Rheinmetall increases its stake in ADS Gesellschaft für aktive Schutzsysteme mbH of Lohmar, Germany, to 74%, giving it a majority interest in the company.
Rheinmetall boots its share in Verseidag Ballistic Protection GmbH from 51% to 100%. The company is renamed Rheinmetall Verseidag Ballistic Protection GmbH.
Bodo Garbe, head of the Air Defence division, is appointed to the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence in July, with special responsibility for the Defence Electronics, Simulation and Training, and Air Defence divisions as well as Rheinmetall Technical Publications.
The first five Boxers are delivered to Bundeswehr units in Afghanistan, where they serve as section transport vehicles in a training and security battalion.
Klaus Eberhardt, Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG, assumes the presidency of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), succeeding Spain’s Domingo Ureña-Raso, CEO of Airbus Military (Madrid). Mr Eberhardt is the first German in five years to head this European association, which includes the chairmen of 15 leading corporations of the European aerospace and defence technology sector. The ASD has 28 member associations and represents over 2,000 companies, including many small and medium-sized enterprises.
Kolbenschmidt Pierburg AG changes its name to KSPG AG in September 2011. The name change takes into account the increasingly international nature of the company’s operations, providing it with a name that is short, easy to remember and easy to understand around the globe.
KSPG AG takes over the plain bearings business of Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. (KOEL) of Pune, India. Among other things, KOEL is India’s largest producer of plain bearings, primarily serving the Indian domestic market.
MSI Motor Service Deutschland GmbH enters into a strategic partnership with French supplier Vernet in order to market its product line of Calorstat thermostats in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Kolbenschmidt Pierburg acquires the rights from enTec Consulting GmbH of Hemer, Germany, to finish developing enTec’s UniValve variable valve control system, and then market it worldwide. Completely mechanical and therefore highly reliable, this system offers great potential for reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in current and future engines, as well as significantly improving the responsiveness of petrol engines.
In cooperation with a vehicle maker, Pierburg develops a recirculation fan for operating fuel cells in vehicles, which supplies a row of fuel cells in the engine with the necessary energy consisting of hydrogen, oxygen and electrolytes. This component is initially produced in small numbers.


Armin Papperger, who previously headed the Executive Board of the Group’s Defence component, joins the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG, effective 1 January 2012.

Pietro Borgo is appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence, while also serving as Chairman of the Board of Management of Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH.

The Bundeswehr places an order with Rheinmetall to supply it with the state-of-the-art Gladius soldier system. The systems, worth around €50 million, are used to equip units earmarked for deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014.

Rheinmetall and General Dynamics establish Defense Munitions International, a joint venture for marketing 120mm tank ammunition in the United States. The two Groups each have a 50% stake in the company.

Rheinmetall Landsysteme modernizes the Fuchs/Fox armoured transport vehicle for the Bundeswehr. The new version, known as the 1A8, offers enhanced protection from landmines and improvised explosive devices, enabling an expanded operational spectrum. In addition, the overhaul includes new functions such as fire protection and disposal of unexploded ordnance.

At Eurosatory in Paris, Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH unveils its new HX2 truck, equipped with an integrated protected cabin and an ADS Active Defence System. This makes the HX2 the world’s only truck now able to offer protection from light antitank weapons.

Effective 1 September 2012, Dr. Andreas Schwer becomes a Member of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall Defence.

In November Rheinmetall Air Defence transfers the modular, networkable Mantis air defence system to the Federal Agency for Equipment, Information Technology and In-service Support of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).

Creation of Rheinmetall Simulation Australia Pty. Ltd. The company’s mission is to supply the Australian armed forces with products and services in the high-tech field of simulation-based technology.

Horst Binnig, previously Managing Director of the Group’s Pistons unit, joins the Executive Board of KSPG AG on 1 January 2012.

Pierburg China Ltd. begins production of throttle valve modules at its plant in Kun-shan.

Effective 1 April 2012, Stefan Knirsch becomes Chairman of the Board of Management of Pierburg GmbH, simultaneously serving as head of the Mechatronics division.

Pierburg and Mikuni Corp. of Tokyo set up a joint venture in China, Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology (Shanghai), Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Pierburg Mikuni Pump Technology Corporation of Tokyo, a joint venture established in 2010. In future the partners plan to develop, produce and market electric water pumps and variable oil pumps for the Chinese market.

Pierburg acquires land from the city of Neuss in the port district. A new plant will be built there in 2014, in which the company’s operations in Neuss and Nettetal will be consolidated.

In order to make its high-tech Range Extender concept easier to visualize, KSPG presents representatives of the automotive industry and consumers with a demonstrator vehicle.

Using KS 309, a new high-performance alloy, KS Kolbenschmidt develops the LITEKS®, a third-generation piston design. It thus becomes possible to produce pis-tons that are lighter than the conventional designs used in gasoline engines.

KS ATAG develops the nano-reinforced aluminium alloy KS 312, specially intended for casting commercial vehicle pistons, which display greater stability in the thermal cycle and when subjected to vibration stress at high temperatures.

At its new factory in Jiading, KS Shanghai Piston Co. Ltd. begins production of pis-tons for VW’s “motor of the future”.

KSPG House opens in Zhangjiang (Pudong District), which will serve as headquarters for all of its Chinese subsidiaries.

The plain bearing operations taken over in India are transferred from Khdaki (Pune) to KSPG’s own plant in Takwe.


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Effective 1 January, Armin Papperger succeeds Klaus Eberhardt as Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG.

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Dr. Herbert Müller steps down from the Rheinmetall AG Executive Board on 1 January. His successor is Helmut P. Merch, previously CFO of the Group’s Defence arm.

The Group launches “Rheinmetall 2015”, a major restructuring programme encompassing greater internationalization, product innovation and cost management, aimed at sustained expansion of Rheinmetall’s leading position in international markets.

Rheinmetall begins construction of a new headquarters building at the site of its former plant in Düsseldorf-Derendorf.

After reaching the age limit, Dr Gerd Kleinert steps down from the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG on 31 December and enters retirement.

Rheinmetall Defence

The Australian Defence Force orders some 2,500 medium- and heavyweight protected logistics trucks from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles (RMMV), with delivery scheduled to take place between 2016 and 2020. In addition, RMMV ships the first of 200 military trucks to the New Zealand Defence Force.

The German Bundeswehr orders seven Fuchs/Fox armoured transport vehicles worth a total of €37 million. Specially configured for ordnance detection and identification (“KAI”), delivery of the new vehicles begins in November.

Nitrochemie enters a long-term agreement to supply French defence contractor Nexter Systems with propellant powder.

In multiple live fire demonstrations, Rheinmetall Air Defence proves the effectiveness of its “Air Defence HEL Effector” in an air defence role, with high-energy laser effectors integrated into a Skyshield gun turret.

In Unterluess, a modern shearing and bending centre is commissioned in February.

At the German Army Tank School in Munster, tactical trials with the Puma AIFV begin in March.

On 21 May, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Puma production facility in Unterluess takes place.

The Rheinmetall Landsysteme plant in Gersthofen near Augsburg closes in June.

Rheinmetall and Ferrostaal GmbH of Essen join forces in September to found Rheinmetall International Engineering AG. Headquartered in Geisenheim near Frankfurt, the new joint venture singlehandedly plans and constructs turnkey factories, serving as general contractor or subcontractor.

At RMMV’s plant at Ede in the Netherlands, the 200th Boxer multirole armoured vehicle rolls off the assembly line on 30 September.

In summer, two of the Bundeswehr’s nine new newly built Puma AIFVs undergo hot weather trials in the desert in Abu Dhabi. The certification process for the Puma is successfully concluded in October.

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Construction of Pierburg’s new Niederrhein plant begins in the Port of Neuss.

Horst Binnig, head of the Hardparts division and member of the Executive Board of KSPG AG, also takes over as head of the Mechatronics division, replacing Stefan Knirsch, effective 1 May.

The Mechatronics division develops the variable, modularly designed FlexValve valve control system. It offers benefits in diesel and truck engines and especially in natural gads-powered applications.

Mechatronics develops a new generation of smaller, lighter-weight EGR valves; destined to equip all diesel engines of a major German automaker, they enter serial production in autumn.

Pierburg Pump Technology develops a new pump generation. It consists of a combined oil and vacuum pump, enabling lower fuel consumption and thus reduced CO2 emissions.

KSPG and FEV GmbH present a prototype range extender at IAA, mounted in a Fiat with an electric motor.

The Hardparts division develops a new diesel piston alloy, resulting in an especially fine, resilient piston structure.

At IAA 2013 the Hardparts division unveils its electroplated KS S203D bearing and the KS S203W sputter bearing. Both bearings are based on a pioneering, newly developed steel-bronze alloy as well as two new running surface systems, specifically engineered to meet the changing operating requirements of future engine generations.

A major customer places a substantial order with the Hardparts division for an engine block in which the plasma-transferred wire arc coating process is used in combination with mechanical activation.

Pierburg Pump Technology sets up a joint venture with Shanghai Xingju Motorcycle, a company belonging to Huayu Automotive Systems (SAIC Group), to manufacture and market pumps for the automotive industry.

Kolbenschmidt GmbH joins forces with KSLP (China) Co. Ltd. to establish a production and distribution centre for large pistons in the Plainvim industrial park in Kunshan near Shanghai. It will supply customers in China, Korea and Japan with pistons for ship engines, locomotives and generators.


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Horst Binnig, Chairman of the Executive Board of KSPG AG, replaces Dr. Gerd Kleinert on the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG.

Michael Salzmann becomes the new Chief Compliance Officer.

Rheinmetall lays the foundation stone for the “Delta D” building in Düsseldorf.

Rheinmetall celebrates its 125th anniversary with a gala evening at Messe Düsseldorf.

Rheinmetall Defence

Peter Sebastian Krause takes over from Ingo Hecke as a member of the Defence Executive Board at Rheinmetall AG with responsibility for Human Resources.

Series production of the Puma infantry transport vehicle starts in the newly built Hall 319 in Unterluess, the largest production hall of the Test Centre Unterluess – EZU.

Construction of a hall to produce protected cabs for military trucks begins in Unterluess.

The Bundeswehr takes delivery of the first Leopard 2A7 battle tank.

At Nitrochemie Aschau, an investment is made in a paper deacidification facility to also offer the “papersave swiss” process to conserve historical documents in Germany.

The management contract for the German Army Training Centre with the Bundeswehr is extended by four years.

Rheinmetall Automotive

Horst Binnig, member of the Executive Board of KSPG AG, replaces Dr. Gerd Kleinert as Chairman of the Executive Board of KSPG AG.

After a construction time of just ten months, the new Niederrhein factory of Pierburg GmbH in Neuss is handed over ready for occupation.

KSPG sells 50 percent of KS Aluminium-Technologie to Huayu Automotive Systems (Hasco). The new joint venture trades as KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH.

Ford presents the Pierburg factory in Fountain Inn (South Carolina) with the coveted Q1 award for outstanding quality and service.

KS Gleitlager unveils the new KS R55Q three-material bearing for main bearings in lightweight and medium-weight trucks and buses at IAA Commercial Vehicles.

As well as conventional mechanically powered coolant pumps, the Mechatronics Division also develops adjustable coolant pumps.

KSPG and FEV GmbH develop a range extender that runs on natural gas.


Rheinmetall AG

July: As part of a Group initiative, Rheinmetall launches the “Intrapreneur Award 2016” in order to give employees the chance to develop and implement innovative business ideas.

21 August: The topping out ceremony is held for the new DeltaD building, the final major project as part of the reassignment of the former Rheinmetall production site in Derendorf, which is destined to become Rheinmetall’s administrative headquarters.

16 September: In the face of the influx of refugees to Germany, Rheinmetall announces 50 additional apprenticeships for recognised refugees and 50 more internships throughout the Group.

11 November: Rheinmetall’s share capital of EUR 101,373,440 is increased by approx. ten percent to EUR 111,510,656.

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February: Rheinmetall unveils the new Survivor R armoured MPV at IDEX 2015 in Abu Dhabi.

May: The contract to supply French cooperation partner Nexter with propellant powder worth EUR 50 million is Nitrochemie AG’s largest ever single contract.

7/8 June: The leaders of the G7 major industrial nations meet for a summit at Schloss Elmau in Upper Bavaria. A team of nine experts from Rheinmetall Public Security uses a state-of-the-art UMIT drone detection system to carefully safeguard guests and delegates against undesired or malicious interventions.

24 June: Rheinmetall Defence and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann deliver the Puma armoured personnel carrier to the Bundeswehr in Unterlüss.

1 July: Australian Gordon Hargreave is appointed to the Defence Executive Board. He takes charge of the Electronic Solutions Division at Bodo Garbe.

August: Armoured vehicle cabins go into production in Unterlüss.

Rheinmetall is awarded the contract for the construction and operation of a state-of-the-art training centre worth approx. EUR 250 million in total. It will be used for the training and professional development of operating personnel for the production platforms run by the Mexican state-owned oil and natural gas company PEMEX. Following the three-year con-struction and installation phase, Rheinmetall will operate the centre in Mexico for a period of twelve years. The main contractor is RH Mexico Simulation & Training S.A. de C.V.

December: The Bundeswehr awards Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann the contract to supply a further 131 GTK Boxer armoured transport vehicles.

31 December: Managing Director of RMMV and member of Rheinmetall’s Defence Execu-tive Board Pietro Borgo retires.

Rheinmetall Automotive

Pierburg completes the 25 millionth divert-air valve at the start of this year.

The 100 millionth electropneumatic transformer for petrol and diesel engines is manufactured in Neuss.

April: The two millionth CWA400 electric coolant pump leaves the production line in Hartha.

April: The first machine from the Nettetal foundry goes into operation in Pierburg’s new Niederrhein factory in Neuss.

April: The new S1 80-110 mm diameter steel car piston production line goes into operation in the Neckarsulm plant.

9 June: Kolbenschmidt’s steel car pistons, a joint development with Daimler and Hirschvogel, are awarded the Steel Innovation Prize 2015 by the Steel Trade Association. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the first car to be fitted with the brand new steel piston.

August: A new pre-treatment line for commercial vehicle steel pistons goes into operation in the KS plant in Neckarsulm. This means the entire production process from forged blank to finished steel piston is now completed in the plant.

A production line for the manufacture of structural components for the Mercedes GLK-Class goes into operation in the AluTech KS HUAYU plant in Neckarsulm.

September: As part of the “Road to 95” campaign, KSPG presents a simulation-aided over-view of optimisation potential for mid-range petrol-engine cars at the IAA trade fair. This demonstrates that up to 13 percent fuel savings can be achieved by using KSPG products in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) introduced in 1996.

September: After a one-year construction period, MS Motorservice International opens a low-volume production plant for pistons to be sold on the spare parts market in Chabařovice in the north-western part of the Czech Republic.

September: KS Kolbenschmidt founds a joint venture with Riken Corp. This launches Kol-benschmidt’s participation in the production of car piston rings in Wuhan, China, which Riken commenced in 2004.


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