Franz Kiel GmbH

Driven By Innovation

The history of Franz Kiel GmbH

Franz Kiel GmbH has been producing passenger seats for buses and trains for 75 years. We are proud of our history and we feel duty-bound to continue this tradition.

Our many years of experience are our capital: our knowledge of the market and expertise allow us to survive in the fast-moving modern markets with their ever-increasing requirements, and to assert our position as the market leader for innovative and reliable system solutions.

1945

Company founded by Franz Kiel

1948

Franz Kiel and Friedrich Krüger, co-owners of the company,
establish new company headquarters in Nördlingen

1950

The first rigid seat frame is produced

1955

Production of adjustable passenger seats, the so-called “greyhound seats”

1960

Start of armrest production for coaches

1965

Powder-coating plant and wet coating established

1975

Production begins on orders for the Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal Railway)

1981

Production begins on orders for the Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Federal Railway)

1989

Production expanded and a new office building built in Nördlingen (Bavaria)

1996

Kiel Oto Koltuk subsidiary founded in Bursa, Turkey

1997

Kiel Polska Sp. z o. o. subsidiary founded in Nowy Tomysl, Poland

2000

Franz Kiel B.V. founded in the Netherlands

2001

Kiel France s.a. r. l. founded in France
Sales activities in Scandinavia, Greece and Israel

2002

Kiel takes over the production of train seats for a Norwegian company

2003

Production site built in Turkey
Sales activities expanded to include Hungary, Slovenia and the countries of the former Yugoslavia
Licence agreement for the production of bus seats in India

2005

Introduction of the computer system SAP

2007

Kiel Seating Ltd founded in Northampton, Great Britain

2008

The first MATCH train seat for regional transport is supplied

2009

Kiel N.A. L.L.C. founded in North America

2010

FKT Koltuk A.Ş. becomes Kiel’s new cooperation partner in Turkey

2011

The KFK OOO joint venture is founded in Russia

2012

Construction of a new production hall for train seat production in Nördlingen

2014

Development and delivery of the COMFORTLINE seat for high-speed trains

2016

Takeover of Emar Kiel in Spain

2017

 Kiel Mazedonien DOOEL founded

2018

 Development and delivery of the AVANCE X seat for coaches

2019

The Jiangsu ARSALE KIEL Seat Co., Ltd. joint venture is founded in China

2020

KSU N.A. LCC. founded in North America

We want to be a leading international manufacturer of train and bus seats and to achieve this success with empathy, a focus on the customer and an economical approach.

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Finances

We measure our company success by a sustainable increase in profitability and healthy growth.

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Co-operation with suppliers

Our suppliers are our partners and we work with them to establish lasting, trusting business relationships, which allow us to reach our shared goals.

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Customer satisfaction

We believe that successful collaboration is based on a close proximity to our customers: understanding their needs and the desire to always be able to provide the best possible solution.

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Environment

We are contributing to the conservation and protection of our environment through the development and application of innovative materials and products, and through the use of environmentally friendly production techniques.

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Reliable delivery dates

We are committed to providing our customers with punctual, reliable and comprehensive products and services. The same also applies to our internal processes.

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Safety

Our seats exceed the safety standards that apply to train and bus seats. These standards include conformity with the requirements of the German and international Road Traffic Law and adherence to additional external regulations.

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Continuous improvement

We safeguard the success of our company through continuous improvement processes across all sectors.

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Employees

Our members of staff are our greatest capital. We are continuously investing in their training and qualifications and encourage their individual personal development.

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Quality makes the difference

Here at Kiel, we combine the satisfaction of our customers and the development of products designed to suit their individual wishes with technical innovation and the continuous improvement of our products and processes. This is our understanding of quality management. It is the cornerstone for our success as a premium manufacturer of seating systems in the national and international bus and train sectors. Last but not least, we can only ensure the high quality and reliability of our products because all of our employees see this as their shared duty and feel personally responsible for it.

Product quality at Kiel means modern design, high-quality materials, the use of the latest technologies, adherence to environmental regulations and legal norms, such as those from the German and international Road Traffic Law, and the fulfilment of the highest safety standards. We are constantly improving our products. We have implemented a comprehensive quality management system for this purpose. In addition to regular audits of internal processes, products and suppliers, this also includes special problem-solving methods, the accurate documentation of all processes and their improvement, and the implementation of an internal suggestion scheme, which employees are heavily involved in.

Our company is, of course, also certified in line with DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 22163-2017. Our products meet the latest regulations and legal requirements

processes,

Product quality at Kiel means modern design, high-quality materials, the use of the latest technologies, adherence to environmental regulations and legal norms, such as those from the German and international Road Traffic Law, and the fulfilment of the highest safety standards. We are constantly improving our products. We have implemented a comprehensive quality management system for this purpose. In addition to regular audits of internal products, processes and suppliers, this also includes special problem-solving methods, the accurate documentation of all processes and their improvement, and the implementation of an internal suggestion scheme, which employees are heavily involved in.

Our company is, of course, also certified in line with DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 and ISO/TS 22163-2017. Our products meet the latest regulations and legal requirements.

Sustainability is more than just a word

Here at Kiel, we combine the satisfaction of our customers and the development of products designed to suit their individual wishes with technical innovation and the continuous improvement of our products and processes. This is our understanding of quality management. It is the cornerstone for our success as a premium manufacturer of seating systems in the national and international bus and train sectors. Last but not least, we can only ensure the high quality and reliability of our products because all of our employees see this as their shared responsibility and feel personally duty-bound to this claim.

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