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Our Story

A success story spanning decades

1955

Otto Riehle founded the ORIS company for the production of towbars.

1956

The first ORIS towbars were a permanent fixture, bolted to the car’s undercarriage.

1958

The company’s first premises in the late 1950s in Möglingen, Southern Germany.

1960

ORIS quickly expanded its product line to include the manufacture of ski-racks for cars.

1965

By the mid-sixties, Otto Riehle’s son Hans took over the running of the company.

1968

Within just a few years, ORIS gained a reputation for producing outstanding quality towbars, such as on this Mercedes-Benz W114.

1972

An aerial photograph of the now-regularly expanding ORIS company building in Möglingen.

1970s

The development and market launch of the first horizontally removable towbars.

1976

By the mid-1970s ORIS had begun regularly presenting its innovations at international trade fairs.

1978

ORIS France Sarl plant founded in Soultz, Alsace.

1980

ORIS is 25 years old. To mark the occasion the company gives 25,000 DM to create a technical workshop for nearby Hanfbach School in Möglingen.

1985

The new company building, complete with offices and a large research facility, opens in Markgröningen opens.

1989

The top-selling model of the 1980s was the vertically detachable towbar.

1995

Hans Riehle at a trade fair celebrating 40 years of ORIS.

1999

Jörg Riehle becomes the third generation of the Riehle family to manage ORIS.

2000

Introduction of the world’s first swivelling towbars.

2001

A patent office certificate – one of the 140 patents held by ORIS.

2003

The new 25-acre ORIS manufacturing plant in Bessemer, Alabama opens, producing towbars, convertible windstops and off-road parts.

2009

Continuing its extraordinary innovation, ORIS introduced the first fully electric swivelling towbars.

2015

Presentation of the world premiere of FIX4BIKE and FIXMATIC at the IAA. The unique adapter solution impresses with a noticeable improvement in safety, stability and longevity.

2018

ACPS Automotive (previously Bosal ACPS) became more international after a successful investment by TowerBrook Capital Partners and strengthened its presence in growth markets. As part of this change of name, the company introduced the new ORIS product brand.

2020

ORIS and ACPS Automotive will move to their new headquarters in 2020, just a few kilometres from where Otto Riehle founded the company.