History

125 YEARS OF INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE
HAS GIVEN US STRONG ROOTS.

The cornerstone for Frauenthal Automotive was laid in 2002 when the first spring plants were acquired in Austria and Germany. Further acquisitions of major European commercial vehicle suppliers followed. Today, we have over 100 years of industrial experience under our belt: this deep-rooted tradition and our forward-looking innovations have been key to our success.

Frauenthal Automotive History >>

2002

 

Ventana Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H, Vienna (now operating as FVV Frauenthal Vermögensverwaltung GmbH, Vienna) acquires the Styria Federn Group, a manufacturer of steel springs for trucks.

2003

 

Frauenthal acquires a Finnish spring factory in Billnäs from Imatra Steel (shut down in 2006).

2004

 

Frauenthal acquires the Linnemann-Schnetzer Group, European market leader in steel air tanks for braking systems. The Styria Federn Group and Linnemann Schnetzer Group merge to form the Frauenthal Automotive Components Division with a revenue of EUR 170 m. 

2007

 

Linnemann-Schnetzer Hungary, a plant of the Linnemann Schnetzer Group that manufactures air tanks, is closed. Frauenthal acquires the leading U-bolt manufacturer Pol-Necks, based in Torun, Poland, and the spring factory A.D. Fabrika Opruga Styria Gibnjara Kraljevo in Serbia.

2009

 

As a result of the crisis, it becomes necessary to sell Styria Federn GmbH, Düsseldorf, and its subsidiary Styria Gibnjara Kraljevo, Serbia. The Syria Vzmeti plant in Slovenia is mothballed in an effort to reduce capacity. The air tank and stabiliser factory, Styria Elsefrance in St. Avold, France, is shut down to cut capacity. 

2010

 

The Group successfully weathers the crisis on the strength of the tough restructuring measures taken in 2009 and the recovery in the commercial vehicle business. A year of change: with our new strategy, a new era has begun.

2012

 

The brands "Linnemann-Schnetzer", "Styria" and "Pol-Necks" merge to "Frauenthal Automotive" as of 1 July 2012. 

2012

 

Frauenthal Automotive acquires the air tank manufacturer Worthington Cylinders a.s., based in Hustopeče/Czech Republic.

2013

 

Worthington Cylinders a.s. is renamed "Frauenthal Automotive Hustopeče s.r.o." as of 1 January 2013.

2013

 

Acquisition of Sweden's metal component producer Gnotec AB with five production sites in Sweden, Slovakia and China on 13 May 2013

2014

 

Acquisition of the Swedish TermoRegulator AB on 13th October 2014.

2014

 

Sale of the spring and stabilizers plants in Austria, France and Romania to Hendrickson on 23rd December 2014.