One of the main tasks in the post-War years included the ongoing reconstruction efforts as well as the production and manufacturing of food. Based on the high demand, many local blacksmiths repaired and built agricultural machinery and equipment. Our company also began by specializing in the building of agricultural conveying equipment intended to ease the burdens of manual labour. The further progression of Westeria
Fördertechnik GmbH can be seen in the following timeline.
1956 How "everything" got started
Founding of the company Westeria® Maschinenfabrik by Hermann Westbrock in
Westbevern. The main products were conveyor systems for agriculture.
1958 First innovation: Folding conveyor belt
The invention of an adjustable articulated angle for folding conveyor belts was
registered for patenting. This conveyor system was manufactured and sold on the market
1960 Expanded product range
Industrial applications for warehousing technology were also developed and manufactured
to round off the product range.
1966 Westeria® throughout Germany
In 1966 a national sales network was already built up throughout Germany for the
above-mentioned folding conveyor belts.
The son of Hermann Westbrock, Bernhard Westbrock began working at the company
1986 Start of Westeria® Fördertechnik GmbH
Renaming of Westeria® Maschinenfabrik into Westeria®
Fördertechnik GmbH. Managing Directors are Werner Knapheide and Bernhard Westbrock
1986 Construction of conveyor technology
With the start of Westeria® Fördertechnik GmbH, the focus was placed on
the construction of conveyor systems for the recycling industry
1988 Relocation and construction of the first windsifters
The production site in Westbevern became too small and was relocated into the newly
erected production facility in Ostbevern. The construction of a new product group which
is very important to Westeria® started. The first
Westeria® windsifter left the assembly shop. To this day, approx. 400
windsifters have been produced and successfully deployed on a worldwide scale.
1990 Expansion of the scope of products with live bottoms and bunker systems
The expansion of another product group started in 1990. Live bottoms and bunker systems
left the Westfälische production facility at the start of the 1990s for the first time.
1992 New systems
Launch of the first CAD system in the technical office
2003 More reinforcement
The son of Werner Knapheide, Kai-Uwe Knapheide, began working at the company as Managing
2008 Westeria® surpasses itself
The production area in the new Ostbevern site was expanded by an additional 2,400m² to
maximise the production of windsifters, bunker systems, conveyor belts and material
2008 Trade-fair participation
Since 2008, Westeria® has been a permanent guest at IFAT/Entsorga in
Munich, Pollutec in Paris/Lyon, Ecomondo, Kassler Abfalltagen, ….
2009 Painting line
The new semi-automatic painting line was put into operation
2010 More growth
The production area was expanded by another 500m²
2011 Planning facilities
Erection of a planning department with a total of 3 employees
2012 Simply ingenious – the new material distribution system
Ingeniously simple, simply ingenious – the patented Disc-Spreader system to distribute
the flow of material across a uniform width.
2013 Windsifter with three metre operating width
25 years of constructive development history packed into a new, appealing product design
have put this "windsifter compact system" with an operating width of up to three metres
at the top of the class in the market.
2013 Class reunion
The Westeria® Dealer Workshop was held at the company premises in
Ostbevern for the first time. All international dealers from 14 countries came to get
informed on site about the new product systems and product technology in the area of
conveyor and windsifter technology.
2014 The inventiveness grows…
…and results in another patent. In 2014, a patent was granted for the light density
separators Type LT15 and Type LT25. The light density separator, for example, is
installed in the Windsifter WS2 to clean the exhaust air.
2014 New warehousing capacity
The warehouse for finished parts was significantly increased with approx. 2,000 m² by
leasing a complete storage hall.
2015 new technicum pilot plant on 720 m2 hall space
The Westeria® Technicum is open! Our customers can appraise and analyse
the separation results of their individual materials in advance and then discuss them
with us in a personal talk to gain confidence in our unique technologies.
2016 Westeria® Fördertechnik GmbH’s 30 year anniversary
Due to renaming in 1986, in 2016 Westeria® Fördertechnik GmbH was able to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Together with all employees, this event was fittingly celebrated with a one-day boat tour.
2016 Westeria® MultiFeeder – The bunker innovation
Westeria®’s range has now been expanded by a new product. The bunker innovation MultiFeeder covers storage capacities from 10 to 47m³ and has therefore been designed for smaller capacities and individual requirements.