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Company History.

A man, a name: Walter Hengst.

As to whether it was fate or a simple coincidence that the very name of Hengst (German for Stallion) builds a bridge between horse power, engines, oil and fuel filters, has been philosophized about for over half a century now. More precisely since 1958, when Walter Hengst set up his Ing. Walter Hengst KG in Münster, Germany. Thus, he laid the foundations for the eventful and successful development of a company which is now under the management of his grandson, Jens Röttgering and under its new name of Hengst SE & Co. KG.

Founded during a time of many new beginnings and new developments, the company kept pace with the swiftly developing and fast-growing automotive industry and its continuously increasing requirements for filter products. This was the core business back then and it still is today.

Today will be tomorrows yesterday.

In retrospect, our company's history is also an exciting family history. It is important to remain aware of one's roots and of one's development. Primarily, however, looking back at our history strengthens our confidence and optimism for a safer future for our company and our employees. And our motto has always remained the same: "If it works, take it. If it doesn't work, leave it."

  • 1958 - 1969
  • 1970 - 1979
  • 1980 - 1989
  • 1990 - 1999
  • 2000 - 2009
  • 2010 - today
1958

1958

Engineer Walter Hengst founds the Ing. Walter Hengst KG at the location of Münster, Germany.

1959

1959

The Hengst Racing Team is founded.

1961

1961

First main sub-flow oil filter for the passenger cars of Mercedes-Benz.

1962

1962

First exhibition stand at the International Automobile Exhibition (IAA).

1968

1968

Start of "serial part" deliveries of oil filters to Porsche.

1974

1974

First fuel duplex filter for Canadian ferries.

1977

1977

Walter Hengst's son-in-law, Günter Röttgering, joins the company. In this context the company is renamed into Ing. Walter Hengst GmbH & Co. KG.

1977

1977

The foundation stone is laid for the extension of the main building in Münster, Germany.

1978

1978

The founder of the company, Walter Hengst, dies at the age of 86.

1979

1979

Founding of the first foreign subsidiaries. A production facility for screw-on filters is set up in Vöcklabruck, Austria.

1980

1980

Start of serial production of the first all-plastic suction silencer for Mercedes Benz commercial vehicles.

1987

1987

Completion and official opening of Works 2 in Münster, Germany.

1988

1988

Start of serial production of the first service-friendly cup oil filter with an automatic drain system and a plastic screw cap.

1990

1990

Take-over of VEB Filter- und Vergaserwerk in Berlin and renaming to Hengst Filterwerke Berlin GmbH & Co. KG.

1992

1992

Founding of Herzenswünsche e.V., a charity, by Wera Röttgering.

1993

1993

World innovation: The environmentally friendly filter system ENERGETIC®, the first metal-free filter element, is introduced to the market.

1995

1995

Hengst receives the innovation prize Münsterland for science & economics for the development of the environmentally friendly oil filter system ENERGETIC®.

1995

1995

Founding of a site for plastic production in Münster, Germany.

1995

1995

First cup oil filter with integrated centrifuge.

1996

1996

First fluid management module for Mercedes-Benz engines goes into series production.

1996

1996

Multifunctional oil modules with integrated engine support go into series production.

1997

1997

Highly efficient oil mist separation systems (cyclones for Otto and Diesel engines) with patented pressure limit valve are launched.

1998

1998

The worst fire after the Second World War in the town of Münster destroys one third of Hengst-Filterwerke.

1999

1999

Establishment of a joint venture in Joinville, Brazil, called Hengst-Wetzel Ltda.

2000

2000

Founding of the Nordwalde location with its own aluminum foundry and expansion of the ENERGETIC® production.

2000

2000

Hengst takes over Luber-finer GmbH with the trademarks of Champ and Luber-finer.

2001

2001

Launch of a logistics center in Nordwalde.

2002

2002

Business graduate Jens Röttgering begins his functions within the family company in the third generation.

2002

2002

Development of an ENERGETIC® system for direct installation.

2003

2003

Launch of an engineering office in Detroit, USA.

2003

2003

Launch of an engineering office in São Paulo, Brazil.

2003

2003

Development of a fuel service center (water separation / electric heating).

2004

2004

Takeover of Hengst-Wetzel Ltda. and renaming to Hengst Indústria de Filtros Ltda.

2004

2004

Concentration on the Hengst filter brand and discontinuation of sales of the Luber-finer and Champ brands.

2004

2004

Development of a cylinder head hood with integrated oil mist separator and pressure control.

2005

2005

Establishment of the subsidiary Hengst Filter Systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. in Kunshan, PRC.

2005

2005

Establishment of the subsidiary Hengst of North America, Inc. in Camden, SC.

2005

2005

Development of multi-function modules with integrated coolant pumps.

2006

2006

Hengst Indústria de Filtros Ltda. opens up a new company building in Joinville, Brazil.

2006

2006

Hengst wins the Logistics Supplier Award from DaimlerChrysler Global Service & Parts.

2006

2006

Hengst wins the "Trucknology® Supplier of the Year" award from MAN.

2007

2007

Opening of a further production hall in Nordwalde, Germany.

2008

2008

Development of a high-speed gravity centrifuge for all performance classes.

2008

2008

Opening of the in-company children's day-care center "Hengst-Kinderland".

2008

2008

Start of serial production of the multi-function module for HDEP engines of the Daimler Truck Group.

2009

2009

Completion of a new factory in Münster, Germany, and setup of the Competence Center Energetic.

2009

2009

Hengst Filter Systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. opens up a new company building in Kunshan, PRC.

2010

2010

First prize in the "Multi-function part" category in the International Aluminum Pressure Casting Competition 2010.

2010

2010

Hengst receives "Grand Innovation Award" of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

2010

2010

First presentation of the Blue-Engine-Care system during Bauma 2010 fair.

2010

2010

Opening of the new Tech Center in Novi, Michigan, approx. 40 km northwest from Detroit.

2011

2011

Hengst is honored as "Supplier of the Year 2010" by Shanghai General Motors (SGM).

2011

2011

Hengst receives the Bronze Award 2010 from Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW).

2011

2011

Hengst opens a new works in Nordwalde, Germany.

2012

2012

Hengst receives special acknowledgement in the International Aluminum Pressure Casting Competition 2012.

2012

2012

Presentation of the electric disk separator Blue.tron at IAA fair.

2012

2012

Start of serial production of a new oil filter system for the modular transverse matrix of Volkswagen.

2012

2012

Start of serial production of a multi-function module for MDEG engines of Daimler AG.

2013

2013

Hengst of North America, Inc. receives "Gold Supplier Status" from our customer GM in the service field.

2013

2013

stablishment of Hengst Automotive India in Bangalore, India.

2013

2013

The Hengst Group is awarded the "GM Supplier of the Year Award 2012".

2013

2013

Hengst Filter Systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. is honored with the "Green Supplier" award of Shanghai GM (SGM).

2013

2013

Hengst Filter Systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. is honored with the "Quality Excellence" award of Shanghai GM (SGM).

2013

2013

Hengst continues its global strategy and changes its legal status to Hengst SE & Co. KG.

2014

2014

Hengst is again amongst the prize winners at the International Aluminum Pressure Casting Competition 2014.

2014

2014

Hengst receives "Supplier Award 2013" from Daimler.

2014

2014

Founding of the sales company "Hengst Asia Pacific Pte." in Singapore.

2014

2014

Hengst Filter Systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. is honored with the "Quality Excellence" award of Shanghai GM (SGM).

2014

2014

Hengst Indústria de Filtros Ltda. (Brazil) is honored with the "Prêmio Interação" award from Daimler in the category "Operational Excellence in Quality".

2015

2015

Establishment of a joint venture in India, called Hengst Luman Pvt. Ltd.

2015

2015

Founding of Hengst Poland Sp. z o. o. in Gostyń (Poland).

2015

2015

Hengst wins international Engel Award 2015 in the 'Optimal Use of Mold Area' category.

2015

2015

Launch of the location in Gostyń (Poland).

2015

2015

Hengst Kunshan has been nominated the third time in a row by General Motor as "2015 Supplier Quality Excellence Award" winner!

2016

2016

Hengst wins the the first prize in the International Aluminum Pressure Casting Competition 2015.

2016

2016

Hengst acquires Danish filter manufacturer Nordic Air Filtration with 100 employees and 3 Locations.

2016

2016

Hengst was awarded as the best commercial vehicle partner from TEMOT. TEMOT is a strategic alliance in the independent aftermarket.

2016

2016

Hengst Kunshan was awarded in December by Sinotruk as "best cooperation supplier 2016".

2016

2016

General Motors awarded the Platinum Supplier Status to Hengst because of the On-Time Shipping Performance.

2017

2017

Hengst has been honored for the second time as "GM Supplier of the Year", the highest award for suppliers.

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