The success story of Heinrich Wilke GmbH begins in 1929, as Heinrich Wilke had the Waldecker company entered in the commercial register under the abbreviated name HEWI: HEWI stands for the initial letters of his name.

From grain binder equipment to coin trays, buttons and finger plates through to the first nylon lever handle, HEWI made useful products from polyamide and is therefore one of the first plastics processing companies in Germany.