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The history of Kögel Trailer GmbH & Co. KG

80 Jahre Key Visual

The art of engineering for better transport solutions

Since 1934 the company from Burtenbach produces commercial vehicles (truck cabs, busses, etc.) as well as truck bodies and trailers. Among these products one can regularly find groundbreaking innovations that shape modern road transport and serve as a foundation of the brand's worldwide and positive reputation.

2014 – Kögel celebrates its 80th anniversary

Kögel will celebrate its 80th anniversary on 1st May 2014; after 80 years, the company has remained true to its motto of "tradition, experience and competence" in the trailer market. It should thus come as no surprise that this year will see the launch of some custom-made new utility vehicles to captivate our customers at the IAA.

2012 – Industry award "Trailer Innovation 2013"
2012 – Industry award "Trailer Innovation 2013"

At the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover in 2012, the Kögel hybrid quick-opening mechanism received the international sectoral prize "Trailer Innovation 2013" in the supreme discipline "Body". This prize promotes outstanding ideas and new products in the trailer and bodywork sectors.

2012 – A new competence centre "Kögel PurFerro GmbH & Co. KG"

Kögel buys the competence centre for sandwich panels in Duingen from European Van Company. The factory in Duingen was established in the 1970s by the Graaff coach-building company and quickly developed into a popular supplier for dry freight and chilled distribution body manufacturers. This also means that Kögel will be purely a manufacturer of box bodies in the future, with all the necessary skills in-house.

2011 – Other innovations

Kögel presents the new Kögel Mega, a mega-trailer with a total height of 4 m achieved by reducing the throat height by 35 mm Kögel is back in the construction vehicle market and sets a new standard with the Kögel 3-axle tipper trailer.

2010 – Two corporate pillars

Kögel strategically positions itself in the market, with two main pillars in the Kögel product range: Construction and freight companies. In addition, Kögel extends its product range by adding the Kögel Port Multiplex.

2009 – Take-over by Ulrich Humbaur

Kögel is taken over by the Gersthofen entrepreneur and vehicle manufacturer Ulrich Humbaur and thus becomes a family-owned enterprise once again. In 2008/2009, the worldwide economic and financial crisis resulted in a noticeable drop in orders for the entire utility vehicle industry, including Kögel. Production capacity had to be scaled down. After the former Kögel Fahrzeugwerke GmbH was declared insolvent in 2009, the successful, medium-sized company Humbaur took over. Since then the production figures have risen, as have the turnover and the number of employees.

2007 – Extended refrigerated semi-trailer
2007 – Extended refrigerated semi-trailer

Kögel extends the refrigerated semi-trailer by 1.3 metres, thus creating more storage space for refrigerated goods.

2007 – A record year

Turnover of € 450 million and annual production of 24,000 vehicles The company is now established as one of the world's ten largest trailer manufacturers.

2006 – Extension of brand portfolio
2006 – Extension of brand portfolio

Kögel introduces the brands "MAXX", "Phoenixx" and "foxx".

2006 – A successful re-start

Kögel Fahrzeugwerke GmbH has approximately 1,000 employees and produces some 12,000 vehicles per year. More than two thirds of them are supplied to other European countries.

2005 – Extended mega-trailer
2005 – Extended mega-trailer

Kögel extends the mega-trailer by 1.3 metres, thus offering more loading space.

2004 – Renaming of the company

Trailer Holding GmbH in Munich takes over parts of the insolvent Kögel Fahrzeugwerke AG. Establishment of "Kögel Fahrzeugwerke GmbH" Burtenbach becomes the new company headquarters. Some parts of the company, such as KAMAG and the factory in Werdau, are sold.

2003 – Competence centres

Kögel establishes two centres of competence in manufacturing: Burtenbach for open bodies (platform trailers, tippers), Werdau for closed bodies (dry freight and insulation box bodies). The refrigerated vehicle production is moved from Karlsdorf to Werdau, production at the Karlsdorf works is discontinued.

2001 – Quality thanks to cathodic dip painting
2001 – Quality thanks to cathodic dip painting

Kögel was the first company to bring out a cathodic dip-paint coating plant with zinc phosphating as corrosion protection.

2000 – The "Kögel 2000" project

After considerable investment, the factory in Burtenbach became the most modern trailer factory in Europe.

1999 – Foundation stone laid in Burtenbach

Extension of the Burtenbach factory at a distance of a bout 50 kilometres from the Kögel headquarters in Ulm begins.

1996 – Establishment of Kögel a.s.

Incorporation of the holding company Orlican a.s. into the Kögel Group. Kögel a.s. is established in June in order to carry out simultaneous restructuring, as required.

1994 – Another Chinese joint venture

The establishment of the "JINAN HONGQI-Kögel TRAILER MAKING Co. Ltd." as a joint venture results in the production of semi-trailers and dry freight bodies for general cargo transport in China. The same year sees the establishment of "JINAN SAF AXLE Co.Ltd.", with the participation of the Austrian company Kögel-Marz Ges.m.b.H., specialising in the production of trailer axles.

1993 – Kögel takes over Kässbohrer

By taking over the utility vehicle activities of Karl Kässbohrer Fahrzeugwerke GmbH in Burtenbach (Bavaria), Kögel becomes a leading company in the field of utility vehicle bodies and vehicles for the agricultural industry.

1992 – Joint venture in China

Successful production under licence results in the establishment of the JINAN KÖGEL SPECIAL AUTOMOBILE CO. LTD. joint venture in 1992.

1991 – Licence agreement with Orlican a.s., Czech Republic

A licence agreement for the production of refrigerated bodies is concluded with the Czech company Orlican in Chocen. In addition to producing large-scale assemblies for the German production companies, the factory will also become a major supplier of complete vehicles for the Czech market.

1991 – Kögel becomes a public limited company

By listing on the stock exchange, Kögel becomes the first company in the trailer- and body-producing industry functioning as a public limited company.

1990 – "Wiesel" conquers the market
1990 – "Wiesel" conquers the market

Kögel presents the first transfer vehicle for swap bodies, known as the "Wiesel".

1990 – MARCAM KÖGEL S.A. in Poland

The former steel construction company is incorporated as an investment by the Kögel Group and manufactures vehicle components for the German factories.

1990 – Kögel in Werdau, Saxony

In Werdau (Saxony) Kögel takes over a large part of the former nationalised motor vehicle factory "Ernst Grube" and extends it to establish a modern, high-efficiency production site.

1989 – China licence agreement and modular production

A licence agreement is concluded with JINAN AUTO REFITTING FACTORY to produce refrigerated bodies. The company's many years of experience in vehicle construction results in the Kögel modular system. This completes the step from individual production to standardised serial production.

1985 – Integrated box body
1985 – Integrated box body

Kögel markets the first integrated box body for courier industry.

1984 – Branch in Austria

Kögel takes over a vehicle construction company in Marz, Burgenland and extends it to form its Austrian branch "Kögel-Marz Ges.m.b.H."

1982 – Lightest serially produced semi-trailer
1982 – Lightest serially produced semi-trailer

Kögel continues to develop new products and presents the lightest serially made semi-trailer worldwide.

1980 – Establishment of American KAMAG subsidiary KCA

The establishment of KAMAG Corporation of America gives the company a foothold in Florida to serve the US market.

1974 – Central axle tilting trailer
1974 – Central axle tilting trailer

Kögel presents the patented central axle tilting trailer.

1973 – Establishment of Bückeburg site

Kögel buys FAKA (Fahrzeugwerke Kannenberg) in Bückeburg/Lower Saxony.

1969 – Establishment of KAMAG Transporttechnik
1969 – Establishment of KAMAG Transporttechnik

Together with Dipl.-Ing. Karl Weinmann, Franz Xaver Kögel establishes the company KAMAG-Transporttechnik, developing the first pallet-width refrigerated semi-trailer the same year.

1967 – Establishment of Hanau site

"Factory 3" is established when the company Fahrzeugbau Wilhelm Seibel in Hanau (Hesse) is taken over.

1966 – Aluminium round trough

The first self-supporting aluminium round trough was developed by Kögel.

1965 – Special vehicles for concrete components

Kögel develops special vehicles for concrete components and invents the first demountable platform trailer with supports.

1962 – Establishment of Karlsdorf site

Kögel establishes "Factory 2" for the production of insulated bodies and trailers in Karlsdorf near Bruchsal.

1961 – First refrigerated semi-trailer
1961 – First refrigerated semi-trailer

Kögel develops the first refrigerated semi-trailers made entirely of plastics.

1956 – Move to Donautal

The transition from a tradesmen's business to an industrial concern was completed when production started at the newly built, large manufacturing site in the Donautal industrial area.

1945 – A new start

Kögel builds up a new production site at the former army depot building.

1944 – Destruction

During the war, the production site in Blaubeurer Street is almost completely destroyed.

1937 – Move to Ulm

Kögel moves to Blaubeurer Street in Ulm.

1935 – Development of the first trailers
1935 – Development of the first trailers

Growing demand results in the development of the first trailers for agricultural use.

1934 – Establishment
1934 – Establishment

Franz Xaver Kögel takes over the small wainwright's workshop in Neu-Ulm belonging to his employer on 1 May 1934.

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