1905 to 1944: Founding and rise

1905

  • Georg Knorr founds Knorr-Bremse GmbH in Berlin

1923-1939

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

1923-1939

  • The first air brakes for commercial vehicles are patented.
  • The Hildebrand-Knorr braking system becomes the standard in 17 countries.
  • 1939: 90% of all German 7-16 t trucks are equipped with Knorr-Bremse systems

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