Birth of the car wash industry
The first car wash, the WESUMAT I, also nicknamed the "carousel", is invented in Augsburg by Messrs Weigele and Sulzberger.
The first three-brush gantry car wash
Kleindienst invents a car wash with minimal space requirements: The first electrically powered three-brush gantry car wash – an absolute sensation.
The Super-Polish Combi from Kleindienst
Kleindienst presents the first car washing that also specifically cleans the wheels.
The soft wash from Wesumat
The new soft wash generation is advertised as the perfect interaction of chemicals, high pressure and brush wash, of product design and process technology.
The C 45 from California Rohé
Reduced energy consumption and high cost-efficiency – these were the fundamental aspects under which California Rohé developed its C 45 gantry car wash. It also impressed users with its space-saving design, reduced noise emissions and high washing capacity.
The CK 30 from California Kleindienst
"Top-class quality at low cost" – was the motto under which California Kleindienst advertised its new CK 30 gantry car wash in 1998. In spite of its unusually compact dimensions, the new car wash featured sophisticated technology in every detail.
Introduction of the Softcare generation
SoftCare Pro sees the market launch of WashTec's first gantry car wash. It combines individual design with cutting-edge technology.
WashTec takes over AUWA Chemie GmbH
The takeover signifies a consistent step in the strategic orientation as a full-service provider for all aspects of vehicle washing.
Softcare² Pro Touchless
The innovative high-pressure technology combined with effective chemical pre-cleaning produces exceptional cleaning results in touchless washes. Customers can choose between "touchless", "touching" or a combination of both options.
The SoftCare Pro Classic Race
The SoftCare Pro Classic Race gantry car wash is totally geared to speed thanks to the simultaneously running functions. The Premium Express programme featuring the ShineTecs 2GO polishing cycle delivers a new record time of just six minutes.
Expansion of AUWA's Grebenau site
AUWA-Chemie is investing just under 6 million euros in the expansion of its production facilities in Grebenau and is creating new jobs for the region in doing so.
Opening of the new WashTec Showroom
Our new showroom consists of two bright wash bays along with a presentation and meeting room in the middle.
On one side of the 192m² showroom we have a softcare Pro Classic Race carwash and on the other side there is a SoftCare² Pro,
just outside you will find a commercial vehicle washing system.
SoftCare² Pro Silverlight
Washing quality, speed, ease of use and design – four parameters that we at WashTec call the 4DIMENSIONS of the modern car wash. The SoftCare² Pro Silverlight, equipped with the LightShow and StarTrack, the illuminated wheel guide rails, is fully in line with the design dimension, revolutionising the car wash business.
Award „Factory of the year“
The trade newspaper "Produktion" and the management consulting company A.T. Kearney have chosen WashTec as the 2017 award winners in the "outstanding site development" category as part of the "Factory of the Year" industrial competition. The benchmark competition was introduced in 1992 and is aimed at the manufacturing sector in Germany and Europe.
Anniversary year
WashTec and AUWA have a lot to celebrate: 20 years of WashTec AG and 50 years of AUWA! Together we are unbeatable! We can look back on 175 years of experience – from the Kleindienst company to Wesumat and WashTec AG. That means decades of concentrated expertise in the field of vehicle washing. Today, WashTec is by far the world's leading provider of innovative vehicle washing solutions.
"Sustainable Car Wash" certificate
Our "Sustainable Car Wash" certificate has been awarded annually since 2023 and stands for comprehensive environmental protection. The seal makes it possible to recognise at first glance whether a car wash offers sustainable car washing. In order to receive the seal, certified sustainable car wash locations must fulfil a number of strict criteria with regard to the avoidance of environmental pollution.