What Does the Name WAFIOS Stand for?

The name WAFIOS originates from our founders Ernst Wagner, Hans Ficker, and Otto Schmid.

In 1893, Ernst Wagner started out with a small mechanical workshop in Pfullingen. In 1910, Hans Ficker joined the company as a commercial partner. In 1914, the competing companies Wagner & Ficker Maschinenfabrik and Otto Schmid from Stuttgart merged. This was the birth  of the united machine factories for wire processing, Wagner & Ficker and Otto Schmid – or WAFIOS for short.

Forming Innovation

Milestones from 130 Years of WAFIOS History

Graphic programming system WPS

CNC-controlled winding, coiling and bending machine FMU

WAFIOS becomes a joint-stock company

Acquisition of the company Witels-Albert, manufacturer of wire-straightening machines

Machines for processing tubes 

CNC multiple-head bending machine BT 4

Foundation of Customer Service 

Economical CNC coiling and bending machine FMK

Foundation, development, and expansion of the WAFIOS Tool Center 

Introduction of the BM 30 – BM series with iQbend

Foundation of WAFIOS Shanghai Machinery

Introduction of the RBV 42/60 for bending tubes and stabilizer bars 

Introduction of the FMU 16/25 with EasyTab and offline simulation 

Grand opening of the Wire and Tube Center in Reutlingen

Introduction of the G6 with temperature-controlled grinding

Foundation of WAFIOS (Zhangjiagang) Machinery Production

Foundation of WAFIOS Tube Automation – Supplier of solutions for the tube industry

Foundation of WAFIOS de México, S.A. de C.V.

INDUSTRIEPREIS for iQsmartbend "Automatic optimization of bent parts for quality and performance enhancement"

CNC-controlled WAFIOS chain bending machine


SpeedFormer – Revolutionary bending concept for the production of hairpins

First CNC-controlled tube bending machine for plastic tubes HotBend 35

Foundation of WAFIOS Portugal Production, Unipessoal, Lda.

Foundation of Marktredwitz production branch with 150 employees

Subsidiaries in France, Italy, the UK, Spain, the USA, Canada, and Brazil

Automatic production monitoring system FRM for the spring industry

Patented chain link turning device for automatic link-by-link welding

First electronically controlled spring coiling machine

First Electronically controlled  torsion spring coiling machine and multi-function tools

Revolutionary nail machine N 90

Production of hand-operated chain link fencing machines by Ernst Wagner in Pfullingen

Hans Ficker becomes associate partner

WAFIOS apprenticeship workshop opens

Employee numbers reach 1,000 

First automatic extension spring/looping machine ZO 1