Company Profile of the KION Group
We keep the world moving.
The KION Group sells forklift trucks, warehouse technology and associated services from its seven brand companies around the world. It is the European market leader, number two in the world and a leading international supplier in China.
The Linde and STILL brands serve the premium segment worldwide, while Baoli focuses on the economy segment. Fenwick is the material-handling market leader in France, OM STILL is a market leader in Italy and Voltas is one of the two market leaders in India. Egemin Automation is a leading Belgian logistics automation specialist.
Building on these strong foundations, the KION Group and its approximately 23,500 employees generated revenue of €5.1 billion in 2015, never losing sight of what is most important: our customers, innovation and quality.
We stand for sustainable, profitable growth through focusing on a clearly defined business segment.
KION: The Name
… and what it means
The word "Kion" is taken from the language of the Massai. In the tongue of the East African warriors and nomads, "Kion(gozi)" means "Take the leadership".
KION in Chinese
In Chinese, KION means “Proud of the victory”.
This expresses a core principle of the KION Group: In many countries, as in all of Europe, KION is the number one - the KION Group sets its strategy according to the values of leadership, innovation and performance in order to further develop its technological and market leadership.
KION places value on the traditional strengths of material handling, with more than 100 years experience, to ensure that it continues to provide innovative logistics solutions for its customers in the future.
Our Company History
Strong brands with more than 100 years of experience.
KION Group's History
The state-of-the-art plant is located near the Czech town of Stříbro close to Plzeň. KION has equipped its new production facility with digitally connected systems to create a 'smart factory'. The processes are transparent and are managed, monitored and documented using IT systems.
Egemin Automation strengthens its warehouse systems expertise in North America with acquisition of Retrotech. Retrotech is an established US systems integrator for automated warehouse and distribution solutions.
Egemin Automation is integrated in the KION Group as an independent company and is responsible for system solutions and automation.
Linde Material Handling North America operates under the name 'KION North America' since January 2015. KION North America wants to gain a much stronger foothold in the United States.
KION Group joined Deutsche Börse's MDAX on 22 September 2014.
Voltas Material Handling was repositioned to KION India.
KION GROUP AG is listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on 28 June.
KION South America produces for the Brazilian and South American market since November 2012 at its plant in Indaiatuba, Brazil.
Weichai Power joined as an anchor investor with a 25% stake via capital increase.
Set up of a joint venture company in India for forklift trucks and warehousing equipment. It concentrates on the Indian volume market.
A Chinese joint venture led by the KION Group is set up. The Baoli brand produces and sells trucks in the Economy Segment.
The 500,000th forklift comes off the production line at Linde Material Handling.
Grouping of the three forklift brands Linde, STILL and OM under the umbrella KION Group, purchase of the KION Group by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
Takeover of OM Pimespo by Linde AG
Takeover of the British forklift manufacturer Lansing Bagnall
Takeover of the French storage technology manufacturer SAXBY
With the purchase of the largest French forklift manufacturer, Fenwick Manutention S. A., Linde MH makes it into the international top flight of the sector.
OM takes over the Italian warehouse technology manufacturer PIMESPO
Linde takes over the American manufacturer of industrial trucks Baker Material Handling Corporation in Cleveland (USA)
Introduction of the brand name STILL
Takeover of STILL GmbH by Linde AG
Complete changeover of production to forklift production as "SE Fahrzeugwerke GmbH" (S for STILL, E for Maschinenfabrik Esslingen)
The production of tractors and diesel engines is completely stopped. Concentration on the growth areas of industrial trucks and hydraulics.
Foundation of "Piccola Industria Meccanica sul Po" (PIMESPO) in Luzzara (Italy) for the production of warehouse trucks.
The first Linde forklift truck with hydrostatic drive was unveiled at the Hanover trade fair.
The continuous hydrostatic gear box is a technological innovation. It is first used in the "Güldner Hydrocar" transport vehicles.
Production of the first forklift with combustion engine
Production of STILL's first forklift (EGS 1000)
Güldner starts to include the production of agricultural tractors in its product range.
Complete takeover of Güldner Motoren-Gesellschaft by Linde AG, relocation of the company HQ to Aschaffenburg (Germany).
Hans Still founds the company STILL in Hamburg (Germany) as a repairs plant for electric motors.
Foundation of OM in Brescia (Italy) for the production of cars.
Güldner Motoren-Gesellschaft is founded by Carl von Linde, Hugo Güldner and other partners. It mainly produces diesel engines.