Starting Shot for New Construction
On 22 July 2015, Webasto celebrates the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the new Webasto administration and development center in Stockdorf. “This new building, in which we are investing almost 40 million euro, is a cross-generational project that will make its mark well into the future”, said Dr. Engelmann in his keynote address.
Expansion in China
In 2014, the number 10 Webasto production plant was inaugurated in Shenyang, in North-East China. With this step, Webasto is confirming the clear signal to its OE customers: “We are nearby our customers”. In Shenyang Webasto customers can be reached within a distance of around 10 km.
Change on the top
Dr. Holger Engelmann takes over the chair of the Webasto SE management board from Franz-Josef Kortüm, who switches after 13 years on the top into the supervisory board.
New corporate structure
The former Webasto AG is transferred to Webasto SE (Holding). The two corporate divisions for roof and thermo systems were spun off into legally autonomous companies, also in the legal form of SE: Webasto Roof & Components SE and Webasto Thermo & Comfort SE. Both companies are owned 100% by Webasto SE.
Webasto takes over the Diavia air-conditioning business division for off-road and special vehicles from Delphi Automotive Italia. The goal ist, to become a leading system supplier for heating and cooling products from one source in the off-highway and special vehicle market.
75 Years Sunroof Systems
Starting with the first folding roof in serial production for Daimler-Benz in 1937, the Webasto automotive history began.
25 Years Cabrio feeling
The story of the Convertible Roofs unit began with the start of the production for the BMW 3 series cabrio.
Next-generation parking heater
The new Thermo Top Evo heater is the lightest in its class.
Expansion with full pressure
With the acquisition of Karmann North America, Webasto extends its position as market leader for convertible roofs. For the first time ever, the Webasto Group achieves sales of around two billion Euro.
Acquisition despite the crisis
During the economic crisis in 2009, Webasto acquires the convertible division of Edscha – the largest acquisition Webasto ever did in the company history.
Webasto goes East
With the openening of the plant in Arad, Webasto steps into Eastern Europe. Today, the plant in Romania is one of the largest production sites for sunroofs of the Webasto Group.
In 2008, the new head office of Thermo & Comfort in Gilching is officially opened.
Large for small
The Smart fortwo has the largest fixed vehicle roof made of polycarbonate in the world.
First steps in China
In 2001, Webasto enters the fast-growing Chinese market and starts its first roof serial production in Shanghai.
100 Years Webasto
Webasto celebrates its hundredth birthday at the headquarters in Stockdorf near Munich.
Smart Convertible Roof
An attractive, small and modern car: the first convertible roof of Webasto is one of the most modern of its time. It can be opened and closed during travel – just like a sliding roof.
Change in Management
Franz Josef Kortüm becomes Chairman of the Management Board of Webasto. He takes the chair of Prof. Rudi Noppen, who led the company since 1992 as the first external manager. Werner Baier already took over the role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board in 1995.
A Glass Roof for the Porsche Targa
For the Porsche Targa, Webasto builds an entire roof module in 1995, which is completely made of glass. This can be steplessly opened backwards.
The billion score
For the first time, the Webasto Group achieves sales of over one billion DM.
Neubrandenburg - New perspectives
During a difficult economic situation, Webasto founds a new production plant in Neubrandenburg. The former VEB Sirokko converts into a modern plant for parking heaters.
Solar on top
The Audi A80 Coupé is equipped with the first sunroof with mono-crystalline solar cells for parking ventilation, which provides ventilation while closed.
On a growth track
Following Utting, Schierling becomes the third Webasto plant in Germany. After the opening, the production of sunroofs for BMW and Ford starts at the new plant.
New market Japan
With the founding of the joint-venture Daikyo Webasto in Japan, Webasto early enters the Asian market. In 1999, Webasto takes over the entire shares and is producing sunroofs sucessfully for the Japanese automotive industry since then.
Time to reform
Werner Baier becomes managing director of the company. During his leadership, he sets the course for a successful future and reforms follow. Among others, the company gets separated into the devisions roof and thermo.
The Glass Roof starts its success story
The first glass roof brings light and a generous sense of space in the Ford Fiesta. Although it is not able to slide, it is able to pop-out in the rear part. Just five years later, the first pop-up sliding glass roof will be installed in serial production.
Webasto goes USA
In 1974, Webasto steps into the United States and founds its first subsidiary Webasto Sunroof Inc. in Detroit as a joint venture with Magna. In 2000, Webasto finally takes over the entire company shares.
The largest steel sunroof ever built by Webasto tops the Mercedes 600, which is featured on the IAA in September 1963. Since this time, it is possible to install a Webasto steel sunroof in every Mercedes model.
Warm car everytime
For the first time, the auxilliary heater P10 brings warm air into the Porsche 356 and supports the engine in heating.
Webasto delivers the first steel sunroof to Daimler-Benz – on order for the types 180 till 220 as well as for the 300er special class („Adenauer“).
End of bycycle part production
The business with bicycle parts becomes unprofitable in the post-war period and is completely quit in 1955. Following this, Webasto concentrates on vendor parts for motorcycles and the rapidly growing passenger-car-market.
More than hot air
In 1936, Robert von Linde and Walter Baier talk for the first time about an engine-independent heater on the IAA, but due to the years of war, the heater is not developed to this time. As "Model 65" for buses, it is finally presented in 1955.
Years of war 1939 - 1945
In the years of war Webasto supplies Daimler-Benz with exhaust gas heating systems for trucks and BMW with aluminium parts for encasing aviation engines. During this time, Webasto employes 137 forced labourers. It is against this background that in 2000, the company takes part in the Germany private sector's foundation initiative, to compensate forced labour exploited during the Nazi era.
First folding roof for a manufacterer
The first folding roof in serial production is integrated into the "Panorama-Bus". Afterwards, the serial production for passenger cars begins. With immediate effect, the folding roof is integrated into the Mercedes 170 of Daimler-Benz.
Webasto puts the heating on
Development of the first heater for buses as well as engine-independent heaters for passenger cars. The so-called "Flüstertüte" uses the process of a heat exchanging device.
On four Wheels
Webasto steps into the automotive business. In 1932, Wilhelm Baier develops the so-called “Baier folding roof", which is the first folding roof of Webasto. In the middle of the 30s, every car can be changed over to a "Sun-Limousine". Furthermore, Webasto produces large metal sheets in 1932 with a 400 ton press in the sheet metal workshop.
On two Wheels
Within the 20´s, the bicycle is a popular means of transportation and the bicycle industry booms. Webasto focuses on bicycle fragments like mudguards, gear boxes, carriers and bars.
Three generations of Baier family
In 1917, Wilhelm Baier passes the company management to his sons, which ran the company until 1956. Walter Baier follows.
In addition to bicycle parts and other metallic parts, sowing machines belong to the production program of Webasto in 1914.
Move to Stockdorf/Bavaria
In 1908, the factory for stamped parts, wire holders and home appliances moves from Esslingen to Stockdorf. The company founder Wilhelm Baier Senior creates the new name Webasto out of his initials and the toponym Stockdorf. The power of the river Würm is used to move the machines.
At the age of 55, Wilhelm Baier founds a company that goes by the name of: „Esslinger Draht und Eisenwarenfabrik Wilhelm Baier, Esslingen/Neckar“.