Hesterberg in numbers

> 80


> 240

years of expertise

> 3000



Our management


Your system and mobility partner

Under our brand name HESTAL we provide you with high-quality vehicle components and system solutions so that you can design your production, transport and loading process efficiently and reliably. In particular can you rely on our extensive experience, engineering support and application consulting.

Dirk Miesen
Hesterberg Management


What we stand for


For decades the HESTAL brand has been synonymous for high-quality in the commercial vehicle industry. Our products stand for reliability, durability and cost-optimised design.

Customer focus

We place our focus on the requirements and satisfaction of our customers. All of our employees have this in mind and act always accordingly.


The experience and expertise of our employees enable the development of innovative products and a goal-oriented cooperation with customers for tailored solutions.


Strong group


BPW Bergische Achsen KG is the parent company of the BPW Group. With more than 1,600 employees, including around 120 trainees, the family-run company has been developing and producing complete running gear systems for truck trailers and semi-trailers at its headquarters in Wiehl since 1898. BPW’s technologies include axle systems, brake technology, suspension and bearings.


The Danish subsidiary ERMAX has its headquarters in Kolding and has been a member of BPW Group since 1968. The lighting specialist encompasses a variety of complete lighting and cable systems for the commercial vehicle sector. Integrating both conventional bulbs and LED technology, the assortment of top-quality single and multi-function lamps is highly compatible and covers practically every application.


HBN-Teknik A/S is the partner for innovative plastics technology, contributing toward reducing the weight of commercial vehicles and thus reducing operating costs and increasing efficiency. The product portfolio of the company – which has been part of the BPW Group since 1982 – includes light mudguards, anti-spray solutions, air tanks and air spring pistons. HBN-Teknik A/S is based in Ringsted, Denmark.

idem telematics

idem telematics GmbH, which is headquartered in Munich and operates a local office in Ulm, is one of the leading providers of telematics solutions for trucks and trailers. By consolidating the data worlds of towing vehicle units and trailers, the telematics specialist – a member of the BPW Group since 2012 – can also offer an all-in-one system for the complete tractor-trailer. The telematics solutions from idem telematics GmbH increase the transparency and economic efficiency of transport processes.


Our history


The future needs tradition

Hesterberg, still with the pigeon logo, is today considered to be one of the leading international manufacturers of fastener and superstructure technology for the commercial vehicle industry. For decades our customers have valued the innovative, high-quality and reliable products manufactured under the HESTAL brand name.


Specialisation and expansion

Since the takeover by BPW, Hesterberg has consistently focussed on the commercial vehicle industry and has expanded its product range in this sector. In addition to the established product range, aluminium superstructures are now also offered; such as rear portal doors and dropsides, as well as whole vehicle kits.


A new era begins

Hesterberg established itself as the leading German manufacturer of fasteners for commercial vehicles and became a wholly owned subsidiary of the international BPW Group based in Wiehl. In light of this, the Dörken family – the last successors of the founder family -left the business.

1946 - 1993

Third growth period

Günther Dörken and Dr Rocholl, the husbands of Ilse and Ursula Hesterberg (daughters of Alex and Franz), took over management of the company after the war and organised its re-establishment. Although the first fasteners for commercial vehicles were developed as early as 1930, the big breakthrough in this business came during the years of Germany’s Wirtschaftswunder.

1880 - 1945

Second growth period

In addition to harrow teeth, threshing blades and root choppers which were required by an increasingly mechanised agricultural sector, horseshoes in particular were a guarantor of success for Hesterberg. The pigeon was introduced as a trademark and the fifth generation, the cousins Alex and Franz Hesterberg, joined Theodor Hesterberg in managing the company.


New location

The sons of Franz Theodor Hesterberg, Otto and Theodor, acquired today’s company premises in order to bring production and trade activities under one roof. At this time, the product range included a wide variety of iron goods which were used in agriculture, construction and household; such as nails, ploughshares and blades.

1780 - 1880

Initial growth period

Franz Hesterberg and his two sons not only continuously expanded production, but also very successfully increased trade in third-party steel products. Furthermore, exports into the German states and European countries were constantly increased, reaching a share of up to three quarters of turnover.


Founding of the company

The actual company founder was Susanna Hesterberg (née Wellenbeck), who set up a hammer mill on the ground of her deceased husband and ran it with a foreman and two journeymen. However, the company name still in use today is attributed to her son Franz, as well as his two sons: Franz Theodor and Carl Leopold.