Helmut Henninger, Emil Lamparth and Werner Giebner signed the helag-electronic GmbH articles of incorporation on August 25, 1975. Initially, the company developed and produced variable capacitors for the broadcasting industry. In the following years, further components were added to the product palette, which enabled helag to evolve into an original equipment manufacturer for renowned car companies. High-volume orders from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW, for whom helag produced components such as window switches, spindle potentiometer or in-car headphone systems, followed from the 1980s onwards. Today’s product spectrum primarily extends to control panels, seat heating controllers, push button modules and brake light switch sensors. The company’s largest and most important customer is Volkswagen AG.
helag’s strategic acquisition by the Boysen Group followed in 2020. A win–win situation for those responsible for the takeover: “From the Boysen perspective, we have on the one hand extended our product palette, and on the other also created synergy effects in the areas of electronics and sensor systems which, as everyone knows, also play an increasingly more vital role in the exhaust systems area,” says Boysen CEO Rolf Geisel. Boysen also gained new capabilities in the area of plastics processing, which is necessary for electronic component encasing.
“In turn, helag benefits from the fact that Boysen is the perfect parent company, and that the takeover happened at exactly the right time. For a start, the group of companies offers us structural opportunities that make it possible for us to address the market once more with renewed fierceness,” says helag CEO Jörg Lawrenz. “In addition, we can now also rely on the global production network offered by Boysen’s numerous worldwide sites for the acquisition of new customers. We intend to make good use of the resulting tailwind.”