We have always valued technical innovation and the flexibility of a mid-size organization. Jakob Preh, the founder of our company, got us off to a great start in 1919, when he recognized the signs of the times and started making equipment and components for the fledgling broadcasting industry. His successors had a similar knack for innovation and entered the automotive market, where we are poised to become a global player for automotive electronics.
Whether it’s on the steering wheel or the dashboard: any place where there are knobs or buttons or, more recently, touchscreens, Preh products found in today’s vehicles are indispensable. Big automotive manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Ford, GM, Porsche or VW trust our ground-breaking solutions. Just recently, we showed our innovative spirit, and started providing pioneering touch control buttons for the steering wheels of all new Mercedes E-Class sedans. We are the first company to offer this technology to the automotive industry. We are furthermore working on innovations in the areas of e-mobility, commercial vehicle HMI, as well as our own Preh Car Connect and Preh IMA automation.
Our roots are in the idyllic town of Bad Neustadt an der Saale, but our reach is global. Our facilities in China, Romania, Portugal, Sweden, Mexico and the United States help us introduce our products to the world. Regardless of location, all of our 7,000 employees all operate under the same motto: “We drive innovation!” This is what unites us and motivates everybody to do their best.
Despite our global footprint today, the Bavarian roots of our company are palpable at all of our locations. We are family-friendly and fair. It is not surprising that many who start out with us as apprentices, continue to work for us for decades. And they pride themselves for being “Preh’lers.” This great loyalty motivates many employees to participate in voluntary company functions, such as the Werkorchester (plant orchestra). The orchestra has been entertaining guests at company events and official ceremonies for over 80 years and is one of the oldest plant orchestras in Germany.
The past and the present are important to us, but we are mostly focused on the future. Jakob Preh was our cheerleader in that from the start. Site expansions are standard for us, as are the investment in our employees. For apprentices, we provide technical as well as personal guidance. For the ambitious ones, we even offer the opportunity to participate in projects at our foreign production sites. This is how we prepare the next generation for the demands of the markets of the future.
Electro mobility is a major focus of ours today and we make battery management systems for the complex battery systems of today’s electric vehicles, such as the BMW i3 and the BMW i8. This is an emerging field that we expect to grow exponentially in the near future. Our company history proves that we are always on the cutting edge. We have reinvented ourselves many times and yet, we are still the same company. That’s how we like it.