The Wilo Group can look back on a long and successful tradition. The foundations for the company were laid more than 140 years ago. “Kupfer- und Messingwarenfabrik Louis Opländer”, founded in Dortmund in 1872, was the predecessor to WILO SE, the parent company of the Wilo Group. The company is domiciled in Dortmund, Germany. WILO SE is a European stock corporation (Societas Europaea). It performs central management activities for the entire Group as well as its own operations. With around 90 percent of the shares in WILO SE, the majority shareholder is the Wilo-Foundation. The issued capital of WILO SE amounts to EUR 26,980 thousand.
As at 31 December 2016, the Wilo Group encompassed WILO SE and more than 60 production and sales companies. WILO SE holds a direct majority interest in most of its subsidiaries. There are only seven Group companies in which WILO SE holds an indirect majority interest. In the 2016 financial year, WILO SE acquired 100 percent of the shares in GVA Gesellschaft für Verfahren der Abwassertechnik mbH & Co. KG and renamed this company WILO GVA GmbH. The company has its registered office in Wülfrath and a production site in Sangerhausen (Saxony-Anhalt) and specialises in the development and production of system technologies and components for biological wastewater treatment. The acquisition augmented the Wilo Group’s activities in the wastewater sector and increased its application expertise.
The internal organisational and management structure of the Wilo Group is based on three dimensions: region, market segment and product division. The leading organisational dimension is the region, which also forms the basis for segment reporting. The Europe region is highly important to the Wilo Group, accounting for more than 50 percent of consolidated net sales. The Asia Pacific region accounted for over a quarter of net sales in the year under review, while the EMEA region accounted for around 14 percent.
In the individual regions, the respective regional management works in close cooperation with the heads of the market segments and product divisions. This ensures that the needs of the individual customer groups are met in an optimum manner. The HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning) division adopts a targeted focus on heating, air conditioning and cooling applications with an emphasis on the Building Services market segment. The CWW (Clean and Waste Water) division covers clean water, sewage and wastewater applications for the Building Services, Water Management and Industry market segments.