Luis Capella, an formula car racer for many years, started designing custom harnesses for racing cars. After working over a decade in the seat belt industry for the leading seat belt manufacturers Autoliv and Bendix (which became Key Safety Systems, and now Joyson), he knew the industry well. In 1982 he started GWR to service the customers that these Seatbelt manufacturers couldn’t help with their streamlined products. The company grew very quickly.
Today, GWR® services the leading seat and vehicle manufacturers, as well as the aftermarket through our distributors. We specialize in helping trend setting companies that have a unique need that no other seat belt manufacturer can solve.
Below are a few highlights of our growth:
1970sGWR Co-Founder Luis Capella begins competing in Formula Racing and rallys.
1970s & 80sLuis works for Klippan, Bendix (now Joyson/Key Safety Systems) and Autoliv, ultimately becoming General Manager at Autoliv.
1982Luis Capella and Marian Masero begin manufacturing racing harnesses, seat belts for seat manufacturers, and wheelchair occupant restraints
1980sGWR starts producing safety restraints for Nissan and develops and produces an extended line of seat belts for passenger car rear seats, and buses.
1990sGWR begins partnering with Autoliv for supplies and dynamic crash testing. Applus IDIADA completes first homologation test together with GWR.
1990sGWR begins manufacturing aftermarket seat belts for one of the largest automotive seat belt companies GWR manufactures & tests custom restraint systems for the European Space Station
1995GWR begins supplying seat belts to Suzuki.
2000sGWR starts producing seat belts for aviation, and works with MIT to design seat belts for an electric, foldable car.
2010sGWR® hires Carlos Grassi, an industry veteran, to become CEO and facilitate expansion. We expand our product lines, secure patents, and license the patent for retractors in the backs of seats.
* Background picture shows employees of Doronit, Luis Capella’s father’s company (Rogelio Capella), which supplied
machines to the auto industry.
North American Factory
4466 C D Banks
St. Louis, MO 63113
+1 (314) 732-0338
Carrer Barcelonès nº 10
08520 Les Franqueses del Vallès
+34 93 871 76 67
GWR is a leading custom seat belt manufacturer specialized in designing, developing, and manufacturing automotive and non-automotive seat belts. Our products are featured in more than 200 vehicle models produced by over 100 well-diversified customers worldwide. The company has two main technical centers located in the United States and Europe.