After 170 years Still on the pulse of the times

On September 1, 1852, Franz Wertheim and 85 employees began to build “fireproof safes”. Then as now, Wertheim has been successfully involved in production of safes and banking facilities, nationally and internationally. To secure the market position and develop new business areas, Wertheim has continuously adapted its product range over the years as well as expanded its assortment of offerings.  Today, the Wertheim Group of companies also produces bank and object furnishings in our own joinery in Uttendorf, and Commissioned Work has developed into an essential business area for the group. The diversity of state-of-the-art technologies characterizes the flexibility and technical know-how of this division.  With great pride we look back at our past rich in tradition.   With the polka “Feuerfest” commissioned by Franz Wertheim and composed by Josef Strauss in 1869 behind us, we Wertheimers will tackle the next decades…

A look Into the past

In 170 years of company history, there have been numerous decisions and cornerstones that have shaped the development of Wertheim.
Here you will find the key milestone moments that have made Wertheim what it is today.


Founding of the company by Franz Freiherr von Wertheim to produce fireproof and burglar-resistant safes

Franz Freiherr by Wertheim (1814 – 1883)

Company crest

1853 – 1858

Grandiose fire tests in Vienna, Constantinople and in the K&K Porcelain Manufactory in Vienna

First public fire test, Vienna 1853

Fire test in Constantinople, 1857


To mark the occasion of the completion of the 20.000th safe, one of the largest worker’s festival in the last century was held. Joseph Strauss composed the polka “Feurfest” especially for it.

Jubilee Safe 1869

Polka Feuerfest by Josef Strauss


Beginning of elevator production

Advertising poster 1884


Conversion of the company into a joint-stock company

Wertheim share


Wertheim‘s management led a buy-out of the security safe business division from the main shareholder (Schindler Corporation) – Wertheim Sicherheitssysteme GmbH was founded

Peter Lunzer, Founding Member

Ing. Horst Weissenbacher, Founding Member

1990 – 1996

Expansion with production plants in Slovakia

Production in Dunajska Streda

Production in Modra


Take-over of a joinery in Salzburg

Production in Uttendorf

Interior & Furniture Solutions


Company Anniversary 150 years of Wertheim


Company Anniversary Edition

150 years of Company History

2004 – 2010

Continuous expansion of the production areas and upgrading of the machinery in Slovakia

New factory hall with logistics centre

Modernizations in sheet metal processing


Construction of the new company headquarters Wertheim Austria in Guntramsdorf

Headquarters Guntramsdorf



170 years of Wertheim

Security since 1852

Eventful 170 years Eventful 170 years

Join us on a short history journey in this video and get to know the Wertheim company even better.

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