Current Business Development
In Germany roof systems are made in Utting (Ammersee) and in Schierling near Regensburg. In Neubrandenburg you can find the world's largest production site for thermal systems. The convertible business unit,
Webasto-Edscha Cabrio, produces at the sites in Hengersberg and Regensburg.
The company founded its first international site back in 1974 in the USA near Detroit. The first Asian subsidiary with production plant was opened in 1978 in Japan (Hiroshima). Webasto is active in Korea through the joint venture Webasto Donghee since 1988. The market leader for roof systems has been active on China's growth market since 2001 – and now has five production sites. The European production sites can be found in France, Italy, Great Britain, Rumania, Slovakia, the Netherlands and Portugal.
Original Equipment & Aftermarket Consumer Goods
Besides having a long tradition in both passenger and commercial vehicles, Webasto is now active in the segments for recreational, marine and special vehicles as well. The know-how acquired in the automotive industry is specifically targeted to other types of vehicles. One example are movable roof systems for the marine sector. Thanks to this approach Webasto has been developing innovative products and is constantly opening up new fields for growth for the past 100 years or more.
Innovations & Technological Leadership
Webasto also takes the lead when it comes to using new materials. The company set up its own plastic competence centre in Schierling near Regensburg in 2003. Innovative roof elements of polycarbonate have been produced there since 2007. Webasto commissioned the second production line for polycarbonate components in October 2009 and thus underlined its determination to become the technological leader on this field. Because one of the biggest challenges facing the automotive industry at present is to reduce the fuel consumption of vehicles. This is why the topic of lightweight design and the use of materials such as polycarbonate will become increasingly important.
In October 2010 Webasto presented the next generation of parking heaters for cars: Thermo Top Evo. The new heaters are the lightest in their class, weighing significantly less than their predecessors, and use very little fuel.