The Eberspächer Group of Companies, with headquarters in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, is a privately owned family business that is an international automotive supplier with 80 locations in 29 countries. Customers include almost all major manufacturers of passenger cars and commercial vehicles. It is one of the leading system developers and suppliers of exhaust technology, vehicle heaters and air-conditioning systems worldwide and is also involved in automotive electronics for electronic networking in the vehicles.[1][2]

Eberspächer Group
GmbH & Co.KG
IndustryAutomotive Industry
Key people
Heinrich Baumann, Martin Peters, Dr. Jörg Schernikau, Thomas Waldhier
ProductsAutomotive, climate control systems and mechanical products
Revenue€4,965.6M (2019)
Number of employees
9,928 (2019)


Master tinsmith Jakob Eberspächer founded the company in 1865, which soon specialized in metal-framed roof glazing. In 1914 the factory starts operating on the site of its present-day plant in Esslingen.[3] 1931 starts the production of mufflers and 1933 the development of vehicle heating systems. During the post-war emergency Eberspächer produces products such as prostheses, metal cases and small cookers.

Pre-heaters for the VW Beetle went in mass production 1953. In 1960 Eberspächer took over the Neunkirchen metal works in the Saarland and set up a silencer production facility there.

Development of diesel particulate filters for passenger cars begins in 1978. In the 1980s the company invested intensively in internationalisation: production facilities are established in France, Sweden and Switzerland. During the 1990s Eberspächer established further subsidiaries in South Africa, Czech Republic, the US, Brazil, England and Poland.

The electrical auxiliary heaters of the catem subsidiary went in series production in 1999.

In the 2000s the Research and Development Center in Detroit as well as the North America catalytic converter plant came on stream. The firm offered tools for electronic networking with automobile bus systems for the first time in 2008. In August 2014 Eberspächer has transferred its wholly owned subsidiary Eberspächer Electronics GmbH & Co. KG, based in Göppingen, to STAR COOPERATION Group, based in Böblingen.[4]

In 2010 the company acquired Sütrak[5] and enters the bus and coach air-conditioning market. In the same year, it took over of the Prototechnik division of Ricardo Deutschland GmbH, a firm specializing in lightweight design of exhaust systems.[6][7]

Eberspächer opened in June 2013 new Asia headquarters and production site in Shanghai/China.[8]

In September 2016 the Eberspächer Group acquired a majority stake in the Canadian company Vecture Inc. Eberspaecher Vecture Inc. offers battery management products for industrial applications, medical technology and vehicles. [9]

In 2018 Eberspaecher expanded its expertise as a vendor of thermal management systems. The automotive supplier acquired 100 percent of the shares in French company Kalori SAS. The climate control specialist based in Lyon, France, develops and produces air-conditioning and ventilation systems for commercial and special vehicles. [10]


Eberspächer Airtronic D4 and Hydronic M
Eberspächer Hydronic S3 Economy water heater with operating element EasyStart Web
Eberspächer Euro-6 exhaust system for commercial vehicles
Bus AC Solutions - roof-mounted air conditioning AC 353 4th generation
Eberspächer Automotive Controls production at Landau

Fuel Operated HeatersEdit

  • Parking Heater Systems (motor independent water- and air-heaters with power between 1 and 35 kW) for passenger cars, commercial vehicles, construction machines and boats. (link Gasoline heater)
  • Auxiliary Heaters for consumption-optimized direct injection cars (diesel or petrol) as well as electric and hybrid vehicles.
  • Technical Support by international subsidiaries and over 13,000 service partners and specialized dealers worldwide.

Electrical HeatersEdit

Eberspächer catem specializes in electrical auxiliary heaters. The PTC heater can be adapted to the requirements of any vehicle model and used as a de-central system, too; e.g. as head-space heating system in a convertible located in the headrest. Serial production of high-voltage heating systems (up to 500 V, up to 7 kW) for hybrid, electrical and fuel-cell vehicles is located in Germany (Herxheim, Pfalz).

Eberspächer PTC coolant heater 3rd Generation

Exhaust TechnologyEdit

In January 2014 Eberspächer started production at the new site in the Saxon city of Wilsdruff, Dresden. The new plant is customised especially to the production of commercial vehicle exhaust systems in accordance with the Euro 6 standard, which has been applicable for all commercial vehicles in Europe since 1 January 2014.[11]

Since the end of 2011 the company has developed and produces exhaust systems for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in Sweden.[12]

The North and South America business for commercial vehicles exhaust systems is served from the production site in Brighton, Michigan, which was enlarged in 2016. The plant is specifically designed for the production of exhaust systems that meet the strict EPA 2010 emissions standard and serves as a "center of excellence". [13]

European manufacturing capacities of exhaust systems for passenger cars were expanded in 2016 through a new plant in Romania and the construction start of a production site in Portugal.[14][15]

Air ConditioningEdit

Eberspächer Sütrak develops, manufactures and sells of a comprehensive range of climate solutions for buses with conventional as well as electric, fuel-cell or hybrid drive. The subsidiary has plants in Germany (Renningen), India and Brazil.[16] Air-conditioning systems of special-purpose vehicles are made too.

Automotive ControlsEdit

The Automotive Controls division, provides a variety of vehicle electronics applications, such as electronic control units for start-stop systems or control units for vehicle heaters. This division also develops and manufactures electronic systems such as systems for the electrical interim storage of reclaimed braking energy. The subsidiary Eberspächer Controls is a specialist for electronic controls and for switching and distributing high voltages in the vehicle. The subsidiary has its own production facility in Landau/Pfalz (Germany) and supplies automotive manufacturers. [17]

Production SitesEdit

The production sites for fuel operated heaters and electrical heaters are located in Germany, England, Poland and China, for air conditioning systems in Germany, Brazil, India and Mexico. Exhaust Technology sites are based in Germany, France, Czech Republic, England, Sweden, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Mexico, [18] Portugal, Romania, India,[19] Russia and China. Production of automotive electronics is based in Germany.[20]

Performance Indicators fiscal Year 2019 [21]Edit

  • Revenue: 4,965.6M €
  • Revenue generated abroad as a % of total revenue: 78.7%
  • Capital expenditures: 149,2M €
  • Research and development expenses: 159.7M €
  • Number of employees: 9,928


  1. ^ The Eberspächer Group
  2. ^ Florian Langenscheidt, Bernd Venohr (Hrsg.): Lexikon der deutschen Weltmarktführer. Die Königsklasse deutscher Unternehmen in Wort und Bild. Deutsche Standards Editionen, Köln 2010, ISBN 978-3-86936-221-2.
  3. ^ Innovation as a matter of tradition
  4. ^ Eberspächer Electronics under STAR COOPERATION Group's umbrella
  5. ^ Eberspächer acquires Sütrak[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Esslingen-based automotive supplier takes over Ricardo Prototechnik[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Company Overview of Ricardo Deutschland GmbH
  8. ^ New Asia headquarters in Shanghai
  9. ^ Eberspaecher Group buys big stake in Cdn. battery company
  10. ^ Eberspaecher acquires vehicle climate control specialist Kalori
  11. ^ Official start of production at the new plant in Dresden[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ German Exhaust Technology specialist becomes majority shareholder in Swenox[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Eberspäecher Triples Size of Brighton Facility to Create North American Center of Excellence
  14. ^ German group Eberspäecher opens exhaust technology factory in Western Romania
  15. ^ Grupo alemão Eberspäecher cria 120 postos de trabalho com uma fábrica em Tondela (Eberspäecher builds new exhaust technology plant in Portugal)
  16. ^ "Eberspäecher Suetrak extends activities in Brazil". Archived from the original on 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  17. ^ Neuer Standort für Fahrzeugelektronik: Einweihungsfeier Eberspäecher Controls in Landau
  18. ^ Eberspaecher to open exhaust plant in Mexico
  19. ^ Eberspaecher and Sharda team on India JV
  20. ^ Eberspächer company profile
  21. ^ Annual Report 2019

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