Milestones in company history


Heinrich Spier founded a company for cart making and carriage building in Steinheim, thus laying the foundation for the future SPIER vehicle plant.


Through the development of the motor vehicle SPIER also found new fields of activity to work in. While milk wagon trailers were still being built in 1930, just ten years later the first bodies for motor vehicles appeared. Then, within a period of 20 years, the company moved twice into new production plants, which provided scope for the development and manufacturing of new products. This included the production of sales vehicles and the conversion of private cars from 1949 onwards, the development of light metal structures starting in 1957, and the production of aluminium structures from the USA from 1967 onwards.


The 70s and 80s were influenced by new ideas. The idea of a roof spoiler for truck drivers’ cabs was implemented for the first time in Germany in 1974. This was the beginning of aerodynamic enhancement, which in 1989 took further shape with the Aeroform design for box bodies. The business relationship with UPS began in 1976 and continues until this day, and out of this relationship the delivery vehicle P36 originated in 1988. In the same year SPIER was registered with the Federal Motor Vehicle Transport Authority. In order to meet the growing use of swap containers, SPIER’s rapid interchanger system was developed for the easy interchanging of swap bodies.


In 1994 SPIER’s innovations continued with the development of lashing straps for load securing. Then, in 1996, one of the most important milestones in product development was reached. All modular systems underwent redesigning, new manufacturing processes were introduced, and bonding technology known as “stick” was implemented across the board. At the same time SPIER received certification in compliance with DIN EN ISO 9001, followed two years later by the addition of the Athlet plus! to the product range of box vehicle bodies, using lightweight construction.


In 2002 sliding tarpaulin vehicle bodies were developed and produced, for example, for transporting beverages using order picking equipment in compliance with the VDI 2700 guidelines.


SPIER’s Curtainsider range was developed.


SPIER’s vehicle plant receives certification in compliance with environmental management DIN EN ISO 14001.


SPIER moves into the new administration building.


The aerodynamically enhanced Aerobox box van body was developed and exhibited for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show.


The Athlet thermo, an aerodynamic refrigeration vehicle body, was added to the Athlet product family range.


Beginning of a new partnership with the SDG Modultechnik GmbH in Bielefeld, Germany


Development of the pioneering delivery vehicle SP70 on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter


Development of the lightweight body Athlet light for commercial vehicles of 3.5 tons permitted total weight


Development of the SPIER SP80 on the basis of the IVECO Daily chassis


Development of the SPIER SP45plus on the basis of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter


Market launch of the new SPIER open-sided vehicle body