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ElringKlinger can look back on over 135 years of company history. Over time, a lot has happened: Our product portfolio expanded, new locations were established and other companies were taken over. Take a look at our history.

2015

July 2015

Acquisition of additional three per cent of the shares of ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH (now 77.5 percent). 

February 2015

ElringKlinger acquires US automotive supplier M&W Manufacturing Co., Michigan, thus strengthening its position in the North American – and global – market for control plates used in automatic transmissions.

2014

October 2014

ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH acquires all interests in Polytetra GmbH. Among the core competencies of the plastics specialist from Mönchengladbach are its processing capabilities with regard to fluoropolymers and classic high-performance plastics.

July 2014
  • ElringKlinger opens a new plant built in Gumi, South Korea on a site spanning 26,000 square meters; its focus is on the production of cylinder-head and specialty gaskets, shielding systems and lightweight plastic components.
  • history-new-enerday.jpgAdditional fuel cell expertise: ElringKlinger AG acquires a 75 percent stake in new enerday GmbH, based in Neubrandenburg/Germany. The twelve-strong team develops and produces solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with an output of 350 to 750 W; using natural gas, LPG, bioethanol or diesel, they are capable to generating electricity for applications such as house boats or recreational vehicles.
June 2014

Clear commitment to Bietigheim-Bissingen: ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik GmbH (EKT) extends its HQ to include additional production space and new offices as well as conference and staff rooms. 

May 2014

history-suzhou.jpgConstruction work commences on a new plant operated by ElringKlinger China Ltd. (EKCI) in Suzhou. The new site is three times bigger than before – at around 67,000 square meters – and underlines the importance of the Asian market to ElringKlinger.

2013

  • The Japanese joint venture ElringKlinger Marusan Corporation is to be fully consolidated effective from December 31, 2013.
  • Acquisition of an additional interest in the exhaust gas purification specialist Hug Engineering AG. ElringKlinger now holds a 93.67% interest in the Swiss subsidiary.
  • ElringKlinger acquires the remaining 10% interest in Elring Parts Ltd., United Kingdom, thus becoming the sole owner of this company, which operates in the aftermarket sector.
  • Founding of ElringKlinger (Thailand) Co., Ltd., situated in Bangkok, Thailand. The company is a 100% subsidiary of ElringKlinger Marusan Corporation and will act as a distribution company in the first instance.
  • ElringKlinger transacts the full acquisition o the South Korean joint venture ElringKlinger Korea. Co., Ltd. and built a new state-of-the-art production facility at the new site in Gumi, which operates since 2014.
  • history-hummel.jpgTooling specialist Hummel-Formen GmbH, Lenningen, which was acquired by ElringKlinger in 2011, is merged into ElringKlinger AG. Since then, the Lenningen site has been managed as a plant of ElringKlinger AG.
  • ElringKlinger acquires the South African subsidiary to 100%.

2012

  • PT. ElringKlinger Indonesia, a newly formed company in Indonesia, starts its operations.
  • ElringKlinger acquires metal housings manufacturer Thawa GmbH, based in Thale, Saxony-Anhalt. The entity was merged into ElringKlinger AG. The site Thale is operating within the field of exhaust gas purification and manufactures housings for diesel particulate filters and catalytic converters.

2011

  • ElringKlinger AG has closed the transaction relating to the acquisition of the Static Flat Gaskets business from Freudenberg Group, Weinheim, Germany.
  • Acquisition of a 90% interest in mold and tool maker Hummel-Formen, Lenningen/Germany, effective from October 1, 2011.
  • history-hug.jpgClosing of takeover of a 66.7% interest in the Swiss exhaust treatment specialist Hug Group.

2010

history-zellkontaktiersystem.jpgFirst contract for series production of cell contact systems used in lithium-ion batteries.

2009

ElringKlinger AG promoted to MDAX.

2008

Acquisition of Sevex AG based in Sevelen, Switzerland, and its subsidiaries in the USA and China.

history-ranjangaon.jpgOfficial inauguration of Indian ElringKlinger factory in Ranjangaon (near Pune)

100% takeover of Spanish subsidiaries ElringKlinger, S.A. and ElringKlinger Sealing Systems, S.L., merger with ElringKlinger, S.A.

Start of ElringKlinger Engineered Plastics (Qingdao) Commercial Co., Ltd. in Qingdao, China.

2004

Founding of a development and distribution company in Japan, (ElringKlinger Marusan Corporation, Tokyo).

2003

Inclusion of ElringKlinger AG in SDAX.

2002

  • Registered shares in ElringKlinger AG traded in Frankfurt and Stuttgart.
  • Founding of ElringKlinger Logistic Service GmbH, Rottenburg am Neckar.

2001

Founding of a further subsidiary at the Spanish site of Reus (Tarragona): ElringKlinger Sealing Systems, SL.

2000

  • history-ag.jpgMerger of Elring Klinger GmbH with parent company ZWL Grundbesitz- und Beteiligungs-AG and renaming as ElringKlinger AG.
  • Purchase of gasket manufacturer Versatech Sealing Systems, Inc., Leamington/Ontario, Canada, (ElringKlinger Canada Inc.).

1998

Founding of Klinger Automotive Ltd. in Skelton/GB, ElringKlinger (United Kingdom) Ltd.

1997

  • Elastomer Technology/Modules division established.
  • US factory opened in Livonia (near Detroit), USA (ElringKlinger of North America Inc.).
  • New plant built and inaugurated in Toluca, Mexico (ElringKlinger Mexico S.A. de C.V.).
  • Founding of ElringKlinger Motortechnik GmbH, Idstein.
  • Founding of ElringKlinger S.p.A, Mazzo di Rho (near Milan), Italy.
  • New plant built and inaugurated in Redcar: ElringKlinger (UK) Ltd, United Kingdom.
  • ElringKlinger do Brasil Ltda. opened in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

1996

history-kunststofftechnik.jpgFounding of Elring Kunststoff-Technik GmbH, Bietigheim, from former plastics technology unit.

1994

Elring GmbH merges with Automotive Division of Richard Klinger GmbH to form ElringKlinger GmbH.

1993

  • Founding of a joint venture, Changchun Elring Gaskets Co. Ltd. in China.
  • Establishment of Thermal and Acoustic Shielding Systems division.

1990

Founding of a joint venture, Jeil Elring Co. Ltd. in Changwon/South Korea

1983

Elring sets up a joint venture, Elring Gaskets (PTY) Ltd. in Johannesburg, RSA

1971

Elring acquires shares in the company Guma S.A. in Spain, now ElringKlinger S.A.

1964

  • Production and distribution of Lechler gaskets consolidated within Lechler Elring Dichtungswerke KG.
  • Elring production and development moves from Stuttgart/Bad Cannstatt to Dettingen/Erms.

1930

history-klinger-zylinderkopfdichtungen.jpgThe first Klinger cylinder-head gaskets are produced.

1924

The first Lechler cylinder-head gaskets are produced.

1914

Lechler starts manufacturing gaskets in Stuttgart.

1900

Lechler OHG sells the first gaskets to the automotive industry at the turn of the century.

1885

Richard Klinger establishes an engineering office in Vienna.

1879

history-handelshaus.jpgPaul Lechler establishes a merchandising business in Stuttgart for technical products and gaskets (origin of the future Elring GmbH).