In April, the Brose Group and Siemens-Automobiltechnik, Regensburg, signed a cooperation agreement. Through it's know-how of planning, conversion and employee training, Siemens is to support Brose in the creation of electronic-pilot production.
Moreover, within the scope of cooperation, both companies agreed to expand the current supplier relationship - in addition to window regulators and seat adjustment motors, Siemens will now also supply Brose with electronic components in the future.
At present, Brose, a family owned company, is expanding its second largest plant in Hallstadt, near Bamberg. It will be a center of competence for the door systems business division as well as the central location for electronics. Sites for electronic development, testing, and production are scheduled to be completed by fall of 2000. The plant expansion is supported by an investment of 31 Million € for building and fixtures. It is planned to increase the number of employees in Hallstadt from the current figure of 780 to 1,100 by the year 2003.
Brose, through the creation of it's own electronics department, will complete its electronic comprehension and system competence.
Starting in 2001, production will be ideally increased by 20% due to increased demand for electronic components for window regulators, door systems, and seat adjustment systems.
The Brose-Group showed a two-digit fiscal growth 1999 (December 31):
The Group's turnover grew by 12% to almost 1.3 billion €. While the sales of the window regulator division easily surpasses last years results with 629 Mio. €, the turnover of door systems increased by 40% to 409 Mio. €, and the seat adjustment business grew by 8% to 232 Mio. €. Brose hereby occupies leading position worldwide in the production of adjustment systems for automobile windows, doors and seats, employing 5,000 workers at 15 different locations.
In the fiscal year 1998/99 (30. September) Siemens-Automobiltechnik raised its business volume by 15% to 3.3 billion €. Siemens-Automobiltechnik is represented globally in its core business of electric/electronics with 27,000 employees at over 80 locations worldwide. Some examples are: Regensburg, Toulouse (F), Inchon (ROK), Changchun (PRC), Johnson City (USA), Guadala-jara (MEX) and Salto.