Rheinmetall AG group holding

March: Rheinmetall AG’s representative office in the capital Berlin moves to Pariser Platz 6A.
Rheinmetall Defence

January: ADS Gesellschaft für aktiv Schutzsysteme mbH (ADS GmbH) develops the world's first active protection system (APS) in compliance with the highest safety class in DIN/ISO 61508. The new APS generation remains in functional safe operation permanently, ensuring that remote servicemen, infantrymen or uninvolved civilians are not exposed to avoidable risks in the vicinity of an APS-protected vehicle.

February: Rheinmetall takes on management of an EU project to standardise soldiers’ equipment in Europe and harmonise sensors, software and communication systems for deployment of infantrymen from new EU countries.

The Rheinmetall/Steyr-Mannlicher consortium withdraws from the tender for the successor model to the G36 assault rifle.

Rheinmetall receives a million-dollar order from the US Armed Forces for 40-mm ammuni-tion and special intervention equipment. Production locations are Camden, Arkansas (Amer-ican Rheinmetall Munitions) and Trittau in North Germany.

Rheinmetall opens a new group representative office in Brussels as an interface between the company and the EU and NATO.

March: Susanne Wiegand, previously a member of Executive Management at the German Naval Yards shipyard group, is appointed to the Defence Division Board. As Gordon Hargrave’s successor, she is responsible for the Electronic Solutions Division and Chair of Executive Management at Rheinmetall Electronics GmbH.

Australia decides to introduce the Boxer CRV armoured reconnaissance vehicle.

The Active Protection System is successfully demonstrated to international representatives in Unterlüss. During the simulation, suicide bombers stop a simulated convoy with a car bomb and then bring it under fire with portable anti-tank rocket launchers. Sensor technology on the armoured vehicle detects the warheads and destroys them with an automatically activat-ed wall of flames.

April: Dr Alexander Sagel, previously Head of the Hardparts Division at Rheinmetall Automotive AG, takes over as Head of the Weapon and Ammunitions Division on the Rheinmetall Defence Division Board.

The United Kingdom announces its return to the program to manufacture the Boxer armoured transport vehicle.

RMMV is commissioned to supply 380 conversion kits for the Enhanced Pallet Loading System for the British Armed Forces’ logistics vehicle fleet and incorporate them into field-proven HX trucks.

May: The 200th Puma infantry fighting vehicle and also the 100th from Rheinmetall production comes off the manufacturing line at the Unterlüss site.

As in the previous year, 33 Puma infantry fighting vehicles are delivered to the German Fed-eral Armed Forces over the course of the year.

June: Rheinmetall receives a follow-up order worth €12 million from the Canadian Armed Forces to extend the MASS protection systems on frigates. Rheinmetall will fulfil the order in Fronau and Rheinmetall Canada between 2018 and 2022.

Rheinmetall officially presents the Lynx K41 infantry fighting vehicle at the Eurosatory weaponry industry trade fair in Paris.

ADS Gesellschaft für aktiv Schutzsysteme mbH is renamed Rheinmetall Active Protection GmbH.

Rheinmetall Australia and Supashock presents the Automated Load Handling System (ALHS) for the first time at Eurosatory, where it is integrated into an RMMV HX 8x8 truck for the show.

Rheinmetall presents the Boxer armoured transport vehicle with a 35-mm Oerlikon Skyranger at Eurosatory.

August: Australia commissions Rheinmetall to supply 211 Boxer wheeled armoured vehicles between 2019 and 2026. With a total value of around 2.1 billion euros, this order is the largest single order in the company's history.

September: Rheinmetall is contracted to supply more than 1,000 military trucks and over 800 modules worth 430 million euros to the Australian Armed Forces following a current order. The deliveries will be made over the period 2019-2024.

The Mission Master autonomous vehicle manufactured by Rheinmetall Canada impresses as a transport vehicle for heavy loads and equipment in its cargo version at ELROB 2018.

Rheinmetall Air Defence presents the Oerlikon Skyranger Boxer mobile air defence system firing live ammunition at the Ochsenboden Testing Centre.

October: RRS-MICTOS Rheinmetall – Rohde & Schwarz – Military IT and Communications Solutions GmbH starts work in Berlin. Rheinmetall (74.9%) and Rohde & Schwarz team up in a joint venture to bid for the land-based operations digitisation project (D-LBO) for the Ger-man Federal Armed Forces and, consequently, for the creation of the ground forces’ digital combat management system.

The Nitrochemie site in Wimmis, Switzerland, celebrates its 100-year anniversary with a company party for employees.

RMMV delivers the first models in a new generation of HX2 unprotected transport vehicles to the German Federal Armed Forces to replace the old MAN KAT 1 trucks.

November: A specially protected Survivor R armoured operational vehicle is supplied to the Berlin police.

December: Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection receives an order from the German Federal Police to supply an initial 5000 very light ballistic insert plates for protective vests which can withstand fire from AK-47 assault rifles. Delivery commences in 2019. The contract includes an option to supply an additional 36,000 units.

Another Survivor R vehicle is delivered to the police in North Rhine-Westphalia.

The remote airport monitoring system developed by Rheinmetall Electronics, Deutsche Flugsicherung (German air traffic control) and Austrian-based Frequentis is put into operation. Saarbrücken is the first airport to be controlled and monitored from Leipzig.

Rheinmetall hands over the new AANS nautical training facility to the Mürwik Naval School. It comprises two large and four small bridge simulators, six trainer stations, an audi-torium for debriefings and infrastructure for planning exercises and administrating and up-dating the database.

Other events:
Rheinmetall develops a new, externally powered 35-mm medium-calibre weapon for land vehicles, which demonstrates clear advantages in terms of weapon weight and effect on the target during shooting compared to previous medium-calibre weapons.

Rheinmetall undertakes initial test shots with a newly developed 120-mm+ tank gun.

Rheinmetall develops newly designed pyrotechnical delay sets that do not trigger an actuator when it comes directly in contact with the target, but produces slowed reaction speeds in-stead. By not using certain chemicals, Rheinmetall is one of only a few companies to pro-duce and market ammunition without requiring special permits under the EU chemicals regulation.
Rheinmetall Automotive

January: Rene Gansauge, the former President of Pierburg US, LLC succeeds Olaf Hedden as Head of the Mechatronics Division (Chair of the Executive Management at Pierburg GmbH and Pierburg Pump Technology GmbH).

Dr Joachen Luft, formerly Head of the Pierburg Plant in Niederrhein, becomes the new Chair of Executive Management at KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH.

February: Pierburg Pump Technology starts manufacturing the CWP35 electric coolant pump at its Hartha site.

Series production also starts in Hartha of the fourth generation water circulation pump three years after its development.

March: KS HUAYU and TRIMET Automotive come to a mutual agreement to end their joint venture in Harzgerode. TRIMET continues operations alone. KS HUAYU relocates its production of crankcases and structural components, which were previously cast in Harzgerode, to its own foundry in Neckarsulm.

July: The Hartha plant is honoured as one of the best training locations in Saxony.

Rheinmetall Automotive tests the prototype of the Rheinmetall Electric Mobility Vehicle, based on the Fiat 500, an expertise conveyor with components for alternative drives, on the Mettmann driver training course.

Aftermarket Division founds MS Motorservice Trading (Asia) Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.

November: Following the successful market launch with American and Japanese customers, Pierburg also receives major orders from two Chinese car manufacturers for the current generation of coolant valves with a total volume of €25 million. The two-way coolant valves with two switching states each to heat passenger compartments in vehicles and the three-way valves to control the temperature of electric vehicle batteries will be manufactured in Kunshan in 2019 and 2020.

KS HUAYU AluTech puts a new production workshop into operation in Neckarsulm in the presence of Horst Binnig and HUAYU boss Zhang Haito. The 120 workshop employees will cast suspension strut mounts for the Audi A6 and battery trays for the Audi E-Tron among other things.

A new casting process is being developed at the KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH site in Neckarsulm. This process is particularly suitable for highly complex engine block designs and electric traction motor housings. The process will be given over to a joint venture plant in China to produce various series products for global automotive manufacturers. The result is high-quality, heavy-duty crankcases and water-cooled electric motor housings with ultra-slim cooled housing structures, which can also be cast in comparatively short cycle times. Projects for suspension strut mounts made of aluminium are being put into series production alongside the lightweight components newly added to the portfolio, such as structural components, cross members and rear axle supports.

December: Helmut Freiermuth, formerly Managing Director at Magna Powertrain, becomes the new Head of the Hardparts Division.

HUAYU Automotive Systems and Rheinmetall Automotive open the sixth site for the joint venture HASCO KSPG (Guangde) Nonferrous Components Co. in Guangde, west of Shanghai. The location mainly manufactures cylinder heads. This plant is the first to use the high-quality low-pressure casting process to manufacture housings for electric vehicle motors for the Chinese market.

Other events:
Pierburg begins series production of a new solenoid valve, which is able to switch off oil cooling in the piston when required. This results in a reduction in the oil pump’s drive power and, consequently, in fewer CO2 emissions for an engine that is running at partial throttle and does not require piston cooling. Moreover, the piston can be brought to the required temperature more quickly during the motor’s warm-up phase, meaning unburned hydrocarbons emissions are also reduced.

Pierburg develops a speed-controlled motor for secondary fuel system fans to optimise the injection of the required air mass to accelerate catalyst heating.

Pierburg develops a compact EGR valve with a direct drive especially for manufacturers of large-volume engines.

Pierburg begins series production of the Electric Vapor Pump (EVAP) to purge activated carbon filters and thus collect fuel vapours without using the vacuum in the intake manifold, as has been necessary until now. The EVAP is produced in the US and China.

A project team from Pierburg’s Thermal Systems and KS Kolbenschmidt’s Research and Technology develops a thermal module for electric vehicles. This module brings excess heat from electrical consumers and the surrounding area into the passenger compartment when it is heated. This prevents a rapid reduction in battery power and, consequently, range when the heating is switched on.

KS Kolbenschmidt receives its first order for the new Liteks-4 piston system worth €47 million. The pistons are designed for a new four-cylinder petrol engine. Production will start at the Chongqing plant in 2021. The Liteks-4 generation weighs about ten percent less than comparable pistons thanks to a high-heat-resistant alloy and a reduced wall thickness.

KPSNC commences production of housings for electric motors in cars. The client is a German automotive manufacturer. The products are destined for the Chinese market.
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Kolbenschmidt Shanghai Pistons Co., Ltd. is renamed Kolbenschmidt Huayu Pistons Co., Ltd.
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Rheinmetall AG group holding

January: Former CEO Dr Hans U. Brauner dies at the age of 84.

December: Horst Binnig leaves the Rheinmetall AG and Rheinmetall Automotive AG Executive Boards.

Other events:
Rheinmetall Immobilien (Rheinmetall Real Estate) acquires the Henkel-Schwarzkopf district in Hamburg-Ottensen, adjacent to the Kolbenhöfe development, together with joint venture partners Otto Wulff Projektentwicklung GmbH and Altonaer Spar- und Bauverein EG.

Rheinmetall Defence

January: The Lipperland panzer brigade in Augustdorf receives the first of 30 Puma infantry fighting vehicles.

The Swedish Armed Forces commission Rheinmetall to supply 40 HX-series trucks as carrier vehicles for the Raytheon Patrion air defence missile system from 2021.

Rheinmetall officially withdraws from the planned tank construction with Turkey.

Rheinmetall and BAE Systems agree to establish a joint venture in the UK, which will be dedicated to development, production and related support services in the military land systems sector. Known as Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL), the joint venture is based at the BAE Systems manufacturing plant in Telford, England. Rheinmetall holds 55 percent of the shares in the new company while BAE Systems holds 45 percent.

Rheinmetall founds Rheinmetall Aviation Systems GmbH in the Electronic Solutions Division for a strategic cooperative partnership with the US company Sikorsky in the Heavy-Lift Cargo Helicopter defence project.

February: In cooperation with Deutsche Flugsicherung (German air navigation service) and Rheinmetall, the Bundeswehr Technical and Airworthiness Center for Aircraft in Manching presents initial results from drone monitoring and defence in areas surrounding sensitive infrastructure such as airports. Rheinmetall develops a system to detect and repel drones with laser, infrared and electro-optical sensors.

Liebherr-Werk Ehingen GmbH delivers the first of 33 rescue cranes to the Federal Armed Forces. The driver's cabs and crane cabs are equipped with Rheinmetall protection technology.

IDEX 2019 in Abu Dhabi sees Rheinmetall presenting advanced management systems such as the TacNet tactical management system and the Rheinmetall Command and Control software (RC2S).

Rheinmetall also showcases its comprehensive expertise in air defence systems with its innovative Skynex system at IDEX. At the fair, Skynex incorporates the remote-controlled, network-compatible Oerlikon Revolver Gun Mk3 loaded on a HX77-truck, the X-TAR3D search radar, a Cheetah guided missile and a high-energy laser actuator as an example of configuration.

Rheinmetall is awarded the contract to supply the new Osiris command simulator to train the Swiss Armed Forces. The new command simulator will be located at the General Staff School (GST S) in Kriens.

The armoured transport vehicle joint venture ARTEC supplies the 500th Boxer. This vehicle has an A2 configuration with the group transport vehicle mission module.

March: Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection Systems delivers the first of 5,000 ballistic insert plates for defence systems, the lightest products of its kind, to the German Federal Armed Forces. Action forces thus remain effectively protected and mobile in complex life-threatening situations.

The first of the 25 German-produced Boxer vehicles are shipped from Kassel to Australia as part of the Australian Land 400 Phase 2 programme.

Nitrochemie Wimmis AG presents the new Reload Swiss RS76 rifle powder at the IWA&outdoor Classics trade fair in Nuremberg, the largest European trade fair for hunting and shooting sports.

Rheinmetall delivers the protected "Survivor" R emergency vehicle to the Essen Police Tac-tical Unit (SEK) of the North Rhine-Westphalia police.

Rheinmetall Canada becomes the Canadian government's prime contractor for intelligence and reconnaissance support services within the Canadian command system programme Land Command, Control, Communication, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.

Rheinmetall Air Defence showcases the land-based Cheetah air defence guided missile at the Ammunition Capability Demonstration (ACD), jointly organised by Rheinmetall Denel and the South African National Defence Forces.

April: The German Federal Armed Forces commissions Rheinmetall to supply 32,000 155-mm calibre DM121 artillery ammunition rounds.

Belgium and Portugal decide to introduce the ROSY rapid smoke protection system to protect their new vehicle families.

The Dutch Armed Forces are commissioning Rheinmetall to modernize their Büffel 3 armoured recovery vehicles.

May: Rheinmetall and the FRAEN Corporation set up the Rheinmetall Fraen Fuzes LLC joint venture in Reading, Massachusetts, to develop and produce military fuses under Rheinmetall’s management.

Rheinmetall presents an upgrade to the Lynx KF41 with a Lance Tower 2.0 in Unterlüss.

60 non-armoured militarised unprotected transport vehicles (UTF mil) are delivered to the German Federal Armed Forces.

June: Rheinmetall and the Dutch Defence Materiel Organization procurement agency extend their partnership agreement on the supply of ammunition to 2030.

Lithuania receives the first two Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle.

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) approves the Rheinmetall and BAE Systems plan to establish a military vehicle joint venture in the UK.

Rheinmetall takes over IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH’s operational business in Lohmar with some 120 employees and an annual turnover of 35 million euros, thus completing its portfolio for defence technologies for military vehicles.

IBD Deisenroth Engineering GmbH, IBD Holding GmbH, Rheinmetall Active Protection GmbH, Rheinmetall Ballistic Protection GmbH and Rheinmetall Chempro GmbH are merged into the newly founded Rheinmetall Protection Systems GmbH.

Rheinmetall acquires the Canadian robotics specialist Provectus Robotics Solutions through Rheinmetall Canada, thus expanding its expertise in robotics and autonomous driving. The acquisition will benefit both the Defence and Automotive Divisions.

August: Rheinmetall presents the 60-mm mortar system RSG60 for infantry and special forces.

Rheinmetall and Raytheon join product developer Pratt & Miller in the contract tender for the optionally manned fighting vehicle (OMFV) for the US Army.

Rheinmetall and MBDA Germany announce the fusion of their expertise in high-energy laser effects in a joint venture. The two companies intend to jointly build, integrate and test a laser demonstrator for the German Navy's Korvette K130.

September: The Lynx KF41 infantry fighting vehicle developed by Rheinmetall is selected by the Australian Commonwealth for the risk mitigation activity (RMA) phase of the Land 400 Phase 3 defence project.

Rheinmetall receives a sub-contract from KMW to modernise the Hungarian army. It will be produce weapon systems, fire control technology, chassis for 24 Panzerhaubitzen 2000 howitzers and weapons and fire control systems for 44 Leopard 2 battle tanks. Thirteen HX and TGS trucks are also included in the order package.

The laser team at Rheinmetall Waffe Munition GmbH achieves a beam output of 20 kilowatts with its laser source based on spectral coupling.

October: Rheinmetall and the US company Raytheon set up a joint venture in the US to offer the Lynx infantry fighting vehicle in the contract tender for the US Army’s optionally manned fighting vehicle (OMFV). Based in Detroit, Michigan, the joint venture operates as Raytheon Rheinmetall Land Systems LLC.

November: During a test shoot in Alkantpan in South Africa, Rheinmetall Denel achieves new distance records with the new Nitrochemie ER Top Charge propellant when firing projectiles from large-calibre guns.

December: The German Federal Armed Forces commissions Rheinmetall to acquire four additional route clearance systems. Five Fuchs 1A8 armoured transport vehicles and four Wiesel air-mobile weapons carriers will be converted into detector vehicles.

The British Ministry of Defence enters into a contract with armoured transport vehicle company ARTEC to supply 500 Boxer vehicles from 2023. WFEL (KMW) and RBSL will have a 60 percent stake in production in the United Kingdom.

Other events:
Rheinmetall develops a 130-mm calibre weapon demonstrator using artificial intelligence development tools.

Rheinmetall receives orders worth around 470 million euros for the VJTF 2023 Panzer Brigade System project. It integrates the Puma infantry fighting vehicle and the modular combat equipment expanded Infantrymen of the Future system into networked operation.

Rheinmetall Protection Systems develops a modular hybrid configuration of the StrikeShield APS active protection system.

The newly developed bispectral infrared decoy BIRDIE successfully demonstrates how effective it is in protecting aircraft by replicating an aircraft-like IR signature in numerous tests with target detectors.

The US Army selects the StrikeShield active protection system by Rheinmetall Protection Systems and Unified Business Technologies for a comprehensive test and trial programme.

Rheinmetall removes the armoured wheeled vehicle business from the joint venture with MAN and takes over its management itself. The Tactical Vehicle product group will be incorporated into Rheinmetall Military Vehicles GmbH.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia begins construction of an artillery shell production plant in Maryborough.

Rheinmetall Automotive

January: KS Kolbenschmidt receives a follow-up order for steel piston assemblies and cylinder liners for 11- and 13-litre heavy-duty truck engines. The order will be fulfilled in Neckarsulm and Celaya between 2020 and 2025.

February: A new production line for the compact blow-off valve is put into operation at Pierburg’s Niederrhein plant.

April: Production starts of the electric motor for the UpValve system at the Hartha plant.

Rheinmetall Automotive presents the latest developments in e-mobility, emissions reduction and improved efficiency under the motto E3 - Emission, Efficiency and Electrification at Auto Shanghai.

June: Solidteq GmbH participates in a trade fair for the first time and showcases innovative solutions for 3D printing with metallic materials at the Rapid.Tech + Fabcon 3D trade fair.

July: The one millionth electric vacuum pump is produced at Pierburg in Hartha, Eastern Germany.

September: The International Motor Show Germany sees Pierburg showcasing innovations in the electric coolant, oil and vacuum pumps in conjunction with electric or semi-electric drives.

Rheinmetall Automotive presents components for battery-electric driving, high-voltage electric traction drives and a 48-volt drive for small commercial vehicles and small vehicles in the e-mobility sector at the International Motor Show Germany. Thermal management systems in electric vehicles and systems for modern fuel cell drives complete the range.

Amprio GmbH presents future e-bike drive systems at Eurobike in Friedrichshafen, North Germany.

KS Kolben showcases extremely low-friction concepts for modern lightweight pistons at the International Motor Show Germany. Specifically designed for petrol engines, the Liteks-5 lightweight piston design was developed ready for series production. It is also available in combination with a ring carrier and coolant duct for high-performance applications.

KS Gleitlager presents polymer bearing materials as technical innovations that are specially adapted to the tougher mixed friction conditions of hybridisation and the increased use of low-viscosity oils at the International Motor Show Germany. It also showcases the new maintenance-free plain bearing KS P180 made of the material KS R535 for convenient operation, which reduces adhesion effects and the associated noise considerably.

Rheinmetall Automotive acquires 24.9 percent of Carbon truck & Trailer GmbH in the north German city of Stade through KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH.

Other events:
Pierburg develops an actuator for automated operation of side doors in the vehicle (compact door actuator or CDA), which is expected to go into series production in 2022.

Pierburg introduces a new EGR valve with double-walled welded housing to improve heat dissipation. The BPV units (bypass valve) protect surrounding actuators and other components from thermal overload without the need for complex, expensive shielding.

Pierburg receives an order worth more than 90 million euros to supply the UpValve valve control system, which is to be used in several Chinese car brands. Production starts at the Niederrhein plant in 2019 with full assembly being carried out at Pierburg China Ltd. in Kunshan.

Pierburg begins series production of the Electric Vapor Pump (EVAP) to purge activated carbon filters and thus collect fuel vapours without using the vacuum in the intake manifold, as has been necessary until now.

Pierburg develops two new valves, the Fuel Tank Isolation Valve (FTIV) and the Fuel Vapor Valve (FVV), as containment systems for fuel vapours to seal the EVAP systems.

Pierburg develops a new generation of rotary and linear turbo actuators.

Pierburg develops an electric air-conditioning compressor that can be used in heat pump mode and conventional air-conditioning mode at hot and cold outside temperatures.

The Mechatronics Division is investing in projects at its Pune site to reduce emissions with exhaust gas recirculation valves and exhaust gas flaps in cars and trucks in anticipation of the stricter BS VI emission standard, which will apply in India from 2020.

KS Kolbenschmidt supplies 400 large pistons for the 20 gas engines weighing 87 kg and measuring 31 cm in diameter for one of the world's most advanced gas engine power plants operated in cogeneration, the German K.I.E.L. coastal power plant in Kiel. The plant's efficiency rate is 90 percent.

In conjunction with partner Riken, KS Kolbenschmidt develops low-friction piston rings with a hard material coating, such as diamond-like carbon (DLC), through to the series production stage.

In the non-automotive sector, KS Gleitlager develops industrial applications such as plain bearings for wind turbines, which will replace existing rolling bearings, enhance reliability, reduce maintenance and extend lifespans.

KS KUAYU AluTech develops an innovative sand casting process for its new plant in Guangde, China. This process is particularly suitable for highly complex engine block designs and electric motor enclosures.

HASCO KSPG Nonferrous Components receives the renowned Automotive Technology Innovation Award for this process at the 11th International Automotive Technology Conference in Shanghai.

KS KUAYU AluTech produces its first all-aluminium four-cylinder diesel engine for car diesel engine series for a major German manufacturer.

Pierburg builds a new production line at its Kunshan plant, where production of exhaust gas and non-return valves for a Chinese truck manufacturer will begin in 2020. The order is worth 155 million euros.

Pierburg China Ltd. also builds new systems for coolant valves, throttle valves and blow-off valves.

Industrialisation has also commenced on the Mechatronics Division’s first project in variable valve trains worldwide, which is being undertaken in the production network between the Niederrhein and Hartha locations.

Rheinmetall receives an order through its Chinese joint venture partner Huasco to supply aluminium housings for the expansion of the Chinese 5G mobile network by Huawei.

Pierburg Huayu Pump Technology takes over the pump business of a HASCO Group company.


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