Founders

The 8 founder companies of “Automotive Cluster Bulgaria” (ACB)

Grammer AD
www.grammer.com

Grammer is specialized in developing and manufacturing components and systems for car interiors as well as driver and passenger seats for offroad vehicles, trucks, buses, and trains. As a global player in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, GRAMMER can be found on four continents with 24 companies and more than 30 production and distribution sites in 18 countries and in 2011 generated a turnover of approximately € 1 billion. In Bulgaria, the plant GRAMMER is situated in Trudovets, region Sofia and takes an area of 54 570 square meters. The company has ca. 750 employees in two directions: “SEATINGS” and “AUTOMOTIVE”. Since 2012 the business of GRAMMER in Bulgaria is growing through the implementation of new projects for VW and MERCEDES.

Industrial Commerce Ltd.
www.hyundaibg.bg

Industrial Commerce Ltd was established in 1990. In the beginning of its activity the company imported cars, American production. In the period 1995-1998 Industrial Commerce was appointed as official dealer of Chrysler and in 1998 – Distributor of “Hyundai Motor” for Bulgaria. The company has a substantial market share of about 7 % and operates under its own dealerships in major Bulgarian cities where are employed about 200 employees. The workshop of “Industrial Commerce” is prized as № 1 Service in Bulgaria for 2012 by the Press-Auto Club Bulgaria and Shell. The upper price segment is successfully represented by the Infiniti brand.

Magna Powertrain Plovdiv EOOD

ixetic GmbH, which is based in Bad Homburg (Hesse / Germany), is a leading global manufacturer of hydraulic and vacuum pumps for the automotive industry.

The company’s turnover in 2011 totalled around €300 million. At its sites in Bad Homburg and Hückeswagen (Bergisches Land), Germany, and its plants in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and Shanghai (China) the company employs a total of approximately 1400 employees. It also has subsidiaries in Brunswick (USA) and Yokohama (Japan), a joint venture with DSI, Bangalore (India) and a partnership with DHB in Porto Alegre (Brazil). The Managing Directors are Georg Wolf (Chairman) and Dr. Harald Nippel. Ixetic’s product range includes hydraulic pumps for steering, chassis and transmission applications, vacuum pumps for brake systems, lubricating oil pumps, and innovative thermal management concepts for electric vehicles. Its customers include renowned vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, Renault, Toyota, Volkswagen and all the leading manufacturers of heavy and medium duty trucks such as Daimler, Navistar, Scania and Volvo.

Johnson Controls Electronics Bulgaria EOOD
www.johnsoncontrols.com

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in over 150 countries. The company has three divisions: Automotive Experience, Power Solutions, Building Efficiency and employ 162.000 people worldwide with revenues amounted to 40.8 Billion USD for 2011.
The 162,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiency of buildings; they supply lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles and interiors for automobiles.

The company celebrated 10 Years Anniversary in Bulgaria. Sofia is a very important location in Johnson Controls global network. Currently the Sofia branch is one of the biggest technology centers of Johnson Controls worldwide. Sofia Center works in close cooperation with the R&D centers in Germany, France, USA and China, developing and providing state-of-the-art product technologies for customers BMW, Chrysler, Citroën, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot,  Renault, Skoda, Smart, VW and others.

Leschke Design

The company is engaged in automotive design and construction of prototypes conventional and electrically powered vehicles.

The managing partner, Professor Harald Leschke, was a long time a top-manager of the “Advanced design / corporate design” of Daimler AG.

S Media Team
www.smediateam.com

The biggest publishing house in Bulgaria in the automobile sector. The portfolio includes AUTO BILD Bulgaria (Axel Springer),  BBC TopGear Bulgaria, Motor Show and automotive news agency Speed-Press, as well as the magazines BBC GoodFood Bulgaria, BBC Knowledge Bulgaria, F1 Racing Bulgaria, HELLO! Bulgaria, GLAMOUR Bulgaria, MODA, Yachting&Lifestyle, Prime_Time.

S Media Team is an official partner of the world most prestigious publishing companies such as: BBC Worldwide Magazines (for Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro); Haymarket Consumer Media, Hello!Limited, Condé Nast International and Axel Springer.

Truckenmüller & Company Bulgaria (IMACOS)
www.imacos.com

The IMACOS Group, founded in 1998 with headquarters in Stuttgart specializes in Turnaround and Interim Management services with a focus on automotive industry. The managing and consulting company has more than 20 years of experience in setting up of new production, development and sales entities in Eastern Europe. It has also a reliable network of more than one hundred experts and managers.

Main activities of the 5 professionals in Sofia: process and structure optimization; integrated business support for the resettlement (e.g. site evaluation, negotiation with government agencies, project management/ interim management, search for employee and management staff); representation of support entry of Bulgarian companies in the Western European markets.

Würth Elektronik IBE BG EOOD
www.we-online.de

With its 16 production locations in four company areas worldwide, Würth Elektronik is one of the most successful companies of the Würth Group. Wurth Elektronik generated in 2011 with 6,200 employees a turnover of approximately EUR 700 million.

The company in Bulgaria is specialized in passive components and electromechanical components. The plant is located in Belozem, near of Plovdiv, with more than 250 employees.

Проект BG161PO003-2.4.02-0091-C0001 „АКБ – катализатор на автомобилната индустрия в България“ е финансиран по Приоритетна ос 2, Операция 2.4.1: „Насърчаване на бизнес кооперирането и клъстерите“ на Оперативна програма „Развитие на конкурентоспособността на българската икономика” 2007-2013, съфинансирана от Европейския съюз чрез Европейски фонд за регионално развитие и от националния бюджет на Република България.