Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

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Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
TypePrivate (GmbH & Co KG)
Founded1999 (1999)
Areas served
Germany, EU, worldwide
Key people
  • Frank Haun (managing director)
  • Manfred Bode (chairman)
Revenue1,680,000,000 United States dollar (2018) Edit this on Wikidata
Number of employees
2,771 (2014)

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMW) is a defence company based in Munich, Germany. The company produces various types of equipment as well as rail locomotives, tanks, self-propelled artillery, and other armoured vehicles.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann should not be confused with a separate present-day company, KraussMaffei Group, which is also descended from the original Krauss-Maffei merger.


KMW's predecessor company, Krauss-Maffei, was formed in 1931 from a merger of the two Munich firms of Maffei (founded 1838) and Krauss & Co. (founded 1860). Both belonged to the leading German makers of locomotives of various types. Maffei also built other steam-operated vehicles and, later, manufactured vehicles with combustion engines, including locomotives, trolleybuses and buses until the 1950s.

The production of armoured vehicles was later spun off and merged with the company Wegmann to form Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Siemens had a 49% stake, but Wegmann & Co. Unternehmens-Holding KG based in Kassel bought this stake in December 2010 to become the sole shareholder of KMW.[1] The family holding is owned by about 26 silent partners. The partners are members of the families Bode, von Braunbehrens, von Maydell and Sethe and are all descendants of the firm's founders or the later owners of Wegmann & Co.[2][3]

In 2015, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann merged with the French state-owned defence company Nexter Systems. KMW is now a subsidiary of a newly formed holding company, 50% of which are in turn controlled by the former owners of the German company.[4]


Military product examples include:


Non-military products[edit]

A locomotive built by Krauss, the "Degen und Wiegand KARL" (serial number 2062) was constructed in 1888.[6] Degen und Wiegand were a construction company in Kiel.[6] The locomotive was sold to and used by various construction companies, including Hermann Bachstein.[6] It was also used for rail services on the Sued Harz Eisenbahn.[6] The Centrale Limburgsche Spoorweg (CLS) obtained the locomotive through purchase in 1916.[6] It remained in service until 1921 and was scrapped in 1923.[6]


  1. ^ "Defence professionals". 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  2. ^ "Der Panzer-Clan von Krauss-Maffei", Capital (in German), 22 Jun 2010, archived from the original on 2012-07-22.
  3. ^ "Rüstungsfirma Kraus-Maffei Wegmann – Stur wie ein Panzer", Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German), 21 Jun 2012.
  4. ^ "Nexter Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann have completed their association". 15 Dec 2015. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  5. ^ "Donar 155-mm Self-Propelled Howitzer". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Overbosch, Ir. S. (1957). De Stoomlocomotieven der Nederlandse Tramwegen [The Steam Locomotives of the Dutch Tramways]. Haarlem: Technische Uitgeverij H. Stam N.V. ISBN 9789067070515.

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