150 years. Edscha moves.
150 years. Edscha moves.

Our anniversary year

150 years – such a special anniversary calls for a celebration! You can follow some of the anniversary activities here.

From the past to the future – from a small crafts enterprise to the world’s largest supplier of hinge systems – there are many moving moments in Edscha’s long history.

Our history

Edscha has been taking care of mobility for 150 years, first in the range of front and room doors, then in the range of carriages and other vehicles, and for more than 100 years also in the range of automobiles.

Company founder Eduard Scharwächter

In 1870 the German economy is experiencing an economic upswing, the so-called Wilhelminian era will later go down in the history books, in the Bergish town of Remscheid the skilled small-scale smith Eduard Scharwächter decides to found a company. His initials are still the inspiration for the later company name – Edscha.

Blacksmith’s shop in the Bergish Land

Eduard Scharwächter works on his own at first. He manufactures front-door and room-door locks. His workplace is a simple blacksmith's shop. A water wheel probably drives one or even several blacksmith’s hammers.

Edscha staff around 1900

Eduard Scharwächter is said to have been a tinkerer, who owned patents and utility models for numerous products. Consequently, he soon expands his product range to include fittings, hinges and locks for carriages, and later also for other vehicles. He no longer works alone, but hires several staff members as well as two apprentices.

Early product range

Then begins the age of the automobile. At the beginning of the 20th century it is already an integral part of the cityscape in many European metropolises. Eduard Scharwächter recognizes the new possibilities and since 1905 has also manufactured fittings and locks for automobiles in his company. Hinges are added in 1913.

Production before modernization

In 1932 Edscha secures its first major orders for the automotive industry. Edscha hinges can now be found in legendary vehicles such as the Adler Trumpf, the Hanomag Kurier and the Hanomag Sturm. Further orders are added by the same customer and lay the foundation for Edscha’s economic rise. At the same time production is also modernized in a fundamental way.

Wheelbarrow production after the Second World War

At the end of the Second World War Edscha's business also comes to a brief standstill. Automobile production and thus also production at Edscha are suspended. Edscha therefore starts a new beginning with a new product that is urgently needed for reconstruction – the wheelbarrow. By mid-1948 Edscha has sold a total of 25,000.

Hinges from the main factory again

In 1947 automobile production restarts in Germany. Edscha initially supplies the Volkswagen with hinges, further orders placed by other customers follow. The German economic miracle takes its course in the 1950s. The automotive industry also booms and Edscha grows with it.

The Edscha staff is growing

In 1950 Edscha already has 130 staff members, by 1960 the staff has grown to 710. In the course of the boom Edscha expands and modernizes its main factory in Remscheid-Hasten, and a further factory, which is the Edscha headquarters nowadays, is built at Hohenhagen in Remscheid.

Hinges and more

Edscha is increasingly transferring its knowledge from the field of hinges about how to assemble moving parts with the lowest tolerances in a durable and safe manner to other body products. That way diversification is taking place in the project, series and individual-order business, which is becoming a cornerstone of Edscha's corporate success.

Truck with sliding roof

In 1953 Edscha manufactures a first folding top for trucks. In 1969 a patent creates the basis for the production of sliding roofs for trucks and the Edscha roof cover becomes the collective term for that innovation. In 2005 Edscha sells the division of sliding-roofs for trucks.

Tractor cabs from Hengersberg

Edscha opens its third site in Hengersberg, Lower Bavaria, in 1963. There – as everywhere in the Edscha world – hinges are manufactured at first. Later on, sliding roofs for trucks and finally tractor cabs are added. In the process, Edscha develops in Hengersberg a so-called scissor roof for agricultural tractors based on the sliding roof for trucks. In 1996 Edscha sells the cabin-construction division.

Convertible pleasure with Edscha

In 1985 Edscha gets an order placed by BMW to manufacture the convertible top for the 3 Series. One year later that leads to the establishment of the convertible-roof systems division in Hengersberg. Edscha builds 30 convertible tops a day there at first, later it is up to 200 per day. By 1991 Edscha has produced a total of 100,000 convertible-top systems for various car models; in 2004 Edscha delivers its millionth convertible top. Since 2010 that division has no longer been part of Edscha.

Edscha gains a foothold in China

Since 1975 Edscha has started to follow its customers wherever they are active and has been increasingly expanding abroad. New plants are established in South Africa and Brazil, followed by new locations in Italy, Spain, France and Canada. In 1994 Edscha ventures into China and becomes one of the pioneers of the German automotive industry in the Middle Kingdom. Edscha currently has 23 sites in 15 countries.

IPO in 1999

A management buy-out of Edscha Group takes place in the spring of 1997. Just a few months later the Edscha management announces to the press that it intends to float Edscha on the stock exchange within the next years. Time has come on March 31st, 1999: Edscha shares are listed on the Official Trading of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange for the first time.

Return to the family

Four years and ten months later the listing of the Edscha share on the stock exchange ends after a financial investor has acquired the majority of Edscha shares in the previous year. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis Edscha slips into a crisis and has to file for insolvency for its European sites at the beginning of 2009. Necessary restructuring measures are initiated and the company is being kept up. In 2010 the Spanish automotive supplier Gestamp finally takes over Edscha’s body-products division. That means that Edscha is once again part of a family-run concern.

We say thank-you for 150 years

In 2020 Edscha celebrates its 150th anniversary and thanks its staff members, customers, suppliers and last but not least its owners for 150 eventful years.

What moves us

Edscha, this means over 6,000 staff members at 23 locations in 15 countries worldwide nowadays. Here they show what moves them at Edscha. You are welcome to drop by any time, we will update this section on a continuing basis.

Remscheid, Germany

The location introduces itself

Remscheid, Germany

Edscha celebrates 150 years

Remscheid, Germany

Edscha from above

Togliatti, Russia

From Russia with love

San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Inside Edscha SLP

Sorocaba, Brasil

Hinges do Brasil

Burgos, Spain

A Spanish success story

Congratulations, Edscha!

What would a big birthday like this be without well-wishers? Here you can read the words of customers, associates and friends who have contributed to Edscha’s history in the past or are contributing today.

Francisco J. Riberas
Edscha's 150th anniversary is a cause for great celebration for our entire company. Edscha has been part of the Gestamp group for 10 years now. Along these years, Edscha has been at the forefront of the automotive components industry with its firm commitment to innovation and development of new products and technologies. We are celebrating these 150 years with the challenge and enthusiasm to continue working together to produce the most innovative products to our clients, always keeping in mind the safety and comfort of car passengers.
Francisco J. Riberas
Executive Chairman of Gestamp
Arndt G. Kirchhoff
Since its foundation in Remscheid 150 years ago, Edscha has become firmly established as an innovative company in the automotive industry. For me and entire Kirchhoff Group Edscha has always been a reliable partner. I am looking forward to a continued good cooperation and I congratulate Edscha on its 150th anniversary.
Arndt G. Kirchhoff
CEO KIRCHHOFF Automotive Holding and VDA Vice President
Burkhard Mast-Weisz
Congratulations on your 150th anniversary. Edscha has shaped our city, Edscha belongs to our city. The company has an eventful and moving history for the people in our city. It has survived wars and financial crises. Having started with fittings for carriages, Edscha has become an integral part of the automotive world. I wish for all employees and our city that this will last.
Burkhard Mast-Weisz
Lord Mayor of the City of Remscheid
Richard-O. Bremicker
Success grows from tradition, diligence and courage. Edscha has made history in 150 years: The company has prepared itself for the future with energetic staff members, the preservation of historical values and the shaping of the present. Flexibility is and remains the key to success in the face of constantly changing markets and customer demands. Good luck to Edscha, and keep up the good work!
Richard-O. Bremicker
Great-grandnephew of the company founder Eduard Scharwächter and former Managing Director of Ed. Scharwächter GmbH in Remscheid
Christian Bernreiter
According to a proverb “Fortune favours the bold”. As an administrative district, we were doubly lucky to win Edscha Hengersberg over as a global player and a "Top Employer Germany Automotive". For with this attractive employer and a much sought-after training company a rapid growth phase began for us in 1963. Thank you for that and congratulations as well as good luck for the future!
Christian Bernreiter
District Administrator of the Administrative District of Deggendorf
Dr. Manfred Puhlmann
Congratulations on this great anniversary. I am proud to have been a companion of Edscha and will always feel connected to its staff!
Dr. Manfred Puhlmann
Chairman of the Management Board of Edscha AG, 2004 to 2009
Alfonso Sancha García
We congratulate Edscha for its 150th anniversary. Edscha has proven to be a reliable innovative and competitive supplier throughout the years. Our partnership has always been based on mutual trust and fairness. We wish the whole Edscha team all the best for the future and look forward to a continued relationship.
Alfonso Sancha García
Member of the Board of Management / Executive Vice-President Purchasing SEAT, S.A.
Franz Meyer
Even though not for 150 years, Edscha has been a cornerstone of the economic development of the Passau region with its Hauzenberg-Jahrdorf company location for well over three decades. I would like to congratulate Edscha on its 150th anniversary and wish the company continued success - especially for the door hinges and door checks from Hauzenberg, of course.
Franz Meyer
District Administrator of the Administrative District of Passau
Zhanying Li
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Edscha Group I wish your company continuous innovation, smooth sailing and booming performance, and I also wish for a cooperation between GWM and Edscha with pioneering and innovative concerted efforts, and continued brilliance in the future!
Zhanying Li
President of Great Wall Motors Body R&D Institute
Looking back at history is vivid; looking forward to the future full of confidence; blessing for the next 150 years of Edscha!
Lili Wang
SVW Purchasing Manager
Congratulations on 150 years of company history! I wish you continued success and look forward to the next years of partnership and cooperation.
Jörn Hasenfuß
Member of the Board of Management VW Commercial Vehicles Procurement
Andy Hou
We are very delighted to see our strategic partners growing with us. Hereby BBAC would like to extend our warmest congratulations on the 150th anniversary of the founding of Edscha, and we wish Edscha a prosperous future and greater success!
Andy Hou
BBAC Buyer
Xueli Mei
I wish the entire Edscha staff to pull together and bring the company to new success!
Xueli Mei
Changan Ford Purchasing Manager
150 years of history, 150 years of development, 150 years of timing, sincere congratulations on the 150th anniversary. Best wishes for cooperation and win-win-situations, reach the highest record!
Guan Yu, Yu LiZhu
Geely Purchasing General Manager, Geely Purchasing Director
On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Edscha Group, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations and best regards to all leaders and staff of Edscha Group. I wish Edscha Group to continue to forge ahead and create new glories, and hope that we will cooperate and work together to make greater contributions to the overall development of the automotive industry.
Zhang Zhidong
SGM Buyer
Horst Kuschetzki
What an anniversary - 150 years of company history of which I was fortunately able to actively experience and shape 10 years. Together with great colleagues and employees, approximately 3,000 new jobs were created and sales increased from approximately 350 million euros to almost 1 billion euros. I am happy to think back to this eventful time, including the IPO in 1999. I am very pleased to have been part of this great company. To many more eventful and successful years!
Horst Kuschetzki
Former Managing Director and Shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Edscha AG from 1999 to 2004

Our little artists

This is how our little artists congratulate Edscha on its anniversary. In the course of the anniversary year we will publish some particularly beautiful pictures here and award prizes to the winners of our drawing contest.

Esabella

12 years
China

Holly

4 years
China

Jiayixiao

7 years
China

Zixi

7 years
China

Yuhang

3 years
China

Haoyu

6 years
China

Valeria

11 years
Russia

Leander

3 years
Germany

Yanjin

5 years
China

Kirill

14 years
Russia

Caizhi

6 years
China

Lucy

8 years
China

Xuyi

5 years
China

Mateo

9 years
Spain

Ziqian

6 years
China

Zixun

7 years
China

Henglin

3 years
China

Junhao

5 years
China

Yuqing

5 years
China

Paul

9 years
Germany

Zaixin

14 years
China

Jimmy

8 years
China

Tiancheng

8 years
China

Nella

11 years
Czech Republic

Meilin

5 years
China

Zixun

7 years
China

Sicheng

9 years
China

Zihan

12 years
China

Owen

11 years
China

Sofya

10 years
Russia

Hannes

7 years
Germany

Diana

7 years
Germany

Shihan

8 years
China

Sarka

15 years
Czech Republic

Tilda

4 years
Germany

Molly

5 years
China

Chloe

5 years
China

Vera

5 years
Russia

Lucas

5 years
China

Lingyue

6 years
China

Natalie

7 years
China

Chenxi

5 years
China

Cloe

5 years
China

Han

10 years
China

Yingying

12 years
China

Shao-Jhih

12 years
China

Mia

12 years
Germany

Wanglong

8 years
China

Zuming

7 years
China

Sergey

11 years
Russia

Betty

15 years
China

Lia

8 years
Germany

Jinyan

3 years
China

Zaixin

14 years
China

Tianqi

10 years
China

Zheng

6 years
China

Zhixian

4 years
China

Molly

5 years
China

Yanting


China

Xingchen

13 years
China

Yuxuan

5 years
China

Valerie

2 years
China

Sebastian

11 years
Germany

Jonathan

7 years
Germany

Zhiyu

5 years
China

Minjie

4 years
China