“We keep the World Moving”
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 values – leadership, innovation, and performance – make us what we are.
KION Baoli (Jiangsu) Forklift Co., Ltd is the international, highly competitive material handling manufacturer for the economy segment, and a member of KION Group in Germany. The company is located in economic development zone of Jingjiang city, Jiangsu province, covering an area of 120,000 square meters, over 600 employees, and an extensive network of dealers in more than 80 countries. Baoli Forklift provides whole product range including diesel /gasoline/ LPG trucks with load capacities of 1 to 10 tonnes and
electric / warehouse trucks. The company has automated painting line, vehicle assembly line and key components production line, which provides strong base to ensure business growth. As a brand of the KION Group, our vision is to be the leading brand in economy forklift segment, combining the competitive advantages of KION operational excellence and Baoli integrated manufacturing platform, we provide reliable and practical products, as well as standardized services to the global market.
KION GROUP HISTORY
Strong brands with more than 100 years of experience
Foundation of OM in Brescia (Italy) for the production of cars.
Hans Still founds the company STILL in Hamburg (Germany) as a repairs plant for electric motors.
1929 Linde Material Handling
Complete takeover of Güldner Motoren-Gesellschaft by Linde AG, relocation of the company HQ to Aschaffenburg (Germany).
1938 Linde Material Handling
Güldner starts to include the production of agricultural tractors in its product range.
Production of STILL’s first forklift (EGS 1000)
Production of the first forklift with combustion engine
1955 Linde Material Handling
The continuous hydrostatic gear box is a technological innovation. It is first used in the “Güldner Hydrocar” transport vehicles.
1960 Linde Material Handling
The first Linde forklift truck with hydrostatic drive was unveiled at the Hanover trade fair.
Foundation of “Piccola Industria Meccanica sul Po” (PIMESPO) in Luzzara (Italy) for the production of warehouse trucks.
1969 Linde Material Handling
The production of tractors and diesel engines is completely stopped. Concentration on the growth areas of industrial trucks and hydraulics.
Complete changeover of production to forklift production as “SE Fahrzeugwerke GmbH” (S for STILL, E for Maschinenfabrik Esslingen)
Takeover of STILL GmbH by Linde AG
Introduction of the brand name STILL
1977 Linde Material Handling
Linde takes over the American manufacturer of industrial trucks Baker Material Handling Corporation in Cleveland (USA)
OM takes over the Italian warehouse technology manufacturer PIMESPO
1984 Linde Material Handling
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.
Takeover of the French storage technology manufacturer SAXBY
1989 Linde Material Handling
Takeover of the British forklift manufacturer Lansing Bagnall
Takeover of OM Pimespo by Linde AG
2006 KION Group
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.
2007 Linde Material Handling
The 500,000th forklift comes off the production line at Linde Material Handling.
2009 KION Baoli Forklift Co., Ltd.
A Chinese joint venture led by the KION Group is set up. The Baoli brand produces and sells trucks in the Economy Segment.
2011 Voltas Material Handling
Set up of a joint venture company in India for forklift trucks and warehousing equipment. It concentrates on the Indian volume market.
2012 KION Group
Weichai Power joined as an anchor investor with a 25% stake via capital increase.
2012 KION South America
KION South America produces for the Brazilian and South American market since November 2012 at its plant in Indaiatuba, Brazil.
2013 KION Group
KION GROUP AG is listed at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on 28 June.
2013 KION India
Voltas Material Handling was repositioned to KION India.
2014 Conclusion on the MDAX
KION Group joined Deutsche Börse’s MDAX on 22 September 2014.
2015 KION North America
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.