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.

-In accordance with the global trend of reducing emissions, the majority of the Company’s product range contributes to the reduction of carbon dioxides, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, or carbon particulates through lightweighting, the optimization of combustion engines, alternative drive technologies, or exhaust gas purification systems.

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

  • Original Equipment, which is divided into seven divisions – Lightweighting/Elastomer Technology, Shielding Technology, Specialty Gaskets, Cylinder-head Gaskets, E-Mobility, Drivetrain, and Exhaust Gas Purification.
  • Aftermarket
  • Engineered Plastics
  • Services
  • Industrial Parks

-The Company's Original Equipment segment accounts for approximately 82.9% of total sales. Further subdivision, Lightweighting / Elastomer Technology accounts for 27%, Shielding Technology for 24%, Specialty Gaskets for 19%, and Cylinder-head Gaskets for 11%.


-Listed on Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Munich, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover Berlin Stock Exchanges and XETRA. (As of Dec. 31, 2018)
Name of Shareholders Interest (%)
Family W. H. Lechler And Estate Of Klaus Lechler 52.0
Institutional Investors 26.2
Private Investors 21.8
Total 100.0


Cylinder-head gaskets
-METALOFLEX metal layer Cylinder-head gaskets for passenger cars and commercial vehicles
-Metal-elastomer Cylinder-head gaskets for commercial vehicles

Specialty gaskets
-Metaloseal specialty gaskets
-Metal-elastomer and elastomer specialty gaskets
-Clean NOx SCR exhaust aftertreatment systems
-Volumesoftseal mica- and graphite-based sealing rings and gaskets
-Sealing systems for transmissions
-Sealing systems for EGR gaskets

Shielding systems
-ElroCoustic acoustic shielding systems
-ElroTherm acoustic and thermal shielding systems

Lightweight plastic components for powertrains
-Cam covers
-Oil separation modules and systems
-Cam frames
-Charge air ducts
-Intake air manifolds
-EGR mixers
-Oil pans
-Oil intake modules
-Oil tanks
-Engine front and rear covers
-Transmission modules

Lightweight plastic components for car bodies
-Cockpit cross-car beams
-Front-end carriers
-Engine and transmission mounts

Housing Components
-Topseal housing components for engines and transmissions

Transmission Applications
-Flat gaskets
-Metaloprint spacer plates
-Plastic housing modules
-Topseal topographic housing components
-Elrotherm shielding systems
-High-performance plastics; bearing, piston and guide rings made of PTFE or PEEK
-Transmission control plates

PTFE Components
-PTFE tubes and PTFE protective sleeves for lambda sensor
-Piston seals in fuel pumps for direct injection
-Memory packings as rotary piston seal for oil-free supply of compressed air in car compressor systems
-Protective caps for steering angle sensor
-Bearing rings for CVT transmissions
-Porous PTFE plugs for steering gear ventilation
-Memory packings as plastic cylinder seals for headlight cleaning system

Electromobility solutions
-Weight-reduced battery casings
-Cell casings
-Pressure equalizing elements

Exhaust gas purification
-CleanCoat coating material for soot reduction
-Diesel particulate filters

Fuel cell technologies
-Fuel cell stacks
-Metallic bipolar plates
-Casings, end and media modules
-SOFC stacks


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.

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