Ebm-papst was founded in 1963 by Gerhard Sturm, still actively heading the company, and Heinz Ziehl. Everything started with the external-rotor motor which was rediscovered then as an ideal drive for small fans. As the pillar and basic principle of our innovative and wide product range, the external-rotor motor made Ebm the world market leader. In the 1970s, both Ebm and Papst were innovators in the field of brushless EC drives. This guaranteed them an important edge in terms of know-how that they have been able to maintain right up to the present day. In 1992, Ebm took over PAPST Motoren GmbH & Co. KG, following this up in 1997 by acquiring MVL Motoren Ventilatoren Landshut GmbH. The Ebm, Papst and MVL companies took the joint brand name Ebm-papst in 2003.
Today, with approximately 10,000 people in 57 subsidiaries and 17 production facilities worldwide, Ebm-papst produces high quality fans and motors for many markets such as heating and air-conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration, automotive, IT/telecom and drive technology. The turnover of the whole group was 1,076 million in the fiscal year 07/08. The Ebm-papst product portfolio comprises about 14500 different items and the global production in 2007/08 was 55.6 million fans and motors.