Petri AG

Takata Corporation
Industry Automotiveindustry
Plastic production
Founded Takata Shiga, Japan (1933 (1933))
Petri Aschaffenburg, Germany (1899 (1899))
Founder Takezo Takada
Richard Petri
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Aschaffenburg, Germany
Area served
Products steering wheels
Interior trims
Seat belts
Child Restraint Systems
Number of employees
35,000 World wide
11,000 in Europe

Petri AG was an automotive parts company based in Germany. It was acquired by the Japanese company Takata Corporation in 2000, forming the European subsidiary Takata-Petri.


Petri AG was founded in Aschaffenburg in 1899 by Richard Petri and started to produce steering wheels and interior trims. Richard Petri founded the first plant (Plant 01) in Aschaffenburg, which is now the European Headquarters of Takata-Petri. Later, Petri's firm expanded further and added other plants for the production of plastic parts, like the Plant 02 in Nilkheim, near Aschaffenburg and Plant 03 in Albertshausen, near Bad Kissingen. Steering wheel production is still located in Aschaffenburg. Other plastic components and interior trims are mostly produced in Albertshausen. Aside from these plants, Petri also founded some research and assembly plants later on. In 1981, Petri AG developed and produced the first airbag system in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. In 2000, Japanese competitor Takata Corporation acquired Petri AG, forming the subsidiary Takata-Petri, renamed Takata AG in early 2012.[1]

Takata AG is a global leader in the production of steering wheels and plastic parts, not only in the automotive industry.


  1. History, Takata Corporation website.
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