VARTA® brand history (1910-1939)
Today’s VARTA® batteries have been providing advanced technology, powerful performance and exceptional service around the world for over 100 years.
1914: VARTA® leads the way
VARTA® lead-acid batteries become an increasingly popular choice for quick, reliable automotive starting.
1923: Our first Chairman of the Board
Dr. Günther Quandt becomes Chairman of the Board of the VARTA® predecessor, AFA. Ever since, he and his successors have been responsible for the company’s continued international expansion.
1926: The range grows and so does our success
VARTA® precursor AFA takes over the Pertrix Chemische Fabrik AG, developers of the first storable dry-cell battery. Ever since, VARTA®’s battery range has been the most comprehensive on the market.
1934: More than 3 million cars drive battery demand
As the number of cars on the world’s roads exceeds 3 million, fuelling increased demand for reliable, powerful starting batteries, VARTA® continues to pull ahead in the market.
1935: Factory-fitted in the first-ever forklift
The precursor of the modern forklift truck, “the electric vehicle with lift pole” is launched. From day one they’re factory-fitted with VARTA® batteries.
1936: Standardisation makes buying VARTA® batteries simpler
VARTA® offers the first standard-sized starter batteries that fit in every single car, making replacement quick, easy and cost-effective.