Better solutions and parts for the independent aftermarket.
Our aim is to support the independent aftermarket with better parts and solutions-reliable like a friend. The credo of our founder Wulf Gaertner-' The friendship of those we serve is the foundation of our success'-still descrebes to this day how we work together within MEYLE and with partners to support drivers all over the world, whether it's motorsport drivers, classic car fans, DIY enthusiasts, competent technicians or any drivers who need to be able to rely on their car.
At our headquarters in Hamburg, we fulfil our high quality standards in all areas, from development and production coordination to logistics and services. Together with trade partners, workshops and car mechanics in 120 countries, we work to ensure that drivers can rely on us - that's how we help workshops to be DRIVER'S BEST FRIEND.
While living and working in South America, trained export merchant and enthusiastic amateur racer Wulf Gaertner recognised the local markets' huge demand for spare parts to service German automobile brands. It sparked a business idea: Back in Germany, on 11 July 1958, he founded his own exporting company: Wulf Gaertner GmbH specialising in the export of made-in-Germany original-equipment parts to Latin America.
Within only four years, Wulf Gaertner grows his business into a globally operating exporting and trading company for automotive spare parts. Using his core markets in Central and South America as stepping stones, Wulf Gaertner successfully gained a foothold on the North American market by founding a partner company.
MEYLE comes aboard
In order to keep up with the changing market parameters, Wulf Gaertner GmbH acquires the MEYLE spare parts brand, thereby launching the company's history as a designer and manufacturer of brand-name automotive spares. This decision marks the company's transition from exporter to manufacturer. That same year, Dr Karl J. Gaertner, nephew of the company's founder, was appointed managing director.
New headquarters: Welcome to Merkurring!
The new headquarters located in Hamburg's Rahlstedt district for the first time bring together warehouse and office spaces in a single building complex. Following several consecutive construction stages completed in 2013, the building today has an overall footprint of 29,000 square metres.
China office & „Top Job“ award
At the beginning of 2012, Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG's Shanghai (China) office has started commercial operations. On approximately 3,800 square metres the subsidiary, located in the western part of Shanghai, provides ample space for over 2,000 pallet slots and an in-house quality laboratory similar to that at the company's Hamburg headquarters.
This year also sees the "Top Job" quality seal awarded again to Wulf Gaertner Autoparts, recognising the company as one of Germany's most sought-after SME employers for the third year in succession.
New central warehouse: Success grounded on 29,000 square metres
To be able to further grow its product range and meet the demands of new international markets, Wulf Gaertner Autoparts has been expanding its central warehouse to now cover 29,000 square metres. The completion of the construction project at the end of 2013 increased the company's overall storage capacity to 56,000 pallet slots. The extension building also accommodates new offices, a modern staff restaurant and a state-of-the-art training centre. In total, the family-run company is investing around 40 million euros at its Hamburg base to future-proof its operations.
On 1 January, it was finally official: All Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG operations have been transferred to the newly established MEYLE AG company. While this allowed us to consolidate our different operations under one umbrella brand, there have been no changes to our day-to-day business dealings.