WICONA UK

HYDRO BUILDING SYSTEMS
SILKWOOD PARK
WAKEFIELD
WEST YORKSHIRE WF5 9TG

Tel: 01924 232323
Fax: 01924 232300

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Suppliers of: Curtain Walling, Integration Sashes, Aluminium Windows and Doors, Glass Doors.

For Over 50 years, WICONA has been leading the way providing aluminium profile systems that meet the highest standards in curtain walling, highly insulated windows, roof glazing and heavy duty doors. Our exacting technological standards, rigorous system considerations and the quality manufacture of all our products, as well as comprehensive services and technical support, have all made a significant contribution to our success.

WICONA is a brand of HYDRO, the world leader in aluminium solutions. Our vision is to apply Modern Methods of Construction and a unique turnkey service to the building envelope, helping contractors and designers meet increasing demands for shorter programmes and superior performance. Our team of construction professionals and network of façade partners offers a complete, seamless and fully integrated service for the building envelope – the first of its kind in the UK and Ireland.

WICONA now has a dedicated team and base in the UK, which will manage every aspect of a facade project, including:

  • System design
  • Glass specification
  • Fabrication and materials handling off site
  • Transportation and on-site handling equipment
  • Installation on site
  • Testing and site auditing
  • Handover

This unique service, led by WICONA, gives architects, contractors and developers unrivalled peace of mind.

The WICONA brand offers:

FACADES WICTEC - WICTEC is an overall concept of modern-day architecture that reconciles the elements of heat storage, air conditioning, light provision and fire and noise protection within a single façade design.

Stick System Curtain Walls - WICTEC stick system facades are the flexible, tried-and-tested versatile solutions among WICONA’s range of facade systems: 

  • WICTEC 50 - is the basic version of the stick system curtain wall, with an extra-narrow face width of 50 mm, inside and outside.
  • WICTEC 60 - Featuring a 60-mm face width (inside and outside), WICTEC 60 is a stick system facade that meets the highest demands. With minor additions, WICTEC 60 fulfils the most demanding requirements with regard to burglar protection, bullet resistance and fire protection.
  • WICTEC 50HI - A passive house does not require an active heating system and therefore relies heavily on the thermal insulation and air-tightness of the facade. Based on the standard series, WICTEC 50 is certified for aluminium/glass facades suitable for passive houses.
  • WICTEC 50A - is a mounting option which makes it possible to fix the glazing on such supporting structures directly. WICTEC offers a free choice of supporting material – aluminium, steel or wood – for an identical outer appearance and glazing technology for the curtain wall.

WICTEC Unitised Curtain Walls - straight forward from planning through to completion. 

Most construction projects are subject to intense time pressure. With appropriate planning, the WICTEC unitised facade systems enable extremely straightforward processing, by means of serial production and pre-assembly of the individual facade units in the workshop. This pre-assembly process is completely unaffected by weather conditions. Consequently, this permits rapid and economical implementation for buildings of any size, whilst simultaneously enabling creative diversity and a delicate appearance. 

  • WICTEC 50EL - is a unitised version of the WICTEC 50 stick system. This range combines the advantages of the stick system structure with the assembly benefits of unitised curtain walling.
  • WICTEC EL60 - is the slim version within the unitised curtain wall systems, with especially reduced sight lines of just 60 mm both inside and outside. As a result of optimised thermal insulation, the system leads the way with outstanding Ucw values of up to 0.9 W/(m²K).

Structural Glazing Facade:

  • WICTEC 50SG - A characteristic feature of WICTEC 50SG structural glazing curtain wall is the flush design with slim silicone joints between the glass panes. The system offers all-glass technology both for vertical curtain walls and sloped roof glazing.
  • WICLINE 90SG  - an all-glass integrated opening sash pursues the homogeneous full glass design with Italian style or parallel outward opening function.

Security Facade

Safety Options Available:

  • Burglar resistance: curtain walls, windows, doors, sliding elements
  • Bullet resistance: curtain walls, windows, doors
  • Fire protection: curtain walls, windows, doors
  • Escape ways: doors
  • NSHEV (Natural smoke and heat exhaust ventilation): windows for curtain wall and glass roofs

WICTEC 50 DH & WICTEC 60DHBullet resistance according to DIN EN 1522

The bullet resistance requirements for curtain walls are regulated Europe wide in the Standard DIN EN 1522. The WICTEC curtain wall series have been tested according to this standard in various profile combinations, and successfully been certified in class FB4.

  • Bullet resistance can be combined with burglar resistance in the classes RC1N, RC2N, RC2, RC3 according to DIN EN 1627.

WICTEC 50 EH & WICTEC 60 EHBurglar resistance according to DIN EN 1627

The WICTEC curtain wall series have been assigned according to the new standard EN 1627. They can easily be specified and implemented without any additional measurement according to this new standard.

Integrated Sashes

The flexibility and wide range offered by the WICTEC facade systemsare perfectly matched by the individuality with which opening elements from the WICTEC and WICLINE ranges can be integrated into glass facades.

  • Turn / tilt-turn / turn sash
  • Top-hung / side-hung sash
  • Italian sash
  • Integration pivot sash
  • Structural glazing
  • Skylight window
  • Ventilation flap

WINDOWS WICLINE:

  • WICLINE EVO - Large sash window, up to 1,700 mm width and 2,500 mm height. Sash weights up to 160 kg as standard design, heavier weights can easily be customized
  • WICLINE 75 TOP - with high thermal performance, the WICLINE 75 TOP allows architects and designers to choose both - sleek, attractive design combined with first-class energy efficiency in a single outstanding aluminium window system.

  • WICLINE 95 - an aluminium window system with outstanding energy efficiency, offering the greatest possible flexibility in the planning and realisation process. WICLINE 95 meets the strict Passive House Institute criteria and is classified as particularly energy efficient.

  • Punched / Ribbon Windows - WICLINE 65 EVO & WICLINE 75 EVO
  • FRENCH DOOR, BARRIER FREE - With extended sash formats, single or double casement Option and barrier free threshold this aluminium window door with inward or outward opening offers new freedom in architectural design. Superior technical performance and exemplary thermal insulation set new standards.
  • TILT SLIDE WINDOW - In this space saving opening version the sash can be tilted or slide away to the side with ease.

  • TOP-HUNG/SIDE-HUNG WINDOWS - The outward opening function frequently offers substantial benefits: efficient ventilation, no disturbing sash in the room, manual or motorised operation. 

  • ITALIAN WINDOWS - An elegant appearance combined with efficient ventilation are the characteristics of the aluminium system WICLINE evo in its Italian opening version.

  • PIVOTING WINDOWS - The horizontal and the vertical pivot windows based on the aluminium window system WICLINE evo offer improved thermal insulation and with their option of visible or concealed fittings they are a real visual highlight for any punched or façade integrated window.

  • SOUND INSULATION WINDOWS - WICLINE 215 has high sound insulation even when the window is open? WICONA has found a solution for an issue that at first appears irresolvable – the WICLINE 215. A double pane window with the same structural and physical values of a double skin facade. 

 

DOORS WICSTYLE - The all-rounder among the door systems offers you complete versatility for an extremely wide range of requirements. The WICSTYLE profile systems and the fittings which are perfectly tailored to these offer you a level of flexibility that means you can satisfy both the functional requirements of public buildings and the aesthetic expectations of private clients equally.

Hinged doors - WICSTYLE 65 EVO & WICSTYLE 75 EVO 

  • System depth 65mm
  • System depth 75 mm
  • Finger protection doors - WICSTYLE 65 EVO AND WICSTYLE 75 EVO FINGER PROTECTION DOORS offer Safe operation through efficient prevention of squeezing or shearing risks on the hinge side.
  • All-glass doors - All-glass doors create maximum transparency in a building. WICSTYLE all-glass doors are based on the Standard WICSTYLE 65 evo series, with many identical parts, and thus offer optimal compatibility with other door solutions within the building.
  • Non-insulated doors - WICSTYLE 50 N and WICSTYLE 65 N INSIDE ALUMINIUM DOORS, These aluminium systems are designed specially for use inside buildings or where thermal insulation is not a determining factor. 
  • Double action doors - The WICSTYLE 65 evo serie offers two profile options for single and double sash doors with double action fitting.
  • Automatic sliding doors - WICSTYLE 65 ED the energy-saving automatic sliding door for commercial buildings
  • Lifting / Sliding Doors - WICSLIDE – Simply closer to nature Using these profile systems, you can open up large areas of living rooms, conservatories or glass extensions to the outside.
  • FIRE PROTECTION DOORS - WICSTYLE – protection and safety individually tailored fire protection – in addition to the standard functions the WICSTYLE range of doors satisfies various fire protection requirements.

     

SUN PROTECTION SYSTEM - WICSOLAIRE sunshading systems guide daylight into the building and thus reduce the need for artificial light. They control the energy and heat input by solar radiation and reduce the Need for air conditioning.

SMOKE VENTILATION SYSTEMNSHEVSNatural smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems. Smoke and heat exhaust ventilation systems are used to ensure that, in the event of fire, there is a smoke-free area as an escape zone. In accordance with the current European standard EN 12101-2, NSHEVS are regarded as a unit comprising an opening element and an electric motor, with these two components being tested and approved as a whole. WICONA NSHEVS are manufactured on the basis of the standard window systems and offer extensive freedom of design for use in facades and roofs.

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Wicline 65 Evo Window System
State of the art technology and a comprehensive profile range make the aluminium window WICLINE 65 evo a perfect all-rounder with a versatile spectrum of applications. By using a design depth of 65mm, this system meets high standards required for thermal and sound insulation.With 65mm profile depth, WICLINE 65 evo features the highest thermal insulation properties and structural characteristics. With its superior technical performance this aluminium window is attuned to all architectural requirements of the future.Based on the WICONA Unisys principle: almost unlimited freedom in design, maximum process security, cost and time saving production and fewer tools requiredOwing to the system’s great diversity and compatibility with the comprehensive WICONA window, door and sliding systems, you have extremely flexible façade technology at your disposal. From the draft to detailed planning and completion, the standard system applications make sure that your individual requirements are fully met. And if that is not enough, we can provide you with bespoke solutions. Aluminium window units

Published [19/07/19]

Wicline 90 SG Window System
As an attractive complement for curtain walls the integration sash WICLINE 90 SG provides efficient ventilation, if requested also fully automated. This all-glass window gives full options as a projecting top-hung sash or as a parallel outward opening sash and can be integrated flush with the glass pane level in WICTEC 50SG structural glazing curtain wall.As an attractive complement for curtain walls the integration sash WICLINE 90SG provides efficient ventilation, and can be fully automated if requested.This all-glass window gives full options as a projecting top-hung sash or as a parallel outward opening sash and can be integrated flush with the glass panel level in WICTEC 50SG structural glazing curtain walling or in stick systems with exterior pressure profiles. For an optimum thermal insulation WICLINE 90SG can be equipped with double or triple glazing.Owing to the system’s great diversity and compatibility with the comprehensive WICONA window, door and sliding systems, you have extremely flexible façade technology at your disposal. From the draft to detailed planning and completion, the standard system applications make sure that your individual requirements are fully met. And if that is not enough, we can provide you with bespoke solutions.Based on the WICONA Unisys principle: almost unlimited freedom in design, maximum process security, cost and time saving production and fewer tools required Aluminium window units

Published [19/07/19]

Wicona Materials Library
This download contains 300 available finishes for the Wicona range of products on BIMStore.These materials are to be loaded into your project containing Wicona families. Please refer to the user guide and read me documents for instructions Curtain walling systems

Published [19/07/19]

Wicslide 160 - Sliding Door
Wicslide 160 is a thermally insulated system construction for lifting sliding doors and windows with double track frame profiles with 160mm profile construction depths. Profile and glazing technique, glazing bead profiles correspond to the new WICONA system generation with technically proven lifting sliding fittings.The new WICSLIDE 160 lifting sliding system combines excellent thermal insulation with highest functionality and design. Impressive leaf dimensions and enduring operation comfort are your guarantors for maximum customer satisfaction. With state-of-the-art technology and innovative advantages in fabrication WICSLIDE 160 is a high-tech product that sets new standards.Using these profile systems, you can open up large areas of living rooms, conservatories or glass extensions to the outside. WICSLIDE has the most suitable, functional solutions for all areas of application, whatever your customer’s requirements and the structural and spatial opportunities on site.Based on the WICONA Unisys principle: extensive freedom of design, high process safety, cost and time saving production, few tools required Aluminium window units

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Wicstyle 75 Evo Door
With 75 mm profile depth, WICSTYLE 75 evo puts itself ahead in terms of thermal insulation and physical features. Its outstanding technical performance and application range make it the ideal door solution for all current and future requirements in architecture, both in new buildings and in renovations.They say first impressions last – and in the case of homes and offices that applies especially to the front door, the building’s “calling card”. There can hardly be any other component of a structure that has to reconcile so many different criteria. Whether it is the door to a private house; a large entrance to an administrative building or a hotel; a fire protection door or emergency exit in a school, or a simple functional door for a manufacturing building: the technically-mature WICSTYLE profile systems, with their numerous opening types, versions and expansion options enable you to realise tailor-made door solutions for any situation.For every case the right door solution thanks to the wide variety of systemsVarious profile depths available with and without insulation, May also be equipped with automatic operation, multipoint locks, fingerprint sensors, door edge gap locks, surveillance cameras or alarm systemsBased on the WICONA Unisys principle: extensive freedom of design, high process safety, cost and time saving production, few tools required Aluminium window units

Published [19/07/19]

Wictec 50 Curtain Walling
WICTEC – experience innovative façade technologyWICTEC is an overall concept of modern-day architecture that reconciles the elements of heat storage, air conditioning, light provision and fire and noise protection within a single façade design.With the WICTEC façade system, your creativity and ability to find the best solution are virtually limitless. From the classic stick system façade to unitised, window and structural glazing façades, with WICTEC you can select, design and produce all conceivable variants to the highest quality standards and in line with your personal requirements.Owing to the system’s great diversity and compatibility with the comprehensive WICONA window, door and sliding systems, you have extremely flexible façade technology at your disposal. From the draft to detailed planning and completion, the standard system applications make sure that your individual requirements are fully met. And if that is not enough, we can provide you with bespoke solutions.Advantages of WICTEC at a glance:Remarkable system diversity always ensures the appropriate façade solutionSuitable for all building structures, including 3D creations such as pyramids, polygons, barrel vaults and cupolasCan be combined with WICONA window, door and sliding systemsEfficiently thermally insulated, burglar-resisting, bullet-proof and fire-protection designs are possible with identical look and a small number of additional parts compared with standard basic designCan be adapted to suit individual design preferences thanks to great profile and design diversityExtensive system tests in accordance with international standards, such as the product standard for curtain walling (EN 13830), vouch for the high quality of the system technologyBased on the WICONA Unisys principle: almost unlimited freedom in design, maximum process security, cost and time saving production and fewer tools required Curtain walling systems

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Wictec 50SG Curtain Walling
WICTEC – experience innovative façade technologyWICTEC is an overall concept of modern-day architecture that reconciles the elements of heat storage, air conditioning, light provision and fire and noise protection within a single façade design.With the WICTEC façade system, your creativity and ability to find the best solution are virtually limitless. From the classic stick system façade to unitised, window and structural glazing façades, with WICTEC you can select, design and produce all conceivable variants to the highest quality standards and in line with your personal requirements.Owing to the system’s great diversity and compatibility with the comprehensive WICONA window, door and sliding systems, you have extremely flexible façade technology at your disposal. From the draft to detailed planning and completion, the standard system applications make sure that your individual requirements are fully met. And if that is not enough, we can provide you with bespoke solutions.Advantages of WICTEC at a glance:Remarkable system diversity always ensures the appropriate façade solutionSuitable for all building structures, including 3D creations such as pyramids, polygons, barrel vaults and cupolasCan be combined with WICONA window, door and sliding systemsEfficiently thermally insulated, burglar-resisting, bullet-proof and fire-protection designs are possible with identical look and a small number of additional parts compared with standard basic designCan be adapted to suit individual design preferences thanks to great profile and design diversityExtensive system tests in accordance with international standards, such as the product standard for curtain walling (EN 13830), vouch for the high quality of the system technologyBased on the WICONA Unisys principle: almost unlimited freedom in design, maximum process security, cost and time saving production and fewer tools required Curtain walling systems

Published [19/07/19]

AEROFOILS Fixed To Curtain Walling Aerofins
AEROFOILS Solar Shading Aerofins
ARCHITECTURAL Solar Shading Systems .
BALCONY Doors .
CURTAIN WALLING Aluminium .
CURTAIN WALLING Architectural Systems .
CURTAIN WALLING BS EN 13830 .
CURTAIN WALLING Burglar Resisting Bullet Resisting
CURTAIN WALLING Dry Glazing System .
CURTAIN WALLING Fire Protection .
CURTAIN WALLING Fire Resistant DIN EN 1634 E30
CURTAIN WALLING Fire Resistant DIN EN 1634 E60
CURTAIN WALLING Glazed .
CURTAIN WALLING Inclined Glazing .
CURTAIN WALLING Passive House Certified .
CURTAIN WALLING Purpose Made Metal .
CURTAIN WALLING Site Assembled (Stick) .
CURTAIN WALLING Stick .
CURTAIN WALLING Unitised .
DOOR FRAMES French Doors .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Double
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Folding Glazed
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Glazed
DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium Purpose Made
DOORS COMMERCIAL Attack Resistant .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Balcony Sliding
DOORS COMMERCIAL Bullet Resistant .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Bullet Resistant Ballistic Security BS EN 1522 FB4 Level 4
DOORS COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Entrance .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Folding .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Glass .
DOORS COMMERCIAL Glass Frameless Hinged Doors
DOORS COMMERCIAL Purpose Made Bespoke
DOORS COMMERCIAL Security .
EMERGENCY EXIT DOORS Panic Exits Door and Hardware
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Aluminium .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Anti-Vandal .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Attack Resistant .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Escape Route Fire Escape
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Sliding .
ENTRANCE DOORS COMMERCIAL Sliding/Folding .
FIRE CHECK DOORS Aluminium Glazed .
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare .
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire EI30
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire EI60
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire FD30
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634 BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire FD60
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare Entrance Doors
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare Fire Resistant Resistance
FIRE CHECK DOORS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare Glazed
FRENCH CASEMENT DOORS Commercial Open In Open out Barrier Free
SKYLIGHT Windows .
SOLAR SCREENING .
STRUCTURAL Glazing .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Concealed Sash Sashes
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Double Casement
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Insulated
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Insulated Profiles
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Integrated Sashes Integration Sashes
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Outward Opening
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Pivot
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Purpose Made Bespoke
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Tilt and Slide
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Aluminium Tilt and Turn
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Bullet Resistant Anti-Ballistic .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Burglar Resistant Class WK3
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL DIN 14351 .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems Aluminium
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Facade Systems Italian Sash Projected Top Hung Projecting Top Hung
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Horizontal Pivot .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Inward Opening .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Outward Opening .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Side Hung .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Top Hung .
WINDOWS: COMMERCIAL Vertical Pivot .
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium .
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Double Glazed Units
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Inward Opening
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Pivot
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Sliding
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Special Sizes
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Thermal Break Thermally Broken
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Aluminium Tilt and Turn
WINDOWS: METAL PURPOSE MADE Tilt and Turn .
WICLINE Integration Sashes
WICLINE Aluminium Windows
WICLINE EVO Aluminium Windows
WICSLIDE Sliding Doors
WICSOLAIRE Solar Shading
WICSTAR Aluminium Windows
WICSTYLE Glass Doors
WICTEC Curtain Walling

WICONA EXHIBITS AT BAU 2019

July 2019

Top-class stand design, exciting new products, engaging discussions and – for the first time – additional in-depth technical seminars: visitors to the WICONA stand at BAU were given a multi-faceted experience of attractive solutions for urban evolution.

The stand concept, with its centrally located “Central Park”, was dominated by a sort of upside-down building structure, gleaming mirrored surfaces which drew the eyes upwards and externally positioned exhibits, which sparked great enthusiasm among the exhibition guests. Open on all sides and perfectly accessible, this exhibition stand was a pure invitation to discover new things. Internationality was the name of the game from the vast crowds on the stand from the very start of the exhibition – professional visitors ranging from North America, many European countries and South-east Asia. Fabricators and façade construction companies made the up the traditionally strongest group, followed by architects and planners as well as investors and general contractors.

In terms of content, the launch of the “Infinite Aluminium by WICONA” range took centre stage. Ralf Seufert, Chairman of the Board, stated: “With this initiative, we are getting directly into the reuse of end-of-life aluminium in our production. By the end of the year, we want to switch to this process for 40% of the WICONA range. By doing this, we will save approximately 20,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and reduce our CO2 footprint by 30%!”

In terms of products and systems, guests showed great interest in the WICSLIDE 75FD and WICSLIDE 150 PS sliding door solutions. Also in focus were the new generation of WICTEC EL element façade and the WICLINE 70SG structural glazing window range.

Of course, there was no shortage of interest in the social items on the agenda, either, with the ever-popular Happy Hour stand parties after 6.00 p.m. Both here and on every day of the exhibition communication, networking and expert discussions were the key features of what, in every respect, was a successful appearance by WICONA at BAU 2019. Here's to the next one in two years' time...

WICONA is celebrating its 70th Anniversary

February 2019

From a small art foundry in Ulm to an internationally successful system provider of high-tech aluminium façades, WICONA's 70 year history began in 1948 and from humble beginnings, has flourished into an internationally renowned brand.

The company's history began in 1948, with the foundation of WICONA in Ulm as a separate business division of Wieland-Werke AG. Today – 70 years later – it has developed, from these humble begin-nings, into an internationally renowned brand for high-quality, technically sophisticated aluminium system solutions for façades, window and doors – a real success story!

Outside of the WICONA Offices in Ulm

The company's origins date back well into the 19th century: In 1820, Philipp Jakob Wieland (1793–1873) took over the art and bell foundry from his uncle, Thomas Frauenlob in Rosengasse, Ulm, and started manufacturing utensils made from copper alloys. The next important phases were the change to the production of tubes and profiles (1901) and the foundation of Wieland-Werke AG (1919).

In 1948, WICONA was established as a design office for extruded profiles for the building industry, as a separate business division within Wieland-Werke. The experience gained with profiles made from archi-tectural bronze were transferred to aluminium material. The name originated as an acronym: Wieland Constructions in Aluminium.

WICONA's former Wieland-Werk from above

In the 1950s, the product ranges included profiles for shop windows, display windows and roller shut-ters, handrail and stair guard profiles, standard profiles and aluminium alloy sheets. They were deliv-ered directly to locksmiths and joineries in the Ulm area. Year after year, the profile range was continu-ally expanded.

The construction of a warehouse at the company's headquarters was the next step in the company's expansion. Even then, there was a hallmark: the intensive customer consultancy in application and processing.

With the registration in 1953 of WICONA as a trademark, there began the consistent and determined expansion of the distribution network, first in Germany, then in Austria (around the end of the 1950s), France (1967), Switzerland (1975), Denmark (1978), Spain (1980), Italy (1981) and the UK (1982).

In 1988, WICONA was completely divested from Wieland-Werke and established as a independent com-pany; 75% of the shares remain with Wieland, and a strong shareholder was found in Hydro Aluminium, who initially owned 25% of the shares. Three years later, WICONA was a 100% subsidiary of Hydro Alu-minium (a subsidiary company of Norsk Hydro) and renamed WICONA Bausysteme GmbH.
The construction of the Technical and Certification Centre in Bellenberg in 1992 was another milestone in the company's history, as was the opening of the Service Centre with a large, fully automated ware-house in Gerstungen (1999). In between, WICONA continued to pursue its path in European markets and beyond: firstly, with the expansion of sales in Scandinavia and Benelux. In 1994, licence agreements were concluded for the production of WICONA products in Israel, Saudi Arabia and Japan. During this phase, other European countries were added to the existing foreign markets, with Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal and Romania. By 2001, the Ulm-based aluminium systems company was represented in 19 countries on four continents.

From 2004 onwards, the company introduced a new corporate name, Hydro Building Systems GmbH; in parallel, WICONA was successfully established as a brand in additional countries such as United Arab Emirates and China.

In 2009, the company built its own Test Centre, which includes a façade testing facility, at the Bellen-berg location. At the same time, the company introduced its new brand slogan “Technik für Ideen”, which has since shaped the appearance of WICONA's communications worldwide.

The WICONA Test Centre in Bellenberg, Germany

In 2013, a joint venture between the Norwegian companies Hydro and Orkla led to the foundation of the Norwegian company Sapa AS and WICONA became the premium brand of the new Sapa Building Systems Group.

After the opening of a WICONA showroom at the Building Centre in London (2014) and Madrid (2016), a project like this also started in Germany in June 2017, together with additional partners in Frankfurt, which was opened under the name of NEXT. In autumn of the following year, Sapa AS was acquired by the company Hydro in Oslo; since then, WICONA has again become a brand of Hydro.

PUSHING THE LIMITS OF ALUMINIUM FAÇADES is the WICONA anniversary motto

Engineering skills and perfect craftsmanship remove boundaries when it comes to mastering the tech-nical challenges of complex building envelopes in a sustainable and future-orientated way, by using in-dividual project-specific solutions.

Innovation, precision and individuality have always been the hallmarks of the WICONA brand and, across the world, are reflected in intelligent façade constructions, whose quality represents sustainable, future-shaping architecture. This can be seen and experienced around the world in buildings such as; the Monte Rosa Hut in Zermatt (Switzerland); the Bharati Research Station in the Antarctic; the New-foundland Tower apartment building in London (UK); the 520 West 28th Street apartment building in New York (USA); the École Normale Supérieure University building in Paris (France); or the residential high-rise Henninger Turm in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). These are just a few examples of outstand-ing project solutions, both nationally and internationally.

For 70 years, WICONA has successfully delivered innovative and sophisticated façade solutions that set the standards in terms of technology and design. The basis for its global success lies in the expertise and experience to offer the best solution for each project, achieving maximum performance levels, with be-spoke customer-specific designs. To achieve this, WICONA works with professional partners both at a local and international level. These partners, in the fields of planning, project management, façade in-stallation and fabrication, are united in their passion for creative design, quality standards right down to the smallest detail, and the ambition to master complex technical challenges, thus pushing the limits of modern architecture.

PUSHING THE LIMITS OF ALUMINIUM FAÇADES is the WICONA anniversary motto. It describes both the historical development and the future course of the brand. When shaping the city of the future, “Push-ing the Limits” should apply to the creativity of architects and to the wishes of developers. “Pushing the Limits” is the benchmark for sustainability and responsibility in construction. To do this, we need to en-sure we are continually pushing the limits of aluminium façades, moving them, stretching them, ex-panding the space.

Innovation for Success

Innovation creates competitive advantage in the market. From the beginning, WICONA has been able to offer new, technically sophisticated ideas and solutions, achieving real progress for market partners and clients. This success is based on 180 registered patents, 46 of which are still in force.

WICONA can justifiably claim to lead innovation in the sector. Currently, the Ulm-based building system company has proved this claim yet again with the introduction of the WICLINE 75 MAX window system, which is made from recycled material and features a completely concealed handle.

WICONA project image incorporating the concealed handle

Looking back over the last seventy years, there have been many other exciting innovations; sometimes it was only a construction detail, or as in 2010 when a complete "evolution" took place, which gradually included the whole product range. WICONA defined this concept as continuous further development of its own systems with the aim of meeting the growing requirements for sustainability, energy efficiency, thermal insulation and climate protection. This broad wave of innovations was expressed by introduc-ing the title "evo" to product names.

Overview of some important WICONA innovations:

1957 - First range of thermal breaks
1991 - Technical approval of bonded facade glazing systems
1991 - Windows with concealed sash
1998 - Technical approval of bonded façades with mechanical locking mechanism
1999 - Concealed drainage on sliding units
2001 - Technical approval of breathable aluminium facades
2001 - Direct positioning system (DPS) for hardware
2009 - First intelligent facade system TEmotion with integrated building technology
2010 - Evolution of the whole product range
2013 - Closed cavity facade
2014 - Introduction of thermal insulation bars made of recycled polyamide
2015 - Window system with pressure compensation
2016 - New functionally reliable compression seal for quick and simple installation of unitised curtain walls
2017 - New pull and slide fittings
2018 - Window system made from recycled material
2018 - Introduction of concealed window handle

When it comes to innovation, there is a regular exchange of information within the Hydro Group. Inno-vations have the same high priority for the Norwegian parent company as they do for WICONA. As a leading aluminium group, Hydro aims to boost its own customers and to help society become sustaina-ble through innovation. Its success comes from over a century's experience in technology develop-ments and renewable energies, such as hydro power. The Group is a leader in aluminium recycling, put-ting its philosophy of environmental responsibility into practice – just like WICONA – and also makes it a prime criterion in research and development. Being part of the Hydro Group gives WICONA a key ad-vantage in the early detection of global trends and is the basis for the development of integrated sus-tainable solutions.

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