25 years

Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen!

A look at the beginnings of WDS

For 25 years, Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH has been located - together with its sister company Maschinenbau Runkel GmbH - at the company headquarters in Rengsdorf/Gerrmany.

On April 10, 1997, the then managing directors of MBR, Oswald and Rainer Runkel, took the bold step of acquiring the confectionery division of Winkler + Dünnebier in Neuwied, including all employees of the division. On April 12, 1997 Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen GmbH was founded. Oswald and Rainer Runkel initially managed the business together with Roland Eberhard and Werner Daufenbach. Since 2000, Rainer Runkel has been the sole managing director of WDS and MBR.

Successful development of the company

As a family business, the Runkel family is still responsible for the company's business on a daily basis. Since 2021, Rainer Runkel and his daughter Jessica Runkel have been managing Winkler and Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen in the third family generation.

The success of our family business is based on the trusting and dedicated cooperation of all WDS and MBR employees. Since its foundation 25 years ago, WDS has grown steadily. After the takeover of the confectionery division, the company already employed 122 people at its headquarters in Rengsdorf. Today, 345 people work every day to ensure that manufacturing plants for the entire range of moulded confectionery products can be delivered all over the world.

We are pleased that we are still one of the world market leaders for moulding plants such as plants for chocolate and starch moulding plants (Mogul plants). From laboratory depositors to large-scale manufacturing plants, the name Winkler und Dünnebier Süßwarenmaschinen stands for proven quality.

We would like to thank our customers, suppliers and partners for the trust they have placed in us and for the numerous, long-standing business relationships!

Technology with know-how

The further development of our confectionery machines is still our greatest ambition today. WDS developments and patents constantly redefine the state of the art. Thus, we have developed numerous new machine concepts in the past years and have continuously expanded our well-known plant technology.

Positive into the future

We have set ourselves the usual ambitious goals for the coming years. We will continue to drive forward the progress we have made in digitalization. We will continue to focus on expanding our activities in the area of research and development, as this is how we satisfy the demanding wishes of our customers. Furthermore, we also see our potential in expanding our activities in the area of active OTC sweets and supplement products with our sweetOTC label.

We do look to a positive future for our company!