Tradition and Innovation
Founded in 1958, Hengst remains an independent family company managed by its third generation with all associated strengths - short decision channels, rapid responses and customer orientation are without doubt self evident. Many things have changed over the past half century but one thing remains unchanged: The satisfaction of our customers is our focus.
Start your journey through our company history and find out about innovations and events of the past decades.
engineer Walter Hengst formated the company Ing. Walter
Hengst KG in Münster, Germany.
1959The Hengst racing team was established.
1961Production of the first flow/ bypass oil filter for Mercedes Benz
1962First trade show booth at the International Automobile Exhibition (IAA)
1962Walter Hengst and Frank Donaldson joint venture the Hengst-Dondalson Inc. Based in Münster, Germany.
1968Series production and delivery to Porsche of flow/ bypass filters
1974Production of the first fuel filter for Canadian ferries
1977Mr. Günter Röttgering, the son-in-law of Mr. Walter Hengst, joins the company, which becomes: Ing. Walter Hengst GmbH & Co. KG.
1977Foundation for the expansion of the main building in Münster, Germany
1978Mr. Walter Hengst dies at the age of 86.
1979The first Hengst foreign subsidiaries are founded.
A production plant for spin-on filters is established in Vöcklabruck, Austria.
1980Start of series production of the first intake muffler completely made out of plastic for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles
1987Completion and grand opening ceremony of plant #2 in Münster, Germany
1988Production of the first easy-to-service-cup oil filter with an automatic service drain system and plastic screw cap
1990Take over from the trust agency of a stateowned filter and carburetor plant in Berlin, renamed: Hengst Filterwerke Berlin GmbH & Co. KG
1992Foundation of the nationawide charity organization "Herzenswünsche e.V." by Ms. Wera Röttgering which fulfills heart's desires of seriously ill children and youth
1993World News: Launch of the environmentally friendly ENERGETIC® filter system - the first metal-free filter insert - is being presented to the market
1995Hengst receives the Innovation-Prize from the Münsterland region for Science & Economics for the development of the enviromentally friendly ENERGETIC® oil filter insert.
1995Installation of a company-owned injection molding department in Münster, Germany
1995First cartridge type oil filter system
1996First Fluidmanagement-Modul for the Mercedes-Benz engines is being produced.
1996Multifunktional oil moduls with integrated engine mount are being produced.
1997Highly efficient oil mist separator systems (cyclones for petrol and diesel engines) with patented pressure limiter valve are introduced to the market.
1998The biggest fire after World War II in the city of Münster, Germany destroys one-third of the Hengst filter plants.
The Hengst-Wetzel Ltda. is founded - a joint Venture in Joinville, Brazil.
2000The Nordwalde, Germany NW-5 location is established: An in-house aluminum die cast foundry and the expansion of the ENERGETIC® production.
2000Hengst takes over the Luber-finer GmbH with the trademarks Champ and Luber-finer.
2001Opening of the logistics center in Nordwalde, Germany
2002Mr. Jens Röttgering, with a diploma in business management, joins the Hengst company in the 3rd generation.
2002Development of an ENERGETIC®-System for direct assembly
2003Establishment of an engineering office in Detroit, MI (USA)
2003Establishment of an engineering office in São Paulo, Brazil
2003Development of a fuel-service-center (Water Separation / electr. heater)
2004Take over of all shares from the Brazilian partner from the joint venture Hengst-Wetzel Ltda. and renaming to Hengst Indústria de Filtros Ltda.
2004Discontinuation of brands Luber-finer and Champ
2004Development of a cylinder head cover with integrated oil mist separation and pressure regulation
2005Establishment of the subsidiary Hengst Filter Systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. in Kunshan, China
2005Establishment of the subsidiary Hengst of North America, Inc. in Camden, SC (USA)
2005Development of Multifunctional modules with integrated coolant pump
2006Hengst Indústria de Filtros Ltda. moves into a new company building in Joinville.
2006Hengst receives the logistic supplier award from DaimlerChrysler Global Service & Parts.
2006Hengst receives the "Trucknology® Supplier of the Year" award from MAN.
2007Opening of an additional production building in Nordwalde, Germany
2008Development of the High Speed Centrifuge Blue.jet for all classes
Opening of Hengst own day care center "Hengst-Children Land"
2008Start-up production of the multi-functional module for the Daimler Truck Group HDEP engine
2009Completion of an additional plant in Münster, Germany and development of the energetic competence center
2009Opening of a new company building of Hengst Filter systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. In Kunshan
First price award at the "International aluminium pressure die-casting" competition 2010 in the category "Multifunctional near-net shape castings"
Hengst wins the "Grand Innovation Award" of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).
2010Premiere of the Blue-Engine-Care-Systems at the Bauma 2010
2011Hengst is distinguished as the "Supplier of the Year 2010" by Shanghai General Motors (SGM).
2011Hengst receives the Bronze Award 2010 from Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW).
2011Hengst starts their operation in the new building in Nordwalde.
2011Disc separator with electric engine
Hengst received special recognition in the International Aluminium Pressure Die Casting Competition 2012.
2012The newest Generation of the Blue Engine Care System Blue.tron (Disc separator with electric engine) is presented at the IAA.
2012Start of serial production of the new oil filter system for the MQB drive system (Modular Transverse Matrix) from Volkswagen
2012Start-up production of the multi-functional module for the Daimler AG MDEG engines
2013Hengst of North America, Inc. has been awarded the prestigious "Gold Supplier Status" by GM Customer Care and Aftersales.
Establishment of the subsidiary Hengst Automotive India in Bangalore (India).
2013The Hengst group has been awarded with the award "GM Supplier of the Year 2012".
2013The Hengst Filter Systems (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. as been awarded with the „Green Supplier“ Award from Shanghai GM (SGM).