Inventor, visionary, entrepreneur − Erwin Hymer wrote camping history by turning his group of companies into the European market leader.
Technical know-how, the pioneering spirit of the entrepreneur and a healthy dose of ambition and hard work − all of these were typical of Erwin Hymer. From small beginnings, the company founder, who passed away in April 2013, created a group of companies which now ranks among the leading motorhome and caravan manufacturers in Europe and is active worldwide.
As a young engineer, Erwin Hymer followed his parents’ calling and began working in his father Alfons’ repair shop in the southern German town of Bad Waldsee in 1956. Just one year later, he developed the first caravan – the original “Troll” – in collaboration with the engineer Erich Bachem. And thus began a new era! The next decisive step came in 1971 with the launch of the first HYMER motorhome – a key milestone in our long corporate history.
The past 60 years have seen a wide variety of different series, models and layouts. Many of the motorhomes and caravans set standards and ushered in new trends − especially in terms of technology, comfort and design, as well as quality and safety. For our founder Erwin Hymer, incorporating customers’ wishes into the development of new and improved vehicles was always a matter of principle.
As a result, the concept of motorhoming has always been insep- arably linked with the name HYMER. The passion and professionalism that goes into the development and construction of our vehicles communicates itself to our customers. For decades, Erwin Hymer’s inventiveness and ceaseless creativity has shaped the entire industry. His whole life’s work provides us with a model for future corporate decisions.