The Rheinmetall Group

The technology group for security and mobility

Rheinmetall was established in 1889 as Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft. Today, Rheinmetall AG, publicly listed and based in Düsseldorf, is a powerful, internationally successful corporation and is the management holding company of the Rheinmetall Group. As an integrated technology group, Rheinmetall is a market leader in the areas of environmentally friendly mobility and threat-appropriate security technology. The group´s operating activities are split into the two corporate sectors, Rheinmetall Defence and Rheinmetall Automotive. In 2016, its 23,000-strong staff generated annual sales of €5,602 million.

Armin Papperger, Chief Executive Officer of Rheinmetall AG:

"Now and in future, the name Rheinmetall will stand for innovative solutions to two of the biggest challenges of our era: eco-friendly mobility and security technology that is adapted to the threats that challenge us."

Urbanisation, demographic change, migration flows, globalization, climate change and the increasing frequency and intensity of conflicts and military disputes mean that efforts to improve security and mobility are constantly increasing. With its two sectors, Rheinmetall Automotive and Rheinmetall Defence, Rheinmetall fulfills these basic key needs of modern society.

Rheinmetall Automotive is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers for engine systems and modules, with products from its well-known brands Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg and Motorservice.

Rheinmetall Defence, as a leading European systems supplier for armed forces technology, is a reliable partner to the armed forces of Germany, NATO and friendly nations.

The Rheinmetall Group is an integrated technology group.
It’s the passion for innovation that unites us. It’s what drives us:
Technologies for mobility. Technologies for security. Passion for both.

2 Corporate sectors – 6 divisions

Rheinmetall Automotive

Driving tomorrow's engine technology

Rheinmetall Automotive AG, the former KSPG AG, represents the Mobility sector within Rheinmetall and ranks among the 100 biggest car-industry suppliers worldwide. In line with its strategic focus, the sector markets its three premium brands Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg and Motorservice. Some 12,000 employees at around 40 production plants in Europe, the Americas, Japan, India and China develop and manufacture components, modules and assemblies for the drive systems of present and future vehicles. In fiscal year 2016, Rheinmetall Automotive generated annual sales of €2,656 million.

As a global first-tier supplier to the automotive industry, Rheinmetall Automotive thanks to its vast capabilities commands foremost positions in the product and component segments air supply, emission control and pumps as well as in the development, manufacture and aftermarket supply of pistons, engine blocks, and plain bearings.

Sophisticated technologies of tomorrow

In the automotive segment, new modes of propulsion will impact on personal mobility: besides all-electric drive systems (battery/fuel cell), hybrid drives will gain ground in the medium term. Rheinmetall Automotive already has cutting-edge technologies for the mobility of tomorrow, such as electric pump systems and actuators or components for intelligent thermal management for fuel-cell vehicles.

Low emissions, reduced fuel consumption, upgraded performance, reliability, quality, and safety - these are forces that drive innovation at Rheinmetall Automotive.



  • Cutting emissions
  • Actuators
  • Solenoid valves
  • Water, oil and vacuum pumps


  • Pistons
  • Engine blocks and cylinder heads
  • Plain bearings and bushes


  • Global replacement parts business


Rheinmetall Defence

High-tech protection for soldiers on deployment

In the defence and security industry Rheinmetall Defence with its divisions Vehicle Systems, Electronic Solutions and Weapon and Ammunition is regarded as a leading provider of innovative products with a wide range of services for capability in the areas of mobility, reconnaissance, management, effectiveness and protection. Rheinmetall Defence sets the global standard for excellence in a wide array of disciplines: from vehicle, force protection and weapon systems to infantry equipment and air defence, and from network-enabled warfare capabilities to electro-optics and simulation technology. In fiscal year 2016, Rheinmetall Defence's some 11,000 employees generated annual sales of €2,946 million.

Rheinmetall Defence stands for many years of experience and innovation in armoured vehicles, weapons and ammunition and in the areas of air defence and electronics – including for the requirements of the navy and air force and for internal security. Whether it is for requirements specific to different branches of the armed forces or overall requirements, whether it is for external or internal security, the sector has a wide product portfolio of platforms and components, which are offered as individual and networked system solutions. This makes Rheinmetall Defence a strong and reliable partner to the German armed forces, their allies and friendly armies, along with civil national security forces.

Sophisticated technologies of tomorrow

In its Defence sector, Rheinmetall with its new strategic focus will in future also take into account the stronger need for personal safety and security in a civilian environment. Already, the company is in close communication with public authorities and security organizations regarding threat analyses and suitable solutions. And it can offer leading technologies for tomorrow's security challenges today: be it in drone detection, security for electronic architectures, or new protection and vehicle technologies.

All development, production and service activities are geared towards ensuring the best possible protection for soldiers on deployment.


Weapon and Ammunition

  • Large and medium calibre weapons and ammunition
  • Protection systems
  • Charge systems and propellant powders

Electronic Solutions

  • Air defence systems
  • Soldier systems
  • Command, control and reconnaissance systems
  • Fire control units
  • Sensors
  • Land simulation, flight simulation, maritime and process simulation

Vehicle Systems

  • Wheeled logistic vehicles
  • Wheeled tactical vehicles
  • Armoured tracked vehicles
  • NBC protection systems
  • Turret systems


Rheinmetall in figures

Did you know that ...

  • Rheinmetall has 23,044 employees at 37 German and 75 foreign sites in 29 countries
  • Rheinmetall is one of the top 5 Automotive suppliers in Germany
  • Rheinmetall is the biggest German defence company
  • Rheinmetall produces 70 Mio pistons, 5 Mio engine blocks, 27 Mio pumps, 6 Mio exhaust gas recirculation systems per year
  • Rheinmetall supplied 20,000 defence systems in use with more than 80 Armed Forces
  • Rheinmetall is a driver of innovation with more than 230 MioEUR in R&D investment
    plus CAPEX of 250 MioEUR per year

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Rheinmetall - The technology group for security and mobility

  • Rheinmetall AG

    Rheinmetall Platz 1
    40476 Düsseldorf
    Phone: +49 211 473-01
    Fax: +49 211 473-4727

  • Rheinmetall Automotive AG

    74172 Neckarsulm
    Phone: +49 7132 33-0
    Fax: +49 7132 33-2796

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  • Rheinmetall AG

    Corporate Sector Defence

    Rheinmetall Platz 1
    40476 Düsseldorf
    Phone: +49 211 473-01
    Fax: +49 211 473-4746

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