Historie

Founding in 1864

Conrad Wilhelm Schmidt founds CWS in Düsseldorf 

 

1867

Expansion of the company by taking over the Foerster paint factory in Ratingen

 

1879

Establishment of a location in London to supply the British market

 

1882

Establishment of a location  in Brussels, primarily for spirit containing paints

 

1889

CWS receives a gold medal of excellence at a world exhibition in Paris

 

1946

New start after the 2nd World War in a former paper factory in Düren

 

1963

Relocation of the last installations, administration and head office from Düsseldorf to Düren.

 

1969

As one of the first paint manufacturers, CWS produces powder coatings based on epoxy resins

 

1970

Commissioning of the first extruders at CWS to produce powder coatings with shorter curing times and lower baking temperatures.

 

1972

The total annual consumption of powder coatings in Germany has exceeded 2,000 tonnes for the first time.

 

1974

Start of production of polyester resins combined with epoxy resins. These hybrid coatings quickly reach 60% of the market share

 

1983

At CWS, more than 1,000 tonnes are produced per year for the first time.

 

1985

Start of production of powder coatings in the new CWS plant with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes per year

 

1990

Establishment of a subsidiary in Denmark to serve the Scandinavian market.

 

1999

The organisation is split into three different companies, CWS Powder coatings GmbH, CWS Resins GmbH and CWS Baufarben GmbH. The CWS Lackfabrik GmbH & Co. functions only as a classical holding company.

 

2000

Establishment of a subsidiary in New York, USA

 

2004

CWS Powder Coatings GmbH takes over the powder coating manufacturer Dörken and becomes the largest private powder coating manufacturer.

 

2005

Expansion of production capacity at CWS Powder Coatings USA

 

2005

Establishment of a new heat-resistant product line CEWETHERM. A new production department is set up for this purpose.

 

2006

Establishment of a subsidiary in Poland

 

2014

150th Anniversary of CWS

 

2016

New raw materials warehouse built

 

2018

New TCC built ( Technic Competence Center)

 

2020

New access road constructed, CWS Street inaugurated, new loading docks

 

2020

New warehouse built with 10,000 pallet spaces