Willi Elbe

With 70 years of experience, Willi Elbe is a well-known tier 1 supplier for steering and powertrain applications in the automotive industry. With its special knowledge of aluminum and deep understanding of steering and propeller shaft mechanics, Willi Elbe is a market leader in lightweight applications.
Willi Elbe serves a wide range of customers – with applications ranging from passenger cars to commercial vehicles and from off-road vehicles to motorcycles – all united by the principles of uncompromising quality and maximum safety.
In addition, a global network of plants situated close to customer production sites and a high level of customer understanding enable fast responses and customized solutions. A specialized aluminum plant in a Norwegian technology hub also supplies key, market-leading technology.

The challenge

Updating to a modern management structure, streamlining an overly complex value chain, creating new products for future growth.

Our approach

Form a strong management team with a common vision to work on lean processes and benchmark technologies.

Our Impact

Achieving a positive EBITDA, consolidation of two plants, first acquisitions in new product fields as the basis for future buy and build activities.

KEY FACTS

  • ~EUR 210 m revenue
  • ~900 employees
  • 6 sites
  • Seller: Elbe/Wohak

Sustainable, lightweight steering shafts

Customized aluminum steering shafts with the lowest weight at a reasonable price: By using an aluminum source based on green energy, Willi Elbe produces lightweight products with the highest level of safety, providing our customers with longer battery range and lower CO2 emissions ¬– that is technology leadership by Willi Elbe.

Heavy-duty steel applications

Willi Elbe offers heavy-duty steel applications for steering shafts and steering columns that must withstand higher forces. Here as well, we minimize weight and add special customer features, such as an advanced “adjustment field” for our commercial vehicle steering column applications.

Prop shafts for special applications

Whenever a customer needs something special in high quantity and without sacrificing quality, Willi Elbe delivers just the right solution. Whether it’s a 4-wheel drive or a motorcycle – the company’s shaft design expertise can also be applied to large cardan shaft solutions.

Our Impact

15
EUR million increase in sales from 2019 to 2022
500
EUR million booked business in 2023
14
External PPM average
2
successful relocations of production sites
2024
new headquarter in Tamm
»Willi Elbe is a strong and reliable partner to premium OEMs worldwide. We are continuously developing our products to meet the demand for lightweight solutions with a reduced CO2 footprint for our customers, so that cars will continue to travel safely on our roads for the next 20 years.«

Lukas Krahé

Director