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EDAG – an overview

Business values

Highly motivated, flexible, eager to learn, high-performing employees produce TOP quality

We attach huge importance to our further development. After all, our claim is to become better everyday. This applies to the team as a whole and to each one of us individually. We thereby rely on a constant willingness to learn.


We are flexible, because only those who want to continue moving, not aimlessly, but with the aim of impressing and achieving enthusiasm, are capable of bringing others forward in issues of mobility. And because top performance only works in a team, we expect our employees to be willing to work together to the maximum.

The benefit for our customers is clear: a high-performance partner at the TOP level.

Excellent services with outstanding customer feedback

Mobility fascinates our customers. Progress in mobility creates enthusiasm. A lot of passion has often gone into developments that impress others. Our aim is to not only leave a lasting, good impression with our work, attitude and manner, but also to guarantee a competitive edge for our customers. Outstanding feedback from a very satisfied customers is our incentive.

Mastering innovation and new technologies

Our work influences the future of the market. We not only work on current challenges, but recognise trends and changes in the automobile industry at an early stage. 

We do not satisfy ourselves with the status quo, because our claim is to continually improve the quality of product and production development and processes and therefore almost achieve the impossible.

We deliver innovative solutions and new technologies for our customers and thereby ensure we maintain a top position. 

Strong global presence and network

Mobility is a basic global need. Just like our customers, we also display a strong global presence. Germany is and remains our basis because the future needs an origin.

Our aim is to deliver the best practice at all sites for the challenges in the automobile industry, because every nation has its own mobility demands.   

An excellent international network and dedicated teamwork are not only important to us, we view them as a matter of course in achieving this aim. 

Profitable growth

We also want to be the best on the market with respect to growth and profitability. Growth and profitability are not just claims made by the management and are not ends in themselves. They are a matter of mutual understanding for all managers and employees.

Due to our inner strengths, our values and our scope for creative solutions, we are always discovering new opportunities for further development and improvement. We therefore provide constant impetus and can develop our core services further.

We make full use of our strengths and use the opportunities that bring us forward in the long-term. That is the best form of sustainability and is a guarantee for profitability during our course of growth. 



EDAG was founded by Horst Eckard in Groß-Zimmern near Darmstadt on 1st February 1969, at which time the company was known as "Konstruktionsbüro Horst Eckard". We are one of the world's largest independent engineering partner to the international automotive industry.


First phase


The head office in Fulda was established. At the time, the company was oriented towards vehicle and production plant development.


The Group started globalization with the founding of a branch office in Barcelona, Spain. Furthermore, a separate training department was established.


The branch network in Germany included approximately 10 facilities situated close to vehicle manufacturers.


The number of employees rose to a total of more than 2,000 worldwide.


EDAG is the first automotive service provider to be admitted to the VDA (Association of the German Automotive Industry).


Daimler hired us for our first full-car development for a derivative model (the Mercedes B-Class).


The “EDAG Tec-Centre” was founded in Fulda. It is a multi-disciplinary product development competence centre for lightweight design.


EDAG opened its first branch office in China (Shanghai).


The first EDAG facility in Japan (Fukuoka) was founded.


ATON Group became the sole shareholder of EDAG.

The acquisition of EDAG by the ATON Group constituted an important step in the corporate history since the ATON Group significantly affected and formed the strategy to focus services on the automotive industry. EDAG started a restructuring process, disposing of non-automotive related businesses and acquiring complementary automotive Engineering Service Providers (ESPs).

Second phase


EDAG Group’s staff levels rose to more than 3,500 employees worldwide.


The EDAG “Light Car – Open Source”, a “purpose design” body concept for electric vehicles created using the latest standards in lightweight materials, semi-finished products and joining technology, was presented at the Geneva Motor Show and the International Motor Show (IAA).


The E-Mobility Competence Centre was founded at EDAG’s head office in Fulda.


The subsidiaries Mühlenberg Interiors GmbH & Co. KG as well as AKTEC Automobil- und Kunststofftechnik GmbH were sold. First contact was established with a Japanese customer regarding derivative projects.


With the acquisition of the Rücker Group (which added approximately 2,500 employees) EDAG became one of the leading independent automotive ESP, employing more than 7,000 employees. The subsidiary Weser-Metall-Umformtechnik GmbH & Co. KG along with its subsidiary Namibian Press and Tools International Prop. Ltd. was sold.


With the acquisition of the BFFT Group (comprising approximately 600 employees) EDAG managed to strengthen its position in the E/E segment. The Competence Centre Car-IT was founded.


At the Geneva Motor Show, EDAG presented the futuristic vehicle sculpture “EDAG GENESIS”, which, using the example of a body structure, was designed to demonstrate the revolutionary potential of additive manufacturing. The teams from EDAG and Rücker Group were combined in the new entity EDAG Engineering AG. Approximately 70 locations in some 25 countries and more than 7,400 employees were at their customer´s disposal for the development of vehicles and production plants. Furthermore, for the first time derivative projects were completed for Japanese customers.

In 2014 Rücker EKS GmbH (now EKS InTec GmbH), Rücker Aerospace GmbH, Silver Aerospace B.V., Rücker France SARL and Rücker-Sier GIE were sold. Additionally, the business division “Werkzeug & Karosseriesysteme” was sold to EDAG Werkzeug + Karosserie GmbH, of which EDAG holds 49% as of December 31, 2014.

In 2015, construction work started on the new EDAG Technology and Development Centre in Wolfsburg-Warmenau. This year also marks the world premiere of the concept “EDAG Light Cocoon” at the Geneva Motor Show 2015. The company’s legal form changed to EDAG Engineering GmbH. Furthermore, the Company was incorporated, by a contribution in kind of EDAG Engineering Holding GmbH, and became the new parent company of the EDAG Group.

Additionally, the Competence Centre “New Production Technology” was established.


Executive Board



Cosimo De Carlo


Harald Poeschke


Jürgen Vogt



Our Brands

EDAG Engineering GmbH

The development of mobility is not an isolated process, but the fully integrated interlinking of a wide variety of disciplines. As leading independent engineering experts, we know all about these disciplines and the way they interact. 


So it happens that we not only supply top performance when it comes to promoting vehicle evolution - we also know how the production and processes need to be devised to meet future market requirements.

Under the EDAG Engineering GmbH, our subsidiaries and affiliated companies help to provide this interdisciplinary expertise with customised solutions. Our brands help you to bring about the long-term optimisation of products, processes and your company, and make them fit for the future.

EDAG Production Solutions

EDAG Production Solutions GmbH & Co. KG specialises in the development of complete production facilities and their processes.

Combining these with our competence in the development of vehicles, we have mastered the interfaces between product development and production systems.

Besides handling the individual stages of the product creation process, we also offer all factory and production systems-related services, and are therefore in an ideal position to plan complete factories for all fields, including cross processes, and provide single-source support throughout the implementation stage.


Feynsinn was founded a few years ago: a group of experienced experts working for EDAG who established themselves as an independent consultancy service with implementation skills.

The interdisciplinary team, which works throughout Germany, specialises in the optimised completion of products for a wide variety of sectors. 

Feynsinn improves software and IT-supported processes and methods from product design, through development and production, to sales and marketing. To this end, Feynsinn offers not just advice, but also implementation and training.


BFFT provides support for its customers in the fields of hardware and software development and alternative drive technologies. In addition to these two specialist fields, the BFFT brand has also established itself as an acknowledged partner in other areas and now has around 800 employees.


Code of Conduct

Ever since the company was first founded, vital prerequisites for the success of the business activities of EDAG Engineering GmbH have been adherence to ethical standards such as integrity, honesty and adherence to the law, and exercising a sense of responsibility in all we do. In addition, respect and fairness towards colleagues, customers and business associates are an inherent part of EDAG's corporate culture, and central to the definition of our principles.


To underline how very important these principles are, we have put together the main points of all the most important legal and ethical dos and don'ts in the EDAG Code of Conduct.

This code of conduct provides our employees a set of instructions on how to deal with laws, rules, regulations and guidelines and is intended to help to prevent any damage from happening to the company or individual employees. We expect strict compliance with all relevant legal and in-house requirements from all of our employees. Our Compliance Organisation supports the executive board, managers and employees in their daily activities, provides orientation and information on legal and other binding rules of conduct.

Along with our brand values and leadership principles, the code of conduct is also an important element of our corporate culture. It is important to practise and comply with its contents.


Promoting female employees and female managers

With our diversity concept, we aspire to have a proportion of woman in management positions appropriate for our employee structure. 


At the end of 2015, the proportion of our female managers at both top levels below the executive board was 8.3%. We want to expand this proportion by 2020. We are aiming for a 10% quota of female managers for Germany. The proportion of women in the total workforce of EDAG Engineering GmbH is 17.9% and 4.2% on the management levels.

To achieve and sustain this goal of 10% female managers, EDAG has established the Frauen@EDAG initiative. A comprehensive catalogue of measures to acquire, promote and commit to female employees and managers has been developed.

The supervisory board of EDAG Engineering GmbH decided in a meeting on 7 October 2015 that the current quota of 16.0 % is to be maintained or continued on the part of the employee representatives as well as on the part of the representatives of the shareholders.

For the proportion of female mangers of EDAG Engineering GmbH, the supervisory board decided that the current quota of 0.0% should not be changed.

The supervisory board of EDAG Engineering Holding GmbH has to date not specified a quota as the supervisory board has so far only held its constituting session in connection with its legal appointment. Currently 16.0% of the members of the supervisory board of EDAG Engineering Holding GmbH are female. The quota is 50% on the management level of this company.


Our distinctions and awards

The claim we make on ourselves and our work are made visible through our distinctions.












Our customers are our best reference.


Automotive industry:

Audi, Benteler, BMW, BMW Brilliance, Bosch, Bugatti, Chery, Chrysler, Comau, Continental, Daimler, Delphi, Dura Automotive, Electrolux, Fiat, Fisker, Ford, Gestamp, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Inalfa, Johnson Controls, Magna, Miele, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, PSA, Renault, Seat, Siemens, Skoda, Sonora, Tata Motors, ThyssenKrupp, Toyota, Volkswagen, WorldAutoStee

Commercial vehicle industry:

Commercial Vehicle Cluster, DAF, Daimler, Dong Feng, EvoBus, Hino Motors, Iveco,  John Deere , MAN, Navistar, Scania, Volkswagen

Rail Industry:

Alstom, Bombardier, Deutsche Bahn AG, Wanne-Herner- Eisenbahn