History WEIDMANN ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY

1877
Heinrich Weidmann acquires the old water-powered town mill in Rapperswil, Switzerland and establishes a pressboard and cardboard factory. He starts supplying insulating materials to the still young electrical industry.
1914
Incorporation of H. WEIDMANN AG, Switzerland. Begin production of electrical insulation components
1937
First production of insulation components from calendered pressboard. In 1937, Hans Tschudi invents "Transformerboard" (hot press dried insulation board mainly used for transformers).
1939-1945
During the Second World War, when export of high voltage insulation collapses, WEIDMANN survives thanks to its booming Plastics Technology, producing components from rifle shafts to housings for the domestic telecommunications industry.
1952
An important breakthrough in Electrical Technology is achieved by installing WEIDMANN'S first large size (3x6m) Transformerboard (T IV) machine in Rapperswil, Switzerland.
1966
First 400 kV lead exit manufactured at WEIDMANN.
1970
Procelis SA, Bourgoin-Jallieu, France (fabrication of insulation components), today WEIDMANN ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY S.A.S,  joins the WEIDMANN organization as Joint Venture/licensing partner and is finally acquired in 1976. Site was transformed into a conversion center in 2011.
1971
EHV-Industries Inc. (today WEIDMANN ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY, INC.) in St. Johnsbury, VT, USA joins the WEIDMANN organization and will become the hub of ETBA's North American fabrication of transformerboard and insulation components/packages.

Start of Licensing Partnership with Honshu Paper (today Oji Specialty Paper Co. Ltd.), Japan (until 2006).
1976
Foundation of Systems Sales Representatives, Inc. (later WEIDMANN SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL INC.) in St. Johnsbury, VT, USA, as resale and sourcing company for transformer equipment and accessories.
1978
Foundation of Weidmann do Brasil (today WEIDMANN TECNOLOGIA ELÉTRICA LTDA.) in Diadema SP, Brazil. (Fabrication of insulation components)
1981
Takeover of Whiteley Ltd., (today WEIDMANN WHITELEY LTD.) Pool-in-Wharfedale, England, renowned for its paper specialties for electrical and non-electrical applications (e. g. calender bowl).
1986
Successful testing of the first 1000 kV Faltenbalg and of the first 1000 KV lead exit system manufactured by WEIDMANN.

1989-1996
International expansion continued

1989
Acquisition of WEIDMANN INDUSTRIES, LP in Fergus, ONT, Canada (fabrication of insulation components for the electrical equipment industry).

Foundation of Gallan & Associates, Strathfield/Sydney, Australia as ETBA sales office.

1994
Representative office for WEIDMANN Electrical Technology established in Kiev, Ukraine.

1995
First Asian sales office for WEIDMANN Electrical Technology established in Singapore.


Establishment of Izo-Prod d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia. Fabrication of insulation components.

1996
Establishment of WEIDMANN SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL LTD., ETBA's sales and sourcing organization, in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

WEIDMANN Technical Services, Inc. is established in St. Johnsbury, VT, USA, later merged into WEIDMANN DIAGNOSTIC SOLUTIONS INC.

1997
First ETBA production site, TAIZHOU WEIDMANN HIGH VOLTAGE INSULATION SYSTEMS CO. LTD., established in Taizhou, Jiangsu, China, with a new production plant for Transformerboard.

Foundation of WEIDMANN TECHNOLOGIA ELÉTRICA DE MEXICO S.A., Saltillo, COAH, Mexico (fabrication of insulation components).

1999
Malyn Paper Mill, (today JSC WEIDMANN MALYN PAPER MILL) large and renowned manufacturer of electrical and specialty papers in Malyn, Ukraine, joins the WEIDMANN organization. Establishment of the WEIDMANN Malyn Insulation Components production facility.

 

License contract with Govik, Electricals Pvt. Ltd., Mumbay, India (fabrication of insulation components).

2000
Acquisition of the US-Canadian transformer oil diagnostics and services group ACTI, Inc. (today WEIDMANN DIAGNOSTIC SOLUTIONS INC.), with headquarters in Sacramento, CA and laboratories in Bensalem, PA, Indianapolis, IN, Houston, TX and Calgary, CAN.

Tecnidd, later renamed WEIDMANN ELECTRICAL INSULATION SYSTEMS (SHANGHAI) LTD., joins ETBA's Chinese resale organization.

2001
Acquisition of Avery Dennison's Electrical Paper Division, Framingham, MA and O'Fallon, MI, USA (today WEIDMANN ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY INC.). Fabrication of specialty crepe and diamond dotted insulation paper.

 

2002
Recent corporate development

 

Opening of an engineering office (WEIDMANN Technical Services) in Milano, Italy. Relocated to Chiasso, TI, Switzerland early 2008.

2005
WEIDMANN diagnostic solutions acquires the former Siemens Burlington/Toronto, Canada laboratory. 

ETBA sales office established in Ansan, South Korea.

Opening of a WEIDMANN TECNOLOGIA ELÉTRICA LTDA. in Porto Alegre, Brazil. (Fabrication of insulating components). Closed in 2010.

 

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2007
Expansion of the Rapperswil, Switzerland transformerboard plant by second bay housing a new fransformerboard machine.

 

Opening of  new WEIDMANN Diagnostics Solutions laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA and Waukesha, WI, USA. 

WEIDMANN Tecnologia Elétrica moves from Diadema to Piracicaba, Brazil, into new production and office facilities shared with WEIDMANN TECNOLOGIA EM PLÁSTICOS LTDA.

 

 

2008
Opening of a new WEIDMANN Diagnostic Solutions laboratory in Baton Rouge, LA and Waukesha, WI, USA.

2009
Inauguration of the expanded transformerboard plant in Rapperswil, Switzerland.

 

WEIDMANN takes over the GE Laboratories for Oil analysis in Denver, Colorado, USA; Burlington, Ontario, Canada and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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2010

Reopening of the Ennenda plant converted into an ETBA production facility for laminated board and milled parts.

 

Inauguration of ETBA's new production facility for specialized ultra high voltage insulation components in Jiaxing, Zhejiang, China.

 

Acquisition and opening of new WEIDMANN Diagnostic Solutions laboratories in North Canton, OH, USA and Saltillo, Mexico.

2011

Opening of a new fiber and board laboratory for ETBA in Rapperswil, Switzerland.

 

Opening of new WEIDMANN Diagnostic Solutions laboratory in Canton, MA, USA.