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Automotive supplier with tradition and vision

Looking to the future

Since 1919 Preh has stood for technical innovation and SME-style flexibility. Having started out as specialists for radio and subsequently TV electronics,
the company has evolved over decades into a global supplier and much sought OEM Partner in the automotive sector.

1919-1945

FOUNDING YEARS WITH
INGENUITY

Founders: Jakob Preh | Manufacture of
electrical installation parts and accessories
Innovation: Preh radio

Company founded in Bad Neustadt a. d. Saale on March 11, 1919, by Jakob Preh under the trade name Jakob Preh jun. Electrical installation parts and accessories manufactured in an old restaurant. The age of radio begins. Jakob Preh takes note and is one of the first German manufacturers to develop the “Preh Funk” radio receiver. The young company has 200 employees.

1945-1988

THE RADIO
AND TV ERA

Quality supplier to the
electronics industry
Plug-in connectors
Computer keyboards

Preh Potentiometer for radio sets, “Prehomat” and “Prehostat” TV channel selectors and a wide range of plug-in connectors set the industry standard for quality and reliability. In 1969, the company’s 50th anniversary, Preh posts record sales of 92 million German marks. In 1988, Preh enters the field of automotive electronics.

1988-1993

BREAKING INTO THE
AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY

Heating and climate control systems
Controls for on-board computers
Potentiometric sensors

Early products include mechanical /electronic heating and climate control systems, controls for the first on-board computers and potentiometric sensors for controlling the throttle valve position.

1993-2003

INTELLIGENT MECHATRONICS
SOLUTIONS

Rheinmetall Berlin AG acquires controlling interest
Climate control systems | Infotainment systems

In 1993 Rheinmetall Berlin AG acquires the controlling interest in the Preh plants. By 2000 Preh enjoys a turnover of €220 million and already has a total of 1,970 employees in Germany and abroad. The focus is on intelligent mechatronic solutions.

2003-2012

GLOBALIZATION

Preh sites in China, Mexico
and Romania
Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Following expansion to the USA, a new production site for the automotive division opens in Monterrey, Mexico, in 2005. In 2009 a new production site opens in Romania and in 2010 the joint venture begins with the present majority shareholder Joyson Investment Holding Co., Ltd., based in Ningbo in China.

2012-2016

DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH
AND GLOBALIZATION

New parent company:
Joyson Electronic
Takeover of IMA Automation

Since 2012 the Liaoyuan Joyson Electonic Corp., a listed company at the Shanghai stock excahnge, is the sole shareholder of Preh. The solid, organic growing continues. Furthermore in 2014 the IMA Automation Amberg was taken over.

Since 2016

E-MOBILITY, NETWORKING
AND DEVELOPMENT

New development center
E-Mobility | Preh Car Connect

In 2016 Preh takes over Technisat Automotive (today: Preh Car Connect) and expands its competences with navigation systems and connectivity solutions. In 2017, after taking over the automation companies EVANA and M&R, PIA is spun off from the Preh Group and integrated into the new PIA Automation Holding, separately from the stock exchange listed Joyson Automotive Group.

From yesterday to today

Examples of our serial products
and innovative concepts