Profile

Kiekert AG is the leader in automotive closure system technology. The success story of the company began in 1857. Today, the automotive supplier with headquarters in Heiligenhaus, Germany is the first choice among leading vehicle manufacturers throughout the world, and is present in ten countries with 6.000 employees. Around the clock, Kiekert develops, produces and sells tailor-made customer solutions in eight development and three production centers and two sales centers. Kiekert’s core product, the side-door latch, covers all functions. From time to time, this includes pioneering inventions such as the central locking system and the electro-mechanical power closure.

The special focus on product development is reflected in a modern product range in which over a third of the products are younger than three years old. In its over 150-year history, the technology company has currently developed and produced far more than 1.5 billion latches for the automotive industry. Thanks to its global presence, Kiekert has acquired a market share of around 20 percent over the years and today is the world market leader in the area of vehicle side-door latches. Kiekert is an indispensable, strategic partner for vehicle manufacturers on all continents and also a modern and reliable employer for its employees.

Total sales (2016): 870 million euro
Staff: 6.000
Year established: 1857
Patents: over 2.000
Global market share in %: 20 %
Side-door latches (yearly production) in 2016: 67 million
Market share:
No. 1 in Europe with 35% market share
No. 1 in NAFTA region with 25% market share
Leading in China with 12% market share
Customers
Numerous leading automotive manufacturers – over 60 brands worldwide
  • Global development, testing, quality and production centers
  • 80% side-door latches, 8% liftgate and secondary latches, 12% actuators
  • Modern product range: over one third of the products are younger than 3 years
  • Innovation driver: more than 2.000 patents

Dr. Karl Krause, Member of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Stephan Espelage, Member of the Board, Chief Finance Officer

Ulrich-Nicolaus Kranz, Member of the Board, Chief Strategy Officer

Jürgen Wenzel, Member of the Board, Chief Purchasing Officer

Closure systems (side-door latches, latch modules, liftgate latches) and actuators (mini actuators, power closing, sliding-door actuators) for the worldwide automotive industry