Webasto SE

Company Profile




Kraillinger Strasse 5, 82131 Stockdorf, Germany

Business Overview

-The Company’s core business focuses on automotive roofs, including sunroofs, panorama roofs and convertible roofs, as well as thermal comfort systems. In recent years, the Company has gained an increasing focus on electromobility, manufacturing electric heating systems, charging solutions and battery systems.

-The Company is organized into the following three business units:

  • Roofs, which provided 82% of the Company’s total sales in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
  • Heating and Cooling, which provided 17% of the Company’s total sales in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.
  • Batteries and Charging Solutions, which provided 1% of the Company’s total sales in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018.


-The Company is family-owned.


Roof systems
-Panorama roofs

  • Large, two-panel panorama roofs
  • Sporty, single-panel spoiler roofs
  • Rail-to-rail openable panorama roofs
  • Fixed panorama roofs

-Sun roofs

  • Body-color sunroofs
  • Transparent sunroofs
  • Folding roofs
  • Lamella roofs

-Convertible roofs

  • Retractable hardtop roofs
  • Soft-top roofs

-Full roof systems

  • Modular roof platform
  • Space-optimized roof systems
  • Low-noise roofs

-Technologies integrated into roof systems

  • Ambient lighting
  • Switchable glazing
  • Solar roofs

-Materials featured on roof systems

  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyurethane composites
  • Webasto Glas ProTec glass-plastic composite

Thermo Systems
-Fossil fuel heaters for diesel or gasoline cars
-Parking heaters
-Auxiliary heaters
-High-voltage electric heaters for electric and hybrid vehicles
-Rooftop air conditioners
-Integrated air conditioners

Charging Solutions
-Webasto Pure entry-level charging station utilizing alternating current
-Webasto Live remote-capable charging station utilizing alternating current

Battery Systems
-High-voltage battery systems
-Customized battery systems for commercial vehicles


Mar. 1901 Wilhelm Baier founded the Esslinger Draht und Eisenwarenfabrik. The Company starts out working on sheet metal and makes all kinds of products made by stamping, cutting and bending metal. The product range consisted of wire and ironware, bicycle parts, household goods, and later airplane parts.
1908 Moved to Stockdorf near Munich.
1974 Moved into the U.S. market with the opening of Webasto Sunroofs Inc., its first foreign subsidiary.
1986 Founded Webasto AG Fahrzeugtechnik.
Jul. 2000 Buyout of the shares held by the partner Magna in the Company's headquarters in Rochester Hills has strengthened the Company's position in the United States. The Company changed the name to Webasto Roof Systems Inc.
2004 Established a joint venture with Sumi Motherson Group in India.
2008 Opening of the new headquarters of Global Comfort Solutions (GCS) in Gilching.
2009 Acquired the convertible division of Edscha.
2010 Acquired Karmann North America.
2012 Divestment of Roof and Heating Systems to the independent operating companies: Webasto Roof & Components SE and Webasto Thermo & Comfort SE. Conversion of Webasto AG to Webasto SE (Holding).
Acquired the shares of Diavia S.r.l. in Italy from Delphi Italia Automotive Systems S.r.l.
2014 Webasto SPM acquired Gaspa Otomotiv Sogutma in Turkey.
2017 Acquired of the electronics service provider Schaidt Innovations GmbH & Co. KG, based in Wörth-Schaidt, Germany.
Jun. 2018 Announced acquisition of AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment for USD 35 million.

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