Family business and traditional company - we are both and we carry ourselves in both ways. Since 1962, our heritage company from Germany's Sauerland region has become a worldwide leader in the manufacture of light alloy wheels. The reason for this: BORBET stands for perfect quality, innovative technologies and pioneering design - valuable work that has made us a sought-after partner for the automobile industry and speciality retail. We are aware that our 130 year existence only grew due to our engaged, diligent and loyal employees, who we can count on in all locations at all times. So we still see ourselves as a family. With unbounded passion for our craft, deep affinity to our roots that stretch back to 1881, and the lofty objective of always giving our best for you, our customers.
Gustav Borbet founded the BORBET company as a brass foundry in the German town of Altena in Westphalia.
Wilhelm Borbet expanded production to include aluminium sand casting.
The staff at BORBET Altena in 1949 with company head Wilhelm Borbet (second from right)
Peter Wilhelm Borbet (born 1936), Wilhelm´s son, joins his father´s company. There he attends the company´s own apprentice workshop.
After completing training as an industrial clerk (1957) and further employment in his father´s foundry, Peter Wilhelm Borbet emigrated to the USA.
Following his return, Peter Wilhelm Borbet founded a branch of the family company in the town of Hallenberg-Hesborn in Germany´s Hochsauerland region, today the company´s headquarters.
Peter Wilhelm Borbet founded the company´s headquarters in Hallenberg-Hesborn / Hochsauerland region. Production of sand, mould and later gravity die casting parts.
Starting with just five employees, he began producing coupling housing, oil pans, and rolling stamps from lightweight metal alloys through sand casting and gravity die casting.
The first big investement. An expansion of the existing production hall in Hesborn.
One of the first Dimo melting machines is delivered.
Rüdiger Borbet (born 1943), a casting engineer (RWTH Aachen, 1965-1971) and brother of Peter Wilhelm Borbet, joins the company as a management assistant.
The Borbet brothers recognise the potential of a new product class and begin to manufacture light alloy wheels for customers.
The branch in Hesborn becomes its own independent company, BORBET GmbH.
The next plant expansion, where mechanical processing comes into play.
Foundry headquarters Hallenberg-Hesborn
Addition of new painting facility and Offices.
A star is born: The legendary BORBET A Wheel is produced and becomes a global success. This classic forms the basis for business with the aftermarket. With their first very own wheel assortment, Peter Wilhelm Borbet rings in a new era in the company history. The growing worldwide demand for high-quality light alloy wheels quickly enables additional investments and acquisitions.
Acquisition of CW-Fahrzeugtechnik in Niederneuching near Munich, which today is BORBET Vertriebs GmbH.
Acquisition of Austria Aluguss in Ranshofen, Austria, which today is BORBET Austria GmbH.
Construction and operation of the first phase of a new plant in Medebach, Hochsauerland region.
Completion of the second construction phase in Medebach, Hochsauerland region.
Acquisition of Kronprinz Aluguss in Solingen, which today is BORBET Solingen.
Construction and startup of the plant BORBET Thüringen in Bad Langensalza.
Acquisition of AWI South Africa in Port Elizabeth, which today is BORBET South Africa.
The Federal Cross of Merit is awarded to Peter Wilhelm Borbet for his outstanding services.
Groundbreaking for the expansion of production facilities in Hesborn is accompanied by a complete restructure. This investment ensures the future of the Hesborn location.
Acquisition of the former ATS plant in Alabama, today BORBET Alabama.
Introduction of the FlowForming technology, which enables to increase the stability of the wheels at a constant low material use and weight.
Expansions at Bad Langensalza are complete, making BORBET Thüringen GmbH Europe´s largest production facility for light alloy wheels.
Introduction of the ExaPeel procedure
BORBET celebrated its 50-year jubilee and is labelled a "Brand of the Century" by the Deutschen Standards EDITIONEN GmbH.
BORBET is awarded with the Supplier Award from PSA Peugeot Citroen and the VW Group Award from Volkswagen AG.
Foundation and groundbreaking of the BORBET Sachsen GmbH in Kodersdorf, Saxony.
Introduction of the tampon print.
Startup of the BORBET Sachsen GmbH in Kodersdorf.
At the headquarters in Hallenberg-Hesborn the tool design and construction for the whole BORBET Group and the apprentice workshop is expanded on an area of 1,130 m².
Expansion and modernisation of the production BORBET South Africa, especially the areas painting shop, finish and a part of the mechanical handling as well as the end control and the packaging station.