Sumitomo Electric Industries
Sumitomo’s roots go back more than 400 years. It all began with the refinement of copper. Sumitomo Electric Industries was founded in 1897 and is today one of the leading international suppliers to the automotive industry. 

Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze
The company was founded in 1986 as a joint venture between Volkswagen AG and Siemens AG, and given the name Volkswagen Bordnetze GmbH.

Sumitomo Electric Industries took over the company in 2006, and since then has been operating as Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze (SEBN). Since over 25 years our company is successfully established on the market and can look back on an interesting history.

SEBN currently employs more than 25,000 people at 21 locations worldwide.


The Volkswagen AG and Bergmann Kabelwerke AG form the company Volkswagen Bordnetze GmbH with headquarters in Berlin in December.

Initial start of production for Polo and Golf wires harnesses.


Siemens AG took over the Bergmann Kabelwerke AG.
Also the company's share of Volkswagen Bordnetze GmbH switched to Siemens AG.

Formation of the first foreign location in Cerkezköy/Turkey in November.


Formation of the Polish location in Gorzow.


The business had progressed from that of only manufacturer to developer and manufacturer. Volkswagen Bordnetze got the development of the Golf A4 and was responsible for conception, construction, supply chain management, prototypes and design.


Initial startup of the logistic center in Emden.


Formation of the Slovakian location in Nitra.

Initial startup of the logistic center in Zwickau.


Relocation of the headquarters from Berlin to Wolfsburg.

Formation of the AutoSysteme GmbH as an wholly owned subsidiary for development and sales with the objective of new orders from customers outside Volkswagen.


Formation of the Moroccan location in Tanger.

Formation and build-up of the Spanish logistic center in Pamplona.


Formation of the joint venture "Changchun Volkswagen Bordnetze Co., Ltd." in Changchun/P.R. of China with the objective of coverage of the Chinese market.


Formation of the joint venture "Suzhou Bordnetze Electrical Systems Ltd." near Shanghai.


Volkswagen AG and Siemens AG selling the Volkswagen Bordnetze GmbH.
Sumitomo Electric Industries and Sumitomo Wiring Systems acquired the company.

Formation of the Ukraine location in Ternopil on June, 1st.

The official change of name to Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH was on Juli, 17th.

Formation of SE Bordnetze - Bulgaria EOOD in Karnobat on September, 14th.


Merger of the AutoSysteme GmbH with Sumitomo Electric Bordnetze GmbH on February, 15th.

Formation of the Mexican location "SE Bordnetze - Mexico S.A. de C.V." in Tlaxcala on May, 31st.


Formation of the Tunisian location "SE Bordnetze - Tunisia S.A.R.L." on September, 12th.


Formation of the Romanian location "SC Automotive Wiring Systems S.R.L." on March, 15th.

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