Founder and company president, Hans-Albert Zender (53), born in Bassenheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, started his carrier path in the automobile accessories branch at the end of the 1960's. With a small group of like-minded friends from a local sports car club, the trained interior decorator made a name for himself with a variety of redesigns turning series production car seats into sports seats. Mr. Zender manufactured these much sought after seats in his spare time to help finance his favorite hobby: auto slalom competition in an NSU TT.
Using a small startup capital he had saved, the young Hans-Albert and his wife Christel made the jump to independence in 1969. The first manufacturing sites in living rooms and rented garages reflect the young company's enormous pioneering spirit. The at that time still hand made plastic products (incl. bucket seats, fenders to accommodate wider wheels and tires, and rear deck spoilers for various 60's car models) soon began to make the name ZENDER famous outside the local region.
Thanks to Mr. Zender's sure feeling for the wants and needs of sporting drivers, his line of accessories grew steadily. Many of the design elements offered as standard equipment on today's cars originated in the fertile imagination of the young ZENDER company.
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