Production in Ludwigsburg

Getrag History

From family business to global automotive supplier

From a Swabian family business to a globally-operating automotive supplier – that is the route that Getrag has travelled down in the last 83 years. In 1935, the 20-year-old Hermann Hagenmeyer bought the Pfeiffer plants in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, and thereby laid the foundation for the Getrag Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie KG.

The commitment and passion of several generations, technical innovations and strategic decisions have all brought us to the position in which we now stand. We are very proud of this development.

Chronology from 1935 until today

Our chronological overview of the corporate history offers you a collection of the most important milestones in 80 years of Getrag Overview 1935-2016. You can find more detailed information in our book and our Web Special about Getrag's corporate history.

1935 - 1944

Corporate Story Year Product History
21-year-old Hermann Hagenmeyer buys the Pfeiffer Getriebewerke in Ludwigsburg. The foundation stone for the Getrag Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie KG is laid. 1935 Getrag starts up production of motorbike transmissions and components for companies such as Ardie-Nürnberg, Triumph and Viktoria.
The company moves to new halls in the Solitudeallee in Ludwigsburg. 1936 Production of motorbike transmissions with three and four gears is extended. For the first time, Getrag develops and produces a transmission with a reverse gear – for the three-wheeler Rollfix-Eilwagen, which is driven by a 200 cubic centimetre two-stroke motor.

1945 - 1954

Corporate Story Year Product History
The French allied troops close the plant. After authorisation by the US administration, the production restarts with around 100 employees. 1945 After the war, Getrag produces whatever there is material and customers for, including lighters and bicycle axles. The first series order is a reducing gear for an electrical kitchen machine made by Bauknecht.
1948 Getrag produces spare parts for automobiles and transmission parts for DKW national and master-class cars made by Auto-Union, and motorbike transmissions once more after the West German currency reform.
Hermann Hagenmeyer founds a training workshop in Ludwigsburg. 1950 As a sought-after partner on the motorbike racing scene, Getrag produces 5- and 6-speed transmissions for DKW, classes 125 and 250.
1951 Getrag enters the market for automobile transmissions – with a 4-speed transmission for the Tempo three-wheeler, built by the Vidal & Sohn Tempo-Werk GmbH based in Hamburg.
For the first time, Getrag takes part in the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main. 1953 With the 3-speed block transmission for the Gutbrod Superior, Getrag produces its first transmission for a car with four wheels.

1955 - 1964

Corporate Story Year Product History
1955 Getrag launches the combine harvester transmission Type 511. Its modular system enables a high degree of diversity.
1957 The spherical ball draw-key transmission Selectromat from Getrag, is fitted into the Goggomobil TS, the coupé version of the compact car built by Glas.
Getrag celebrates its 25th anniversary. Hermann Hagenmeyer introduces an occupational pension scheme and occupational benevolent fund.
The businessman opens Plant II in Oberstenfeld.
1963 At the IAA, the Glas company presents the 1700 sport limousine. The automated Getrag 4-speed manual transmission Type 244 works in the powertrain.

1965 - 1974

Corporate Story Year Product History
1967 A semi-automatic 3-speed manual transmission, Type 237, is developed and built by Getrag for the "Car of the Year", the NSU Ro 80.
Hermann Hagenmeyer founds Plant III in Rosenberg. 1970

1975 - 1984

Corporate Story Year Product History
Getrag takes over the gearwheel plant in Neuenstein from Audi NSU. 1975 Getrag produces the 5-speed manual transmission Type 245 for the first BMW 3-series (E21).
1976 For the first time, Getrag exports overseas: Type 411, two angular transmissions on the engine and back wheel for the Yamaha XS 750 (E) cardan shaft, is sent to Japan.
Company founder Hermann Hagenmeyer dies shortly before the opening of the fifth Getrag location in Bad Windsheim, which was previously the Fränkisches Zahnradwerk. Hagenmeyer's 27-year-old son Tobias takes over the company.
In Philadelphia, USA, the joint venture The Lamont and GETRAG Gear Company Inc. is founded.
1982 The Lamont and GETRAG Gear Company Inc. manufactures up to 600,000 gear wheels for the motor control system for diesel engine manufacturer Cummins and its smaller Cummins series B and C.
GETRAG Gears of North America Inc. (in short GGONA) is founded in Troy, in the US state of Michigan. 1983 GGONA produces the transmissions Type 290 for GM, Type 282 for Pontiac, Type 243 for the Ford Sierra and Type 360 for light commercial vehicles (LCV) from Chrysler.

1985 - 1994

Corporate Story Year Product History
Just a few kilometres from the GGONA headquarters, the Getrag Engineering Center is opened in Sterling Heights. 1985
A joint management team starts work. The company’s first plant in the USA is the Getrag Transmission Plant in Newton, North Carolina. 1986
1987 Together with BMW, Getrag develops the prototype of a dual clutch transmission with five gears, Type 430. Until 1989, this type forms the basis for all other developments and function tests in this sector at BMW.
Tobias Hagenmeyer and CEO Dieter Schlenkermann present the first "We do it better" company vision. The values of the company are at the centre of focus.

In Nagoya, Japan, Getrag founds a sales office.
1990 From 1990 onwards, Getrag produces large numbers of the Type 815, developed by Audi, a 6-speed manual transmission which is also fitted into the Audi A4, A6 and VW Passat.

The BMW 850i is fitted with the Type 286 6-speed manual transmission from Getrag.

The Type 220 is developed as a successor to the Type 240 for the BMW 3-series (E36). Around 3.5 millions of this 5-speed manual transmission are produced up to 2006.
1993 The Chinese Getrag joint venture partner JMC (Jiangling
Motors Corporation) launches the MSB-5. The manual transmission with five gears works, among others, in lorries and light commercial vehicles from Foton and Dongfeng.

1995 - 2004

Corporate Story Year Product History
1996 The axle drive Type 625 is developed by Getrag for the Corvette C5.
Tobias Hagenmeyer opens a Getrag plant in Modugno (Bari), Italy. 1998 Getrag develops Type 287, a 5-speed manual transmission which is used in the Opel Vectra, Zafira and Astra in addition to models made by Saturn and Pontiac.

The first major-series automated manual transmission is the Type 431, which Getrag develops for the Smart Fortwo.
Getrag enters a strategic partnership with the US American DANA Corporation. 2000
In Cologne, Getrag and Ford found the joint venture GETRAG Ford Transmissions GmbH (GFT). 2001
Getrag relocates its headquarters from Ludwigsburg to Untergruppenbach.
In Cologne, the GETRAG Driveline Systems GmbH is founded.
Getrag opens a first branch in Beijing, China. 2003
In Köping, Sweden, Getrag founds, together with DANA Corporation and Volvo Cars, the joint venture GETRAG All Wheel Drive AB. 2004

2005 - today

Corporate Story Year Product History
Getrag founds a joint venture in China with the Jiangling Motor Company, the GETRAG (Jiangxi) Transmission Co. Ltd.
In Kechnec, Slovakia, Getrag opens a location for the production of dual clutch transmissions and motorbike transmissions.
2008 With the 6DCT450 6-speed dual clutch transmission, Getrag launches a transmission with flexible concept which can be used in a wide range of vehicles with differing space requirements.

The 7DCL750 from Getrag is fitted into all Ferrari models from 2008 onwards and also works in the Mercedes AMG SLS and AMG GT.
Getrag opens a plant in Irapuato, Mexico.
A new management team under Chief Executive
Officer Mihir Kotecha starts work.
2010 The dual clutch transmission Type 250/6DCT250 becomes the highest-volume unit from Getrag, with more than 3 million manufactured units up to 2015.
In China, Getrag founds a further joint venture company, Dongfeng GETRAG Transmissions, together with the Dongfeng Motors Company. 2012 With the Type 621/1eDT130 Getrag launches its first series-produced transmission for an electric car. It is fitted into the Smart Fortwo ED3.
Getrag sells its founding location in Ludwigsburg to the Köpfer company. 2013
2015 The 7DCT300 7-speed dual clutch transmission is launched. The hybridised version 7HDT300 is developed.
Getrag becomes a part of the Magna family. 2016 On 4th of January 2016 Magna International Inc. acquires the Getrag Group.

Discover our corporate history in the book 'Home of Transmissions – Our History 1935-2015'

After sifting through kilograms of printed records, hundreds of gigabytes of digital data, innumerable photos and film material in addition to personal memories, we have been able to create an extensive book for Getrag's 80th anniversary.

80 years on 170 pages

Texts full of details, black-and-white and colour photographs remind us of important milestones, provide an overview of our products and make it possible for contemporary witnesses to tell us about their memories.