Marquardt Group

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Marquardt GmbH
  • Automotive industry
  • Power tool industry
  • Electrical and household industry
Founded 1925
Headquarters Rietheim-Weilheim, Germany
Key people


  • Harald Marquardt
  • Ernst Kellermann
  • Karl Müller
Products Automotive Systems, Sensors and Controls
Revenue 1 billion EUR (2015) [1]
Number of employees
more than 8,500 (2015) [2]

Marquardt Group is a family enterprise headquartered in Germany. It is a manufacturer in the field of electro-mechanical and electronic switches and switching systems. Its systems are found in household appliances and other industrial applications. The company has over 8,500 employees worldwide at 14 locations in ten countries on four continents. The annual turnover is 1 billion Euros.

Founders of Marquardt
Marquardt Group worldwide


The history of the Group split into company and product history.

Company history[edit]

  • 1925: Johannes and Johannes Marquardt formed a “Special Plant for Electrical Needs and Fine Mechanics” in Rietheim
  • 1928: First factory was built
  • 1955: New plant in Böttingen, Germany
  • 1976: Expansion of building in Böttingen, Germany
  • 1981: New subsidiary in Cazenovia, USA
  • 1991: Further internationalization in Moissy-Cramayel, France and Tunis, Tunisia
  • 1996: New subsidiary in Shanghai, China and Mumbai, India
  • 1999: New branch in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
  • 2002: Newly built plant for automobile systems in Rietheim
  • 2006: New subsidiary in Sibiu, Romania
  • 2011: Internationalization in Irapuato, Mexico
  • 2012: New subsidiary in Trossingen, Germany[3]
  • 2013: Expansion of the plant in Sibiu, Romania
  • 2014: Relocation to the new plant in Tunis, Tunisia[4]
  • 2014: New subsidiary in Veles, Macedonia
  • 2015: Grand opening of the development center in Pune, India

Product history[edit]

  • 1926: Development and production of switches for the entire electrical industry
  • 1953: Marquardt becomes the first German company to produce snap action switches
  • 1968: Development of the first electronic systems for power tools
  • 1980: First special switches for automotive applications
  • 1997: Start of series production of drive authorization systems and control panels
  • 2003: Launch of Keyless systems for automobiles
  • 2004: Start of series production of several sensors for household appliances
  • 2007: First gear selection switch (shift by wire)
  • 2009: Complex electronics and motor controls for home sector
  • 2010: Start of series production of a new type of electronic steering locks
  • 2012: First Marquardt-Touchpad is produced
  • 2013: Launch of HMI Modules for e-mobility and capacitive control panels
  • 2014: Development of new Battery Management Systems

Business area[edit]

Marquardt Group is organized in two business divisions: Automotive and Switches, Sensors and Controls. Following a short List of products by business division.

Drive authorization systems and operating components


Marquardt Group develops and produces the following products:

Touchpad and BlueID Drive


  • Drive authorization systems
    • Electronic keys and ignition switches
    • Electrical steering column lock
    • Start/Stop systems
    • Control devices, antennas, door handle sensors
  • Operating components
    • Seat control switch, rotary light switches, door and roof control panels
    • Operation panels for steering wheels
    • Multi functional switches
    • Gear selection switches
Batteries and subsystems for electro-mobility
  • Switches and applications
    • Operating switches
    • Short travel pushbutton
    • Snap-action switches
    • Micro signal switch
    • Series
  • News and development trends

Switches, Sensors and Controls[edit]

Switches, Sensors & Controls division develops, produces and sells its products in a number of industries and applications. Apart from industrial applications, the products are used in power tools, household appliances, cleaning systems, drive technology as well as off-road vehicles.

Switching systems for electric power tools
Cleaning and drive applications
Standard switches for industrial and electrical applications


  • Power tools - Switching systems for electric power tools
    • AC applications
    • DC applications
    • EC and AC electronic modules
  • Sensors, systems and switches for the home division
    • Household appliances
    • Building technology and HVAC
    • Cleaning and drive applications
  • Industry
    • Standard switches for industrial and electrical applications
      • Medical and laboratory technology
      • Office communication
      • Industrial applications
    • Switches and solutions for off-road vehicles
      • Construction machinery
      • Agricultural machinery
      • Leisure vehicles
    • Solutions for Lawn & Garden appliances
      • Garden
      • Water
      • Forest
  • New Business


Plant of automobile systems, Rietheim-Weilheim

The Marquardt Group works at 14 locations[5] in 10 countries on four continents.


Rochester Hills

North America[edit]




  1. ^ Company information on the Marquardt website
  2. ^ Company information on the Marquardt website
  3. ^ Marquardt opens test lab in Trossingen
  4. ^ Marquardt inaugurates new building in Tunis
  5. ^ Locations of Marquardt Group
  6. ^ Marquardt Group sets up R&D centre in Pune

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°02′08″N 8°46′58″E / 48.03556°N 8.78278°E / 48.03556; 8.78278