WHW Walter Hillebrand GmbH & Co. KG

We are the global market leader in the field of cathodic corrosion protection.

Everything has a surface – we make it perfect

In industrial production, every surface fulfills special functions – and often even the safety of people depends on it. Whether it’s the smallest screw or complex shaped cast parts: In order for products and components to be reliable and safe in use over the long term, they must be able to withstand a wide variety of the toughest external influences.

WHW Hillebrand specializes in the finishing of high-performance surfaces for metallic structures and components. The customer spectrum covers all branches of industry throughout Europe in which corrosion-protecting and functionalizing surfaces are required.

As a leading company, WHW Hillebrand stands for unique and innovative corrosion protection that is optimally tailored to the respective material, stress and customer requirements and meets the highest quality expectations. Products of all kinds, from bulk goods to geometrically highly complex components, are finished using state-of-the-art coating systems. Headquartered in Wickede (Ruhr), the company’s strengths lie in the expertise of its experienced employees, its in-house research and development and its flexible services before and after coating. With efficient, holistically convincing solutions from a single source that offer technological and economic added value, the success of customers is secured in the long term – today and in the future.

The company is now managed by the 3rd generation and employs around 600 people at 5 locations.


Cathodic corrosion protection




World wide: 600

Germany: 600

South Westphalia: 465

Sales Volume

100 Mio. €



Company founded by Walter August Hillebrand


Start of production in the field of surface technology


Ernst Walter Hillebrand (2nd generation) takes over the management of the company and relocates to the current main site at Westerhaar in Wickede (Ruhr)


Foundation of today’s Hillebrand Chemicals, which includes research & development, analytics and chemical production


Relocation of the full-service center to Fröndenberg; implementation of a holistic consulting and service concept WHW360


Construction of the Center for Innovation & Technology (CIT) as a holistic competence center for research and development of new products and processes


Commissioning of a new online tempering furnace at one of the most efficient zinc-nickel plants in Plant II


Handover of the company management to the 3rd generation; the new management are Ernst-Gregor Hillebrand, Burkhard Schrage and Christian Seltmann


WHW Walter Hillebrand GmbH & Co. KG
Westerhaar 56-58

Phone +49 2377 808 0

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