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Recaro, is a German company based in Kirchheim unter Teck known for producing automobile bucket seats. The company can produce OEM racing-style seats for mainstream manufacturers.

Gesellschaft mit beschränkter HaftungGmbH
IndustryVehicle seating
FounderWilhelm Reutter
HeadquartersKirchheim unter Teck, Stuttgart, Germany



Founding and beginningsEdit

Founded in 1906 by Wilhelm Reutter as Reutter Carosserie-Werke, the company became known for building limousine bodies during the 1920s. In 1930 they started producing bodies for the Volkswagen Beetle, and in 1949 Porsche began engaging the company to build their Porsche 356 sports car bodies.[1]

Recaro sports seats in a Gemballa GTR 600 Evo

Move from car bodies to racing seatsEdit

Due to new manufacturing methods, the market for car bodies went downhill in the 1950s, and Reutter found himself on hard times.

In 1963, Porsche acquired the car body factory. What remained was renamed to Recaro, changing its focus to high-end seats. The company began producing both OEM seats for Porsche, and a separate line of after-market seats. In 1969, the Reutter family sold their ownership to three companies, Keiper, Huber & Wagner and Metzeler, due to economic problems. In 1983, Keiper purchased all shares in Recaro and established Keiper Recaro in Kirchheim.

Recaro todayEdit

Recaro changed their name in 1990. In their home country of Germany, the name was to change to RECARO GmbH & Co. KG. Operations expanded as they established Recaro North America Inc at Oakland, Michigan, Recaro UK Ltd in Birmingham, Recaro South East Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Recaro Japan Co Ltd in Kyoto, and Recaro France in La Rochelle.

The company also manufactures wheelchairs, as well as seats for aircraft and airlines, automotive children seats, and for the Shinkansen train in Japan. Its seats are used in the VIP lounges and substitute box at European football stadiums.[2]

Recaro seats are also used in the Leopard 2 MBT.

The Dutch company Sun Marine Seats manufacture Recaro Maritime boat seats.

In June 2011 Recaro sold the automotive seating division to the US automotive supplier Johnson Controls. The acquisition gives Johnson Controls, as licensee of the RECARO brand in the automotive industry, the exclusive unlimited right to market Recaro seats for cars and commercial vehicles. All other brand companies now belong to RECARO Group, Stuttgart, which is the brand owner and licensor of RECARO Automotive Seating.[3][4]

Airliner seatsEdit

Through its subsidiary, Recaro Aircraft Seating, Recaro also manufactures seats for airliners.[5] In 2010, Recaro developed a slimline seat for airlines in conjunction with Lufthansa; Lufthansa have ordered 32000, and other airlines have ordered a further 6000.[6]

In 2017, the company produced 120,000 plane seats,[7] posting sales of over $550 million.[8]

In 2017, it was reported that Recaro was "developing a seat infused with a disinfectant" to combat the problem of germs living on airplane seats.[7]

Football seatsEdit

Since 1994, Recaro has supplied racing car seats to numerous football teams around the world. The seats are installed on the team benches.[9]


  1. ^ Ramey, Jay (24 April 2018). "Seatmaker Recaro has its roots in building Porsches". Autoweek. Crain Communications. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  2. ^ "aside from the strategic business fields". Recaro. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  3. ^ Recaro Automotive Seating.
  4. ^ "Keiper Recaro Group sells Automotive Business to Johnson Controls". Recaro. Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-06-21.
  5. ^ "Demand for aircraft seats prompts Recaro to increase production". Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  6. ^ "Slim seat to increase Lufthansa's European capacity". Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  7. ^ a b "The Airline Seat of the Future Will Clean Itself". Bloomberg. May 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Events, UKi Media (2018-04-26). "Recaro Aircraft Seating reports record sales and production - Aircraft Interiors International". Aircraft Interiors International. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  9. ^ Tracy, David. "The Story Behind Why Soccer Players Sit In Race Car Seats". Jalopnik. Retrieved 20 July 2018.

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