wefaDur 2K W Strukturlack for the order X60 for ALSTOM LHB

Followed by further orders for exterior coatings (e.g. ET 474)

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2002
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First use of basecoat-clearcoat systems for the recoating of 300 short-distance traffic vehicles at the DB plant in Munich

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First series of newly built vehicles with the basecoat-clearcoat system on ”Dispoloks“ at the DB plant in Nuremberg for Siemens-Krauss-Maffei in Munich

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Recoating of the ICE 2 series at the DB plant in Nuremberg

2001
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Supplying of all DB plants for the order ”Recoating of long-distance trains in the design of IC“

2000
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Authorisation of ÖBB und supplying of plants

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Start of activities in the field of industrial vehicles (e.g. agricultural vehicles)

1999
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First series coating for BOMBARDIER Bautzen for the order of Rhein-Neckar

1998
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Start of recoating of 840 railway vehicles of the series ICE 1 at the DB plant in Nuremberg

1996

Introduction of water-based 2K topcoats for the industry

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Completion of product line with a water-based patented textured coating system

1995
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Homologation of DB

Complete coating of a new large-scale series with wefa-water-based coating systems (100VT611 at AD-tranz in Hennigsdorf)

Supplying of railway repair workshops of DB AG (railway carriages and locomotives for long- and short-distance traffic)

1992
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Introduction of 2K wefa-water-based coatings on a polyurethane base consisting of:

  • primer
  • filler
  • topcoat
1990
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Initial coating with 1K water-based coatings and 2K High-Solid-Coating

Customer: Siemens Duewag, Düsseldorf

1986
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Coating of first vehicles with 1K water-based wefa-coating system

The proportion of organic solvents is max. 4%

Start of activities in the field of industrial cranes

1970
High-Solid-Coating

Start of production of High-Solid-Coatings and start of developing water-based coatings

1930
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Start of production of coatings for the preservation of structures

1923
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Foundation

Production and supply for the surrounding industry

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