May 2017

Gnotec opens new top modern press hall in Čadca, Slovakia›

During 2016 the Gnotec group has been awarded new businesses to an annual value of 36 M€ from major OEM and Tier1 customers. The current turnover of 110 M€ is expected to increase by 50% to 2020. The growth is especially strong in Slovakia and China.

April 2017

New powertrain product group›

Following completion of the acquisition of Mahle Motorenkomponenten GmbH, the company’s two German forging technology plants now form Frauenthal Automotive’s new powertrain product group. 

January 2017

MAHLE sells its forging activities to Frauenthal›

Stuttgart/Vienna, January 30, 2017 – The MAHLE Group is selling its forging activities – MAHLE Motorkomponenten GmbH – to the Austrian Frauenthal Group. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the volume of the transaction, which is still subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.

August 2016

Frauenthal Automotive at IAA Commercial Vehicle Exhibition›

Once more Frauenthal Automotive is represented at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Exhibition 2016. We look forward to your visit!

May 2016

Aftermarket: Onlineshop for airtanks›

New distribution channels on the Internet: Under the brand Linnemann-Schnetzer sells Frauenthal Automotive airtanks to individual customers.

April 2016

Air tanks: 5-year contract with Daimler›

Sites in Elterlein and Hustopeče provide total demand of steel and air-tanks in Western Europe for Daimler.

January 2016

New component: wheel bolt›

The wheel bolt, developed in our Polish plant, is being produced already in series.

September 2015

New state-of-the-art powder coating technology›

Frauenthal Automotive installs new state-of-the-art powder coating technology in Elterlein.

August 2015

First sales and engineering office in Brazil›

With its Swedish business unit Gnotec, Frauenthal Automotive recently opened a sales and engineering office in Curitiba in the south of Brazil. Start of production is planned in 2016.

July 2015

New Product Development: Buffer tank serves as silencer›

The component was developed on site and attenuates noise in trucks and Volvos. More new developments are in the pipeline.

June 2015

Million Investment in Elterlein›

Frauenthal Automotive invests around MEUR 4 in the German Air Tank production plant in Elterlein and hires 36 new employees.

April 2015

China: New order for passenger car by Geely & Volvo Cars›

The Gnotec site in China bags a delightful new order with an annual volume of EUR 8 million.

March 2015

Graduation Ceremony of the Frauenthal Leadership & Learning Program›

The graduation ceremony for participants of the Frauenthal Leadership & Learning Program (FLLP for short) was held on March 4 in Vienna.

January 2015

Frauenthal closes sale of the majority of the 'leaf springs and stabilisers' business›

On 23 December 2014 Frauenthal successfully closed the sale of a large part of its 'leaf springs and stabilisers' business (part of Frauenthal Automotive) to TBC Netherlands.  

October 2014

Frauenthal Automotive extends presence in Sweden with Gnotec’s acquisition of TermoRegulator AB›

With effect from 13th October 2014 Gnotec, part of the Frauenthal Automotive Division, will acquire a 100% interest in sheet metal parts producer TermoRegulator, based in Motala, Sweden.

September 2014


Frauenthal Automotive is extending the production area in the German air tank plant in Elterlein. The cornerstone laying ceremony for the establishment of the new production hall took place on 11 August 2014.

July 2014


At the forthcoming 65thIAA Commercial Vehicles from 25 September to 2 October 2014 in Hannover Frauenthal Automotive will – like in the past – also be present. We look forward to seeing you there.

June 2014


FRAUENTHAL Holding: Majority sale of the leaf springs and stabilisers business, a part of the FRAUENTHAL Automotive segment to TBC Netherlands, an affiliate of Hendrickson Ventures Corporation

May 2014

Graduation from High Potential Training Course›

At Frauenthal Automotive, this special development course promotes employees who have no leadership experience under their belt but come with a high potential in specialised and project management. Participants have now graduated from the internal High-Potential Program.

April 2014

Innovative logistics concepts: The pull-flow principle at Frauenthal Automotive›

As strategic partner to the commercial vehicle industry, Frauenthal Automotive offers innovative logistic concepts. One of these is the pull-flow principle, which has been successfully applied over a period of more than one and a half years at the Châtenois spring factory for a European truck manufacturer.

March 2014

Continuous improvement in Elterlein: Preparing the expansion of air tank production for EURO 6 Trucks›

A new project within the lean drive of Frauenthal Automotive is currently underway in the German air tank factory in Elterlein, aiming to optimise the production of the new EURO 6 compressed air tank generation. The focus is on efficient material flow and improving customer satisfaction.

January 2014

Strengthening management capacities: Internal development programme for managers›

From 14 to 16 January 2014, the Czech operation of Frauenthal Automotive in Hustopeče hosted the international development programme for Frauenthal Group managers.

December 2013

Frauenthal Automotive wishes a Merry Christmas 2013›

Spatial extension of Gnotec in Slovakia

December 2013

Cadca Opening Ceremony›

Cadca Opening Ceremony

November 2013

Innovative Products:
Dual chamber air reservoir poised to launch into serial delivery›

The dual chamber air reservoir developed by Frauenthal Automotive brings customers significant savings in terms of space, weight, and costs. In-vehicle testing is currently ongoing. The first serial deliveries of this innovative component are planned for 2014.

September 2013

Production launch in China:
Major order from Volvo Car

Frauenthal Automotive is moving into the Chinese market with Gnotec AB, which it acquired in May 2013: Due to a major order from Volvo Car Corporation, production in Frauenthal's own plant in East China is slated to begin in autumn. Frauenthal Automotive will thus have over 14 production plants in ten countries on two continents.

August 2013

High development competence:
Plastic springs with significant weight advantage›

Frauenthal Automotive is developing a plastic spring: Due to the Euro 6 regulations, lower weight springs are needed. The significantly lighter plastic spring offers an alternative to the steel spring. Testing will soon begin.

June 2013

Expanding market leadership:
Swedish metal components producer acquired

The Swedish company Gnotec, manufacturer of pressed, punched, and welded parts, has been part of the Frauenthal Automotive Group since May. The company posted sales of EUR 80 m in 2012 with a staff of 400 employees. Currently, the Frauenthal Automotive Group has more than 13 production sites in 9 European countries and one subsidiary in China.

April 2013

The development of technology leadership:
Material research laboratory opens in Châtenois ›

Frauenthal Automotive opened the new, ultra-modern material research laboratory in March 2013.  It is located in the Centre of Competence for flat springs in the French production site, Châtenois. With it, the company is consistently building its development capacity and reinforcing its technology leadership.

November 2012

Frauenthal Automotive in next expansion move›

Frauenthal Automotive has reached an agreement with Worthington Cylinders GmbH, Kienberg, Austria on all commercial and legal aspects of the full acquisition of the company’s Czech operations. The transaction was completed on October 31st, 2012.

October 2012

Expansion of production in Romanian spring factory: Doubling of production capacity to 25,000 tonnes›

On 25 October, the production hall in the Romanian city of Sibiu was ceremoniously inaugurated after being expanded over a two-year period. The annual production capacity for springs has thus been doubled to 25,000 tonnes.

September 2012

Frauenthal Automotive Highlights at the IAA 2012›

An autograph session with current Truck Race Champion Jochen Hahn, an iPad2 raffle and a get-together with music, drinks and & snacks – these are some of the highlights for Frauenthal Automotive visitors alongside the presentation of the new corporate identity and the product groups springs, air tanks, stabilisers and U-bolts at the IAA.

August 2012

Frauenthal Automotive is Iveco's exclusive supplier of EURO VI air tanks›

Together with Iveco, Frauenthal Automotive has developed head-fixed air tanks for the forthcoming EURO VI trucks.

July 2012

Frauenthal Automotive ›

Since 1 July 2012, all plants have been operating under the name "Frauenthal Automotive". The "Styria" brand for steel springs and stabilisers, the "Linnemann Schnetzer" brand for air tanks and "Pol-Necks" for U-bolts are now united under one brand. 

June 2012

Frauenthal Automotive at IAA›

Frauenthal Automotive will again be exhibiting at the 64th IAA Commercial Vehicles from 20 to 27 September 2012 in Hannover. We look forward to your visit. 

April 2012

Iveco contract leverages start into the front spring segment›

Frauenthal Automotive is development partner and exclusive front spring supplier for "Iveco Daily Truck". By landing this contract, the company was able to gain a foothold in the front spring segment for light commercial vehicles. 

December 2011

Toruń plant named Polish Fair Play company›

Following an extensive, external review, the Frauenthal Automotive plant in Toruń was recognised as a Polish Fair Play Business and now officially has the status of a reputable, trustworthy business partner and reliable employer. 

November 2011

Silver Feather for employee magazine of Frauenthal Automotive›

Frauenthal News, the Frauenthal Automotive magazine for employees was awarded the "Silver Feather" as third-best employee news publication in 2011. 

October 2011

Ford Q1 Award for Romanian Frauenthal Automotive plant›

The Frauenthal Automotive site in Sibiu, Romania, has won the Ford Q1 Award. This distinction is presented to suppliers that meet Ford's high requirement standards. 

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