100 years BPW.

Environmental awareness, dedicated staff and advanced technology have a long-standing tradition at BPW. The first axle was developed and produced more than 100 years ago. Since then, new developments and product improvements have been a regular occurrence at BPW.

view into a workshop
with lathes in 1920

view into a
metal workshop in 1920

Managing Directors and workforce in 1900

BPW over the years.

  BPW is founded as Bergische Patentachsenfabrik GmbH in Wiehl. Its first products are lubricated axles for agricultural vehicles and patented axles for coaches. While the axle stubs of the lubricated axles had to be regreased regularly, the patented axles already had permanent oil lubrication.
1903 - 1909
  BPW develops a new patented axle. The name "NOKO axle" is derived from the first two letters of the surnames of the company partners.
20th years
  In the early 1920s BPW starts manufacturing plain bearing axles for truck trailers.
  Together with SKF, BPW develops axles using tapered roller bearings. These axles revolutionise trailer production and permit agricultural vehicles to change over from wooden-spoked wheels to rubber-tyred iron wheels.
BPW is registered as the company logo.
  BPW becomes a limited commercial partnership.
The company logo is re-designed.
  BPW changes over from solid to hollow beam axles.
  BPW is awarded the gold medal in the National Competition for Industry and Agriculture for the exemplary integration of its factory into the landscape.
  BPW begins production of light-weight air suspensions.
  BPW switches to asbestos-free brake linings.
In order to be able to offer its customers total reliability, BPW develops a quality management system which can be applied to all production areas. It is certified to ISO 9001 in 1991 and has been regularly validated ever since.
BPW changes its name to BPW Bergische Achsen Kommanditgesellschaft whilst retaining its legal form. It updates its company logo.
Having a responsibility to the region and its people, BPW has been implementing measures to protect the environment for many years. It has defined environmental protection as a corporate objective having equal standing alongside high technical standards, quality, innovation and good value for money. BPW has been participating in the Eco-Audit System of the EU since 1995.
In 1998 BPW celebrates its 100th jubilee as a global producer of axles for car trailers, caravans, agricultural trailers and truck trailers.
For the first time, BPW presents a concept for the electrically-operated disc brake with fixed caliper - the
ECO-DiscTronic - at the IAA.
  The DIN EN ISO 14001 certification
replaces the EMAS at BPW.