Knorr-Bremse in Brazil

44 years of history in Brazil

1977 - 1985: Start at MWM

- 1977: Knorr-Bremse starts its activities in Brazil with brake systems for rail vehicles within the premises of MWM. At that time the company was named IFK (Indústria Freios Knorr Ltda.)

- Start of activities with brake systems for commercial vehicles.

- A factory was purchased in Santo Amaro, São Paulo. After renovation and expansion it became the headquarters of Knorr-Bremse Brasil.

1986 - 2012: Consolidation and growth

- 1986: The Indústria de Freios Knorr Ltda (IFK) transferred from MWM to the new plant in Santo Amaro. São Paulo. IFK assumes the brake systems production.

- 1995: Creation of two divisions. System for commercial vehicles and systems for rail vehicles under the control of the holding IFK.

- The factory reaches its capacity limits.

- 2008: Acquisiton of a land in Itupeva.

- 2011 - 2012: Construction of the new plant in the city of Itupeva.

- End of 2012: Start of the transfer from São Paulo to new plant in Itupeva.

2013: Operation "best-in-class"

- 2013: Inauguration of the new plant in Itupeva, with layout focus on optimizing logistics and production processes.

- 2014: Start of the new KB Rail Services brand with the inauguration of the unit in Rio Claro.

- 2017: Complete 40 years of history in Brazil.

- 2019: Inauguration of the Steering Columns line.

- 2020: Celebrating 15 years of the remanufacturing process in Brazil.

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