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Company Overview of Kiekert AG

Company Overview

Kiekert AG manufactures vehicle side-door latches and closure systems for the automobile industry worldwide. Its product line includes rear compartment and liftgate latches; latch modules; strikers; interior actuators that include mini, power closing, and sliding-door actuators; and drive systems. It offers its products through suppliers. The company was founded in 1857 and is headquartered in Heiligenhaus, Germany with additional locations in Prelouc, Czech Republic; Wixom, Michigan; Puebla, Mexico; Changshu, China; and Naberezhnye Chelny, Russian Federation. As of September 12, 2012, Kiekert AG operates as a subsidiary of Hebei LingYun Industrial Group Co., Ltd.

Höseler Platz 2

Heiligenhaus,  42579


Founded in 1857


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Key Executives for Kiekert AG

Chairman of Executive Board, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Age: 55
Chief Financial Officer and Member of Management Board
Age: 53
Executive Vice President of Global Operations
Chief Purchasing Officer and Member of The Management Board
Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Management Board
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

Kiekert AG Key Developments

Kiekert AG Announces $1 Million Expansion at its Wixom Facilities

Kiekert AG will invest $1 million to expand its U.S. development and manufacturing center in Wixom in 2016. In total, Kiekert will have invested more than $2.2 million to expand its local test and prototype-development facilities and increase production capacity in the U.S. since 2013. The improvements will nearly triple production at the Wixom plant from 350,000 door-latch modules in 2013 to more than 1 million units this year. The expansion adds 15,000 square feet to the now 50,000-square-foot Wixom facility.

Kiekert AG Develops Electromechanical Door Protection Function, i-protect

Kiekert AG developed an electromechanical door protection function called i-protect. Kiekert's i-protect technology prevents a car door from unintentionally striking nearby obstacles, contributing greater safety and convenience in traffic situations. The i-protect sensors and the door-brake system work together to ensure collision avoidance. On-board vehicle electronics evaluate the signal and send a stop command directly to the door check when an nearby obstacle is detected. The i-protect stopping mechanism controls arresters on the door hinges and can stop the door electromagnetically when required precisely, and just centimeters away from an obstacle. i-protect recognizes static objects of any size or shape within the swing range of the door. Because the retention force used by the system is mechanical and not electrical, the system is energy efficient. The position-dependent retention force and an infinitely variable door stop also make exiting the vehicle even more comfortable and convenient for drivers and passengers.

Kiekert AG Plans to Introduce an Innovative Brake System for Car Doors

Kiekert AG is planning to introduce an innovative "brake system" for car doors called i-protect. The company's sensor-based system is designed to reduce sheet metal damage and costly insurance claims by automatically stopping car doors from striking other objects as they are being opened. The mechanism built into the company's i-protect system will stop car doors from slamming into parked cars, garage walls and other obstacles and potentially could eliminate millions of irritating and often costly dings and dents.

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