Began with Albert Obermoser, a designer. His 1928 invention of the geared motor profoundly altered driving technology. A qualified banker, Christian Pähr purchased the geared motor’s rights from the Obermoser AG bankruptcy estate after realizing the geared motor’s great potential. He established the “Süddeutsche-Elektromotoren-Werke” business in 1931 despite political and economic unrest; the company is today known as SEW-EURODRIVE. In 1935, Christian Pähr perished. With the help of their daughter Edeltraut Pähr, his wife Kunigunde Pähr took over the business. Christian Pähr’s son-in-law Ernst Wilhelm Blickle succeeded him as the organization’s managing director in 1945.