Kautex Textron GmbH & Co. KG

Company Profile




Kautexstrasse 52, 53229 Bonn, Germany

Business Overview

-The Company is a leader in the development and manufacturing of plastic fuel systems, specifically blow-molded plastic fuel tanks for conventional vehicles and pressurized plastic fuel tanks for hybrid vehicles. The Company also develops clear-vision systems for automotive safety and ADAS solutions, plastic tanks for selective catalytic reduction systems, other fuel system components, engine camshafts, crankshafts, balance shafts and other engine components.

-The Company operates the Fuel Systems and Functional Components product line under the Industrial Segment of its parent company, Textron Inc.

-With the automotive industry’s continuing development of hybrid vehicles, the Company has positioned itself to capitalize on this growth opportunity as a leader in the development of plastic fuel systems.


-The Company is a subsidiary of Textron Inc.


-All-plastic, pressurized hybrid fuel tanks
-Next-generation fuel tanks featuring tank stiffener elements
-Next Generation Fuel Systems (NGFS) featuring twin-sheet technology enabling easier component integration into the plastic shell including:

  • Internal venting systems
  • Low emission connections
  • Delivery and indication elements
  • Anti-slosh elements (baffles)
  • Internal tank stiffeners from hybrid tank applications

-Co-extruded blow-molded fuel systems
-Mono-extruded blow-molded fuel systems
-Blow-molded Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems
-Injection-molded Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems
-Clear vision systems for windshields, headlamps, cameras and sensors

  • Washer fluid reservoirs
  • Fluid lines
  • Fluid level sensors
  • Reservoir heating technology
  • Wash nozzles

-Rough cast engine components

  • Camshafts
  • Balance shafts
  • Bearing caps
  • Crankshafts


1997 Kautex Group (present name is Kautex Textron) acquired the camshaft manufacturer, Kenwood Products Corp and the seat support components maker General Rubber Goods.
1999 Kautex began operating the new plant to produce plastic fuel tank systems and filler pipes for the VW Golf, Jetta and New Beetle in Mexico.
Apr. 2000 Kautex established a new plant for VW in South Moravia. The new plant was completed in Jan. 2001
2002 Integration of Micromatic and CWC into the Kautex Textron Group.
Foundation of the Kautex plant in Shanghai, China
Jul. 2005 With the pay-off of the Company's joint venture partner Keylex in Hiroshima Japan and the opening of a new production plant in Shanghai, China, Kautex demonstrated its ling-term commitment to rapidly growing Asian market.
2011 Opened two new plants: in Silao, Mexico and in Craiova, Romania.
2012 Opened a new plant in Chongqing, China and a Development and Validation Center in Guangzhou, China.