The Rheinmetall Group

The technology group for mobility and security

Rheinmetall was established in 1889 as Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft. Today, Rheinmetall AG, publicly listed and based in Düsseldorf, is a powerful, internationally successful corporation and is the management holding company of the Rheinmetall Group. As an integrated technology group, Rheinmetall is a market leader in the areas of environmentally friendly mobility and threat-appropriate security technology. The group´s operating activities are split into the two corporate sectors, Rheinmetall Automotive and Rheinmetall Defence. In 2018, its 24,949-strong staff generated annual sales of €6,148 million.

Armin Papperger, Chief Executive Officer of Rheinmetall AG:

"Now and in future, the name Rheinmetall will stand for innovative solutions to two of the biggest challenges of our era: eco-friendly mobility and security technology that is adapted to the threats that challenge us."

Urbanisation, demographic change, migration flows, globalization, climate change and the increasing frequency and intensity of conflicts and military disputes mean that efforts to improve security and mobility are constantly increasing. With its two sectors, Rheinmetall Automotive and Rheinmetall Defence, Rheinmetall fulfills these basic key needs of modern society.

Rheinmetall Automotive is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers for engine systems and modules, with products from its well-known brands Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg and Motorservice.

Rheinmetall Defence, as a leading European systems supplier for defence and security technology, is a reliable partner to the armed forces of Germany, its NATO allies and friendly nations, as well as of civil national security forces.

The Rheinmetall Group is an integrated technology group.
It’s the passion for innovation that unites us. It’s what drives us:
Technologies for mobility. Technologies for security. Passion for both.

2 Corporate sectors – 6 divisions

Rheinmetall Automotive

Driving tomorrow's engine technology

The Automotive sector with the management company Rheinmetall Automotive AG is one of the world’s major automotive suppliers, particularly in the areas of air management, emissions reduction and pumps and in the development, production and supply of replacement parts for pistons, engine blocks and slide bearings. The core areas of expertise of companies in the Automotive sector lie in the reduction of emissions, pollutants and consumption, cooling and thermal management, downsizing and reduction of weight and friction in relation to combustion engines. This applies not only to passenger cars, but equally also to light and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road vehicles and large engines.

Rheinmetall Automotive also works intensively on drives for the electric and hybrid vehicles of the future. Rheinmetall Automotive holds a tier 1 position in the value-added chain of automotive production, i.e. we supply most automotive manufacturers (OEM – original equipment manufacturers) directly and not via other suppliers or system integrators.

In line with its strategic focus, Rheinmetall Automotive has three premium brands: Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg und Motorservice.

In fiscal year 2018, Rheinmetall Automotive generated annual sales of €2,930 million with 12,855 employees.


The three divisions Hardparts, Mechatronics und Aftermarket are divided into the premium brands Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg, and Motorservice.


  • Cutting emissions
  • Actuators
  • Solenoid valves
  • Water, oil and vacuum pumps


  • Pistons
  • Engine blocks and cylinder heads
  • Plain bearings and bushes


  • Global replacement parts business


Rheinmetall Defence

High-tech protection for soldiers on deployment

The Defence sector of the Rheinmetall Group is among the defence and security industry’s leading providers of innovative products for the German and international armed and security forces. Rheinmetall Defence provides system and partial system solutions as well as a broad portfolio of services for capability in the areas of mobility, reconnaissance, management, effectiveness and protection. It also offers customized training and simulation solutions.

As a leading European systems supplier for defence and security technology, Rheinmetall Defence has many years of experience and innovation in armored vehicles, weapons and ammunition and in the areas of air defence and electronics – including serving the requirements of the navy and air force and for internal security. Whether for requirements specific to different branches of the armed forces or overall requirements, whether for external or internal security, the sector has a wide product portfolio of platforms and components, which are offered as individual and networked system solutions. This makes Rheinmetall Defence a strong and reliable partner to the German armed forces, their allies and friendly armies, along with civil national security forces.

All development, production and service activities are geared towards ensuring the best possible protection for soldiers on deployment. Rheinmetall Defence continuously sets new technological standards here: from vehicle, protection and weapon systems, through infantry equipment and air defence, to the networking of function sequences, electro-optics and simulation.

In fiscal year 2018, Rheinmetall Defence's 11,832 employees generated annual sales of €3,221 million.


Weapon and Ammunition

  • Large and medium calibre weapons and ammunition
  • Protection systems
  • Charge systems and propellant powders

Electronic Solutions

  • Air defence systems
  • Soldier systems
  • Command, control and reconnaissance systems
  • Fire control units
  • Sensors
  • Land simulation, flight simulation, maritime and process simulation

Vehicle Systems

  • Wheeled logistic vehicles
  • Wheeled tactical vehicles
  • Armoured tracked vehicles
  • NBC protection systems
  • Turret systems


Rheinmetall in figures

Rheinmetall Group - Key facts 2018

  • €6,148 million sales
  • €492 million operating result
  • 8.0% operating result margin
  • €518 EBIT
  • 17.1% Return on captital employment (ROCE)
  • 24,949 employees

Key figures

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Rheinmetall - The technology group for security and mobility

  • Rheinmetall AG

    Rheinmetall Platz 1
    40476 Düsseldorf
    Phone: +49 211 473-01
    Fax: +49 211 473-4727

  • Rheinmetall Automotive AG

    74172 Neckarsulm
    Phone: +49 7132 33-0
    Fax: +49 7132 33-2796

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  • Rheinmetall AG

    Corporate Sector Defence

    Rheinmetall Platz 1
    40476 Düsseldorf
    Phone: +49 211 473-01
    Fax: +49 211 473-4746

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