ElringKlinger AG

Products & Innovations

New product solutions contribute to CO2 reduction and pave the way for "green mobility" of the future

ElringKlinger has fully embraced one of the megatrends currently driving the automotive industry: emissions reduction. The majority of products in the portfolio contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxides, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, or soot particulates - either through new lightweighting concepts, the continued optimization of cumbustion engines by means of downsizing or alternative drive technologies.  

With new legislation being introduced around the globe, manufacturers have no choice but to deliver substantial reductions in CO2 emissions. Drawing on its innovative technologies, ElringKlinger can help to meet these challenging standards. More information about the emission reduction potential of our products can be found under Products and Technologies. 

Research and development forms the basis for a strong culture of innovation

ElringKlinger’s corporate philosophy is all about being close to the customer, spotting trends early, and actively helping to shape innovation. The company has invested some 5 % of its revenue in research and development in recent years, a relatively large amount compared to the industry as a whole. These funds underpin the strong competitive position enjoyed by the ElringKlinger Group.

Focus on research and development

R&D costs (including capitalized development costs) amounted to EUR 82.1 million in the 2021 financial year (2020: EUR 76.1 million). This equates to an R&D ratio of 5.1% (2020: 5.1%), which is thus within the target range of around 5 – 6% (including capitalized development costs). Out of this total, the amount capitalized was EUR 17.2 million (2020: EUR 12.4 million), giving a capitalization ratio of 21.0% (2020: 16.2%). Amortization and impairment losses of capitalized development costs amounted to EUR 4.2 million in the year under review (2020: EUR 12.8 million). 

ElringKlinger always seeks legal protection for new developments on both a product and a process level. The centralized patent department is tasked with protecting the company’s technological expertise and intellectual property rights. In 2021, it applied for a total of 105 (2020: 86) new patents, particularly in the strategic fields of the future. ElringKlinger has largely centralized its R&D operations to prevent technology transfer and a “brain drain.” These development activities are mainly concentrated at the Original Equipment and Engineered Plastics sites in Germany and at the US sites in the Detroit area and Michigan. All the company’s other sites largely handle comparably minor development tasks and adjustments.