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2018

Goals, team spirit, football fever: WISKA kicks off its first Business Cup

04.07.2018

Football connects, as the supplier for the electrical trade, industry and shipbuilding, WISKA from Kaltenkirchen, found when it invited customers and partners to attend the first WISKA Business Cup. A total of eight companies from the electrical trades and wholesalers as well as international sales partners from England, Ireland and the Netherlands kicked a ball around in style in front of the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg to win their very own trophy. Teams applied in advance to take part via the WISKA lottery.

‘Achieving good figures with customers and partners is important, but it is even more important to know each other well. This not only makes our work more successful, but also simply makes it more fun to spend time together’, says WISKA Managing Director Ronald Hoppmann, who is the third generation of the family to manage the company together with his sister Tanja Hoppmann.

The joy of playing and the fun that was had also inspired former HSV professional, current DFB sports director and coach of the women's national team Horst Hrubesch. The former international came as a surprise guest and was enthusiastic about the mood of everyone involved.

It was also Hrubesch who presented the Cup to the winners of the tournament, the team from electrical wholesaler Hillmann & Ploog. Second and third places went to the two teams from WISKA Germany. The top scorer of the day was Callum Wilson from Team WISKA UK.

Even after the award ceremony, the atmosphere remained relaxed. ‘We do it like the pros. On the pitch, we’re united by our enthusiasm for sporting competition and off the pitch, we're inspired by working together’, summarises Hoppmann, adding: ‘We're delighted that many young players have also taken part in the guest teams – because the promotion of young talent is particularly important to us as a family company. Not only at WISKA itself, but also in our home region at Hamburger SV, which enabled us to host this event at the stadium.

And because football fever works up an appetite, the teams went on to a Hamburg beach club after the tournament, where the eventful day ended with a relaxed barbecue by the Elbe. The following day, all the guests got the opportunity to get to know WISKA on site in Kaltenkirchen – from development and production to the laboratory. The new edition of the popular “WISKA box” presented this March, one of the latest WISKA highlights, was essential viewing, not least as a result of the direct cooperation with craftspeople who were hugely enthusiastic and already flirting with the idea of registering early for the next WISKA Business Cup.

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Outside the box thinking: The new junction boxes by WISKA

15.03.2018

Trade and industry supplier WISKA presents its new highlights in installa-tion material at this year´s Light + Building in Frankfurt.

This year WISKA have focused on their newly developed junction box range. WISKA has added two new sizes to its popular COMBI series and the WISKA installation box has receieved a total make-over.

Trade and industry supplier WISKA presents its new highlights in installa-tion material at this year´s Light + Building in Frankfurt.

This year WISKA have focused on their newly developed junction box range. WISKA has added two new sizes to its popular COMBI series and the WISKA installation box has receieved a total make-over.

„The new COMBI boxes come with the proven quality of the series, that is characterised by its UV- and ozone resistance“, explains Stefan Stange-Düsterhöft, electrical wholesale and trade sales manager at WISKA.

Just push the cable through the soft membrane and it is automatically sealed with IP66 protection – that is how easy the installation with the new COMBI 116 is. Twice the size as the already established COMBI 108 it offers greater installation space and flexibility.

The new COMBI 206 measures 85x49 centimeters and has a space-saving rectangular form. This makes it perfect for outside applications and LED luminaires. Six threaded membrane entries help create maxi-mum flexibility.

When developing the new installation boxes WISKA has taken into consideration the everyday needs of electricians at work. The new WISKA installation boxes offer comprehensive fixing options: whether with cable ties, screws and dowels or with various fixing elements. Furthermore the lid can be fitted tightly without use of a tool or screws.

“The new installation boxes is a continued development of the popular KA series which WISKA initially developed over 80 years ago. For the relaunch we have spoken with electricians about what is important for them. The results have been considered in the development.”, says Stefan Stange-Düsterhöft.

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2017

Master-piece out of plastic: German industrial supplier launches new cable protection system

18.10.2017

Industry, trade and shipbuilding supplier WISKA is expanding its product range to solidify its position as a full-range supplier in the field of cable entries with a new development in cable protection: a fitting for non-metallic conduits called BraceFITTING.

Industry, trade and shipbuilding supplier WISKA is expanding its product range to solidify its position as a full-range supplier in the field of cable entries with a new development in cable protection: a fitting for non-metallic conduits called BraceFITTING. The new fitting made of high quality plastic has been designed to provide comprehensive protection as well as save time during handling.

"By now, users had to make sure that the correct fittings were used in accordance with the applicable protection requirements. Our new system, however, has been designed for IP68 from the go. Thereby the product always offers the highest protection standard for every conceivable application, while this also helps with storage as only one single fully assembled component has to be kept in stock", explained Lars Wiemann-Laasner, Business Development Manager Industry at WISKA.

In addition to providing comprehensive protection, the product allows significant time savings during assembly and maintenance. The fastening section of the BraceFITTING is designed in such a way that it directly grips into the conduit and can be opened and closed again using a standard tool in just a few seconds. The sealing ring is connected directly to the product by two component injection moulding. This ensures perfect sealing properties and guarantees that the ring cannot be lost during assembly.

The idea of supplementing the existing product portfolio of cable glands and a cable entry system with cable protection was clear and obvious to Lars Wiemann-Laasner. "We strive to provide our customers with comprehensive solutions in the field of cable protection. As a supplier with many years of experience in plastics processing, it was merely the next logical step to have this knowledge influence the development of the new product."

In addition to the BraceFITTING, the company based near Hamburg also supplies the corresponding non-metallic conduits and the metallic range of fittings and conduits. The range is rounded off by braided and woven sleeves for comprehensive protection.

HERE you can find further information about our Brace® cable protection system and technical details. 

WISKA is showcasing its new cable protection range Brace® live at SPS IPC Drives exhibition in Nuremberg, 28 to 30 November, hall 5, stand 445.

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Hamburg industrial company WISKA becomes official sponsor of HSV young talents

22.09.2017

The Hamburger SV (HSV) can once again look forward to a sponsorship from WISKA during the season 2017/18. The company is a supplier to diverse industries, trade and shipbuilding and has extended its partnership as sponsor of the long-established German Bundesliga football team. Furthermore, WISKA is also one of the first companies to get involved in HSV’s newly formed association for young talents. 

‘The fact that WISKA is continuing to sponsor the HSV demonstrates great trust in the partnership. As a sponsor of our junior teams, our partner is now also getting involved in the vocational and advanced training of our young football players. There isn’t enough praise that can be said for this commitment,” said HSV CEO Heribert Bruchhagen, commending the further collaboration.

‘With its newly built campus, the HSV has established an intensive training centre in which young talents have the opportunity to launch their careers in professional sports. As a family-run company, we know how important this support is. Young people need an opportunity to prove themselves. This is a very good way to build a bridge into the future. That’s why we expanded our partnership to include sponsoring young talents,’ said WISKA general manager Ronald Hoppmann, who leads the company in its third generation together with his sister Tanja Hoppmann.

The head of the youth training centre, Dr. Dieter Gudel, is also pleased about the new sponsor’s involvement: ‘We are very happy to have gotten WISKA on board as a dedicated partner for our youth training centre. We believe that people should always have more than one option – a leg to stand on and a leg to kick with. It’s important to give our young players deep insights into another working environment. In this regard, WISKA is an important sponsor.’

Supporting young people has always been extremely important to WISKA – which is demonstrated by the company’s vocational trainee to employee ratio of 10 %. In addition to providing young people with comprehensive vocational training, a focus is also on self-responsibility. From internal projects to representing the company at established trade fairs – at WISKA, vocational trainees learn what it means to play an active role in shaping the company and to assume responsibility.

‘People still learn best from their own experiences,’ said Ronald Hoppmann, and added: ‘Our experience is that vocational trainees are particularly happy here. After all, over 15 % of our employees are former trainees.’

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Twin-shot competence by WISKA: Cable glands rethought and grommets with strain relief for multiple cables

12.04.2017

On the Hannover Messe two novelties are awaiting the visitors on the WISKA fair stand. Both benefit from the long standing expertise in twin-shot moulding.

The cable gland MARATHON convinces with its new design and elevated strain relief according to category B (EN 62444). This has been realized by separating the sealing from the strain relief function.

The new MultiCLIXX combines the advantages of existing grommets by WISKA: Customers can insert up to four cables via the soft membrane component at a minimum of time. Strain relief is accomplished by the intelligent grommet construction.

With the introduction of the Brace cable protection system and the cable entry system CONMAXX in the last year WISKA now offers its customers all cable entry solutions from its own production, including the proven cable gland range.

Besides the product news the focus on the fair is getting to know customers and partners better and deepening the business relation. “A good relationship is based on knowing each other. For good business relations this is extremely important as well as a trust basis”, says Ronald Hoppmann, General Manager of WISKA.

This keynote is also reflected in the communication of WISKA and the fair stand which focuses on relationships. Coffee house elements such as furnishings, a coffee bar and a bench invite to linger and have good talks to get to know each other. 

 „We are convinced that good business works like that. Fist get to know each other and then talk about our customer´s needs and ours products. “, adds Hoppmann.

The fair stand of WISKA on the Hannover Messe can be found in Hall 13, Stand C76.

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2016

WISKA presents cable entry highlights of 2016 at SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg

25.10.2016

WISKA, the expert for cable glands, has been expanding its product range of cable entry solutions in 2016. In addition to the tried and tested cable glands in polyamide, brass and stainless steel WISKA now offers two entirely new product lines: the cable protection system Brace and the modular cable entry system CONMAXX. Furthermore the supplier for industry and shipbuilding from Kaltenkirchen has introduced the ShotGLAND series, a gland for extreme temperature environment as well as new venting pressure equalization elements.

At the SPS, Europe’s leading exhibition for electric automation, WISKA presents all these product highlights and its extended range in cable entry to the professional public.

The Brace system is brand new. Heart of the new product line is the BraceGLAND, an innovative non-metallic fitting, developed and produced in-house at WISKA´s headquarters in Kaltenkirchen, North of Hamburg. Thanks to its 360° clasp mechanism, this product is safe to install and has a high integrated strain relief for reliable protection, e.g. against heavy vibration. Furthermore the large sealing area means that no special cutting tool for the conduit is needed. At the same time the high IP protection class reliably ensures that no dust and water can enter. Alongside the innovative non-metallic fitting, WISKA offers an extensive cable protection portfolio of premium non-metallic conduits, as well as sleeves. The development of the WISKA cable protection system was rated as especially innovative by the federal state of Schleswig Holstein and is therefore financially supported with means of the ERDF.

With CONMAXX, WISKA presents a modular cable entry system especially well adapted for cabinet applications and electrical housings at InnoTrans. CONMAXX consists of three components: Frame, grid inserts and conical sealing elements. The three components can be compiled individually according to requirement and application. This way, the entry system can be assembled from the inside out. Therefore even subsequent, individual changes to the wiring are no problem due to the optional split sealing elements and the closed frame. With 100 different seals, four frame sizes and four grid inserts, CONMAXX enables an extremely flexible and individual electrical installation.

The ShotGLAND cable gland series from WISKA is one of the flattest cable glands on the market. With silicone sealing, the LT version of the ShotGLAND can be used in temperatures ranging from -60 °C to 180 °C.

SPS IPC Drives will take place from 22 to 24 November 2016. WISKA is located in Hall 5, Stand 445.

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WISKA presents a new product line for cable protection at InnoTrans in Berlin

15.09.2016

WISKA, the expert for cable glands, is adding cable protection to its range. At the leading international trade fair for transport technology, InnoTrans, the company from Northern Germany presents the new Brace system to the professional public.

Heart of the new product line is the BraceGLAND, an innovative non-metallic fitting, developed and produced in-house at WISKA´s headquarters in Kaltenkirchen, North of Hamburg. Thanks to its 360° clasp mechanism, this product is safe to install and has a high integrated strain relief for reliable protection, e.g. against heavy vibration. Furthermore the large sealing area means that no special cutting tool for the conduit is needed. At the same time the high IP protection class reliably ensures that no dust and water can enter. Alongside the innovative non-metallic fitting, WISKA offers an extensive cable protection portfolio of premium non-metallic conduits, as well as sleeves. The development of the WISKA cable protection system was rated as especially innovative by the federal state of Schleswig Holstein and is therefore financially supported with means of the ERDF.

With CONMAXX, WISKA presents a modular cable entry system especially well adapted for cabinet applications and electrical housings at InnoTrans. CONMAXX consists of three components: Frame, grid inserts and conical sealing elements. The three components can be compiled individually according to requirement and application. This way, the entry system can be assembled from the inside out. Therefore even subsequent, individual changes to the wiring are no problem due to the optional split sealing elements and the closed frame. With 100 different seals, four frame sizes and four grid inserts, CONMAXX enables an extremely flexible and individual electrical installation.

Furthermore WISKA presents cable glands of its Railway series made of brass, polyamide and stainless steel which comply with the unified European fire safety standard EN 45545 and meet the highest requirements of Hazard Level 3. An ideal addition to the railway series is the ShotGLAND cable gland series from WISKA, one of the flattest cable glands on the market. With silicone sealing, the LT version of the ShotGLAND can be used in temperatures ranging from -60 °C to 180 °C.

InnoTrans will take place from 20 to 23 September 2016. WISKA is located in Hall 12, Stand 311.

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New signing meets new products: HSV new signing Alen Halilović on the WISKA stand at SMM

07.09.2016

“He made a great impression on me when I watched his first match against Zwickau”, said WISKA managing director Ronald Hoppmann, himself a big HSV fan. “What I noticed about Halilović is that the man enjoys his job. That’s a character trait which will help you go far in life,” added Hoppmann.

The 20-year old Halilović sees it the same way. On the question of how important it was for him as a professional sportsman to enjoy his job, he replied: “It is very important. If you do not enjoy it, you do not improve.”

As official supplier to Hamburger SV, WISKA took the initiative to provide a surprise for visitors to the stand and invited the HSV player. And it went down well! Many visitors used the opportunity to get an autograph from the HSV pro at the WISKA stand.

Along with its HSV news, WISKA presented its in-house innovations for hazardous areas, camera surveillance, LED and reefer container socket on the trade fair.

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WISKA lights up a Hamburg landmark

06.09.2016

Using high-power searchlights, WISKA shines the spotlight on the Hamburg Television Tower at SMM, the leading international marine trade fair.

At SMM in Hamburg, WISKA was not only exhibiting in the trade fair halls, but was also carrying out a very special project together with Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH (HMC): Four stainless-steel halogen metal vapour searchlights, normally used in container shipping, have been mounted on a ten-foot container in front of the main entrance of the fairgrounds. To mark the occasion of the SMM, they illuminated the Hamburg Television Tower and the trade fair entrance throughout the trade fair from 6 – 9 September. Along with St. Michael’s Church, the TV tower is one of the most prominent landmarks in the Hanseatic city. “The idea came about last winter at one of the many international trade fairs at which WISKA also exhibited its own searchlights on a joint stand with us”, recalls Claus Ulrich Selbach, business unit director at HMC. “We are very pleased that our idea has now become reality.” Ronald Hoppmann, WISKA managing director added: “Normally our searchlights sail the seven seas, but to light up the Hamburg Television Tower – that’s both an honour and something that is very close to our hearts.”

The Heinrich Hertz Tower, which was opened in 1968 and is located next to the Hamburg trade fair centre, was for decades one of the biggest attractions of the city. Its observation platform and panoramic restaurant offered a spectacular view over the Alster and Elbe. Since 2001, however, the tower has been mothballed and can no longer be entered. Despite this, the love of the people of Hamburg for their TV tower has not diminished with the closure of the platform.

The Kaltenkirchen-based company WISKA also showed its affection for the Heinrich Hertz Tower with the lighting installation at SMM 2016. With its searchlights, the company ensured that one of the most important Hamburg landmarks once again shone for four days in all its former glory.

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WISKA presents Innovations in Ex Products, Camera Surveillance, LED and Reefer Container Sockets

06.09.2016

At SMM this year, WISKA is presenting a new energy-efficient luminaire for hazardous areas to the expert audience: The Ex LED Luminaire 4200 is based on the LED multi-purpose luminaire 4000 by WISKA, which has proven its quality in thousands of operating hours worldwide. It is maintenance-free, easy to mount and install as well as cost-efficient, making it the ideal choice for applications in hazardous areas on vessels and for the offshore industry.

A brand-new floodlight series by WISKA also uses LED lamps and is being introduced to the public for the first time. The modular and cost-efficient in-house development comes with no aluminium at all and is able to cope with even the hardest environmental conditions. Each LED module consists of special heat conducting plastic, its overall protective casing is made of stainless steel. The single modules are working independently. The LED floodlight 5000 will be available with one to four modules with options of tilting and dimming. Standard halogen floodlights can be replaced by the new LED 5000.

Within one of its core businesses, the reefer container sockets, WISKA is also presenting a another innovation of its VARITAIN® range: VARITAIN® PushIn Advance. The new reefer container socket revolutionises the ship´s power connection to the socket itself by relocating its cable connection with terminal block and cable protection into the cable gland area out of the casing. The WISKA developed power port therefore allows for a significantly smaller casing and protection for all internal components as for initial setup by the shipyard, opening of the casing´s lid now is a thing of the past. The shipyard´s installation will thus be considerably faster and easier – a gain of time for the yard and high operation reliability for the owner.

Last but not least, also in its range of computer-controlled CCTV systems, WISKA showcases a new product for hazardous areas with its Ex Dome Camera. Its integrated connector unit does not need external cabling anymore. With the new camera, WISKA is successfully extending its product range of CCTV-systems.

 

WISKA at SMM 2016: Hall B6, Stand 202

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