History

A success story spanning 70 years

Founded in 1947, Novem can look back on a success story that spans decades. Right from the start, the emphasis has been on the production of high-quality wood trim elements for the premium segment of the automotive industry. Since then, we have constantly expanded, tapped into new markets and steadily grown our product and material portfolio.

2021

First sustainability report is published

2020

Market expands to include first Hyundai platform Genesis

2019

New design centre and logistics building opens in Vorbach

2016

“Self-healing” PUR system is developed

2013

Sensor technology is developed

2011

Location opens in Mexico. Ownership changes to Bregal

2010

A laminated veneer is launched, a material mix consisting of wood and aluminium

2007

Launch of LeanWood technology. Site opens in China

2002

Launch of PUR technology. First aluminium surface from Eschenbach

1990s

New locations open in Italy, the Czech Republic and Honduras

1970s

We equip the first BMW 7 Series, which is still an integral part of our portfolio

1960s

The market expands as regards innovation and design in car interiors

1953

We equip the BMW 502 V8, predecessor of the BMW 7 Series

1947

Founding of the company

What once started with the production of steering wheels made of natural wood expanded to include the manufacture of belt lines, centre consoles, dashboards and door linings. Novem grew and expanded. First, European locations opened in the Czech Republic and Italy, followed by overseas locations in Honduras, Mexico and China. As a supplier of wood trim elements, Novem has always been determined to take advantage of its business opportunities, developing into a world leader in the manufacture of exquisite high-end products for car interiors. We at Novem are encouraged to continue on this successful path between tradition and progress by winning the BMW Innovation Award, Daimler Supplier Award, GM Supplier Quality Excellence Award, Hyundai Supplier of the Year Award and a number of other prizes. It is precisely this combination of traditional quality and innovation that has positioned the Novem Group to become the worldwide leading manufacturer of high-quality trim elements and decorative function elements. In our design centre, “Novem Interior World”, we also work on ideas for new and sustainable surfaces. Novem has partnered with Bregal Unternehmenskapital as a majority shareholder since 2011 to work towards a successful future.