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For more than 120 years, Webasto has been convincing with technologies, products and applications - first for home and field, then for bicycles, and since the 1930s for motorized vehicles of all kinds. Since 2015, the company has also been offering high-performance solutions for electromobility. - Step into the exciting history of an internationally successful automotive supplier.

A large fices panoramic roof with integrated ambient light and segmented switchable glazing technologies

To strengthen the competitiveness of its core business with roof systems, Webasto acquired Carlex Glass Luxembourg in Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) in August 2022. The Group's new location operates under the name Webasto Luxembourg.

Plant in Dangjin, South Korea

In spring 2022, Webasto started production of batteries for full-electric passenger cars in Dangjin, South Korea. To this end, the company built a state-of-the-art new plant south of Seoul within a year.

The panel bow roof design on a BMW

In terms of design, lightweight construction and acoustic comfort, Webasto combines the best features from the world of convertible roofs in the new panel bow roof design. By using innovative materials and sophisticated kinematics, Webasto carries the elegant look of a coupe over to a convertible top with a textile appearance.

Battery production in Jiaxing

With the new plant for roof systems in Jiaxing, Webasto is extending its production capacities in China and thus strengthening its core business. At the same time, with the opening of the battery center, Webasto is further expanding its business with solutions for electromobility in the Chinese market.

Battery production in Schierling

The production of batteries for electric vehicles has started at the Schierling site. From now on, battery packs for a European bus manufacturer will be produced here. From the beginning of 2020, the Webasto standard battery system for commercial vehicles will also be manufactured at the site.

The Roof Sensor Module (RSM)

With the Roof Sensor Module (RSM), Webasto presents a world premiere for autonomous vehicles at the IAA 2019. The sensors required for autonomous driving as well as the associated thermal and cleaning systems are elegantly integrated in the transparent and openable roof system.

Official opening of the plant in Irapuato

With the official opening of its plant in Irapuato on August 20, 2020, Webasto is expanding its production capacities in Mexico in response to increased demand. Since 2008, Webasto has been producing roof systems there for various automotive manufacturers with sites in Mexico and Brazil, as well as components for its own plants in the USA.

Group Picture with Holger Engelmann and colleagues

Webasto has bought the shares of its long-standing South Korean joint venture partner. The joint venture Webasto Donghee, with headquarters in Ulsan (South Korea), which previously focused on production and sales of panorama roofs, will now become part of Webasto's worldwide development and production network. The takeover of shares is the largest acquisition in the company’s history.

The American employees in Santa Anita

As part of the expansion of its expertise and product portfolio for electromobility, Webasto acquires the Efficient Energy Systems (EES) business unit of AeroVironment, which offers an established product portfolio of charging solutions for the US market. The new location of the Webasto Group with about 100 employees in Monrovia, California, now operates under the name Webasto Charging Systems Inc.

The new building in Stockdorf

On May 14, 2018 Webasto celebrated the opening of its new Administration and R&D Center in Stockdorf near Munich. The investment of 40 million euros in the construction of the building is a long-term commitment to the company's headquarters. The new building offers 550 employees attractive and modern workplaces on three office levels. State-of-the-art testing facilities for Webasto roof systems are located on 2,000 square meters.

The opening of the plant in Guangzhou

With the official opening of its plant in Guangzhou (Guangdong Province) on March 28, 2018, Webasto has expanded its production capacities for roof systems in China once again. Webasto has been located in the southern Chinese city since 2006 with a production for roof systems. The previous site was leased. With the move into a completely renovated building (approx. 30,000 m2) on its own site (approx. 65,000 m2) the site also offers further potential for additional buildings.

A charging station of Webasto

Beyond its core business fields Webasto concentrates on the development and production of charging solutions and battery systems.

The inauguration of the plant in Baoding

The official inauguration of its plant in Baoding (Hebei province) on May 5, 2017 marks yet another expansion of the Webasto production network for roof systems in China. With this strategic step, Webasto increases its production capacity in the company’s largest single market, with the aim of satisfying the continuing increase in demand for sunroofs and panorama roofs even more efficiently.

Plant in Schaidt, Germany

Effective January 1, 2017, Webasto has completed a takeover of the electronics service provider Schaidt Innovations GmbH & Co. KG, based in Wörth-Schaidt, Germany. The business in Wörth-Schaidt will continue to operate with around 170 employees and will be absorbed into the Webasto Group bearing the name Webasto Mechatronics. By adding its own in-house electronics production, the acquisition enables Webasto to strengthen its systems competence and capability.

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new construction in Stockdorf

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.

Group picture in Shenyang

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.

Picture of Werner Baier, Franz-Josef Kortüm and Dr. Holger Engelmann

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.

A Webasto Plant

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.

Logo of Diavia

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.

A men drives his car

Starting with the first folding roof in serial production for Daimler-Benz in 1937, the Webasto automotive history began.

BMW 3 series convertible

The story of the Convertible Roofs unit began with the start of the production for the BMW 3 series cabrio.

A Mustang convertible

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.

The Thermo Top Evo heater

The new Thermo Top Evo heater is the lightest in its class.

A BMW convertible opening it' roof

During the economic crisis in 2009, Webasto acquires the convertible division of Edscha – the largest acquisition Webasto ever did in the company history.

Plant in Arad, Romania

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.

Opening of the Headquarter in Gilching

In 2008, the new head office of Thermo & Comfort in Gilching is officially opened.

Largest fixed vehicle roof in the Smart fortwo

The Smart fortwo has the largest fixed vehicle roof made of polycarbonate in the world.

Flags of Webasto, China and Germany

In 2001, Webasto enters the fast-growing Chinese market and starts its first roof serial production in Shanghai.

The celebration in Stockdorf

Webasto celebrates its hundredth birthday at the headquarters in Stockdorf near Munich.

First convertible roof for Smart

An attractive, small and modern car: the first convertible roof of Webasto for Smart is one of the most modern of its time. It can be opened and closed during travel – just like a sunroof.

Picture of Franz Josef Kortüm, Prof. Rudi Noppen and Werner Baier

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 roof for the Porsche Targa completely made of glass

For the Porsche Targa, Webasto builds an entire roof module in 1995, which is completely made of glass. This can be steplessly opened backwards.

Picture of Werner Baier

For the first time, the Webasto Group achieves sales of over one billion DM.

Production plant in Neubrandenburg, Germany

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.

The first sunroof with monocrystalline solar cells

The Audi A80 Coupé is equipped with the first sunroof with mono-crystalline solar cells for parking ventilation, which provides ventilation while closed.

The plant in Schierling, Germany

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.

A japanes employee for the joint-venture with Daikyo

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.

Picture of Werner Baier

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.

Ford Fiesta with the first glass roof

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 sun glass roof will be installed in serial production.

Flag of the United States of America

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 steels sunroof in the Mercedes 600

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.

The Porsche 356 with the auxilliary heater P10

For the first time, the auxilliary heater P10 brings warm air into the Porsche 356 and supports the engine in heating.

The first steel sunroof in the Daimler-Benz

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“).

Man standing next to a motorcycle

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.

An old bus with an engine-independet heater, "Model 65"

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.

The factory during the war

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.

The first folding roof in the "Panorama-Bus"

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.

The first Heater: "Flüstertüte"

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.

The "Baier folding roof", the first folding roof of Webasto

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.

Two people riding their bikes

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.

Family tree of the three generation of Baier family

In 1917, Wilhelm Baier passes the company management to his sons, which ran the company until 1956. Walter Baier follows.

Sowing machines of Webasto in 1914

In addition to bicycle parts and other metallic parts, sowing machines belong to the  production program of Webasto in 1914.

Trucks in front of a factory

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.

Company founder of "Esslinger Draht und Eisenwarenfabrik" Wilhelm Baier

At the age of 55, Wilhelm Baier founds a company that goes by the name of: “Esslinger Draht und Eisenwarenfabrik Wilhelm Baier, Esslingen/Neckar“.

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