100 years of experience in braking technology

Founding and Rise 1905-1945

  • Knorr-Bremse GmbH founded in 1905 in Berlin by Georg Knorr
  • Development of air brakes for freight trains turns Knorr-Bremse into the largest brake manufacturer for rail vehicles in Europe
  • First Knorr air brakes for trucks are patented

Post-war period and reconstruction, 1945-1985

  • Berlin plant confiscated after WWII
  • New headquarters established in Munich
  • KE control valve becomes UIC standard
  • Knorr-Bremse enters the US market with the AAR DB-60 valve for rail vehicle

Expansion through concentration, 1985-2010

  • 1985: Takeover by Heinz Hermann Thiele
  • Fundamental restructuring and expansion strategy
  • Knorr-Bremse consolidates the market
  • Knorr-Bremse develops into one of the world’s leading braking technology companies

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