Webasto SE

Company Profile




Kraillinger Strasse 5, 82131 Stockdorf, Germany

Business Overview

-The Company is the world’s leading supplier for roof systems, convertible roof systems, and parking heaters. The Company also manufactures heating, cooling, and air systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, light trucks and buses.

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

  • Sunroofs & Components, which provided 75% of the Company’s total sales in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.
  • Thermo & Comfort, which provided 16% of the Company’s total sales in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.
  • Convertibles, which provided 9% of the Company’s total sales in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017.


-The Company is family-owned.


Roof systems
-Classic roof systems
-Sun roofs
-Panorama roofs
-Polycarbonate roof systems and components
-Solar roofs
-Sliding roofs
-Spoiler roofs
-Folding roofs
-Multi Optional Roofs - flexible modular roof system
-Roofs made from lightweight materials
-Roof hatches for buses
-Ventilation roof hatches

Convertible roof systems
-Retractable hardtops
-Soft tops

Thermal and comfort systems
-Parking heaters
-Auxiliary heaters
-Electric high voltage heaters
-Bioethanol heaters
-Air and water heaters
-Independent air conditioners
-Roof-mounted air conditioners
-Parking coolers
-Integrated air conditioning units
-Refrigeration units


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.

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