Our history.
A tradition.

Waskönig+Walter was founded by Johann Peter Waskönig in 1873. Over 145 years and four generations later, our company has become what it is today: one of the most state-of-the-art cable plants in Europe.

From hat wire manufacturer to one of the most state-of-the-art cable producers in Europe.

Whether it is medium-voltage cable for a large new housing estate on the outskirts of Amsterdam, or installation cables to be installed in a commercial property in Munich: for more than 145 years, we have been ensuring the perfect connection. More than 550 employees and up to 50 trainees perform exceptional work on a daily basis to produce our quality low, medium and high-voltage cables that are used both at home and abroad.

As we enjoy looking back over the past more than 145 years, let's take a look at the most important milestones in our history:


Company founded in Wuppertal; production of hat wires


The start of electrical technology; manufacture of dynamo wires


Purchase of the company "Adler-Kabel" in Berlin


Construction of the cable assembly plant in the Saterland


Company headquarters relocated to the Saterland; establishment of the new 20,000‑m² production facility


100-year anniversary with 230 employees


Start of production of cross-linked PE cable (1 kV)


The administration building opens


The first German cable plant to introduce a quality management system certified to DIN EN ISO 9001


Passing of the baton from Peter Waskönig to the sons Jörg and Michael Waskönig (the fifth generation)


Production hall expanded from 20,000 m2 to 48,000 m2


The new production facility for medium-voltage wires begins operations


A large fire destroys the entire warehouse and logistics area


Opening of the new logistics centre with high-bay storage for 20,000 pallet bays


Construction of the high-voltage cable plant and founding of Waskönig+Walter Hochspannungskabel GmbH u. Co. KG


Qualification as a supplier in the 110-kV range for the four large German grid operators


Michael Waskönig leaves the company management


20 electric charging stations for cars


As a family company with over 145 years of history, our generations have always been close-knit – the same goes for Jörg Waskönig and his son Emil.

Setting the course for further success in the future: Michael Waskönig and his nephew Theo.

A future with prospects.

As a family company in its fifth generation – soon to have our 150-year anniversary next year in 2023 – we are aware of our special responsibility to successor generations. Dedication to sustainability has therefore been a core element of our company's culture for many years already. Together with our partners and employees, we promote sustainability throughout our value-added chain. We place importance on reducing our CO2 emissions and handling resources carefully – way beyond the legally prescribed levels.