history seat belt manufacturer

Luis Capella, an formula car racer of many years, understood the demand for custom seat belts and harnesses for racing cars. After working for many years in the seat belt industry for the leading seat belt manufacturers Autoliv and Bendix (now Key Safety Systems), and knew the industry well. He decided to break off on his own to service the customers that these Seatbelt manufacturers couldn’t help with their streamlined products.

Today, GWR Safety Systems is still focused on helping seat and vehicle manufacturers who have a unique need that no other seat belt manufacturer can solve.

Below are a few highlights of our growth:

1970s                    GWR Co-Founder Luis Capella begins competing in Formula Racing and rallys.

1970s & 80s         Luis works for Klippan, Bendix (now Key Safety Systems) and Autoliv, ultimately
                              becoming General Manager at Autoliv.

1982                 Luis Capella and Marian Masero begin manufacturing racing harnesses, seat belts for seat manufacturers,
                    and wheelchair occupant restraints

1980s                   GWR starts producing safety restraints for Nissan and develops and produces
                             an extended line of seat belts for passenger car rear seats, and buses.

1990s                   GWR begins partnering with Autoliv for supplies and dynamic crash testing.
                             Applus IDIADA completes first homologation test together with GWR.

1990s                   GWR 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

1995                    GWR begins supplying seat belts to Suzuki.

2000s                   GWR starts producing seat belts for aviation, and works with MIT to design seat belts for an electric, foldable car.

2011                    GWR receives funding from Gast Companies to expand operations.

2014                    Gast Companies completes purchase of GWR, and hires Carlos Grassi, an industry
                            veteran, to become General Manager and facilitate expansion.

* Background picture shows employees of Doronit, Luis Capella’s father’s company (Rogelio Capella), which supplied
machines to the auto industry.