Focus on Excellence

Milestones in the history
of our company

Tradition meets innovation:
moving ahead for 95 years.

Pioneers with a vision, revolutionary developments and global expansion – very impressive milestones along a very unique road that the Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe has travelled over the last few decades. 

It was a rocky road, surely, going up and down, sometimes straight, sometimes crooked, but it has always been the only true one for all those people who work for our company with courage, dedication and foresight.

  • Double design success: After winning the International Design Award in silver, the "Textile Lightweight Console" exhibit wins another prestigious prize, the European Product Design Award.
  • By buying up Loewe's EMS division, Dr. Schneider will be able to develop and also produce electronic parts in Kronach in the future. The symbiosis of plastics and electronics will result in integrated electronic assemblies.
  • The new technology and process center at the Kronach-Neuses site incorporates the entire industrialization process. Jig construction, new and repair tool construction and technical center are united in one building.
  • Intelligent systems and connected modules are playing a major role in the mobility of tomorrow. The innovative department Electrical Engineering and Electronics (E/E) in the Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe is creating new solutions every day.
  • 90 years of Dr. Schneider – among the many highlights in the year of our anniversary are the opening of the new Management and Project Center at the Neuses site and the new production hall at our plant in Poland. We also celebrated breaking ground for our T&P-Centers.
  • Highlight of the year 2016 is the opening of our new Research & Development Center for around 200 employees and the groundbreaking of our Management and Project Center at the Kronach-Neuses site.
  • Breaking ground for the Research & Development Center, opening the IT Competence Center and the lunch hall at HQ in Kronach-Neuses and the development of the broadband air vent – these are the milestones in 2015.
  • The merging of the sites in Radomierz (Poland), the opening of the new plant in Russell Springs (USA) and the injection molding production going operational in Liaoyang (China) are the international highlights in 2014. Plus, we start the 4-K multi-components injection molding production and UV paint system. Also a technological highlight is the development of the MuCell technology.
  • Milestone of the year 2013: Doubling of the production space at the Polish plant in Radomierz.
  • The Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe opens its new plant in Liaoyang/China. Technological milestones of the year 2012: multi-component injection molding, hot stamping and IMD .
  • New competences in the area of black high gloss and Multilayer technology.
  • The Competence Center for surface finishing receives a new highlight: The automated paint facility goes operational.
  • The incorporation of the Dr. Schneider Automotive Trading Co. Ltd., in Shanghai/China is a milestone in the year 2008. Plus, a groundbreaking innovation goes into series production: the electric swivel air vent with prospectus mode is installed in the Jaguar XF for the first time.
  • One of the technological highlights of the year 2007: the tank module.
  • International milestone: opening of the new plant in Radomierz/Poland.
  • Opening of an office in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia.
  • The Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe introduces a new technology: fabric back injection molding.
  • The Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe is put in the capable hands of the third generation of the family.
  • At the turn of the millennium, the company start its door frame production. Plus, the Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe founds a plant in the USA.
  • The Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe opens an office in São Paulo/Brazil.
  • The process of internationalization is moving ahead. In 1995 another plant is opened in Jelenia Gora/Poland. Technological highlight of the year: film back injection molding.
  • Milestone of the year 1990: After the border between the two Germanys is opened, Dr. Schneider opens a plant in Judenbach/Thuringia.
  • The new high-shelf warehouse at the main plant in Kronach-Neuses is opened.
  • The first paint application facility of the Group goes operational in 1987.
  • The newly erected production plant is opened in Tschirn in the north-eastern county of Kronach.
  • The success story continues: the injection molding production is expanded in 1985.
  • The Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe produces its first premium air vents.
  • Technological highlight: the first patent “Air deflection profiles for air vents" under the patent number DE7720545U is filed.
  • The internationalization of the company is making headway. The plant in Valencia/Spain is opened in 1973 as the first foreign site.
  • The branch plant is opened in Nordhalben in the north-eastern county of Kronach.
  • Another milestone follows in 1959: The company leaves the former "Tengelmannhaus" in Kronau's Rosenau and moves in the recently finished main plant in Kronach-Neuses.
  • The move into the car industry lays the foundation for the later success of the Dr. Schneider Unternehmensgruppe. Dr. Schneider produces an ash-tray to be integrated into the dashboard for Daimler and Ford.
  • Another milestone has been set: Dr. Franz Schneider becomes Head of Management. The production of cigars is discontinued.
  • Establishment of the injection molding production.
  • Franz Schneider Sen. puts his company on a second pillar with the processing of Bakelite – this is the birth of plastic production at Dr. Schneider.
  • Franz Schneider establishes the company and lays the foundation for a company history that is very unique - from cigar maker to a globally sought-after supplier for the automotive industry.


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