KION at a glance

The rapid growth of e-commerce is one of the drivers of the world economy and our business. Global value chains and supply chains require considerable capital expenditure on warehousing and logistics. Automated supply chain solutions are becoming increasingly important since in many sectors efficient intralogistics are now a decisive factor in a company’s competitiveness.

The KION Group employs over 33,000 people and is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe and the second-largest in the world as well as a global leader in automation technology. More than 1.4 million industrial trucks and over 6,000 automated warehouse systems are deployed by customers on six continents; sophisticated material handling solutions offering our customers real added value.

Our portfolio

Material handling solutions to match every customer

Our logistics solutions ensure the smooth flow of materials and information in our customers’ warehouses, factories and distribution centers around the world. Discover the full range of our services, from warehouse technology and forklift trucks to fully automated supply chain solutions, in our virtual 360° warehouse.

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  • Industrial Trucks & Services
  • Supply Chain Solutions

Our sites

An effective network

Around 33,000 employees in over 100 countries are part of the global KION Group and its Operating Units. Founded in Europe, the KION Group now has facilities, R&D centers as well as sales and aftersales units in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia.

All Locations
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  • Linde MH EMEA
  • STILL EMEA
  • Dematic
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Corporate Plant
  • Linde MH EMEA
  • STILL EMEA
  • Dematic
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Corporate Plant
Holland (Michigan)
USA
Grand Rapids (Michigan)
USA
Salt Lake City (Utah)
USA
Monterrey
Mexico
Summerville (South Carolina)
USA
Indaiatuba (São Paulo)
Brazil
Suzhou
China
Jingjiang
China
Jingjiang
China
Pune
India
Xiamen
China
Belrose
Australia
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  • Linde MH EMEA
  • STILL EMEA
  • Dematic
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Corporate Plant
Linde MH EMEA
  • Weilbach, Germany
  • Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Salt Lake City (Utah), USA
  • Holland (Michigan), USA
  • Grand Rapids (Michigan), USA
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Suzhou, China
  • Indaiatuba (São Paulo), Brazil
  • Milan, Italy
  • Summerville (South Carolina), USA
  • Pune, India
  • Jingjiang, China
  • Xiamen, China
  • Belrose, Australia
  • Indaiatuba (São Paulo), Brazil
  • Dinklage, Germany
  • Geisa, Germany
  • Stribro, Czech Republic
  • Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
  • Luzzara, Italy
  • Chatellerault, France

KION Warehouse Systems, based in Reutlingen (Germany), develops and manufactures fully and semi-automatic VNA trucks (VNA = Very Narrow Aisle) for several of our brands. Products made by KION Warehouse Systems are available around the world via the Linde and STILL sales networks.

The KION VNA Academy provides training for service technicians and sales professionals from KION brands Linde and STILL. The academy’s training offerings have been extended to other regions and are now available in China and South America.

KION Warehouse Systems is a company with a long history. Founded in 1893 as Ernst Wagner Apparatebau, the company quickly boasted an extensive portfolio of logistics solutions. By the 1980s and '90s it had evolved into a key innovator in the warehouse truck market.

In 2010, the KION Group expanded the Reutlingen facility into a multi-brand site. KION Warehouse Systems became the center of excellence for very narrow aisle trucks (VNAs).

KION IoT Systems, based in Wangen (Germany), develops new digital applications for the Internet of Things (IoT). The aim of its research and development work is to improve the connectivity of our brand companies’ products. Its task is to predict and meet customer expectations, including networking our products or making performance data available in real time and in a format that is easy to understand.

The KION Cloud serves as an intelligent interface allowing service technicians to connect with warehouse trucks and other systems to ensure a smooth maintenenance check. Additionally, our IoT experts develop a range of user applications and embedded software for a variety of platforms and specifcations for made-to-measure hardware components.

The KION IoT Systems team works closely with other KION Group teams across the globe and acts as our center of excellence for the Internet of Things.

Our cutting-edge facility in the Czech Republic city of Stříbro near Pilsen was commissioned in 2016. The plant is a digitally networked ‘smart factory’ where all processes are designed to be transparent and are managed, monitored and documented using the latest systems. It ensures a smooth flow of data and materials during production.

The KION Stříbro plant manufactures warehouse trucks for our brand companies Linde and STILL.

The site was extended in 2018 to include a 23,000 square meter factory for automated material handling systems. The new factory manufactures multi-shuttles, modular conveyor systems, and other products for the European market, i.e. modules for automated warehouse systems from Dematic that can be adapted to each customer’s requirements.

Our brands

Market leaders

Linde Material Handling

Linde Material Handling is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forklifts and warehouse trucks. A technology pioneer, it offers a wide range of industrial trucks, driver assistance systems, fleet management and comprehensive service options.

  • Begun in 1904 as Güldner Motoren-Gesellschaft;
  • Part of the KION Group since 2006;
  • Linde products and services are sold under the Fenwick brand in France and other French-speaking countries.

Product portfolio

  • Electric, fuel cell and conventionally powered trucks,
  • Warehouse trucks,
  • Hand pallet trucks,
  • Fleet management software,
  • Automation solutions,
  • Driver assistance systems,
  • Dinancing and leasing solutions,
  • Operator training,
  • A wide range of services for industrial trucks.

STILL

STILL, a manufacturer of forklift trucks, warehouse trucks and intralogistics systems, has been a leading innovator for decades and has a focus on the European and Brazilian markets.

  • Begun in Hamburg in 1920;
  • Part of the KION Group since 2006.

Product portfolio

  • Electric, fuel cell and conventionally powered trucks,
  • Warehouse trucks and customized services,
  • Complete warehouse systems,
  • Automation and fleet management solutions.

Dematic

Dematic is the global leader in innovative, integrated supply chain automation technologies, software and services.

  • Begun in 1819 as Mechanische Werkstätten Harkort & Co.;
  • Part of the KION Group since 2016.

Product portfolio

  • Intelligent software,
  • Conveyor systems,
  • Sorters,
  • Automated guided vehicle systems,
  • Automated warehouse systems,
  • Light- and voice-controlled order processing,
  • Automated palletizers,
  • Comprehensive customer service .

Baoli

Baoli is our global brand for forklift trucks in the value segment.

  • Begun in 2003;
  • Part of the KION Group since 2009.

Product portfolio

  • Forklift trucks with internal combustion engines and electric drives,
  • Warehouse trucks.

Linde Material Handling

Linde Material Handling is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of forklifts and warehouse trucks. A technology pioneer, it offers a wide range of industrial trucks, driver assistance systems, fleet management and comprehensive service options.

  • Begun in 1904 as Güldner Motoren-Gesellschaft;
  • Part of the KION Group since 2006;
  • Linde products and services are sold under the Fenwick brand in France and other French-speaking countries.

Product portfolio

  • Electric, fuel cell and conventionally powered trucks,
  • Warehouse trucks,
  • Hand pallet trucks,
  • Fleet management software,
  • Automation solutions,
  • Driver assistance systems,
  • Dinancing and leasing solutions,
  • Operator training,
  • A wide range of services for industrial trucks.

OM Voltas

OM Voltas combines the strengths of the Indian forklift truck brand 'Voltas' and the long-established Italian brand 'OM'. In the Indian market, OM Voltas is the leading supplier of industrial trucks.

  • Voltas Ltd manufactured its first forklift truck in 1967;
  • Voltas Material Handling has been part of the KION Group since 2011;
  • The OM Voltas brand was introduced in 2017.

Product portfolio

  • Forklift trucks with internal combustion engines and electric drives,
  • Warehouse trucks.

Our regional companies

Close to our customers

KION North America

We operate a sales, service and production facility in the US city of Summerville in South Carolina. It serves the North American market (US, Canada, Mexico). KION North America was established to meet the demands of the growing North American market. To increase market share, KION North America has created a product portfolio specifically tailored to meet US market demands. The Summerville site exclusively produces trucks for Linde Material Handling; however, industrial trucks from Linde and Baoli are also available for the North American market.

We also have a sales, service and production facility in South America. Located in Indaiatuba, Brazil, KION South America manufactures STILL and Linde trucks for the Brazilian and South American markets. Not far from São Paulo, KION South America continues to expand its reach of its sales and service network and parts supply, allowing it to ensure its position throughout South America.

The Indian plant in Pune, Maharashtra, has been manufacturing OM and OM Voltas trucks since 2011. KION India is also the sales and service hub for Linde Material Handling and Baoli in the Indian market. The current expansion of the site - scheduled for 2020 completion - includes another cutting-edge production facility, an R&D center, a training center for service personnel and an area for automated supply chain solutions from Dematic. The capital expenditure is anticipated to consolidate our leading position in the Indian growth market.

Additional information

Since 2012, KION South Asia has been operating from Singapore, a central sales hub for the important South East Asian growth market. The focus of its sales activities are trucks made by Linde Material Handling and Baoli. Along with KION India, KION South Asia is part of the KION Asia Pacific operating unit. Through its sales and service network KION South Asia covers Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

Our Corporate Services

Solutions from a single source

KION Digital Campus

The KION Digital Campus, next to our Frankfurt, Germany, headquarters, specializes in driving forward several digitalization projects. Short-term teams from throughout the KION Group and its brands work together on these initiatives. Collaborating with the Campus team, they use the latest agile working methods to develop innovative digital solutions. It creates prototypes and minimum viable products (MVPs) for new products and applications in the shortest time possible.

KION Invest has the goal of promoting innovation in material handling beyond the confines of our company. We are part of a global start-up ecosystem where we can combine our strengths and assets, such as our brands and expertise, with the passion and creativity found in start-ups. As a long-term partner of entrepreneurs and innovators, we focus on value-adding partnerships and strategic equity investments that benefit all involved.

KION Group IT is a global team of experts working in a number of sites in Germany, UK, France, Italy, US and China. We work to steer the KION Group through the constantly changing technology landscape, bringing our extensive knowledge in digitalization, agile and classic project management and SAP. The globally organized unit provides cutting-edge IT services, ensuring the highest levels of business excellence across the KION Group.

KION Financial Services meets the growing demand for made-to-measure financing solutions. Our financial service activities fulfil an important interface and service function. They are a key sales and customer retention tool, including the leasing business, which is part of sales financing, and the funding of short-term rental fleets. Separate financial services companies are deployed in the key markets of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. KION Financial Services is known as KION Rental Services in Italy and Spain.

Our milestones: A look back over our history

From the outset, our brands have been setting benchmarks and shaping our customers’ industries. Our combined history dates back to 1819, representing 200 years of deepening expertise and the continual use of innovative products and solutions, offering our customers scope for new business models. The ability to give customers the decisive competitive edge forms the basis for the successful future of our Group.

Lift-off for future innovation

In 2006, the industry's best and most innovative companies were brought together under one roof when the KION Group was established. Our objective was to become a leading innovator and provider of fully integrated solutions, offering exceptional added value to our global customers. With ‘we keep the world moving’, we set the benchmark for an effective flow of materials and goods in the global economy of the 21st Century.

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2006

The beginnings of the KION Group

Linde AG brings together its truck business with the brands Linde, STILL, and OM under the umbrella of the KION Group. Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners acquire the multi-brand group.

2009

Founding of Baoli as a joint venture

We play a key role in establishing the Chinese joint venture KION Baoli (Jiangsu) Forklift Co., Ltd. under the umbrella of the KION Group. The new Baoli brand initially produces and sells forklift trucks in the value segment on the Asian market, and later on all over the world. Baoli becomes a full member of the KION Group in 2011.

2011

Founding of Voltas Material Handling

We establish Voltas Material Handling as an Indian joint venture for forklift trucks and warehouse trucks. Voltas focuses on selling its products on the Indian volume market.

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2012

Anchor investor for the KION Group

Weichai Power invests in KION Group and becomes another anchor investor. Our new partner acquires an initial 25 per cent stake and ensures even better access to the Chinese market.

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2012

KION expands in South America

A new facility for the manufacture of forklift trucks and warehouse trucks is established in Indaiatuba, Brazil. KION South America represents an important step toward taking an even greater share of the Central and South American markets.

2013

KION Group launches IPO

KION GROUP AG makes its debut on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on June 28, 2013. Our stock is listed on Deutsche Börse’s MDAX in 2014. The capital market is impressed by the Group’s performance and outlook for the future.

2014

KION India opens up the Indian market

Voltas Material Handling becomes KION India and expands its brand offering. In addition to manufacturing and selling products bearing the OM and OM Voltas brand names, KION India now also sells industrial trucks, warehouse technology, and services under the Baoli and Linde brands.

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2015

KION North America presents new product portfolio

Linde Material Handling North America becomes KION North America. The company completely redesigns its product portfolio in line with the requirements of the North American market (USA, Canada, and Mexico).

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2015

Investment in system solutions and automation

KION Group acquires the Belgian company Egemin Automation, and we strengthen our warehouse systems expertise in North America with the acquisition of Retrotech. Systems solutions and warehouse automation are the key to our future growth.

2016

Acquisition of Dematic

The acquisition of Dematic enables us to establish a second segment and become a leading global provider of supply chain solutions. Dematic is the leading specialist in automation, supply chain optimization, and warehouse software.

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2017

The KION Group manages its global business from Frankfurt

We start a new chapter with the opening of our new offices near Frankfurt airport. The commercial hub with its excellent infrastructure offers everything we need as a global business.

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2017

KION formulates the KION 2027 strategy

We define our path toward further growth through our KION 2027 strategy. The key areas of action are digitalization, automation, efficient energy use, innovation, and performance.

2018

KION focuses on digitalization

We are regarded as a digital pioneer in our sector. The importance we place on digitalization is reflected in the new position of Chief Digital Officer (CDO) on the Executive Board. We also open the first KION Digital Campus in Frankfurt.

2019

KION expands in India

With the extension of our Indian site in Pune, with a capital expenditure of €15 million, we are not only inceasing our production capacity, but we are also paving the way for the expansion of Dematic's innovative supply chain solutions in the Indian market.

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