Company History of Westfalia-Automotive

  • 1844: Johann Bernard Knöbel establishes a blacksmith's shop.
  • 1932: Westfalia invents the towbar with towball.
  • 1966: With the nut system, Westfalia is the first manufacturer to offer a removable towbar.
  • 1987: Westfalia is the first manufacturer to introduce a towbar that can be removed fully automatically.
  • 1994: The European directive on towbars, EC 94/20, is passed, and Westfalia obtains the first certification (#1) that is approved under this directive.
  • 1995: Westfalia starts regular production of the first aluminium hitch in the world.
  • 1996: Westfalia wins the Aluminium award in the Netherlands
  • 1999: Foundation of Westfalia-Automotive GmbH & Co. KG (Westfalia-Werke GmbH & Co. separated by product ranges, i.e. towbars, trailers and campervans).
  • 2002: Westfalia-Automotive is the first manufacturer t0 produce the electric swivelling hitch in series.
  • 2006: Westfalia-Automotive takes over the French hitch manufactuer SIARR
  • 2007: Westfalia-Automotive takes over Swedisch hitch manufacturer Monoflex
  • 2008: Market launch of the "Portilo", the most compact bicycle carrier
  • 2009: Foundation of "Westfalia Automotive Polska Sp.z.o.o."
  • 2010: Westfalia-Automotive wins the "Best Brand"-award from the German "auto, motor und sport"-magazine for the fifth time in a row
  • 2011: Foundation of "Westfalia-Automotive Italia"
  • 2015: Market launch of the fourth generation of towbars, the Trailer Towing Assistant, integrated in the Audi Q7