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Max Kiemle
Max Kiemle
Paul Ilg
Paul Ilg
Lothar Meyle
Lothar Meyle
Branch factory Grabs Switzerland
Branch factory Grabs Switzerland

The Story of the WILLI ELBE GROUP... 1951 - 1960

1951 The firm is founded by Mr. Willi Elbe
  Entered in the company register in May 1951
"Willi Elbe Fabrik for cardan shafts, Tamm"
  Production of motorcycle cardan shafts
  The prime movers in the early days were beside the founder, Willi Elbe

  • the first authorized signatory, Mr. Max Kiemle
  • and the first technical manager, qualified engineer Mr. Paul Ilg (1951-1987)

  Production of cardan shafts and steering cross-sets, primarily for supplying replacement parts for vehicles used by the American and French occupying forces in Württemberg and Baden.
  First deliveries of motorcycle cardan shafts to the firm of BMW
1952 In May the company is entered in the register as "Willi Elbe, cardan shaft company with limited liability (GmbH), Tamm/Württ."
  Production of cardan shafts for automobiles
  As the head of the technical department, Lothar Meyle (1953-2001) strongly influenced the company's technologica
1960 Branch factory Grabs founded in Switzerland