The History of Würth Elektronik: Highlights from 1984 to 2000

Maybe you’ve been familiar with Würth Elektronik for a while. Perhaps you’ve been reading our blog or buying our products. But how well do you really know us?

The history of Würth Elektronik goes pretty far back — back to 1984, in fact. Since then, our team has accomplished some cool things, not just for our company, but also for the entire electronics industry as a whole.

In this first post in our three-part series on how Würth Elektronik came to be, we’ll cover the highlights from 1984 to 2000. Let’s take a trip back in time, shall we?

1984: Founded eiSos (“Assembly Technique”)

The story of Würth Elektronik began in 1984 with the foundation of a department called “Assembly Technique” (VBT), which is now eiSos. There were eight employees — one of whom is now a CEO! This small but mighty team boasted about 400 products and 400 customers (and some pretty sweet mustaches).

1993: Started Selling EMC Components

Fast-forward almost a decade later. By 1993, Würth Elektronik had more than doubled its employees (to 20) and products (to 850) by developing and selling EMC components — which are now our bread and butter.

The team also moved into a new “building” — if you can call it that, with only two locations (both in Germany).

Fun Fact: 12 people from this photo are still in the Würth family today!

1995 – 1996: Received First Patent (Snap Ferrites)

In 1995, Würth Elektronik received its first patent (for snap ferrites).

In 1996, the company went international with the addition of France, Austria, and Finland (and, in doing so, the addition of 18 employees, 1,200 customers, and 650 products).

1997: Published First Catalog

The additional staff (and business) helped us publish our first catalog in 1997, showcasing the 2,100 products now available to our nearly 3,000 customers.

1998: Launched Revolutionary Snap Ferrite (Star-Tec)

In 1998, we shocked all our competition by launching the revolutionary Star-Tec snap ferrite ( which is still in our product line today!). We also expanded our business into Ireland — now totaling five countries — and officially declared our eiSos business model.

1999: Acquired French Distributor (Radialex)

In 1999, Würth Elektronik acquired Radialex, a distributor for assembly technique located in Lyon, France. This acquisition helped us increase our number of employees to 60!

2000: Launched Trilogy of Inductors

Along with the millennium came the collapse of the “new economy.” This crisis pushed the sales model of Würth Elektronik eiSos to focus on delivery ex stock and to concentrate on small and medium customers.

The year 2000 wasn’t all bad, though. Not only did it bring Würth Elektronik to Great Britain, it also signified the launch of our first Trilogy of Inductors, the first application handbook in our now-robust line of design guides. Plus, we now had 4,000 active customers and 3,000 products to sell.

Want to know what happens next?

Stay tuned to our blog for the next two posts in this series, or learn more about our company here!

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