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SHW Automotive GmbH
Telephone: +49 7461 1790 137
Web site: http://www.shw.de
The Company was established in 1365 making it one of the oldest industrial companies in Germany. Today, SHW is a leading automotive supplier providing products that make a substantial contribution to reducing fuel consumption and, consequently, to lowering CO2 emissions. With just over 1,300 employees, the Company generated Group sales in fiscal year 2015 of € 463.5 million.
SHW is technology leader in the manufacturing of brake discs for high-performance vehicles. In its Brake Discs business segment, the Company develops and produces monobloc ventilated cast iron brake discs as well as lightweight brake discs, so-called “composite brake discs” which consist of a combination of an iron friction ring and an aluminium pot. The Company initially manufactures brake disc blanks at its own foundry, most of which it then finishes itself. They are almost entirely used for the original equipment service business, and the remainder primarily for the automobile manufacturers’ aftermarket business.
The Company’s own foundry is located in Tuttlingen-Ludwigstal, while its brake discs are processed nearby at Neuhausen ob Eck. 2015 marked an important milestone in the internationalisation of the Brake Discs business segment. In early April 2015, the joint venture between SHW Automotive GmbH and China’s Shandong Longji Machinery Co., Ltd. launched its operational activities. This joint venture will initially produce unprocessed brake discs for the aftermarket business of the Chinese joint venture partner. In future, the joint venture is to focus on the development and production of processed monobloc ventilated brake discs for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, mainly for multinational automobile manufacturers on the Asian market. Its management is currently focusing on the ISO/TS16949 certification and on gaining customer orders from original equipment manufacturers.