The history of our company : It all began in 1916

It all began with a spring! As an innovative lightweight specialist in high-strength spring components and related products, we are now proud to serve satisfied customers around the world. Our employees and their ideas are at the heart of this success.

Company foundation in 1916 :

Unternehmensgründung im Jahr 1916

August 1, 1916

Foundation of Josef Muhr, Attendorn

The First World War is still raging when Josef Muhr senior leases the “Funkes Fabrik“ building on Spindelsburggraben street in Attendorn, Germany. There he founds the company Josef Muhr, Attendorn, together with his son, Josef Muhr junior. The rent for the 100 square meters of factory space costs 230 marks a year.

 

1931 - 1980 :

Logo Historie

1931

Establishment of the trademark

This is the year the company’s products begin to carry its own trademark – awarded by the State Patent Office in Berlin, Germany. It’s now official, and the company wants to broadcast it: the name MUBEA is comprised of the first letters of the two owners’ surnames, MU(hr) and BE(nder), plus the first initial of the location of the company headquarters, A(ttendorn).

1960 Produktionshalle Daaden

1960

The subsidiary plant in Daaden, Germany, goes into operation

Germany’s economic miracle continues at full speed. There are consequences for the labor market: in Attendorn, even Mubea is hit by a shortage of labor. Josef Muhr seeks a solution and establishes himself in the nearby iron ore mining region of Siegerland. It’s a very successful venture: to begin with, 25 men and women at the new location in Daaden open a new chapter in the company’s success story, which is still only just beginning.

Der erste Mubea Rohrstabilisator

1980

The first tubular stabilizer bar

The Porsche 928 uses a tubular stabilizer bar for the first time on both axles – a lightweight innovation from Mubea with a weight reduction of 40 percent. More innovations follow as the years go by: post-vulcanized rubber bearings, tubes with variable wall thicknesses and even lower weight, as well as the in house production of tubes and stabilizer bar links. Today, Mubea is a systems supplier for stabilizer bars and is currently developing adaptive systems for this functional group.

1981 - 1994 :

Der erste Standort in den USA

1981

The American adventure begins in Florence

Every US state that does not border on an ocean or a Midwestern state is said to be in the “heartland” of the United States. And this is where the story of Mubea in the “land of opportunity” begins – in the small city of Florence in the US state of Kentucky. At only around 400 kilometers from the center of the American automotive industry, it’s a dream come true for Dr. Karl-Heinz Muhr.

Die Mubea Side Load Feder

1989

The side load spring is granted a patent

In the late 1980s, the Volkswagen Group has a problem with its Audi Quattro, Golf, and Passat models. But Muhr und Bender has the answer: the so-called axially offset spring, which solves the transverse force problem in the MacPherson strut. The approval of the component by VW coincides with its publication by the German Patent Office. 

Dr. Thomas Muhr wird Mitglied der Geschäftsführung

1994

Dr. Thomas Muhr joins the Managing Board

After two years at BMW in Munich, Germany, Dr. Thomas Muhr returns to Attendorn. He finds taking over the technical management of the Attendorn plant a shock to the system. He perseveres and, taking a sensitive approach toward Dr. Karl-Heinz Muhr, he makes changes to many areas of his father’s business. Muhr senior is more than satisfied – with the new developments and with his son.

Mubea time travel :

1996 - 2004 :

Einweihung des Zweigwerks Žebrák

1996

Opening of the subsidiary plant in Žebrák, Czech Republic

In the autumn of 1994, Muhr und Bender founds a subsidiary in the Czech Republic and purchases a plot of land in Žebrák covering 110,000 square meters. The factory opens in October 1996 with an initial workforce of 30 employees, and the first belt tensioners leave the plant in November – it all happens very quickly.

TRB-Einweihung in Attendorn

2004

Opening of the Tailor Rolled Blanks (TRB) plant

In the summer of 2004, Mubea reaches a new milestone in its corporate history with the opening of its first TRB cold rolling mill in Attendorn. In the late 1990s, Dr. Karl-Heinz Muhr had already predicted Mubea was on the verge of a major development with the flexible rolling of Tailor Rolled Blanks. He was right.

Gründung des Mubea-Standortes in Taicang

2004

Establishment of the location in Taicang, China

With the foundation of Mubea Automotive Components Taicang Co. Ltd., Mubea’s international expansion also reaches the emerging market of China. The location is one hour’s drive from Shanghai. The news is particularly well received by customers in Japan and Korea, whose business is won thanks to collaboration with cooperation partners in Asia.

2010 - 2018 :

Übernahme der Carbo Tech

2010

Mubea takes over Austrian firm Carbo Tech

The Mubea Group expands with the majority acquisition of Carbo Tech’s product portfolio of lightweight technologies. A particular highlight: the world’s first carbon fiber composite (CFRP) monocoque to be produced in series. And the customer? No less than the illustrious McLaren.

2015 Einführung der Mubea Performance Wheels

2015

IAA debut of Mubea Performance Wheels (MPW)

The Mubea team has done a great job: in a world premiere, the company presents a range of lightweight wheels made of CFRP and aluminum. A completely new casting process is deployed to make use of the light alloy. It combines the weight and strength advantages of the forging process with the design freedom provided by the casting process.

2018 Die Mubea GFK-Blattzugfeder

2018

There’s no end to the possibilities of lightweight – GFRP leaf tension springs from Mubea

Mubea delivers its first leaf tension springs produced in series from glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP). Thanks to this new material and a revolutionary design, the product combines a clear improvement in comfort with a weight saving of up to 50 kg compared with conventional leaf springs made of steel.

2020 – our story continues :

2019 Unsere Geschichte geht weiter

2020

Continue the success story

What began with twelve employees in 1916 has developed over 100 years into an international company with a workforce of more than 14,300 at 45 locations in 20 countries. With our achievements as a foundation and a never-ending stream of ideas for innovations and improvements, we are continuing to write our success story together with our employees and customers.

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