Dr. Rainer Lehnen took over as CEO of KÜSTER Holding GmbH on May 2, 2022. He succeeded Thorsten Connemann, who left the company at his own request after 33 years.
The graduated chemist studied and earned his doctorate at the Ruhr University in Bochum.
During his 20 years in the automotive industry, he held a wide variety of management roles in product development and managed the Commercial Vehicle Business Unit at Eberspächer Exhaust Technology Division. Since 2013, he was a member of the division's management team and most recently Executive Vice President at PUREM by Eberspächer, responsible for Global Research & Development and Global Customer Service Commercial Vehicles.
We are very pleased to have gained an extremely experienced man for KÜSTER. He ideally combines a technical background with management know-how.
Küster has established a new location in Hermosillo, Mexico which includes the production of gearshift systems.
Driven by growing demand for Küster´s gearshift technologies in North America, the company is expanding its global capacity. The new production assembly line will support production of automatic gearshift systems for cars being launched in 2018.
Küster has received a major order for window regulator drives with electronics from a European automotive manufacturer.
As a result, Küster continues to expand its position in this market. Production is scheduled to start in Ehringshausen in 2017.
This year the KÜSTER group celebrates its 90th anniversary. From a small workshop this family business has grown to become an established name in the international automotive industry.
In 1926 Wilhelm Küster along with his brothers Fritz and Heinrich started up manufacturing a wire braiding and wire sack sealing machine.
They continued to expand and when Wilhelm died in 1958 he left behind a successful medium sized enterprise.
In the decades that followed his sons Klaus and Dieter Küster further developed KÜSTER into an international corporate group. In this, our anniversary year of 2016, the KÜSTER group has over 3,000 employees in 16 companies across 4 continents and is well positioned for any challenges ahead.
This award is great recognition of our excellent performance overall and places us amongst Ford`s top suppliers globally.
The Ford Motor Company has recognized the work of ECS Shanghai with its prestigious Q1 Award. This reputable Q1 award is only presented to suppliers that meet Ford’s requirements in product quality, punctual delivery, project management, customer service and satisfaction.
The basic requirement for this award is to receive certification for ISO/TS16949 quality management along with the established Ford quality operating system (QOS).
This award is a strong recognition of our excellent overall performance and it places us among Ford´s top suppliers globally.
KÜSTER has been awarded a series of contracts for the supply of window regulators to a leading German car manufacturer.
This contract is to supply one million units extending right through to 2024. European production is scheduled to start this year at our Bratislava plant.
Küster is expanding its electronics manufacturing capacity at the Ehringshausen site.
In the future, thanks to the second SMD placement line and the second ICT testing line, we will be able to manufacture electronics for up to eight million drive mechanisms per year.
This capacity expansion will also be supported by the installation of the third assembly and testing line for drives.
50 years ago, the first KÜSTER window regulator was in the VW Beetle 1200. This went into series production and laid the foundation for a great success story.
In 1978 KÜSTER started the serial production of the first electric cable window regulator in the Audi 80. Thus KÜSTER contributed decisively to the growing need for more comfort in vehicles.
In 1995 KÜSTER presented the first electronic control system for the VW Polo and paved the way for the entry into the world of mechatronics. Today electromechanical products account for nearly 70% of KÜSTER revenues.
KÜSTER has received a major order for the supply of gearshift systems from a high volume Japanese manufacturer. This contract is an important milestone in the development of mutual business.
The fast-growing division “Gearshift Systems” currently contributes approximately 38% of revenue of the KÜSTER Group.