Company Profile of the KION Group
We keep the world moving.
The KION Group has a global presence with products, services and solutions provided by its six brand companies. The KION Group is the European market leader and the world's second largest manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse technology, and it is one of the leading international suppliers in the sector in China. The Linde and STILL brands serve the premium segment worldwide, while Baoli focuses on the value and economy segments. 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.
But these strong foundations were not the only thing that enabled the KION Group to generate revenue of more than €4.6 billion in 2014. The key factor was our workforce of more than 22,000 people, who go the extra mile for our customers every day.
We stand for sustainable, profitable growth through focusing on a clearly defined business segment.
Lift Up! - The Film
From precious raw materials to innovative products: We keep the world moving. The KION Group is a moving force in the world today. "Lift Up!" is a powerful industrial film with an unusual concept, striking imagery on various visual levels – and lots of emotion!
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
Linde Material Handling North America operates under the name 'KION North America' since January. 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.