The story of paragon Group began in 1988, when Klaus Dieter Frers founded paragon electronic GmbH in the freight depot of the former railroad station at Delbrück, near Paderborn in North Rhine-Westphalia. In its early years, paragon helped shape the boom in electronics contract manufacturing. The business grew so fast that the company already moved into newly built company premises in Delbrück in 1989.

Pivotal points in the company’s continuing history were its entry into the automotive electronics business and its listing on the stock exchange. Further highlights at paragon in more recent years include the establishment of the electromobility business and the international expansion to the US and China.


1988: Founded as electronics manufacturer in Delbrück

1991: Electronic services plant in Zella-Mehlis

1993: Launch of sensors development and production

1995: paragon’s first air-quality sensors in cars

1998: Production of components for operating controls

1999: Initial patents for acoustic sensors

2000: IPO as paragon AG in Frankfurt am Main

2003: Takeover of air-quality sensor division from Bosch

2004: Launch of display instrument business

2005: Market entry for car media systems

2007: Artega® spin-off initiated as reference object

2009: Extensive group-wide restructuring

2010: Full focus on automotive industry

2011: Development of a modular kit for electromobility

2012: Opening of sales office in China

2013: Production of battery packs and spoiler systems

2014: Spin-off of electromobility business under its own brand to Group subsidiaries Voltabox Deutschland GmbH and Voltabox of Texas, Inc.

2014: Launch of battery pack production in the US

2015: Takeover of SphereDesign GmbH