• New market presence as Thyssenkrupp Automotive Body Solutions
  • Assembly lines plus production of bodies and components
  • Competitiveness increased in past fiscal year by restructuring and integration

Thyssennkrupp has launched a new Automotive Body Solutions business unit, specialising in body assembly and production of lightweight components.

The new unit was created by splitting up of the System Engineering business unit which previously combined the supplier’s various automotive engineering businesses.

CEO Falk Nuessle said: “As an independent bodymaker we can take a more entrepreneurial approach and respond more quickly to market requirements. We are combining our know-how in conventional assembly line construction with our expertise in the production of body components to offer our
customers tailored and proven solutions for all aspects of body production from a single source.”

The company said it was positioning itself as the “go-to partner for automotive body requirements”.

Its expertise includes development, prototyping, tooling and line construction plus in-house body parts production. Over recent months, the organisation and processes have been fully integrated.

In its new structure the company has five development and production locations in Germany and a further six in other countries.

Assembly lines for tooling, prototyping and bodymaking are developed and produced in Lockweiler (Saarland) and Burghaun (Hesse) while sites in Heilbronn, Muehlacker and Weinsberg (Baden-Wuerttemberg) develop and produce lightweight vehicle bodies.

Thyssennkrupp Automotive Body Solutions currently employs 2,300 people worldwide with around 2,000 based in Germany.

“The last fiscal year was all about restructuring and reorganising the business. We have become more competitive and achieved greater flexibility in project business. Now we are looking to the future with confidence. Our order books are full and we are also benefiting from the trend toward e-mobility, winning several promising projects for e-vehicles in recent months,” added Nuessle.

Current OEM customers include Mercedes-AMG, BMW, Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Aston Martin and Tesla.

The newly formed Automotive Body Solutions business unit is part of Thyssennkrupp Automotive Technology, the automotive supply and service segment of the Thyssennkrupp group.

In the last fiscal year this segment generated sales of EUR4.1bn.