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HistorieSTAGES OF A TURBULENT SUCCESS STORY

When he was just 15 years old, Albert Weber knew what he wanted to be: An entrepreneur. He had no doubt that he did not want to take over his father's farm. Weber, a visionary but mostly a doer, kept his word. And he founded his own company shortly after completing an apprenticeship. A turbulent success story took its course, which led Weber to the top of the global vehicle supplier industry. This is a story with many vital encounters, and exciting, splendid moments, and a story which his sons Christian and Daniel Weber will now continue to write. Here are the most important Weber Automotive milestones:


1969

Albert Weber goes into business with a used lathe in his father's hen house. Soon, he is producing complex turned parts for MTU and ZF Friedrichshafen. With that, a resounding success story takes its course.


1976

Albert Weber takes over Kyburz KG, where he was once a trainee. At just 26 years old, he is now the head of a company with a total of 45 employees. Within half a year, Weber takes the company out of the red; in the first seven years under Weber's leadership, the company triples its production volume. Now, orders are also being received from machine builders such as Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, large suppliers such as Schaeffler and automakers such as BMW, Porsche, Daimler and others.


1987

Weber takes over Schramme GmbH, a competitor in the immediate vicinity. This acquisition includes production areas and buildings, means of production, customers and, of course, employees. As a result, Weber Automotive employs approximately 100 specialists and continues to expand production capacity.


1996

The company Jung in Neuenbürg is twice as large as Weber Automotive and a fierce competitor. Despite this, the company experiences turbulence in the market. When Jung goes up for sale, Weber buys the company. In part, it does so to expand the product range in the area of drive components. This acquisition also marks the beginning of the international expansion of our company. In 1996, Weber Automotive employs approximately 300 employees at four locations in Germany, Hungary and Charleston, USA. All signs continue to point to growth.


1999

Starting in 1997, a new technology centre is established at the Markdorf location – state-of-the-art industrial architecture with concrete, steel and lots of glass. Development and production areas are housed in the buildings, which have a floor space of approximately 40,000 square metres. In late 1998, the company moves in with its employees and machines.


2005

Daniel Weber takes over management of the Weber Automotive plant in Charleston in the southeastern US. His responsibility: To build and expand the (yet) small location, to find employees and to acquire new customers. The 25-year old lands a large-scale order from GM for the production of 3.2 million crankshafts. And Cummins, the largest global manufacturer of diesel engines for commercial vehicles, places an order with Weber for the machining of engine blocks and cylinder heads.


2006

Over a research period of ten years, Weber subsidiary Fibertech develops the E-LFT procedure, which is now patent-protected. This procedure deals with the industrial production of lightweight components made of fibre composite materials for body structures. In 2006, the company begins series production.


2010

Once again, there is a global economic crisis and many competitors are struggling. In spite of this, Weber Automotive continues to grow. In 2008, Görtz & Schiele declares bankruptcy and relinquishes its US plant in Auburn Hills in northern Detroit. Weber takes over this plant, strengthening the US location.


2014

Weber Automotive opens a new plant in Bernau, a suburb of Berlin. Engine blocks and other engine and drive parts are machined at the Brandenburg location on behalf of various manufacturers and suppliers.


2015

The plant in Neuenbürg is growing. By 2018, the production floor space will have tripled, and 150 new jobs will have been created. Large-scale orders from Daimler, Porsche and VW make it necessary to further increase capacity, although a new building has just been purchased recently. Weber invests tens of millions of euros in this.


2015

Weber Automotive take over SaarOTEC in December 2015. SaarOTEC is one of the TOP10 supplier for the complete processing of engine blocks.


2016

Weber Automotive sets course for the future: Ardian acquire a majority stake in Weber Automotive and invests in the future growth together with the founding familiy

2017

Weber Automotive has succeeded in completing the next important step of its international growth strategy by acquiring Schaeffer Motorenelemente in Magdeburg, Germany in 2017.