From engineering office to international systems manufacturers
“Dedicated fighting spirit” and “total commitment to finding solutions” are a couple of the phrases used to describe Werner Wagner, our company founder and Managing Director. These traits were probably also what convinced his mother to provide the freshly minted electrical engineer with the start-up capital he needed to found his engineering office, Werner Wagner, Alarm- und Fernmeldetechnik.
Thus, the now 40-year-old WAGNER Group GmbH began its success story in a home basement. One particularly significant company milestone was the first major order it received, a three-million-mark deal to develop a lighting, video monitoring and detection system for the outdoor areas of the Gorleben nuclear interim storage facility. “The contract exceeded all of our expectations,” Wagner recalls. “What convinced the customers on the Gorleben project was the sophisticated protection concept—even a GSG9 squad was unable to get past the system. That was a big step forward for us.”
Today, the family-owned business employs around 500 people, and generated about €85 in sales during the 2015-2016 fiscal year. WAGNER is the world’s technological market leader in early fire detection and fire prevention; son Torsten Wagner, who has been a Managing Director for years now, will one day succeed his father as the head of the company. As always, WAGNER’s standards remain its objective: to give companies around the world more safety and security through innovative fire protection!
1998 Railway fire protection; ideas for active fire prevention
WAGNER Bayern GmbH implements the company’s first fire protection project involving railway vehicles. Numerous international projects follow, such as the Munich Underground, the Algo High Speed Train in Saudi Arabia and the Stadler Aeroexpress in Moscow.
The impetus to our next innovation: A report in a laboratory magazine about a system that manufactures nitrogen for laboratories inspires the company to develop OxyReduct® technology, which uses nitrogen to lower oxygen levels in a controlled way and thus prevents fires from developing in the first place.
1997 In-house development of measuring chamber for air sampling smoke detectors
For the first time, WAGNER develops and constructs its own measurement chambers, installing them into its new series of air sampling smoke detectors.
1996 relocation and new generation
The ever-growing company moves to larger premises on Schleswig Street in Langenhagen. Son Torsten Wagner joins the company.
1994 Pioneers in the field of extinguishing technology
WAGNER becomes the first German provider with German Association of Property Insurer system and installer certification to bring nitrogen onto the market as a natural, inert extinguishing agent.
Having developed its first air sampling smoke detector for early fire detection, WAGNER unveils the technology at Security, the world’s leading security and fire-protection trade fair, in Essen, Germany.
1985 Orientation towards fire protection
WAGNER equips dvg, one of Germany’s largest data centres at the time, with an outdoor surveillance system. After a fire breaks out at the data centre and the installed smoke detectors do not react, Werner Wagner builds a detection unit that can reliably detect fires within any of the individual pieces of IT technology equipment in the room.
1982-84 First large-scale order
WAGNER gets its first major order, an outdoor surveillance system including lighting, video monitoring and detection. Contract volume: three million German marks.
1976 Company foundation
At age 30, Werner Wagner goes into business for himself, founding an engineering office in Winsen (Aller) by the name of Werner Wagner, Alarm- und Fernmeldetechnik (Werner Wagner, Alarm and Telecommunications Technology).