Facts and Figures
1998 SITECH Sp. z o.o. founded in Polkowice (Poland) by Volkswagen AG and KWD GmbH
1999 Production launch of the first components at SITECH Sp. z o.o. in Poland
2001 SITECH Sitztechnik GmbH founded in Germany
2003 As of August, SITECH becomes a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen AG
2004 Takeover of seat manufacture at Emden location,
SITECH Dongchang founded in Shanghai (China),
Start-up of pressing plant in Poland
2005 Start-up of seating research centre (SIEZ) in Wolfsburg
2007 Takeover of seat manufacture for Volkswagen commercial vehicles in Hanover
2009 Opening of a new plant for SITECH Dongchang in China,
Foundation of a development centre for seats in Heinenkamp/Wolfsburg
2010 New business segment in centre consoles and instrument panels, incl. inauguration of new production hall at Frisia Industrial Park in Emden,
Manufacturing launch of seat mechanisms in Polkowice, in cooperation with Fisher Dynamics
2011 Opening of research bureau (south) in Ingolstadt (at Wettsetten),
Development of research centre at China location
2012 New pressing line at Polkowice location,
Opening of a competence centre for seats in Heinenkamp/Wolfsburg,
Cooperation with the Technical University Breslau (incl. office-opening)
2013 Start-up of new plant in Glogow (Poland),
Opening of a competence centre for seat structures in Polkowice (Poland),
Opening of a health centre at Wolfsburg location

The precursors of automobile manufacturers were, of course, the makers of carriages. In Dresden in 1864, Carl Heinrich Gläser founded his workshop to build coaches and horse-drawn sleighs. His company quickly established itself as a maker of luxury carriages, one of the first of which was model no. 614, otherwise known as the Phaeton. At the turn of the century, production began to orient itself toward automobile carriages. Among these carriages “suitable for motorisation” was the Sport-Phaeton of 1909. After the war, the company traded under the name VEB Karosseriewerke Dresden. Following German reunification, it was reincorporated as KWD GmbH, which Volkswagen AG then commissioned to produce welded body components for the Scirocco, Corrado, Passat and Polo, as well as the undercarriage for the Golf.

In 1998, Sitech was founded by Volkswagen AG (49%) and KWD GmbH (51%) in Polkowice (Poland). Production began in 1999, and in 2001, Sitech Sitztechnik GmbH Deutschland was founded in Germany. In 2003, Sitech became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG.