1905 to 1944: Founding and rise

1905

  • Georg Knorr founds Knorr-Bremse GmbH in Berlin

1918 to 1926

  • Air brakes for freight trains developed
  • The company rises to become the largest brake manufacturer for rail vehicles in Europe

1922

  • The first air brakes for commercial vehicles are patented

1931 to 1939

  • The Hildebrand-Knorr braking system becomes the standard in 17 countries
  • In 1939 90% of all German 7-16 t trucks are equipped with Knorr-Bremse systems

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