• Chronik
  • The beginning: 1941 – 1945
  • Foundation
Foundation
Foundation of Filterwerk Mann + Hummel GmbH
LUDWIGSBURG / After taking over filter production from Mahle, Filterwerk Mann + Hummel moved to the textile factory in Hindenburgstraße in 1941.
1941

Foundation of Filterwerk
Mann + Hummel GmbH

TWO TEXTILE MANUFACTURERS take the brave step of entering a new business area.

Adolf Mann and Dr. Erich Hummel have been owners of textile company Bleyle since 1938, but the Second World War threatens the existence of their company. By a fortunate coincidence, engine and piston manufacturer Mahle is looking to sell its production of air, oil, and gasoline filters. After careful consideration, Adolf Mann and Dr. Hummel decide to take this opportunity and establish Filterwerk Mann + Hummel GmbH on January 6, 1941. Production is based at their textile plant in Ludwigsburg.

  • Chronik
  • The beginning: 1941 – 1945
  • Innovations
Innovations
1941

1941 – 1945: The fledgling company attracts
attention with its many innovations.

THE TESTING DEPARTMENT is expanded immediately after the foundation and close cooperation with engine manufacturers is sought.

One of the biggest customers is the military, which demands extremely efficient filters. The company's own engine test rigs and tests under real conditions quickly deliver innovative solutions. Filterwerk Mann + Hummel develops the first textile air filter, cyclone air filter for army vehicles, and felt air filter. In 1943, an oil filter with main flow oil centrifuge is developed, followed in 1944 by the first combi filters with felt cartridge and Feifel cyclones as well as strainer disc (oil) filters and fine felt filters for fuel. Filterwerk Mann + Hummel is also involved in the preliminary development of the "Kraft durch Freude" car, which goes on to make motoring history as the VW Beetle.

  • Chronik
  • The beginning: 1941 – 1945
  • Adolf Mann
Adolf Mann
Adolf Mann
ADOLF MANN / Official portrait of Adolf Mann, probably dating from the 1950s.
1890

1890 – 1970: The philosopher in
the executive chair: Adolf Mann

ADOLF MANN, gifted student, math teacher, front-line soldier, entrepreneur – and humanist.

Having come from humble beginnings and with a broad philological education from the Tübinger Stift, Adolf Mann combines entrepreneurial vision and drive with profoundly humanist values. These principles lead him not only to introduce numerous worker-friendly initiatives in his company, but also to play an active role in discourse about sociopolitical policy issues in the young Federal Republic through a series of publications and lectures. His integrity and ethics of responsibility still define MANN+HUMMEL today.

  • Chronik
  • The beginning: 1941 – 1945
  • Dr. Erich Hummel
Dr. Erich Hummel
Dr. Erich Hummel
DR. ERICH HUMMEL / Official portrait of Dr. Erich Hummel, probably dating from the 1950s.
1893

1893 – 1984: Meticulousness and
a passion 
for law: Dr. Erich Hummel

DR. ERICH HUMMEL uses his extensive legal knowledge to establish the company on a solid footing.

After leaving school, the pastor's son completes a commercial apprenticeship in Hamburg. The highly decorated officer has to wait until the end of the First World War before beginning his law studies, and obtains a doctorate with distinction in 1923. A short time later, he moves into industry and quickly establishes a career. His prudence, his correctness, and his ability to think through complex issues right down to the very last detail make a major contribution to the positive development of Filterwerk Mann + Hummel.

  • Chronik
  • The post-war years: 1945 – 1949
  • New beginnings
New beginnings

New beginnings after 1945

"The bowl of an oil-bath

air filter was transformed into a fully

functional cooking pot."

Hermann Dettling,
who was Head of Central Order
Processing for many years

  • Chronik
  • The post-war years: 1945 – 1949
  • Rebuilding
Rebuilding
1945

Germany comes to terms with

the darkest chapter in its history

Germany comes to terms with 
the darkest chapter in its history
STUTTGART / The center of Stuttgart was almost completely destroyed by Allied bombing raids during the Second World War.

Having undoubtedly profited from the wartime economy, Adolf Mann and Dr. Erich Hummel must appear before a denazification court for reasons including their membership of the Nazi party. The takeover of textile firm Bleyle and several Jewish textile companies is also reversed. In 1948, both men are classified as "fellow travelers" and exonerated. Evidence indicates that, contrary to their inner beliefs, they enjoyed an opportunistic relationship with the Nazis – albeit without sharing their ideology.

Because MANN+HUMMEL also had prisoners of war in its workforce during the war years, the company later has to make a significant contribution to the German Industry Foundation Initiative to provide compensation to former forced laborers.

  • Chronik
  • The post-war years: 1945 – 1949
  • Alfred Wacker
Alfred Wacker
Alfred Wacker
MAN OF ACTION WITH A HUMAN TOUCH / Alfred Wacker was an energetic man who was also known for his warmth and compassion.
1941

1941 – 1965: A former knitting master
plays 
a key role in shaping the company

ALFRED WACKER takes over technical management of the new company and makes a big impact from the outset.

A pragmatic man of action, the production specialist – affectionately known as "Filterwilli" – is the ideal partner for the company founders. His friendly nature and tireless dedication make him a legend in the company. The likable rough diamond works practically around the clock during the difficult post-war years, and is even known to sleep on a camp bed next to his desk. An indispensable company employee, he eventually becomes General Manager. His unexpected death in 1965 leaves a great void – but his spirit lives on in the company to this day.

  • Chronik
  • The post-war years: 1945 – 1949
  • Post-war flexibility
Post-war flexibility
After 1945, demand for filters virtually collapses. The company demonstrates 
its flexibility by producing sanitary fittings, household goods such as cooking pots, salt cellars, and sewing boxes – and even men's and women's hats made from filter felt.
  • Chronik
  • The post-war years: 1945 – 1949
  • Filter production
Filter production
1947

Filter production picks up

pace again

Filter production picks up 
pace again
RESUMPTION OF FILTER PRODUCTION / In the first few years after 1945, filters were still produced in a large number of individual steps.

Despite weak demand, existing filter types undergo further development in the years after the war – particularly the centrifugal oil/air separators "LO" and "LOM" for the aftermarket. The company breaks new technological ground in 1947 with the development of the felt-cone air filter for the VW Beetle and the oil-bath air filter "LOZ" (1948). The success of the Beetle and the economic miracle that follows currency reform contribute to a rapid growth in production. Initial rationalization measures pave the way for large-scale production.

Liquid filters for industrial applications are also developed for the first time. This leads to the establishment of the mill construction division, which develops and implements complete conveyor systems for industrial mills. Until the 1950s, the mill construction division is an important pillar of the company, and later becomes the Plant Engineering division.

  • Chronik
  • The fifties
  • Rationalization
Rationalization
1951

Start of industrial series production

Start of industrial series production
STORAGE IN THE POST-WAR ERA / This undated photo shows pallets of oil-bath air filters and illustrates the rapid growth of the filter plant towards the end of the 1940s.

The upturn in the economy forces a rethink in the filter plant. The workshop-like workflows are rationalized at a rapid rate by Technical Director Alfred Wacker. Production of oil-bath air filters for the VW Beetle switches to assembly line production, and other departments soon follow.

Between 1949 and 1954, sales grow from 1.9 to 15 million deutschmarks. The strategy of pursuing proximity to customers in research and development and thus becoming an innovative partner in the original equipment business plays a key role here.

Rapid growth means that the company soon outgrows its premises at the main plant. In 1954, the foundations for Plant 2 are laid with a new fabrication shop near Ludwigsburg.

  • Chronik
  • The fifties
  • Internationalization
Internationality
Export division for international business
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS / Filtros Mann S.A. in São Paolo was initially housed in modest premises. TIDEM was a small family business that mainly manufactured centrifuges.
1957

An export division is established

for international business

PROXIMITY TO CUSTOMERS necessitates internationalization.

By 1956 – during the boom years of the economic miracle – a network of eleven distributors is established in Europe. In line with the customer proximity strategy, production licenses are also granted in countries including Egypt, Chile, India, Turkey, and Iran, as well as in Yugoslavia, Hungary, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina. Naumann Gepp in Brazil and TIDEM in Argentina later become the first foreign subsidiaries. They go on to become MANN+HUMMEL Brasil Ltda. and MANN+HUMMEL Argentina S.A.

  • Chronik
  • The fifties
  • Responsibility
Responsibility

Social responsibility

"Work without a discernible level of

responsibility, and employers

who make no effort to delegate or

recognize acceptance of

responsibility are inhuman and degrading."

Adolf Mann,
in his piece "Experiences of
profit sharing", 1954

  • Chronik
  • The fifties
  • Social responsibility
Social responsibility
1952

The corporate health insurance company is the
prelude to numerous social policy milestones

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY is not a meaningless slogan for Adolf Mann and Dr. Erich Hummel,
but a genuine expression of their humanist values.

The pension fund established in 1949 is followed in 1952 by the corporate health insurance company, which offers excellent benefits on favorable terms. In the spirit of Adolf Mann's motto "Education for ownership", profit sharing is introduced in 1953. It is an actual employee entitlement rather than just a "gift", and is based on Adolf Mann's conviction that employees have a right to ownership. This is the same goal pursued by the housing development program, which helps employees to achieve low-cost home ownership in the 1950s. Together with many other individual measures, the company founders establish a set of values that are still part of the DNA of MANN+HUMMEL today.

  • Chronik
  • The fifties
  • Employee benefits
Employee benefits
Employer branding in 1952: A poster lists the many employee benefits and leisure opportunities on offer, including a women's gymnastics group.
  • Chronik
  • The sixties
  • Ludwigsburg location
Ludwigsburg location
Visible evidence of growth: What began 
with a fabrication shop evolved into Plant 2 in Grönerstraße, Ludwigsburg, at the start 
of the 1960s.
  • Chronik
  • The sixties
  • Filter media
Filter media
1960

1960 – 1969: Paper largely replaces
felt as a filter medium

NEW FILTER MEDIA offer increased effectiveness as well as easier
maintenance and replacement.

By the 1960s, filter materials made from impregnated paper have largely replaced felt as a filter medium. The filter efficiency of lubricating oil filters is further optimized thanks to newly developed paper filter materials with better separation and a high dirt capacity. Key developments after 1967 include passenger car plastic filter elements and flat filter elements. Other major innovations in the vehicle sector include the MANN Pico cyclone, the MANN Piclon dry air cleaner with radial inlet and integrated pre-separation ring, and the VW oil-bath air filter with intake snorkel and flap for regulating the intake air temperature.

  • Chronik
  • The sixties
  • Marklkofen
Marklkofen
Warth Castle in the Vils Valley
EARLY 1970s / The Marklkofen plant under went major expansion. The former pasta factory building can be seen at the bottom of the picture.
1962

A former pasta factory forms the start for the largest
filter plant worldwide

WARTH CASTLE in the Vils Valley in Lower Bavaria has housed a filter production facility since 1953.

When a pasta factory in nearby Marklkofen goes bankrupt in 1962, Mann + Hummel buys the building and establishes a production facility. Neighboring sites are gradually acquired. Additional modern production halls are constructed in phases. The former pasta factory can still be seen at the bottom left of the picture. Today, the plant in Marklkofen produces over 166 million filters and filter elements annually and employs around 3,000 people, making it the biggest and most innovative filter plant in the world.

  • Chronik
  • The sixties
  • 25 years
25 years

25 years in business

"If you take a cold, hard look

at the relationship between performance

and earnings in the economy,

you will see just how little performance matters,

and how much is owed to fortune and circumstance."

Adolf Mann,
at the anniversary celebration of
Filterwerk Mann + Hummel in June 1966

  • Chronik
  • The sixties
  • Introduction of EDP
Introduction of EDP
With a state-of-the-art computer system from Honeywell, Mann + Hummel introduces electronic data processing 
in 1967. Weekly wage packets soon become a thing of the past as a result.
  • Chronik
  • The sixties
  • The "Bracher era" begins
The "Bracher era" begins
Dr. Erich Bracher
DR. ERICH BRACHER / Leader who continued the legacy of the company founders.
1967

Dr. Erich Bracher is appointed
Chairman of the Management Board

THE "BRACHER ERA" begins with comprehensive structural and personnel changes.

As a classical scholar, he also has a humanist world view. Like Dr. Erich Hummel, he begins his law studies after several diversions. In 1954, the newly qualified lawyer joins the company and two years later is granted power of attorney. He becomes a member of the Management Board in 1959 and is appointed Chairman in 1967. In this position until 1989, he achieves the seemingly impossible by combining strong growth and rapid change with a consistent focus on the tradition of the company founders based on social principles. He manages the company for 22 years, continuing the legacy of the company founders and thus earning the distinction of having an entire era named after him.

  • Chronik
  • The sixties
  • Innovations
Innovations
1969

Market launch of regulating boxes for controlling
the intake air temperature

Market launch of regulating boxes
PLASTIC BEGINS TO DOMINATE / Silencer air cleaner with air intake control.

The 1960s see a change in requirements with respect to cars and consequently filter technology. Protection against wear and air intake noise insulation become less important. The focus shifts toward performance and fuel consumption optimization while at the same time reducing pollutant emissions. These goals are achievable thanks to intensive research and development activity in conjunction with new testing equipment and test methods. These include the combining of air filters with thermostat-controlled and pneumatic systems for regulating the intake air temperature. For the first time, plastic can be used instead of sheet metal for the filter housing, making it possible to create space-saving designs. This innovative strength enables Mann + Hummel to consolidate its position as a reliable partner to the automotive industry.

  • Chronik
  • The seventies
  • Legacy
Legacy

Legacy of the founders

"Persistence and perseverance

will, for many of us,

be his unforgettable and

permanent legacy."

Dr. Erich Bracher,
at a memorial service following
the death of Adolf Mann

  • Chronik
  • The seventies
  • Dr. Jörg-Dieter Hummel
Dr. Jörg-Dieter Hummel
Dr. Jörg-Dieter Hummel
SON OF DR. ERICH HUMMEL / Dr. Jörg-Dieter Hummel
1972

Dr. Jörg-Dieter Hummel
– representative of the second generation

DR. HUMMEL JUN., as he is referred to within the company, initially works in financial management and legal affairs.

In 1977, he takes over as General Manager from Dr. Erich Hummel. He also works with the Federation of German Industries (BDI), representing the company in relation to quality assurance issues. Like his father, he has a passion for law, an excellent humanist education, and a broad range of cultural interests. Dr. Jörg-Dieter Hummel retires in 1995 as the last representative of one of the founder families to leave operational management of the company. He maintains close links with the company as a member of the Supervisory Board until his death in 1998.

  • Chronik
  • The seventies
  • The green and yellow logo
The green and yellow logo
In 1972, green and yellow 
replace blue as the brand color 
for MANN-FILTER. Although somewhat controversial at the time, the eye-catching design 
has since become a recognized symbol of brand quality worldwide.
  • Chronik
  • The seventies
  • Plastics
Plastics
1976

The construction of a special plastics
plant points toward the future

THE INCREASED DOMINANCE OF PLASTIC revolutionizes
industrial production in the 1970s.

Plastics play an increasingly important role in the automotive industry as the amount of space available under the hood continues to diminish – not least for reasons of weight and cost. Furthermore, the automotive industry is increasingly looking for solutions that cover the entire path of the air from the intake into the engine. With a combination of intensive research and cold cure polyurethane, Mann + Hummel successfully meets the high mechanical, thermal, and chemical load requirements. For the first time, the company is able to produce other components in the area of engine peripherals. The systematic development of expertise in plastics thus represents a major milestone on the journey to becoming a systems provider.

  • Chronik
  • The eighties
  • Research & development
Research & development
Research and development
EDP / By 1988, the data from silencer air cleaner testing on the roller test bench was being analyzed using computers.
1982

Computers are used for the evaluation of tests for the first time

THANKS TO INTENSIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY,
Mann + Hummel becomes a flexible systems provider.

This change is driven by more sophisticated engine concepts, shorter development cycles, and demand for modular solutions. Improved test equipment for entire vehicles, climatic chambers, and computer-based evaluation of tests serve as a major boost to the development work of Mann + Hummel. Working closely with customers, the company develops new products, such as cylinder head covers, temperature-resistant regulating elements, fuel rails, and air intake pipes.

  • Chronik
  • The eighties
  • Environmental protection
Environmental protection
1989

Use of a contaminant-free impregnating
agent for curing filter paper

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION becomes increasingly important
and leads to the development of new filter technologies and products.

Research and development focuses on catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters. Catalytic converters demand complex solutions in the engine air intake system, particularly in relation to temperature and air volume regulation. Mann + Hummel also plays a major role in the development of particulate filters. In 1989, city buses and municipal vehicles are fitted with the new technology for the first time as part of a field test. Environmental protection and sustainability also play an increasingly important role in production. For the first time, filter inserts are made from environmentally friendly materials and contaminant-free impregnating agent is used for curing filter paper.

  • Chronik
  • The eighties
  • Lost core technology
Lost core technology
Lost core technology
NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR NEW PRODUCTS / In 1989, intake manifolds were produced in Plant 2 using lost core technology.
1989

Series production of plastic intake manifolds using lost core technology begins

LOST CORE TECHNOLOGY revolutionizes the manufacture of plastic parts.

A metal core is molded into the desired shape and then encapsulated with thermoplastic using the injection molding process. The metal core is then melted-out, leaving a seamless plastic part. The advantages of this technology include low weight, free-form shapes, flow-optimized geometries, and lower noise emissions. Lost core technology makes it possible to create complex system solutions that combine the air intake pipe, air filter, intake manifold, and fuel rail in a single module for the first time.

  • Chronik
  • The eighties
  • Star-shaped pleat
Star-shaped pleat
The star-shaped pleat makes it possible to house large-surface filter papers in small spaces. This is an important development given the increasingly restricted space under the hood.
  • Chronik
  • The eighties
  • End of an era
End of an era

End of an era

"Both founding partners have taken

steps to ensure that there is

continuity of leadership

after they have gone and that the company

can continue to grow organically."

"Unser Betrieb" on the death
of Dr. Erich Hummel in 1984

  • Chronik
  • The nineties
  • Group organization
Group organization
1992

Filterwerk Mann + Hummel becomes the MANN+HUMMEL Group

MANN+HUMMEL Group
SHOWING THE WAY / In 1974, workers attach the “MANN UND HUMMEL” sign to a building at Plant 2 in anticipation of the subsequent company name change.

Advancing globalization necessitates not only a strategic realignment process, but also a restructuring of the company, which has now grown into a group. A long tradition thus comes to an end in 1992, when Filterwerk Mann + Hummel GmbH becomes part of the MANN+HUMMEL Group organization.

The company subsequently undergoes several restructuring phases accompanied by extensive organizational development measures. The objectives include more efficient and flexible workflows as well as rapid expansion of the international production and sales network in order to establish the company as a global player. By the end of the decade, the course for the 21st century has been set.

  • Chronik
  • The nineties
  • Strategic realignment
Strategic realignment

Strategic realignment

"Suppliers must become

systems developers

if they want to rely on more than price

and cost leadership to

remain competitive."

General Manager Winfried Witte,
in an address to managers in 1990

  • Chronik
  • The nineties
  • Record investment
Record investment
1991

The fully automated high-bay warehouse is one of the most modern of its kind

The fully automated high-bay warehouse in Plant 6 in Ludwigsburg
IMPOSING / The fully automated high-bay warehouse in Plant 6 was one of the most modern of its kind in 1991.

The path to becoming a systems provider is pursued with major investment in research and development. Key innovations include thermo-optimized intake systems as well as engine compartment and sound design.

The company also invests large sums in the expansion and modernization of its sites in Germany. New engine test rigs are commissioned and robots are used in production for the first time in order to improve efficiency and quality. At the filter plant in Marklkofen, the inauguration of a new hall in 1990 increases production capacity to over 74 million units annually. In 1997, a new distribution and logistics center is established at Plant 2 in Ludwigsburg. By the end of the decade, MANN+HUMMEL has invested more money than in any other period in its history.

  • Chronik
  • The nineties
  • BDI environmental award
BDI environmental award
AWARD / Gerhard Brenner receives the Environmental Award of the Federation of German Industries from Environment minister Angela Merkel and the President of the BDI Hans-Olaf Henkel.
  • Chronik
  • The nineties
  • Brand
Brand
The new MANN+HUMMEL Group logo
SQUARING THE CIRCLE / The new MANN+HUMMEL Group logo combined modernity and tradition by visualizing the names of the two company founders in a contemporary style.
1996

The new MANN+HUMMEL Group
logo is introduced

NEW GOALS lead to a major visual change.

Following a strategic decision in 1994, MANN+HUMMEL aims to increase its presence in the global market, become a leading systems supplier, and expand its activities in areas other than the automotive supplier business. To highlight these ambitions and the new organizational structure, and to provide orientation for both employees and customers, the company is given a new look. The MANN+HUMMEL word and figurative mark combines modernity and tradition by visualizing the names of the two company founders in a contemporary style.

  • Chronik
  • The nineties
  • Global player
Global player
1999

The MANN+HUMMEL Group has nine
locations in Germany and 19 worldwide

"WE ARE WHEREVER OUR CUSTOMERS ARE." This formula for success
adopted by MANN+HUMMEL takes on a new momentum in the 1990s.

Globalization and new strategies adopted by vehicle manufacturers give internationalization a huge boost after 1990. Reducing the vertical range of manufacture and just-in-time logistics mean that suppliers have to increasingly offer development and assembly services on site. From 1994, MANN+HUMMEL INC. in the US state of Delaware helps to consolidate the company's position in the US market with a series of acquisitions.

As part of the Asian expansion strategy, the sales company MANN+HUMMEL PTE LTD is founded in Singapore in 1994. The company drives forward activity in the Far East and forms the nucleus for other locations in Asia.

  • Chronik
  • The 2000s
  • China
China
2002

MANN+HUMMEL opens its first
production plant in China

PROXIMITY TO CUSTOMERS means expanding the sales and production
infrastructure in the booming Chinese market.

A sales office is therefore opened in Shanghai in 1996, followed in 2002 by the first production site. CHANGCHUN MANN+HUMMEL FAWER FILTER CO LTD produces the entire filter range as well as crankcase ventilation systems for numerous automotive manufacturers with production facilities in China. In 2009, a second production facility goes into operation as MANN+HUMMEL FILTER (Jinan) CO LTD, based in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. This is followed in 2012 by another plant in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou. In the same year, MANN+HUMMEL further increases its production capacities and customer base with the takeover of Bengbu Haoye Filter Co Ltd. In 2015, the company opens its sixth Chinese plant in Chongqing.

  • Chronik
  • The 2000s
  • Internationality
Internationality

Internationality

“We are wherever our customers are.

Internationality

is the only way forward.“

President and CEO Alfred Weber,
in an interview in 2014

  • Chronik
  • The 2000s
  • MANN+HUMMEL Code
MANN+HUMMEL Code
MANN+HUMMEL Code
THE MANN+HUMMEL Code / Performance and business success is associated with special responsibilities, and a commitment to distinct values and guidelines.
2009

The MANN+HUMMEL Code
is introduced

A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND APPRECIATION
are the main focus of the two-part Code.

As an integral part of corporate policy, the Code of Conduct covers conduct and leadership principles, environmental, health, and safety issues as well as antitrust and anti-corruption regulations. The separate Social Charter deals with issues in relation to labor law and social responsibility. In the event of a query or infringement, employees can consult their line manager or ombudsman. The Code sets binding standards for all members of the MANN+HUMMEL Group worldwide.

  • Chronik
  • The 2000s
  • Water filtration
Water filtration
2010

MANN+HUMMEL acquires a water filtration specialist

MANN+HUMMEL acquires a water filtration specialist
PROMISING BUSINESS AREA / Plants like this ultrafiltration plant for water filtration will help to provide sufficient life-saving, clean water.

Pollution and climate change become hugely important issues – as does the topic of water filtration. Since the takeover of Ultra-Flo, MANN+HUMMEL FILTER TECHNOLOGY (S.E.A.) PTE LTD in Singapore has been doing pioneering work in the development and production of ultrafiltration membranes, which play a key role in water filtration. The company in Singapore is also headquarters to the Water Filtration Business Unit, which is gradually being expanded through acquisitions including a stake in MICRODYN-NADIR GmbH, based in Wiesbaden. A wholly-owned subsidiary of MANN+HUMMEL since 2015, this innovative company is responsible for the marketing of water filtration systems.

  • Chronik
  • Present and future
  • Present and future
Present and future

Present and future

"People are the key to the future.

As long as there are dedicated, professional

people who enjoy working

at MANN + HUMMEL, the family-led company

has a good future."

President and CEO Alfred Weber,
in an interview on November 6, 2014

  • Chronik
  • Present and future
  • Review
Review
1941

1941 – 2016: 75 years of progress
and continuity: MANN+HUMMEL
in constant change

A LOT HAS CHANGED SINCE 1941. The same can be said of MANN+HUMMEL. Many things have remained constant, however. The key to success lies in the right combination of innovation and tradition.

One of the critical success factors of MANN+HUMMEL over the last 75 years has been the ability to constantly change for the better. Countless innovations, consistent internationalization, and numerous structural changes are evidence of this willingness to change. At the same time, traditional values have played a major role in the development of the company. The humanist ideals of founders Adolf Mann and Dr. Erich Hummel are still part of the DNA of MANN+HUMMEL, and can be seen in areas such as quality awareness and social responsibility. Also important is the fact that MANN+HUMMEL is still a family-owned company and will remain so in the future.

  • Chronik
  • Present and future
  • Strategy 2022
Strategy 2022
2013

Leadership in Filtration through motivated employees

Strategy 2022
STRATEGY 2022 / Our compass for all decisions.

Introduced in 2003, the MANN+HUMMEL Management System MMS ensures continuous improvement in quality management and is itself continuously optimized. The overall corporate strategy is expanded and revised after 2010. It covers all areas and expresses the corporate values of Focus, Integrity Leadership, Teamwork, Excellence, and Respect, or FILTER for short.

In 2013, it is brought into line with Strategy 2022 and adapted to changed conditions. Together with quality, service, and innovation, the company's employees have been its main focus since 1941. As the company's most important capital, they will ensure the continued success of the family-owned company through operational excellence and customer-focused solutions.

  • Chronik
  • Present and future
  • Patents
Patents
1948

The MANN-FILTER brand name is the first trademark to be registered

The MANN-FILTER brand name is the first Filterwerk Mann + Hummel trademark to be registered with the German Patent Office
EARLY BRAND AWARENESS / In 1948, the then Filterwerk Mann + Hummel GmbH applied to have the logo based on the Crailsheim “Horaff” registered as a trademark.

MANN+HUMMEL TODAY HOLDS AROUND 2,000 PATENTS in 30 countries and as many registered trademarks in more than 120 countries.

On the technology side, patent applications have been filed for a further 1,800 innovations, primarily in Germany, Europe, China, and the United States. In the latter two countries, the Intellectual Property Department, which belongs to the Legal Department, has its own branches. Since 2011, MANN+HUMMEL has been one of the 50 most active applicants with the German Patent and Trade Mark Office every year. These figures show that MANN+HUMMEL has lost none of its innovative strength even after 75 years.

  • Chronik
  • Present and future
  • Technology center
Technology center
The new technology center in Ludwigsburg, which is due to open in 2016, will bring together research and development, the testing center, and company management under one roof. It will safeguard the innovative strength of MANN+HUMMEL going forward and represents a strong commitment to Ludwigsburg.
  • Chronik
  • Present and future
  • Acquisitions
Acquisitions
2016

MANN+HUMMEL employs
around 20,000 staff worldwide

Acquisitions as part of the strategy of achieving growth
ONE GROUP – MANY BRANDS / MANN+HUMMEL today owns multiple product brands, which are operated and marketed independently.

As part of the strategy of achieving growth through acquisitions, renowned US filter manufacturer Purolator and Swedish-based Vokes Air now both call the MANN+HUMMEL Group home. Vokes Air specializes in filtration solutions for indoor and process air and, like water filtration specialist MICRODYN-NADIR, provides MANN+HUMMEL with growth opportunities in new market segments outside the automotive industry. UNICO FILTER in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Haoye Filter, based in the Chinese city of Bengbu, are strengthening the company's presence in the automotive sector. The addition of the WIX and FILTRON filter brands (through the acquisition of the Affinia Group) also supports this goal. This acquisition, the largest in the company’s history, provides MANN+HUMMEL with access to new market segments including the heavy duty sector and hydraulic filtration.

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