Webasto SE is a company based in Stockdorf, Germany which makes sunroofs, electric-car chargers and air-conditioning systems.[1] Holger Engelmann is the CEO of the company.

Webasto SE
Founded1901 Edit this on Wikidata
Key people
Holger Engelmann (CEO)
Websitewww.webasto-group.com/int/ Edit this on Wikidata

Coronavirus outbreakEdit

Webasto owns 11 locations in China, including in Wuhan.[2] In late January 2020, the company disclosed that five of its workers had tested positive to SARS-CoV-2.[3][4][5] This was reportedly one of the first cases of person-to-person transmission of the virus outside China.[5]

The outbreak was handled internally within the company.[6] The story was initially reported in the Wall Street Journal as a case of successful containment of the outbreak.[1] By March 2020, genome studies tracking mutations of the virus suggested that the Webasto outbreak had not been successfully contained, and was linked to a 'decent part' of the overall coronavirus outbreak in Europe.[7] Genetic sequencing also linked the cluster of cases at Webasto's headquarters to the virus outbreak in northern Italy.[8] In May 2020 some medical disprove this assumptions and confirm that the Webasto case remained isolated,[9] while in July other studies identified the most common Italian strain as coming from Germany.[10]

Current production of roof modulesEdit

Past production of roof modulesEdit


  1. ^ a b Boston, William (6 March 2020). "The Company That Fought the Coronavirus and Won". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  2. ^ http://www.webasto-group.com/en/press/press-releases/press-release/federal-chancellor-angela-merkel-opens-new-webasto-location-in-wuhan-china/
  3. ^ "German car supplier Webasto halts China corporate travel over coronavirus: spokeswoman". Reuters. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Webasto halts travel to China after 2 employees in Germany contract coronavirus | Automotive News".
  5. ^ a b "Germany confirms seventh coronavirus case". Reuters. 1 February 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Coronavirus: Why employers need a balance on communication". Human Resource Executive. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020. Webasto ... directly handled coronavirus cases within the company’s Germany office in January.
  7. ^ Regalado, Antonio. "Gene sleuths are tracking the coronavirus outbreak as it happens". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Italian virologists trace coronavirus outbreak in Italy to German car parts manufacturer". Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  9. ^ https://www.n-tv.de/politik/Italiens-Corona-Katastrophe-hat-Verantwortliche-article21799009.html
  10. ^ http://www.corriere.it/salute/malattie_infettive/20_luglio_19/coronavirus-italia-ha-circolato-solo-ceppo-proveniente-germania-piu-contagioso-0c95dfb8-c294-11ea-8ea9-95041619a4a2.shtml
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