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Our 85-year History

On Sept. 15, 1931, mechanical engineer Hans Herman Voss founded VOSS Automotive, Inc., in Wipperfurth, Germany. At the time, the company was known as Armaturenfabrik, a plumbing fitting manufacturer.

It wasn’t until 1953 that the company changed its name to VOSS Automotive, Inc., and began developing tube connections for vehicle construction and mechanical engineering. Since then, VOSS has grown to meet demands of the commercial vehicle, construction and agriculture equipment, and passenger car industries.

Today, we offer an extensive portfolio of customized line and connection technology for the vehicle systems of tomorrow. We specialize in selective catalytic reduction (SCR), diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), fuel and fuel cell, coolant and pneumatic system lines. We also manufacture quick connect systems, multi-connection systems, manifolds and more.

And with 13 locations worldwide, we continue to operate near our customers – where we should be.

Click here to read a more detailed history of VOSS Automotive, Inc.

Significant Milestones
1931
Hermann Voss took over a small factory in Wipperfürth, Germany, for the fabrication of domestic plumbing fittings, and VOSS Automotive was founded on Sept. 15, 1931.

1953
The founder’s son, Hans Hermann Voss, diversified VOSS products by developing tube connections for vehicle construction and mechanical engineering.

1960
The Wipperfürth business was expanded, and the Nordkirchen plant was founded.

1969
VOSS concentrated on the “Leiersmühle” location by taking over the whole site, including Bernhard Meyer KG buildings and 140 employees (1970).

1970 – 1972
Subsidiaries were founded in export markets.

1975
VOSS launched the world’s first quick connect system (240) for pneumatic brakes in commercial vehicles.

1978
The company took over the ZAKO range, as well as pipe and flange connections for extreme loading in hydraulic systems.

1987
VOSS purchased production and administration buildings, and it expanded the facility in Wipperfürth, Germany, to more than 100,000 square meters.

1993
VOSS acquired shares in Forschungsgesellschaft für Kraftfahrwesen (fka), RWTH Aachen. Later, quick connect system 203 was used in air suspension lines, which was the first time any VOSS components were used in passenger cars.

1995
The company launched additional air suspension components and quick connectors (246) for fuel lines in the passenger car market.

1996
VOSS partnered with Kreissparkasse Köln (Cologne district savings bank). Sales revenue served as a diversification of assets of the Hans Hermann Voss-Stiftung (Foundation, est. 1992). New distribution companies in USA and Brazil were also established, and the Brazilian company began producing nylon tubes.

1999
The company structure was changed: VOSS Holding GmbH + Co. KG and subsidiaries.

  • Armaturenfabrik Hermann Voss GmbH + Co. KG;
    components for the vehicle industry
  • VOSS Fluidtechnik GmbH + Co. KG;
    components for the engineering industry

2000
Production was reorganized into fractals: “factories within the factory”. The fractal tube and hose assemblies for commercial and passenger vehicles were also expanded.

2001
The operating companies’ legal forms and names were changed to:

  • VOSS Automotive GmbH
  • VOSS Fluid GmbH & Co. KG

Additionally, VOSS Automotive GmbH completed the new trial and prototype workshop.

2004
The VOSS Automotive Polska production plant in Legnickie Pole, Poland, was opened.

2006
Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) modules for exhaust after-treatment were introduced to the product portfolio. In the same year, a joint venture with VOSS-Exotech Automotive in Pune, India, was established.

2007
Chinese subsidiary, VOSS Automotive Components (Jinan) Co., Ltd., was founded.

2008
Japanese subsidiary, VOSS Japan, Ltd., was founded.

2011
VOSS Automotive Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V., manufacturing operations was founded, and at year’s end, the Hans Hermann Voss-Stiftung (Foundation) became sole owner of VOSS Group.

2014
VOSS North American headquarters was opened in Fort Wayne, Ind.

2016
VOSS leaders broke ground on a new production plant in Arteaga, Mexico.

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