Who we are!

Knives for brands and markets

For almost 160 years, our customers have been at the center of our thoughts and actions. We want to convince you with the quality and reliability of our work. And we want to be a partner at eye level for you and maintain a business relationship with you that is characterised by honesty and fairness.

Continous development for the customers, with the customers. This company guideline has existed since 1865, when Ewald Winterhoff founded his saw factory and became a specialist for a wide variety of machine knives. The same applied to the Picard company. Both companies complemented each other so excellently that we merged them in 1997 in the 5th family generation. Since then, our customers have been relying on the entire know-how for demanding markets.

The Winterhoff Picard management:
Marc Ohnhäuser

Our roots!

Special knife in the fifth generation

Due to its history and special topography, the Bergisches Land region is considered the birthplace of the first major industries in Germany. The numerous small rivers were driving the water wheels for the hammers. A high level of manufacturing expertise developed here at an early stage. The demand for quality grew and a very special mentality in problem solving emerged. Knösterpitter was the nick name given to all those in the Bergisch Land region who took things into their own hands and solved challenges with skill and perseverance.

Our company headquarters in Remscheid, right in the heart of the Bergisch Land region, is by no means a coincidence. Experienced specialists and engineers have followed in the footsteps of the Knösterpitter. And even today, their tenacious attitude lives on, as we use know-how and creative ideas to develop precision knives that meet even the most demanding requirements to the highest degree.

Our milestones!



Foundation of the Ewald Winterhoff saw factory for hand, bow and blade saws.

1865 – 1991

Production of first tear-off and perforating knives. Sophisticated grinding of tobacco knives, establishment as a partner of the industry.


In the middle of the 80’s Mrs. Dagmar Hüttebräucker and Mr. Ralf Hüttebräucker join the company Ewald Winterhoff as successors of Gustav Winterhoff.


Dagmar and Ralf Hüttebräucker take over the management in the 5th generation.

Automation of processes, use of grinding and gear cutting machines.


Company F. Karl Picard is incorporated into the company as part of the expansion strategy. Under new name Winterhoff Picard stronger positioning as producer of special knives.

1997 – 2022

Acting close to the dynamic market situation: New machining centers for special geometries, optimised use of robotics, numerous investments for future-proof production.

Nov. 2022

Marc Ohnhäuser joins the management team.

Understand and deliver without compromise

We understand your markets

We focus our demand on the exact understanding and implementation of each customer requirement. Our knives are used in highest quality markets. In our profession, they are determined by cutting performance, tool life, optimised output rates and ever higher process speeds. The knives are the deciding factor on the machine.

Decision in the best of company

Strong partner for machine manufacturers

Many brand manufacturers and suppliers in a wide variety of markets have chosen quality and precision for their knives, making Winterhoff Picard one of the market leaders in our industry. For us materials of the highest quality, exact hardening and the tightest tolerances are just as natural as flexibility and adherence to delivery dates. This pretension makes us an important OEM supplier to machine manufacturers.

Knowledge of the practice

Close to the market

The sales force of Winterhoff Picard operates directly in the markets. Whether it is film, rubber, composites, paper, cardboard, aluminum or other materials to be processed.

We know where you focus on and how to meet your challenges. We are at your disposal for technical advice at any time whether by phone or in person on site. Because we know the requirements that your material and your machinery place on us.

Flexibility is strength

For cuts, perforations and tasks according to your demands

We manufacture each knife customised. In large quantities or in small quantities. Our customers decide whether we manufacture according to original drawings, sketches or even samples, which steels we use, how we finish and coat surfaces. This means we always manufacture your first choice, with a precision that hardly no one else can match.

OEM quality machine knives

Precision without compromise

For us, materials of the highest quality, exact hardening and the tightest tolerances are just as natural as flexibility and adherence to delivery dates. This demand for original equipment quality makes us an important OEM supplier to machine manufacturers.

News from our blog

Always up to date

Whether it’s product innovations, special areas of application or topics relating to our employees – as a dynamic company, there are always exciting and interesting things happening at our company. Here you can find out first-hand what’s new at Winterhoff Picard.

Make a career now

Jobs & Training

Sharpen your career prospects now! Since we are constantly growing, we are always looking for motivated employees. On our careers page, we not only list current job openings, but also explain what sets us apart as an employer.

We will be of service to you

Your direct contact to Winterhoff Picard
Winterhoff Picard GmbH Wüstenhagener Street 63 42855 Remscheid GERMANY
T: +49 2191 9885-0
F: +49 2191 9885-55
E: info@winterhoff-picard.de