1945 – today

Development of group structure

Onex Corporation, a North American private equity firm, completed the acquisition of KraussMaffei Group.
KraussMaffei Group doubles production capacity in Slovakia.

The KraussMaffei Group expands its production capacity in Automation in Schwaig and starts the expansion stage of its production plants in Sučany (Slovakia) and Haiyan (China). At the Munich plant, a new TechCenter for lightweight construction and fiber-composite applications is opened.

The KraussMaffei Group opens a production plant in Sučany (Slovakia) and doubles the production area for tooling and mold making in Georgsmarienhütte (Germany).

KraussMaffei opens a new Surface Treatment Center in Munich.

Founding of KraussMaffei AG.

Krauss-Maffei concentrates the extrusion activities of the company under the new brand name KraussMaffei Berstorff. A new development center for injection molding machinery is opened in Munich.
Netstal-Maschinen AG in Näfels celebrates its 150th anniversary.

Krauss-Maffei opens the production plant in Haiyan (China).
The American investor Madison Capital Partners, under the name Mannesmann Plastics Machinery Equity, takes over the individual plastics machinery companies in the former Mannesmann Group.

Krauss-Maffei extends the portfolio of Reaction Process Machinery. The classic product portfolio of mixing heads, dosing machines and plants for polyurethane processing is supplemented by the complete tooling and mold making technology, including punches and robot cutting processes.

Expansion of the portfolio with automation solutions in production processes: Krauss-Maffei acquires Neureder AG in Schwaig beside Munich.
In Abbiategrosso in Italy, Krauss-Maffei founds a center of excellence for white goods (production plants for foaming refrigerators and washing machines).
The American investor KKR and Siemens found Demag Holding and integrate the plastics machinery producers of the former Mannesmann Group, including KraussMaffei, Berstorff and Netstal.

Krauss-Maffei establishes the first subsidiary in China.

The Brazilian branch of Krauss-Maffei starts up business operations.

The Mannesmann Group is dissolved and Krauss-Maffei specializes in plastics and rubber machinery.
The business division Locomotive Construction is taken over by Siemens and the business division Defense Technology is taken over by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

Aquirement of a majority of Berstorff GmbH.

Mannesmann acquires the remaining shares of Krauss-Maffei AG.

Krauss-Maffei AG acquires a share majority of Netstal-Maschinen AG.

Mannesmann acquires the majority shares of Krauss-Maffei AG.

The Plastics Technology division is transformed into an independent subsidiary of Krauss-Maffei AG, (Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH).

Netstal AG is renamed Netstal-Maschinen AG.

Krauss-Maffei starts building extruders.

Krauss-Maffei establishes the business division Reaction Process Machinery. The first products are dashboards for passenger cars and bumpers.

A subsidiary is founded in the USA. Since 1986, the head office has been in Florence (Kentucky).

Krauss-Maffei takes over the injection molding machine manufacturer Eckert & Ziegler GmbH in Weißenburg who has been producing injection molding machines since 1926.

Netstal AG moves into the current plant in Näfels.

1945 - 1967
Krauss-Maffei AG extends business operations to include traffic engineering, defense technology, processing engineering and plastics technology. In the plastics area, the company concentrates on the development and production of injection molding machines.

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Engineering is the core competence in the KraussMaffei Group. Read more about this under Innovations.

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The KraussMaffei Group is one of the leading manufacturers of plastic machines in the world and is the only company that offers three essential machine technologies for the plastics and rubber processing industry.