History

SCHROTH Safety Products GmbH is a specialist for seat belts and passenger restraint systems with over seventy years of experience in the field of occupant protection systems. The company ranks among the global market leaders providing seat belts for the aviation and motor sports sectors, as well as for military ground vehicles.

  • Approximately 250 employees (SCHROTH Group)
  • Sales volume around €40 million
1946 - Business started by Hildegard and Carl F. Schroth

1946

Hildegard Schroth, a master seamstress, establishes the company together with her husband, Carl F. Schroth.

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1954 - SCHROTH developed first seat belt

1954

SCHROTH develops the first automobile seat belt in Germany, a shoulder harness belt.

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1960 - First dynamic crash tests for internal research and development

1960's

The company performs its first dynamic crash tests as part of its research and development work.

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1970 - Leading supplier for 3-point and 4-point harnesses for the automotive aftermarket

1970's

The company starts specializing in aftermarket seat belts, in particular, in 4-, 5-, and 6-point seat belts.

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1984 -SCHROTH became the world´s largest harness belt manufacturer

1984

SCHROTH is the world’s largest producer of shoulder harness belts.

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1991 - SCHROTH enters the aviation sector

1991

The company enters the aviation market. SCHROTH becomes a certified manufacturer of aeronautic products.

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1996 - SCHROTH focused on Formula 1 and Formula 3000 in the motorsport sector

1996

In the automotive sector, SCHROTH focuses on the development of products for Formula 1 and other racing series, such as Formula 3000.

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1998 - Approximately 80 % of all dynamic certified helicopter seats are equipped with SCHROTH harnesses

1998

Approximately 70 % of all new, dynamically certified helicopter seats are fitted with SCHROTH seat belts.

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2000 - Start of manufacturing in Pompano Beach, Florida, USA – SCHROTH Safety Products Corp.

2000

SCHROTH establishes a production plant in Pompano Beach in Florida and starts manufacturing seat belts developed specifically for the US market.

 

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2002 - The company obtains the license to produce and market the “HANS device,” a head-and-neck-support system used in motor racing (“FHR Frontal Head Restraint”).

2002

The company obtains the license to produce and market the “HANS device,” a head-and-neck-support system used in motor racing (“FHR Frontal Head Restraint”).

2004 - SCHROTH racing seat belts are approved (SFI 16.5) for use in the US NASCAR rac-ing series.

2004

SCHROTH racing seat belts are approved (SFI 16.5) for use in the US NASCAR racing series.

2005 - The first airline is completely equipped with SCHROTH restraint systems

2005

The first airline is completely equipped with SCHROTH restraint systems.

2008 - SCHROTH develops a highly effective energy-attenuating deceleration device for Airbus cockpit doors. The device is designed to protect the crew and the air-craft’s structural integrity during sudden decompression of the cockpit.

2008

SCHROTH develops a highly effective energy-attenuating deceleration device for Airbus cockpit doors. The device is designed to protect the crew and the aircraft’s structural integrity during sudden decompression of the cockpit.

2010 - The German Bundeswehr orders 4-point automatic seatbelts with integrated air-bags for 125 of their GTK/Boxer armored transport vehicles.

2010

The German Bundeswehr orders 4-point automatic seatbelts with integrated airbags for 125 of their GTK/Boxer armored transport vehicles.

2011 - Numerous leading airlines decide to fit out their aircraft cabins with SCHROTH AirLite® passenger lap belts because these light-weight constructions contribute to a reduction in aircraft weight.

2011

Numerous leading airlines decide to fit out their aircraft cabins with SCHROTH AirLite® passenger lap belts because these light-weight constructions contribute to a reduction in aircraft weight.

2013 - SCHROTH expands its research and development work to encompass the com-mercial aviation sector and sets new standards with innovative technologies for passenger protection systems in commercial aircraft and helicopters.

2013

SCHROTH expands its research and development work to encompass the commercial aviation sector and sets new standards with innovative technologies for passenger protection systems in commercial aircraft and helicopters.

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2014 - SCHROTH expands its research and development work to encompass the com-mercial aviation sector and sets new standards with innovative technologies for passenger protection systems in commercial aircraft and helicopters.

2014

SCHROTH expands its research and development work to encompass the commercial aviation sector and sets new standards with innovative technologies for passenger protection systems in commercial aircraft and helicopters.

2015 - SCHROTH Racing develops a new FHR (Frontal Head Restraint) device for the US market: the SHR FLEX.

2015

SCHROTH Racing develops a new FHR (Frontal Head Restraint) device for the US market: the SHR FLEX.

2016 - A SCHROTH airbag system is certified for use in commercial aircraft and is used for the first time in a Boeing 787 airliner.

2016

A SCHROTH airbag system is certified for use in commercial aircraft and is used for the first time in a Boeing 787 airliner.

2017 - Inauguration of the newly built extension to the SCHROTH production plant at the Im Ohl site, in Arnsberg, Germany.

2017

Inauguration of the newly built extension to the SCHROTH production plant at the Im Ohl site, in Arnsberg, Germany.

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