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50 years of Eissmann Group Automotive

1964 to 2014 – Eissmann Group Automotive is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

In the space of 50 years, the small, Swabian family-run company has developed into a globally-operating corporation with modern management and process structures and a presence on three continents. Eissmann used to be known as a supplier of high-quality leather trim for vehicle interiors, and has now become a competent development and value-adding partner for the automotive industry with its headquarters in Bad Urach. As one of the leading international manufacturers of high-end shifter modules, trim components and complete automotive interiors, we work in partnership with virtually all the well-known manufacturers in the automotive industry. The group of companies is anticipating a turnover of 330 million euros for the 2014 financial year.

 "The automotive market has been changing incessantly over the past 50 years. But our mission remains the same:  we constantly strive to achieve optimum quality and total customer satisfaction", explains Jürgen Eißmann, the founder of Eissmann Group Automotive. "Our success is based on our feel for innovation and our eye for detail. In addition, all parts of the Group adhere to the same high standards in respect of  expertise, continuity and reliability."

Our company history dates back to 1964, when it was established with a workshop and garage at the Eißmann family's home in Seeburg. At that time the company was mainly producing wheel trims for the VW Beetle, a retro-fit self-build kit for a sports car based on the Karmann Ghia, plus engine compartment and trunk lights. Towards the end of the 1960s we started producing aftermarket gearshift levers. As long ago as 1978 Eissmann received its first volume production contract for leather gear knobs, followed in 1989 by a contract to supply a first full interior for the Audi Coupe Urquattro. The company moved in the 1990s to Münsinger Straße in Bad Urach, and after this time other branches were established both in Germany and overseas. Eissmann now operates 13 sites around the world at which it employs a total of 4,200 people. This enables the company to keep both transportation routes and response times short. In a few weeks' time Eissmann will be opening another new plant in Port Huron, Michigan, USA. There are also plans to open a new site in the Greater Beijing region. The Group is working there in partnership with the joint venture company Gearchief Eissmann, and this will be the company's third site in the Chinese market.

With the benefit of hindsight, Eissmann Group Automotive owes its 50 years of existence not only to its cooperative relationships with partners and the trust its customers have placed in it, but above all to the huge dedication of its employees.