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.

We currently have more than 36,000 employees. With an installed base of more than 1.5 million forklift trucks and warehouse equipment and over 6,000 installed systems, our customers include companies in numerous industries on six continents.

Across more than 100 countries worldwide, our solutions improve the flow of material and information within factories, warehouses, and distribution centers. We are the largest manufacturer of forklift trucks and warehouse equipment in Europe and the second largest worldwide in terms of units sold in 2020. We are also a leading provider of warehouse automation based on revenue in 2020.

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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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Our Sites

An effective network

More than 36,000 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.

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USA
Salt Lake City (Utah)
USA
Monterrey
Mexico
Summerville (South Carolina)
USA
Indaiatuba (São Paulo)
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China
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China
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China
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India
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KION Industrial Trucks & Services EMEA (KION ITS EMEA)
  • Weilbach, Germany
  • Aschaffenburg, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Salt Lake City (Utah), USA
  • Holland (Michigan), USA
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Suzhou, China
  • Indaiatuba (São Paulo), Brazil
  • Milan, Italy
  • Summerville (South Carolina), USA
  • Pune, India
  • Jingjiang, China
  • Jinan, China
  • Xiamen, China
  • Zhangzhou, China
  • Belrose, Australia

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 Stribro officially opened its production facility in Stříbro, Czech Republic, in 2016. Since then we have been deploying digitally connected systems at its state-of-the-art facility to create a ‘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.

In two buildings of the plant we manufacture warehouse trucks for our brand companies Linde and STILL.

In 2020 we have added a third factory building at our site. The building is operated by our Dematic brand company where they manufacture conveyor belts, pouch sorting systems, and storage and retrieval equipment – known as Multishuttle systems – that ensure the smooth flow of goods in warehouses and distribution centers.

The KION Group in the Czech Republic

We have a total of three sites in the Czech Republic. Besides the plant in Stříbro, Linde Pohony (LiPo) makes steering axles and electric and hydrostatic drive axles in Český Krumlov for the KION Group’s brands, while JULI, a joint venture of the KION Group near Brno, builds electric motors. In total, almost 1,500 people work at the three sites.

At the KION Polska plant in Kołbaskowo (Poland) we produce Linde counterbalance trucks for loads up to 3.5 tonnes. The plant in Poland will complement our existing production facilities across Europe and serving in particular customers with products for less intensive operating conditions in the EMEA region.

KION Polska incorporate a cutting-edge production facility and an administrative center. The more than 150 new employees will benefit from a state-of-the-art working environment and the research and development center will open up further opportunities.

The KION Group in Poland

Our brand companies have had a presence in the Polish market for many decades. The Linde Material Handling Polska Sp. z o.o. and STILL Polska Sp. z o.o. sales outlets focus on providing an all-around service and comprehensive logistics solutions, and are in high demand as business partners for customers looking for innovative industrial trucks.

STILL also has its European reconditioning center for used trucks in Rokietnica, near Poznań. Dematic also has a presence through its Dematic Poland Sp. z o.o. branch in Poznań. The KION Group currently has a workforce of over 800 in Poland, mainly employed in sales and aftersales.

KION Business Services Polska is our Center of Excellence for Finance & Accounting Services in Krakow, Poland.

KION Battery Systems (KBS) is a joint venture between intralogistics provider KION GROUP AG and battery manufacturer BMZ Holding GmbH.

The objective of the joint venture is to extend the lithium-ion product range of our brand companies and to expand our production capacity in order to meet the rapidly growing demand for lithium-ion battery systems in the intralogistics market.

The production lines in the new 4,000m² factory building are capable of manufacturing more than 12,000 batteries a year, mainly for heavy-duty and high-performance forklifts made by the KION Group brand companies.

There are also administration, research, and warehouse areas. By 2023, the workforce at KION Battery Systems is expected to grow to around 150 employees working primarily in research, development, and production.

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.

Linde Material Handling started in 1904 as Güldner Motoren-Gesellschaft. In France the Linde products and services are sold under the well-known Fenwick brand.

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.

STILL was founded in Hamburg (Germany) in 1920.

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.

Dematic started in 1819 as Mechanische Werkstätten Harkort & Co. and is 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.

Baoli is part of the KION Group since 2009 and started in 2003.

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.

Linde Material Handling started in 1904 as Güldner Motoren-Gesellschaft. In France the Linde products and services are sold under the well-known Fenwick brand.

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

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

Voltas Ltd manufactured its first forklift truck in 1967, since 2011 Voltas Material Handling has been part of the KION Group. The OM Voltas co-branding was introduced in 2017 and from 2020 on we do only use the OM brand in India.

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 KION Group has had a presence in India, an important growth market, since 2011. KION India has been the country’s leading industrial truck and warehouse technology vendor since 2016.

In addition to the OM products, KION India also sells industrial trucks, warehouse technology and services from KION brands like Baoli and Linde, allowing the Group to serve the premium, value and economy segments.

In 2019 KION India has launched its new plant in Pune, Maharashtra – India's largest production facility for intralogistics equipment. Diesel and electric forklifts as well as battery-powered lift trucks and reach trucks are manufactured in the ultra-modern plant.

The Indian market has been growing very rapidly and the demand for high performance products has been increasing as well.

CP Quek, Chief Asia Pacific Officer

The new plant is equipped with a total of three assembly lines including a paint shop, parts warehouse and an R&D center, where the constantly changing requirements and trends of the Indian market are to be evaluated and corresponding future products developed.

KION India has a countrywide sales and service network consisting of over 40 locations and dealerships with over 100 sales outlets. KION India is also launching automated supply chain solutions from KION brand Dematic on the market.

KION South Asia has been operating from Singapore since 2012 as a central sales hub, spare parts warehouse, product and technical support centre as well as a shared services center for the important South, East and Southeast Asian growth market. The focus of its activities is centred around the forklift trucks brands, namely Linde, STILL and Baoli, as part of the KION Group multi-brand strategy.

Through its direct and dealer sales and service network, KION South Asia covers Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Digital & Beyond

Our Corporate Services

Solutions from a single source

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.

The IT experts translate the trends that others are still just talking about – such as DevOps – into solutions for our business partners. We also ensure the efficiency of the operational processes of more than 35,000 KION Group employees around the world. They support them with cutting-edge technology – enabling each and every one of them to contribute to the company's success.

There are 600 of us at 54 locations around the world, working on a wide range of IT projects. Whether it's Microsoft Office 365, Azure Cloud, Java, or SAP S 4/Hana: Our professionals in KION Group IT are experts in their field – and giving our all to every individual project is a point of honor for them.

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.

Under the motto "Making digitalization happen," KION Digital is driving forward the transformation and digitalization projects of the KION Group. KION Digital works with our brands as a holistic solution provider for digital issues.

With agile software development, innovation management and a broad network of cooperation partners and start-ups, the experts at KION Digital accompany a wide variety of project teams on their journey - all the way to the commercialization of their digital offerings. In this way, we enable the teams with our powerful innovation ecosystem to offer their customers solutions for tomorrow's requirements today.

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 (IoT).

KION Business Services Polska is our Center of Excellence for Finance & Accounting Services and is located in Krakow, Poland.

Key accounting tasks that were previously spread across various organizations at the KION Group's European locations are pooled at KION Business Services Polska. The experts are experienced in many areas including standardization and lean management, digital solutions implementation and robotic process automation.

The Krakow office was launched in October 2013. In 2020 we acquired the Center of Excellence with roughly 240 professionals.

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, companies which were among the best and most innovative in the industry 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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2020

Acquisition of Digital Applications International

We acquire UK software company 'Digital Applications International' (DAI), which specializes in logistics applications. DAI expands Dematic’s software portfolio, we gain specialist knowledge of logistics automation and supply chain engineering.

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.

2018

KION focuses on digitalization

We are regarded as a digital pioneer in our sector. We open the first KION Digital Campus in Frankfurt.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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