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Vossloh Kiepe - yesterday and today

 Year  Event
 2013 Refurbishment of 91 electrical multiple units of the public transport operator South West Trains in Great Britain
 2012 Vossloh Kiepe acquires the UK-based engineering firm Transys Projects Ltd. (TPL) and changed the corporate name to Vossloh Kiepe UK Ltd.
 2011 Order for 31 new vehicles for the suspension railway in Wuppertal.
 2010 Vossloh Kiepe invests in solar collectors at her premises in Düsseldorf. Vossloh Kiepe Main Line Technology develops the first traction system for the new Vossloh diesel-electric locomotive DE 18.
 2009 Vossloh Kiepe acquires the Swiss Company APS and establishes the Vossloh Kiepe Main Line Technology. The public services Munich order 50 tram trains with electronic of Vossloh Kiepe. The first two Hybrid Buses from Kiepe and Hess are sold to Luxemburg.
 2008 Vossloh Kiepe expands its production capacity in Düsseldorf. Manchester, UK, orders 40 sets of traction equipment for low-floor trams.
 2007 The world’s first 24-m double-articulated hybrid bus is equipped with a new modular hybrid drive from Vossloh Kiepe. Milan orders the first batch of hybrid trolleybuses to reduce energy consumption.
 2006 Vossloh Kiepe celebrates its 100th anniversary. To mark the jubilee the book "100 Years of Kiepe—Innovation that Moves" is published.
 2004 Vancouver orders from Vossloh Kiepe 228 sets of trolleybus equipment for the Olympic city 2010.
 2003/2004 Delivery of 142 trolleybuses to the municipality of Athens.
 2003 Kiepe Elektrik GmbH is renamed Vossloh Kiepe GmbH.
 2002 Contract to deliver 142 sets of trolleybus equipment for the municipality of Athens, Greece.
The Kiepe Group is now part of Vossloh AG, Werdohl.
 2001 First significant sales success achieved on the target markets of Italy and North America.
Formation of a sales company in Poland to further implement the strategy of internationalization.
 2000 Strengthening of position in the local public transportation market through a large order from Cologne: 146 light rail vehicles.
Formation of sales companies in Italy and North America to continue the strategy of internationalization.
 1997/98 Increased internationalization of Kiepe's traction business (orders for Croydon, Kraków, Athens).
 1996 The European Commission rules that ADtranz (joint venture between the AEG and ABB transport units) sell Kiepe to maintain three electrical traction suppliers in the German market and avoid an oligopoly. Schaltbau AG acquires Kiepe.
 1995/96 Delivery of the first low-floor trams to Cologne and Düsseldorf.
 1993 Acquisition of Kiepe Group by AEG's business sector for traction systems.
Delivery of the first trams to Bremen and Vienna.
 1988 Alsthom S.A. (later GEC-Alsthom N.V.) acquires Kiepe stake from ACEC S.A.  Successful  repositioning of Kiepe in the traction business for LRV's.
Joint R&D project to develop the first 100% low-floor tram (for Bremen).
 1973 Belgium’s ACEC S.A. takes over the family business.
Increasing orientation toward the traction equipment market. Kiepe's first step toward new electronic technologies.
 1952-73 Establishment of an international group of companies with a focus on traffic and transportation.
 1959 Establishment of the subsidiary Kiepe Bahn und Kran Electric Ges.mbH, Vienna.
 1952 An order of 700 trolleybuses for Argentina leads to international recognition. The buses themselves are built by Daimler-Benz, MAN and Henschel.
 1950/51 Orders received for complete traction equipment. Manufacture of complete electro-pneumatic contactor controls for trolleybus equipment.
Product range extended to propulsion systems with AC traction motors for trams.
 1945 Successful re-start with 50 employees for the following lineup: reconditioning of complete overhead lines, manufacture of mine locomotives, cranes, and industrial equipment.
 1940 Manufacture of complete drum controllers, resistors and other devices for urban transportation. Increase of employees to 70.
 1922 Move to new premises in Düsseldorf-Reisholz. Switches are added to the manufacturing range. Specialization on contactors for manually operated switches used in Germany and abroad.
 1906 Establishment of a "special workshop for the repair of electrical-arc lamps" by Theodor Kiepe in Düsseldorf, Steinstrasse 39.