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Woco – a history of success

Woco was founded by Franz Josef Wolf in 1956 and, today, it provides the competitive benefits of an internationally active corporation in conjunction with the flexibility and organization of a modern, medium-sized company.

Hans Jürgen Kracht succeeded the founding father of the company in the beginning of August 2010 and has served as CEO for the Woco Group ever since. Dr. Kracht has more than twenty years of experience in the automotive industry. Since the beginning of March 2011, Bernhard Nagl has been supporting him as acting CFO and as a member of the Executive Board. Mr. Nagl also brings more than 20 years of expertise to the table, accrued from various positions in the electronics and automotive industries.

Franz Josef Wolf

Having completed training to become an industrial sales management assistant and following a course of studies in mechanical engineering, Wolf worked a business administration/technical assistant to the Executive Board at Ullrich Gummiwerke AG in Gelnhausen, Germany, until 1956.
On  August 15, 1956, at the age of 21, he founded “Woco Franz Josef Wolf & Co. Gummi- und Kunststoffwerk”, a rubber and plastics factory, in Bad Soden-Salmünster, Germany.

Franz Josef Wolf created a company that, during the next 60 years, evolved from being a small rubber manufacturer to a globally active international corporation. Today, he is responsible for the Industrial Division as General Manager and provides support with his long-standing experience and business relations that have grown over the years.

Starting 2010

Relocation of the R&D departments to the newly established Research and Development Center,
Bad Soden-Salmünster (Germany)
Founding joint venture Zhonglan Woco (Ma Anshan) Rubber and Plastic Products Co., Ltd., Ma'Anshan (China)
Expansion & Relocation Woco Tech Elastomere Noida Ltd., Greater Noida (Indien)

Expansion of Kronacher Kunststoffwerk GmbH, Kronach (Germany)
Woco Tech de México S.A. de C.V., new location in Lagos de Moreno (Mexico)
Woco Ipartechnika, new location (IPAR2) in Budapest (Hungary)
Woco Eisenacher Kunststofftechnik GmbH, Eisenach (Germany)

Expansion Woco Industrietechnik GmbH, Steinau a. d. Str. (Germany)

Takeover of all JV shares and renaming to:
Woco Tech Noida Ltd., Noida (India)
Woco Tech Kandla Ltd., Kandla (India)
Woco Tech Ltd. (FZC), Sharjah (V.A.E.)

Founding Woco Tech Texas Corp., Waco (USA)*
Founding S.C. Woco Pipe System Components ROM SRL, Satu Mare (Romania)

Expansion of Wuxi Woco Motor Acoustic Systems Co. Ltd., Wuxi (China)
Founding Woco Industrietechnik GmbH, Lahnstein (Germany)*

Expansion of WocoTech de México S.A. de C.V., Querétaro (Mexico)
Expansion of Kronacher Kunststoffwerk GmbH, Kronach (Germany)

Founding of S.C. Woco Pipe System Components ROM SRL, Carei (Romania)*

*No longer active due to strategic changes

Starting 2000

Founding of WocoTech USA Inc.; Warren (USA)

Founding of Woco Polymer Systems Sanayi ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti, Bursa (Turkey)
Founding of Polimeri Systemi, d.o.o., Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Founding of Woco Rus, Togliatti (Russia)
Founding of WocoTech de Mexico S.A. de C.V. (Mexico)

Joint venture with Motherson Sumitomo Systems (India)
Founding of Kutno (Poland)*

Expansion of Wuxi Woco MAS (China)

Kronacher Kunststoffwerk GmbH, Kronach (Germany)
Woco Motherson Ltd.(FZC), Sharjah (United Arab Emirates)

WOCO MICHELIN AVS, Decize (Germany/France)*
Effbe Gruppe (Germany/France/Czech Republic)

*No longer active due to strategic changes

Starting 1990

BEL-Woco, Port Elizabeth (South Africa)*

Cooperation with MSSL, New Dehli (India)

Wuxi Woco Tongyong Rubber Engineering Co. Ltd (China)*

Woco do Brasil Ltda, Taubate (Brazil)*
Woco USA Inc., Detroit (USA)*

Shareholding in Safribol, Viseu (Portugal)*

Woco autopartes de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Querétaro (Mexico)*
Founding of Woco Ipartechnica, Budapest

*No longer active due to strategic changes

Starting 1980

Woco Automotive Ltd., Toronto (Canada)*

Cooperation with Semperit (Austria)

*No longer active due to strategic changes

Starting 1970

Subsidiary in Boxberg (Germany)*

Woco S.A., Epinal (France)*

Woco Industrial Compounds Ltd. (Ireland)*
Cooperation with Taurus, Budapest (Hungary)

Cooperation with FU CHON Ltd. Taipei (Taiwan)

Woco Tecnica S.A., Irun (Spain)

*No longer active due to strategic changes

Starting 1950

Cooperation Agreement with RIS, Zagreb (Yugoslavia)

Founding of Woco Franz Josef Wolf & Co. Gummi- und Kunststoffwerk, Bad Soden-Salmünster (Germany)