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The beginnings of JOPP date back to 1919 when the Theodor Jopp KG, a company for manufacturing bicyle parts and agricultural equipment, was founded. Since the majority takeover of the company by Dr.-Ing. Hubert P. Büchs in 1991, JOPP has been owned by the Büchs family.

With the expansion of the automotive parts business, a course of growth started which has continued to date.  Due to the foundation and acquisitions of new plants, the extension of existing company sites and the setup of internal product development, the JOPP Group has been growing stronger than the automotive market. Today, it registers a turnover of more than 220 million € and over 1,900 employees worldwide. JOPP has own production sites in Europe, Asia and America.

1919Foundation of Theodor Jopp KG, production of bicycle parts and agricultural accessories
1920Start of machined parts production
1972Start of powder metal parts production
1991Majority takeover of JOPP by Dr. Hubert P. Büchs, change of name to Jopp GmbH
1996First high-volume order for gearshift systems, start of product development
2001Takeover of Fritz Himmermann GmbH & Co. KG, injection moulding
2002Takeover of Grimm Elektronik GmbH, electronics
2003Foundation of Jopp Automotive s.r.o., Czech Republic
2005Outsourcing of cutting tool production to independent company, turbocut Jopp GmbH
2006Reorganization into Holding Structure
2006Foundation of Jopp Technology (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., P. R. China, initially representative office, today production site
2010Majority participation in IFSYS GmbH, feeding technology for technical installations
2011Takeover of the Haas Group: product range gear knobs, covers and vehicle interior and leather parts, locations in Hungary and Mexico
2013Renaming of subsidary companies Himmermann, Grimm and Haas to JOPP
2015Takeover of VES GmbH, St. Georgen; later integration into Jopp Electronics GmbH
2016Takeover of  ELKCOM GmbH, new corporate name EMSO Electrical Mechanical Solutions GmbH
2017Combining the JOPP sites for electronics in Villingen-Schwenningen


Dr.-Ing. Hubert P. Büchs

After two apprenticeships as a farmer and engine fitter, Dr. Büchs studied Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering in Schweinfurt and Berlin from 1971 to 1976. In 1985, he completed his doctorate in Munich. In his professional life, he last worked for Preh and FAG/Schaeffler at a Senior Management level. In October 1991 he took over the company JOPP by majority and converted it into an international system supplier for the automotive industry. He has since been active as President.

Martin Büchs

studied Mathematical Economics in Bayreuth and later successfully completed his Engineering Studies. In addition, he is alumnus of the Bavarian Elite Academy. For the first 6 years of his professional life, he worked for Reuters in Frankfurt and London. There he acquired the title of Chartered Financial Analyst. Since 2006 he has performed various functions at JOPP. Since 2008, he has been Managing Director of the JOPP Group with responsibility for Finances, IT and HR.

Klaus Gockler

has played an active role in the automotive industry for more than 40 years. After an apprenticeship as industrial management assistant at the company Kugelfischer, he became Sales Manager at FTE automotive in 1996 where he later was also appointed CEO. Since 2011, he has held the position of Managing Director at JOPP and has since been responsible for the corporate functions Sales, Purchasing and Quality Management.

Richard Diem

studied Mechanical Engineering at University of Technology in Munich. In his professional life, he last worked for Webasto and Northern Automotive Systems Ltd. He most recently headed the sale at FTE automotive for 10 years. Since March 2018 he has performed as Managing Director  and he is responsible for the business sector Gearshift Systems.


Values and Principles

JOPP wants to remain a family-run company in the long run and continue to make decisions irrespective of financial investors and financiers.

To this end, both products and production procedures need to be continuously advanced. It is the company's aim to offer solutions to customers which are valuable, reliable and innovative. Profitability is therefore JOPP's ultimate objective in its corporate actions. JOPP is convinced that this aim can only be achieved with competent and efficient employees who take on responsibility and work together beyond hierarchical and departamental boundaries, both within the company and with customers, suppliers and other partners.

JOPP regards a culture of recognition and appreciation as important, especially in view of the pressure on costs, deadlines and quality from main customers in the automotive industry.

JOPP considers itself to have an advantage over competitors with regard to flexibility and time to market and wishes to maintain these factors with minimum bureaucracy and flat hierarchies. Nevertheless, customers can rely on standardized core processes which match a modern quality management. Through responsible and sustainable economic management, JOPP wants to permanently strengthen its reliability. This also includes consideration of the concerns of employees, their families as well as of natural resources. 

JOPP has a structurised system of objectives and key metrics, for which employees are involved during defintion and achievement. In order to achieve a culture of appreciative leadership, JOPP has leadership principles which had been developed commonly. To make sure that legal requirements are complied with, JOPP has a code of conduct, the compliance of which is continuously controlled.

Responsibility towards Society and Environment

Apart from economic aspects, JOPP also considers its impact on the environment and society apart from entrepreneurial decisions. JOPP supports the continuous development of the company together with the satisfaction of customers and employees.

Social Responsibility

JOPP has been operating for many years with its own Code of Conduct for its employees derived from the UN Global Compact. We expect all employees to comply with it. It is audited in regular intervals by the internal audit team.

The same applies for suppliers of JOPP. Corresponding contractual obligations to comply with ethical and social standards are verified in regular intervals by a risk-based approach.

Comments regarding non-compliance can be sent to compliance(at), also from people outside the organization.