Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG

Company Profile

■URL

http://www.brose.com

■Address

Max-Brose-Strasse 1, 96450, Coburg, Germany

Business Overview

-The Company is a manufacturer of systems for vehicle doors, window regulators, latch modules, liftgates, seat structures, cooling modules and electric drives. It provides components to approximately 80 automobile brands and more than 40 suppliers.

-The Company is the world's fifth-largest family-owned automotive supplier. The Company is also the market leader in Europe for power seat adjusters.

Shareholders

-The Company is family owned.

Products

Vehicle doors and liftgates
Door systems
-Door systems with frames
-Door systems with plastic functional carriers
-Door systems with steel functional carriers
-Door systems with aluminum function carriers and magnesium frames
-Door systems made of glass fabric-reinforced polypropylene
-Door systems made of long glass fiber-reinforced polypropylene

Window regulators
-Cable window regulators
-Compact window regulators
-Cross arm window regulators
-Track-guided window regulators
-Window regulator motors 
-Double-guided window regulators

Closure systems
-Latch modules
-Closure systems - Unilatch
-Liftgate latches
-Latches with flex-pole actuators

Systems for liftgates
-Spindle drives 
-Door checks - Variostop
-Switch for liftgates 
-Power quarter windows 
-Power liftgate systems
-Capacitive sensors

Electronics
-Window regulator electronics
-Door control units
-Control unit for liftgates
-Microcontrollers
-Power operated tailgates
-Power cinching units with integrated electronics

Front and rear seat systems
Seat structures
-Modular lightweight front seat structures
-Power front seat structures
-Manual front seat structures
-Seat adjusters
-Backframe structures
-Power rear seat structures
-Manual rear seat structures

Seat components
-Length adjusters
-Manual height adjusters
-Power tilt adjusters
-Backframe tilt adjusters
-4-way lumbar adjusters
-Upper backframe adjusters

Electronics
-Seat control units
-Control-unit lumbar adjusters
-Sensor-controlled headrests
-Electronics for massage functions
-Headrest modules
-Seat motors

Electric drives
Systems for transmission applications and engine cooling
-Cooling fan modules
-Fan drives
-Airgates
-Drives for transmission applications
-Cooling air supply controls
-Drives for cooling fluid pumps

Comfort functions
-HVAC blowers
-Steering-column adjusters
-Display screen adjusters
-Drive-unit for window regulators
-Sunroof motors

Driving safety
-Electric power steering motors
-Electronic braking systems
-Parking brake motors
-Electric seatbelt retractors

Electronics
-Integrated electronics to control brushless cooling fan motors
-Integrated electronics to control brushless HVAC blowers
-Integrated electronics to control brushed cooling fan motors

Electric mobility
-Separately excited synchronous motors
-Asynchronous motors
-Permanent magnet with excited synchronous motors
-Wireless energy transmission

History

Jun. 1919 Max Brose & Co. was founded by Max Brose and the chemist Ernst Juhling.
1956 Ernst Juhling retired from being a partner. The Company carried on under sole proprietorship from 1957 onwards.
Apr. 1968 Max Brose died. His daughter Gisela Brose takes over the management of the company.
1969 The Company takes on the legal form of a KG.
Oct. 1971 Michael Stoschek, grandson of the founder, became the CEO.
1982 The Company was renamed Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft
1996 The Company established a joint venture with Zhangjiagang Xingang Electronics Co., Ltd. in China. The Company invested DM 15 million in its 60% stake and agreements were made to supply VW and Audi in China as well as FAW Red Flag.
1997 A just-in-time facility for the production of door modules for VW opened in Puebla, Mexico.
A just-in-time facility for the production of door modules opened in Meerane, Germany, supplying the nearby Volkswagen plant.
1999 Production of window regulators and door modules began in Curitiba, Brazil, on a just-in-time basis for the VW Golf and Passat models.
Jul. 1999 A joint-venture in door modules was agreed in Brits, South Africa, under the name of RG Brose Automotive Components (Pty) Ltd. Production began in August 1999.
2000 The Company agreed a licensing contract for the production of window regulators for the Opel Zafira with the Thai Company Summit Laemchagang Auto Body Work (Bangkok). The Company supplies all of the window regulators for the Opel Zafira model, which began production in early 1999.
Jan. 2000 Production of window regulators for the new C-Class DaimlerChrysler model began at the Meerane site.
Apr. 2000 The Company announced plans to cooperate with Siemens. Siemens will give the Company support in the construction of the EUR 31 million pilot electronic project at the Hallstadt door systems plant and will supply Brose with electric motors and systems. The number of employees is set to increase to 1,100 by the year 2003, from its current level of 780.
May 2000 The Company opened its first Chinese door module plant in Anting, Shanghai, under the management of Shanghai Brose Automotive Components Co., Ltd. (China). This 50-50 joint-venture was formed in April 1999. The Anting plant is initially producing door systems for the VW Passat model and expects to manufacture 400,000 door systems each year.
Jul. 2000 Foundation of Brose Bratislava spol.sr.o. (Slovakia)
Mar. 2002 Shiroki Brose Corporation starts operations in Japan
Sep. 2003 Start of production in the door system plant in Ghent/Belgium
Oct. 2003 Start of construction of the Brose Group's first Canadian production site in London/Ontario
Feb. 2004 Foundation of Brose Sweden AB
Jul. 2004 Start of production in the door system plant in Chicago/USA
Sep. 2004 Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to set up the first own Chinese plant in Changchun
Sep. 2005 Brose extended its product range to include power closure systems for side-doors and liftgates. Debut in IAA 2005.
Dec. 2005 The Company acquired a 40 percent stake in Pressan A.S. (Turkish window regulator manufacturer.)
Jan. 2006 Jurgen Otto is appointed CEO, the first non-family oriented management.
At Torslanda, the Company starts operations at its just-in-sequence plant, producing door systems.
Jun. 2006 The Company starts operations at its just-in-sequence plant in Holzgerlingen/Weil im Schonbuch.
Oct. 2006 The Company is expanding its product portfolio in seat adjusters through the launch of the seat-belt-carrier, which celebrates its premiere in the new BMW 3 series coupe.
Jan. 2007 Three awards for excellent performance with regard to quality, supply reliability and competitiveness are presented by Lear Corporation to the plant in Changchun.
Mar. 2007 Brose Ltd, Coventry, is awarded the Body & Exteriors Prize by Jaguar/Land Rover.
Apr. 2007 The plants of Saarwellingen, Tondela/Portugal and Sta. Margarida /Spain receive the "World Excellence Award" from Ford.
Apr. 2008 The Company acquired Continental AG's electric motor operations on April 1st.
Aug. 2008 Brose Group and Korea-based Daeki Corporation set up a joint venture under the name of Daeki Brose Corporation, headquartered in Suwon/South Korea.
Nov. 2009 Formed joint venture with Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electric Company Ltd. in Shanghai, China to manufacture window regulators, seat systems and door systems.
Dec. 2009 Formed joint venture with Delloyd Electronics in Thailand to manufacture window regulators and door systems.
Feb. 2011 Formed joint venture with Mando Corporation called Mando-Brose Corporation and enters South Korean market with the production of electric motors.

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