ElringKlinger AG

Company Profile




Max-Eyth-Strasse 2, 72581 Dettingen/Erms, Germany

Business Overview

-The Company develops, manufactures, and sells products and assemblies destined for the automotive industry. They include lightweight components, thermal and acoustic shielding systems, cylinder-head and specialty gaskets, battery and fuel cell systems, and complete electric drive units.

-As of December 31, 2022, the company had 46 offices in 20 countries with approximately 9,500 employees.

-The Company's business operations are comprised of four business segments:

  • Original Equipment, which is divided into five business units – Lightweighting/Elastomer Technology, Metal Sealing Systems & Drivetrain Components, Metal Forming & Assembly Technology, E-mobility, and Exhaust Gas Purification.
  • Aftermarket
  • Engineered Plastics
  • Other

-On January 2023, the Company renamed its "Shielding Technology" business unit "Metal Forming & Assembly Technology. The new name reflects the broad positioning of the business unit, whose portfolio encompasses not only shielding products for combustion engines but increasingly also stamped and formed metal components as well as assemblies targeted at the e-mobility sector. The new business unit will be complemented by established product groups for shielding applications, such as ElroShield or ElroCoustic. The product portfolio will continue to be consistently targeted at new types of drive systems and will include covers and housings for batteries and drive trains. In addition, the portfolio includes shielding parts such as high-voltage connector caps, brake cover plates, and acoustic and thermal shielding parts. (From a press release on January 3, 2023)

-Sales of the Original Equipment segment accounted for 78% of the Company’s total sales in FY ended Dec. 31, 2022.

-By region, sales in Germany accounted for 20.3%, Europe (excluding Germany) 29.3%, North America 25.7%, Asia Pacific 19.7%, and South America and Others 4.9%.


Product Strategy

-The Company has aligned its product development activities with four promising fields of the future centered around fuel cell, batteries, electric drive units, and structural lightweighting.


-Listed on XETRA and all German stock exchanges (As of Dec. 31, 2022)
Name of Shareholders Interest (%)
Estate of Lechler families 52.0
Private Investors 24.1
Institutional Investors 23.9
Total 100.0


Lightweight plastic components

  • Cam covers for cars and commercial vehicles
  • Oil separation modules and systems
  • Cam frames
  • Charge air ducts and intake air manifolds
  • Resonators/EGR mixers
  • Oil pans
  • Oil intake modules
  • Oil tanks
  • Engine front and rear covers
  • Transmission modules
  • Cockpit cross-car beams
  • Front-end carriers
  • Engine and transmission mounts
  • Ladder frame
  • Pistons
  • Elrosafe underbody shielding for battery system protection


  • Battery modules and energy storage systems
  • Cell housings
  • Cell connectors
  • Cell contact systems
  • Module connectors
  • Battery management systems
  • Pressure equalizing elements
  • PEMFC stack modules
  • Metal bipolar plates
  • End and media modules
  • Sealing systems
  • Electric drive units
  • Elastomer gaskets
  • Metal elastomer gaskets
  • Planetary carrier
  • Disc carrier
  • Metallic cover with integrated gasket
  • Underbody shielding for battery system protection
  • Laminated stacks
  • Differential housings
  • Composite hybrids
  • ElroShield EV

Sealing Technology

  • Cylinder-head gaskets
  • Specialty gaskets

Metal forming and assembly technology

  • Shielding Systems 


1879 Paul Lechler founded a trading firm for technical products and gaskets in Stuttgart.
1885 Richard Klinger founded an engineering workshop in Vienna.
1900 Lechler OHG sold its first gaskets to the automotive industry at the turn of the century.
1914 Lechler launched the production of gaskets in Stuttgart.
1930 The first Klinger cylinder head gaskets were manufactured.
1964 Production and sales of Lechler gaskets were amalgamated in Elring Dichtungswerke KG.
1971 Elring acquired an interest in Guma S.A., Spain, in the meantime known as ElringKlinger, S.A.
1972 Elring's production and development were transferred from Stuttgart/Bad Cannstatt to Dettingen/Erms.
New manufacturing plants opened in Bietigheim and Langenzenn.
1983 Klinger classes its activities in favor of the international automotive industry.
Elring Gaskets (PTY) Ltd. was founded in Johannesburg/RSA as a joint venture company.
1988 Klinger Automotive Ltd., since known as ElringKlinger (GB) Ltd., was founded in Skelton/GB.
1990 Jell Elring Co. Ltd. was founded in Changwon/Korea as a joint venture company.
1993 Changchun Elring Gaskets Co. Ltd. was founded in China as a joint venture company.
A division for thermal and acoustic shielding systems was founded.
May 1994 Elring GmbH merged with the Automotive Division of Richard Klinger GmbH to form ElringKlinger GmbH.
1996 ElringKunststoff-Technik GmbH was founded, previously the plastics division of the Company.
1997 A new Division was created for elastomer technology/modules.
Inauguration of a manufacturing plant for shielding systems and gaskets in Livonia, near Detroit, USA. (ElringKlinger of North America, Inc.)
Building and inauguration of a plant in Toluca, Mexico. (ElringKlinger Mexico S.A. de C.V.)
ElringKlinger Motortechnik GmbH, Idstein was founded.
ElringKlinger S.p.A. was founded in Mazzo di Rho, near Milan, Italy.
Building and inauguration of a plant in Redcar, ElringKlinger (GB) Ltd, Great Britain.
ElringKlinger do Brasil Ltda. was established in Piracicaba in the State of Sao Paulo, Brasil.
1999 Series production of the first cylinder head cover modules.
2000 Start of the ElringKlinger AG on the 30. of October:
Merging of the previous Elring Klinger GmbH into the mother company ZWL Grundbesitz- und Beteiligungs-AG and renaming to ElringKlinger AG.
Takeover of the Canadian gasket manufacturer Versatech Sealing Systems, Inc. of Leamington/Ontario now ElringKlinger Sealing Systems Inc.
2001 New Name: Elring Kunststoff-Technik GmbH has been re-named to ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH

In November ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Bietigheim and Venus GmbH, Heidenheim announced their merger back dated to the 1. January

As a subsidiary of ElringKlinger AG, based in Dettingen, both companies will continue to operate at their previous location under the joint name of ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH.
Elring Kunststoff-Technik GmbH, a plastic parts subsidiary of the Group, has been re-named to ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH.
Start of the cylinder head gasket production in North America.
2002 ElringKlinger AG was listed as a registered share on the Stuttgart and Frankfurt stock exchanges on 21 January.
2003 ElringKlinger AG was listed on the SDAX on November 13.
2004 ElringKlinger, in conjunction with its longstanding affiliate, Marusan Corporation, operates a joint development and sales company, ElringKlinger Marusan Corporation, Tokyo, to service the Japanese market.
2005 ElringKlinger do Brasil Ltda commissioned a newly built factory.
2006 Renaming of Jeil Elring Co., Ltd. to ElringKlinger Korea Co., Ltd.
2007 February, 26: Founding of the Indian subsidiary ElringKlinger Automotive Components India Pvt. Ltd., Ranjangaon (near Pune)
Apr. 2008 Acquired a Swiss manufacturer of thermal and acoustic shielding systems SEVEX AG, based in Sevelen.
May 2008 Increased its stake in Japanese gasket manufacturer Marusan Corporation, Tokyo, from 10 % to 50 %.

Acquired the OEM cylinder head and exhaust gasket business from Freudenberg Group.
Completed the acquisition of a 66.7 % interest in the Hug Group, a Swiss exhaust treatment system manufacturer.
Concluded a purchase agreement for the purpose of acquiring a 90 % interest in Hummel-Formen GmbH, Lenningen, Germany, a manufacturer of injection molding tools used in plastics processing.
Jan. 2012 Acquired the metal housing manufacturer ThaWa GmbH.
Jul. 2012 Inaugurated a newly built factory for plastic housing modules in Dettingen/Erms.
Dec. 2012 Japanese joint venture, ElringKlinger Marusan, established a subsidiary and production facilities in Indonesia.
Jan. 2013 Acquired 100 % (former shares 51 %) of South African subsidiary. The name changed to ElringKlinger South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
Feb. 2013 Acquired 100 % share of JV in Korea, ElringKlinger Korea Co., Ltd.
Aug. 2013 Acquired 93.67 % share of Hug Engineering.
Dec. 2013 Fully consolidated ElringKlinger Marusan Corporation.
Feb. 2015 Acquired M&W Manufacturing Co., a U.S. automotive supplier of spacer plates for automatic transmissions.
Oct. 2016 Acquired 27% in the engineering company hofer AG, a system developer which focuses on the automotive drivetrain.
Nov. 2017 Announced that the Company has reached an agreement with Sichuan Chengfei Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (CITC), China, for the battery technology
2018 Established ElringKlinger Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, and ElringKlinger Fuelcell Systems Austria GmbH in Wels, Austria.
Sold Hug Engineering AG, Elsau, Switzerland.
2019 Opened the Application Engineering Center in Suzhou, China.
Established the Technology Center for electromobility at the Group's headquarters in Dettingen/Erms, the focus being on battery and fuel cell applications.
Oct. 2020 The Company and Plastic Omnium announced a joint venture EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies dedicated to fuel cell stack development, production and commercialization.
Nov. 2020 The Company and VDL Bus & Coach BV announced a strategic partnership within the area of fuel cell technology.
Dec. 2020 The Company has created a new "Metal Sealing Systems & Drivetrain Components" business unit.

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