We work closely with leading OEMs (such as Honda and Shanghai Automotive) to develop and produce compressor and vacuum-pump applications for cars, trucks and other vehicles in the automotive industry. Our primary focus is the rocking piston and scroll, and we specialise in fuel-cell pumps, air-conditioning and compressors. We have particularly innovated with our oil-free designs.

Most vehicles have at least 20 assemblies which contain pumps. Applications include air seats, lumbar support, brake assist (also known as BAS or EBA), fuel cells and tire inflation. Most car-braking systems use vacuum pumps now, although trucks and heavier vehicles still use compressed air.

The focus for vacuum pumps and compressors for the automotive industry is on reliability (particularly with braking systems), lightweight construction, and competitive costs. That’s why you can rely on GSE to understand your requirements and to deliver the precise OEM solution you’re looking for.

Complex shapes + outstanding accuracy

Very few companies in the world have the ability to create the complex impeller shapes required for some automotive fuel-cell applications. GSE has made a significant investment in highly accurate machining centres; for example, our Mori Seiki 5-axis machines can machine the intricate impellers needed for this area of the automotive market. Having this machinery in-house also enables us to quickly produce or modify sample parts for prototyping.

Strength in low-volume applications

Where we score particularly highly is in our ability to deliver lower-volume applications (in automotive terms) – say, from 1,000 to 50,000 units per year. That’s just one reason why the main fuel-cell developers in the automotive industry prefer to work with GSE for their compressor requirements.

Flexible sampling

We’re determined to deliver the exact specification you require for your OEM application – that’s why we take a fast, flexible and exacting approach to producing samples for you.

We lead in fuel-cell compressor design

‘Alternative-fuel’ vehicles, such as fuel-cell-powered cars, have a particularly high demand for vacuum pumps, blowers and compressors. These systems must score very highly on electrical efficiency – a challenge we’re meeting through our partnership with SAIC (Shanghai Automotive) in China.

Want to know more?

Talk to us today about your application requirements. Call us on one of the numbers below or email us at

USA (Wisconsin) +1 (920) 234 5113

Hong Kong +852 2635 2285

Mexico +52 1 (442) 343 3172

China +86 147 1548 4260

Typical automotive applications

  • Air seats
  • Brake assist (BAS, EBA)
  • Fuel cells
  • Tire inflation
  • Air-conditioning
  • Lumbar support


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