The Company
BPW over the years

Bergische Patentachsenfabrik GmbH
Bergische Patentachsenfabrik GmbH
BPW Bergische Achsen KG
ERN Quality Products
South African subsidiary BPW Axles
BPW Axles (Pty) Ltd

It all started with patented axles made from steel for coaches and wagons

The company "Bergische Patentachsenfabrik GmbH" commenced business with 12 employees on 1 October 1898, producing axles from steel for coaches and wagons. At the time, these axles needed greasing on a daily basis but a new generation was soon patented and produced which boasted a lubricating technique reducing this requirement to once every six weeks.

Today the company is called "BPW Bergische Achsen KG", with a staff compliment of 1700 at its headquarters in Wiehl, producing over 300 000 axles annually to make it the leading European manufacturer of running gear systems for trailers and semi-trailers.

Like a 100 years ago, innovation and development is still aimed at only one, the customer. Every new idea implemented will save running cost or downtime. Modern BPW trailer running gear is therefore known to offer the lowest cost of ownership to transporters.

Although the heart of BPW's operation is in Wiehl/Germany, the company has become a global player with more than 60% of all production being exported to markets outside Germany.

Today there are 45 "daughter" companies (production facilities and/or trading companies) in 25 countries worldwide. The South African subsidiary, BPW Axles (Pty) Ltd, has been operating in South Africa for over 40 years, manufacturing the latest BPW running gear range and components for all light/heavy duty applications for Southern Africa.

BPW Axles (Pty) Ltd. has its production facility and offices at :
Cnr. Kitty & Donald Streets
Chrisville 2091
South Africa
Telephone: +27 11 680 1443

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