FROM YARN TO MICROCHIP

A family business with a long tradition, looking back on 210 years of history that started in the textile industry.

The entrepreneurial Krawinkel family has created seven generations of traditional manufacturing, innovative technology and constantly fresh ideas.

After many years of experience and success selling electronic light advertizing, PWM introduced as first manufacturer worldwide a new generation of price displays for fuel stations – featuring the electronic input of data.

Since this invention hit the market in 1984, PWM grew into the world market leader for electronic price displays, today active in more than 100 countries.

Innovation remains the motor of the success, while PWM turned the price display into a lighthouse bringing travellers to the fuel station. Today PWM is aiming to be a part of the future of individual mobility.

Milestones

1806

Founding of the textile manufacturer Leop. Krawinkel GmbH Co. KG in Bergneustadt. Over the following decades the company grows heavily, adapting new technologies and constantly feeding on new ideas.

1842

Moritz Krawinkel introduces modern methods of manufacturing and separates living quarters from the actual production mill. 1870 Hydropowered machines start off the age of industrialization for Leop. Krawinkel.

 

1899

The company is one of the biggest employers in the region, with three different locations and more than 1,000 workers.

1961-63

Diversification of the company activities to reflect changes in the textil industry. Acquisition of a producer of advertizing lights, a stone quarry and a Ford garage.

1969

The embroidery factory in Bergneustadt closes down. The company reorganizes as Krawinkel Holding.

Time Travel

Milestones

1984

The newly acquired company for advertizing lights is renamed to PWM & GmbH & Co. KG. Karl Adolf Krawinkel begins the development and serial production of electronic price displays for fuel stations.

1996

Development of PWM Powerline, enabling the control of price displays utilizing existing electricity lines.

2000

Introduction of the first LED message board, predecessor of today’s Profitboards. 2002 Founding of the daughter company PWM Inc. in Houston, Texas by Dr. Max Ferdinand Krawinkel.

2007

Development and introduction of the first SMD LED digits. Development of the first serial produced price display featuring white digits. 2009 Introduction of IP67 protected digits.

2014

Introduction of the first outline digits.

2015

First Full Colour digits.

2016

PWM ist market leader in electronic price displays for fuel stations. The company delivers to 70 countries worldwide, with foreign sales reaching 70%.

2018

Introducing TRACK, the first internet based control system for electronic price displays on fuel stations.

PWM Time Travel