Huf Huelsbeck & Fuerst GmbH & Co. KG

Company Profile



Steeger Str. 17, 42551 Velbert, Germany

Business Overview

-The Company is a leading specialist focused on the development and manufacturing of automotive access and authorization systems. Its products include locking systems, door handle systems, passive entry systems, and digital car access and authorization solutions.

-More than half of all passenger vehicles are equipped with products or systems manufactured by the Company.


-The Company is a family-owned private company.


Automotive authorization systems
-Remote control keys and remote keyless access systems
-Phone as a Key digital authorization system
-Electronic control units for vehicle authorization and access
-Electronic steering column locks
-Liberkee digital key ring management system
-Roof antenna housings 

Automotive access systems
-Door handle systems
-Pull door handles
-Special door handles
-Flush door handles

  • Rotational flush door handles
  • Parallel deployable door handles
  • Flap flush door handles
  • Fixed flush door handles

-Kick sensors
-Tailgate release systems

  • Soft touch based systems
  • Swiveling emblem based systems
  • Emblems with pressure triggers
  • Door handle tailgate based systems

-Lock sets

  • Trunk/tailgate locking cylinders
  • Steering column locking cylinders
  • Door lock cylinders
  • Keys

-Tailgate latches

  • Latches with integrated actuators
  • Latches with external actuators
  • Latches with closing functions
  • Silent Latch


  • Bi-directional motor drive actuators
  • Uni-directional motor drive actuators


  • Anti-rattling function strikers
  • Standard flat strikers
  • Standard strikers


Apr. 1908 Ernst Hulsbeck, and August Furst founded a company for manufacturing, buying and selling locks, ornamental hinges, and minor items of iron and brassware in Velbert.
1920 First car door lock supplied to Mercedes-Benz.
1935 Introduction of zinc die casting method
1948 Daimler-Benz, Opel, Ford and VW supplied with outer door handles and keys.
1955 1,000,000th beetle leaves production line at VW-each car fitted exclusively with Huf door handles.
1969 Introduction of plastic injection moulding method
1973 Adam Opel nominates Huf as "Supplier of the Year".
Licensing contract concluded with EOSA in Mexico.
1975 Magnetic key system is developed and produced by Huf.
1979 Magnetic key system is developed and produced by Huf.
1983 Licensing contract with SHIROKI Corporation (Toyota supplier); Huf system is employed for nearly every Toyota model.
Founding of Huf Espana S.A.
Construction of Works II in Velbert/Germany
1986 Founding of Korea-Huf
Series production for Opel: coated, body- colored external door handles
1987 Founding of Huf UK Ltd.
1988 Development and series production of the first remote controlled key (Mercedes Benz) (infra-red)
1990 Founding of Karmann Huf, Wisconsin USA (later Huf North America)
Founding of Huf Hulsbeck & Furst GmbH Sachsen
1991 Quality award Q1 from Ford
Founding of Huf Hulsbeck & Furst Entwicklung Sud (Gunding)
Founding of Huf Portuguesa Lda.
1992 Korea-Huf is sold
1993 "World-wide Supplier of the Year 93" - award by General Motors
Awarded "Value of the Year Supplier" by VW.
1994 Founding of Yantai Huf Automotive Lock Co Ltd.
Karman-Huf becomes a 100% Huf subsidiary called Huf-Wisconsin Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp.
1995 Founding of Minda Huf Ltd., India
Founding of Huf-Tennessee Automotive Parts Manufacturing, Corp.
AMM Brazil receives license from Huf
Founding of Huf Korea Limited
1996 First magnesium steering column lock for GM Holden, Australia
Introducing of ID-devices
1997 Siemens Aktiengesellschaft shares 25.1 % in Huf Hulsbeck & Furst
Certification of QS 9000/VDA 6.1
Development and series production for Mercedes: electronic steering lock
1998 Founding of Shanghai Huf Liyong Automotive Lock Co. Ltd.
Huf-Wisconsin and Huf-Tennessee merge into Huf North America Automotive Parts Manufacturing Corp.
Development and series production of Keyless Go
1999 Founding of Huf Netherlands B.V.
Founding of Huf Tools GmbH
2000 Founding of Huf Polska Sp.z. o.o.
Re-certification of Huf Hulsbeck & Furst, QS-9000/VDA 6.1
'Green Dove Award' certification of Huf UK
2001 'Green Dove Award' certification of Huf Hulsbeck & Furst
1st electronic ignition switch produced for the 7 series BMW (E65).
Electric Tailgate Latch Actuator in production (Mercedes C-Class Estate and Coupe)
2002 2,000,000th lock set produced for the 3 series BMW (E46).
2007 Foundation of Huf India Private Limited and Japan.
2008 Repurchasing shares held by Siemens.
Building Huf Electronics.
Buying Electronic branch from Kiekert.
2009 Established Yantai Huf Tools Co., Ltd. in China.
2010 Established Huf Mexico S de R in Mexico.
2011 Acquired a tire pressure monitoring business from BorgWarner BERU Systems.
2014 Established Huf Secure Mobile GmbH and Huf North America Die Cast Corp.
2017 Established Huf Nagoya Co., Ltd. and Huf Thailand
Nov. 2018 Shanghai Baolong Automotive Corporation and the Company signed a deal on a plan to build a new joint venture.
Feb. 2020 Announced the official inauguration of new premises for its Romanian development center in Timisoara.
Dec. 2020 The Company took over a new factory extension in Arad, Romania, doubling the available space from 10,000 to 20,000 square meters.
Sep. 2021 The Company announced the official inauguration of a factory expansion in Arad, Romania.

Supplemental Information 1

>>>Business Report up until FY ended Dec. 31, 2014

Note: A figure in brackets ( ) indicates a loss