FRIWO stands for a pioneering spirit, innovative strength, German engineering prowess, quick decision-making, and an international network of expertise. With modern development centers, manufacturing facilities and sales locations in Europe, Asia and the US, FRIWO is present in all of the world’s key markets. We employ approx. 2,500 people at our locations around the world.
Our headquarters have been located in the heart of Münster, Germany, since 1971. In addition to administration, management and sales, the company headquarters in Ostbevern focuses primarily on research and development.
As one of the few companies in the industry, FRIWO also has a local manufacturing site in Germany, which means the products it manufactures there are made in Germany. The state-of-the-art facilities with the highest degree of automation ensures production is flexible.
In Dresden, we have found the ideal conditions for our E-Mobility Development Center at Kraftwerk Mitte. Here, FRIWO develops complex products such as motor control units for electric vehicles, battery packs or highly integrated drive systems, including modern software solutions.
A key advantage of manufacturing in Germany is also the last-minute assembly of standard products, which offers our European customers the fastest possible delivery times.
In addition to the specialized production of battery packs, our European logistics center is also located in Ostbevern, Germany. The German FRIWO location is certified according to ISO 9001, ISO 13485, and ISO 14001.
As one of its most recent growth milestones, FRIWO set up manufacturing facilities in 2015 in Dong Nai, an international industrial park 30km outside of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The focus of this center of competence for the production of complex chargers and power supply units is on the production of a higher volume. The new location in Vietnam brings together manufacturing expertise for flexible production processes and attractive manufacturing conditions in Asia, therefore combining the best of both worlds.
In line with FRIWO’s vision as a quality leader, manufacturing is also carried out in Vietnam according to European standards under German management. This is where we clearly differ from other Asian manufacturing operations: In the state-of-the-art manufacture of ESD flooring, we have invested in nitrogen soldering equipment and automatic testing and inspection systems. Temperature and humidity are fully controlled in the storage and production facilities to the benefit of both the components and our employees.
In our in-house training center, we provide the workforce with education, training, and further development, therefore ensuring the quality of production is consistently high. FRIWO also sets standards in Vietnam with regard to the wellbeing of its employees.
FRIWO is always growing with the aim of ensuring maximum security of supply and the highest quality control. Today, it no longer only manufactures end devices in-house, but also the key necessary components. As part of its vertical integration, the Vietnam site no longer comprises only the main plant for the production of power supply units and chargers, but also supplier plants. The following expansions were made there:
– In-house manufacture of winding components (2017)
– In-house cable assembly (2018)
– In-house injection molding facilities (2019)
FRIWO Vietnam is certified according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Production of power supplies and chargers – Treadmill production
THT & SMT Assembly + Final assembly
Production of power supplies – Production Cells
High-bay warehouse for raw materials
Metal punching of aluminium heat sinks
Housing printing (pad printing and laser inscription)
Production of transformers, chokes and coils
India is one of the fastest growing markets for electromobility around the world. It was therefore obvious that FRIWO, as an innovative system supplier of power supply units and drive technology, would become represented there with its own sales location. We offer on-site production opportunities to flexibly serve the demanding market.
Founded in 2020, our branch there is located in Bengaluru, the heart of India’s high-tech industry. Bengaluru is the capital city of the state of Karnataka. The megacity has over 10 million inhabitants and is also referred to as India’s Silicon Valley.
FRIWO India is certified according to ISO 9001.
Since October 2022, FRIWO has been operating a joint venture with the Indian technology group UNO MINDA in India to supply the large Indian two- and three-wheeler market with electric drive systems. The activities of the existing FRIWO subsidiary in India are gradually being transferred to the joint venture. The integration of UNO MINDA’s manufacturing capabilities and distribution channels with FRIWO’s advanced technology has established a supplier in the e-drives sector with excellent opportunities to participate in the projected growth in this sector in India.
FRIWO owns a 49.9 per cent participation in this joint venture.
Staying close to our customers – FRIWO also lives up to this guiding principle in China. Some time ago, we established a location in the electronics center in Shenzhen to serve one of the world’s largest markets with our own local team.
However, China is not only of great importance for the industry in terms of sales, but also as a procurement market for components. This is why we have specialists in procurement and quality assurance in procurement at our location there.
FRIWO China is certified according to ISO 9001.
Our FRIWO North American office and team is strategically located in the Mid-West of the US in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The Mid-West represents almost 60% of all US manufacturing along with the HQ location of 150 of the 500 companies that, according to the list of the US magazine “Fortune”, are among the 500 companies with the highest sales in the United States.
Also centrally located in the middle of North America for best access to key customers and partners. Our local office is a day’s drive or quick flight away from almost 50% of the population of the US.
Key markets and customers using FRIWO strengths and solutions for Medical, Power Tool, E-Mobility, Consumer and Industrial applications. FRIWO continues to invest, expand and grow to support the important and growing markets of the US, Canada, and Mexico with local support and service.