Weda was founded by Arnold Westerkamp and Bernhard Dammann in 1934. At the time of their foundation, Weda was a small craftsman’s establishment of conventional engineering for the production of wood gas generators. Founder member Bernhard Dammann withdrew from the enterprise after a short time. Weda have meanwhile become global market leaders n the domain of liquid feeding. In their function as full liners in the pig production segment, Weda – besides feeding technology and animal house equipment also attends to the segments of ventilation technology and liquid manure treatment. our enterprise has during the decades advanced to a worldwide branch leader and trendsetter in the domain of computer-controlled feeding systems for pigs. Our products fulfil highest quality standards as all components are developed and produced “in-house”. This grants an optimum of product security.
From Wood Gas Generator to Liquid Feeding
In the mid-fifties, Arnold Westerkamp’s son, Klemens Westerkamp senior, became fellow partner of the Weda enterprise.
Already in 1967, Weda started with the development of a liquid feeding system for pigs and in 1970 presented an automatic feeding unit on the occasion of a DLG (German Agricultural Association) in Cologne. At the same time, the complete equipment programme for pig management became part of the production and marketing programme of the company. From 1974 onwards, Klemens Westerkamp senior (meanwhile regrettably deceased) became sole owner of the Weda enterprise. He had all times been intensively occupied with electronics which in the first instance brought into being regulation devices for ventilation units. A few years later, however, the know-how which had been gained was transferred to the manufacturing of automatic liquid feeding units. We owe it to this step of development that nowadays, one cannot imagine agricultural technology without Weda. This can also be demonstrated by more than 2 dozen of especially developed patents.
ISO-Certification and Foundation of WELtec Bio Power GmbH
In 1996, Weda as the first enterprise in the branch of trade receive certification according to the international quality standard of DIN EN ISO 9000 ff. Anna Westerkamp, who had entered the management of the business after the death of her husband in 1982, left her executive position in 1997 and transferred her interest to her children, Klemens Westerkamp and Jutta Sextro (née Westerkamp). She has remained faithful to the company in her position in the supervisory board. In 2001, the companies of Weda and Erich Stallkamp ESTA GmbH launch the enterprise of WELtec BioPower GmbH. Mutually, the owner companies deliver an essential proportion of the technology for biogas units for the generation of electrical current. Since January, 2014, WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp GmbH have become 100% partners of WELtec BioPower GmbH.