We Are Hirschmann Automotive

Progress and innovation – these topics are our motivation. Thus, we help shape the automotive industry significantly and develop products for the mobility of the future.

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We are Hirschmann Automotive

Connected by Passion

We are a strong, reliable and future-oriented partner.

Since more than 60 years, we have been successfully fulfilling the needs of our customers for advanced technologies.
If we work together, you will benefit from our extensive skills regarding electrical and electronic components and assemblies for the automotive industry.

We meet the most difficult challenges concerning connectors, cable assemblies and sensor systems. Furthermore, we are experts in high-voltage applications for electrified vehicles.

This is why Hirschmann Automotive is just what you have been looking for.

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Visions Beyond

In addition to state-of-the-art systems for the automotive industry, we offer trend-setting solutions within the field of micromobility – thus electrically powered vehicles as an alternative to conventional ones.
Our business unit E-JOYN drives forward the development of smart and dynamic mobility concepts.

But, no matter the product, quality is our top priority.

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  • Year of Foundation: 1959

  • Employees: 7,350

  • Productions Sites, Offices and Distributors: 12 Worldwide

  • Industries: Automotive, Micromobility


Commitment to Tomorrow’s World

What is important to us? The future!

We invest in the further development of processes and in the fields of automation and digitization at all company levels. A strong spirit of innovation and resource-efficient processes help to develop intelligent products for a successful and sustainable progress. As we know: We are responsible for our fellow human beings, our environment and the next generations! 

This is why we invest in a sustainable future.

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Leading with Experience and Foresight

Angelo Holzknecht, Stefan Tschol and Sebastian Herler benefit from extensive experience and thereby lead Hirschmann Automotive into a promising future.

The management consisting of Angelo Holzknecht, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Stefan Tschol, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Sebastian Herler, Chief Operating Officer (COO), drives the development of solutions for a sustainable, mobile future. All three members are characterized by different areas of focus.

Platzhirsch since 2011

Angelo Holzknecht (CEO)

Angelo Holzknecht holds a degree in business administration and has been part of the company since 2011. In his first role in Cost Engineering, he was not only able to gain valuable experience, he also gained deep insights into the products as well as processes of Hirschmann Automotive and actively worked on the cost optimization of new products. The Managing Director hails from Vorarlberg and has been entrusted with setting up the plant in San Miguel, Mexico, since 2015. In recent years, he was also responsible for development and sales activities in North America. In July 2022, Angelo Holzknecht joined the management team as Chief Sales Officer (CSO) and has since been responsible for all market activities, product development, and project management. As CEO since March 2023, he continues to drive the transformation towards e-mobility and actively contributes to the sustainable and profitable growth of the company.

Platzhirsch since 2020

Stefan Tschol (CFO)

Stefan Tschol also graduated in business administration – but with a focus on corporate accounting and revision. He began his career in auditing and tax consulting. After that, he has held management positions in the financial department of various industrial companies. In addition, the development and digitization of business processes were part of his previous activities. Since 2020, Stefan Tschol has been promoting the sustainable progress of Hirschmann Automotive as CFO.

Platzhirsch since 2023

Sebastian Herler (COO)

Since successfully completing his chemistry studies, Sebastian Herler has been working in the automotive supply industry. From 2006 to 2015, he gained valuable experience at TRW. After dedicating himself to developing airbag propellants, his path took him to China to build up a plant. After his return, he took over the position of Manager for Inflators. He successfully coordinated the different areas, from project management to development to quality assurance, production, and purchasing, between Germany and China. From 2015 to 2019, Sebastian Herler moved to the Interior sector and took on operational management roles at companies such as IAC and Grammer AG. From 2019 to 2023, he held a challenging role as board member of operations at Swoboda. Since September 2023, as COO of Hirschmann Automotive, Sebastian Herler has been dedicated to the harmonization & digitalization of business processes, sustainable quality improvements, and continuous improvement according to the principles of lean management in order to contribute to the sustainable and profitable growth of the company.

60 Years of Passion

Hirschmann Automotive Milestones


Establishment of Richard Hirschmann GesmbH, Rankweil: development and production of telecommunication devices (transmitters, receivers, aerials)


Connectors, test leads and test equipment for test and measurement technology as well as multipole connectors for communication technology


Wide portfolio expansion with i.e. harnesses for parking assistance applications or for chassis units of vehicles in the premium segment


Global expansion and diversification of the product range, including different sensors as well as electric connectors without contact elements


Foundation of the business unit Renewable Energy and establishment of a new core competence center for stamping and bending technology


Foundation of the business unit E-JOYN and strong focus on future technologies like robotics, autonomous driving and e-mobility