Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG (KMW) is a defence company based in Munich, Germany. The company produces various types of equipment as well as railroad locomotives, tanks, self-propelled artillery, and other armoured vehicles.

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG
Private (GmbH & Co KG)
Founded1999 (1999)
Areas served
Germany, EU, worldwide
Key people
  • Frank Haun (Managing Director)
  • Manfred Bode (Chairman)
Number of employees
2,771 (2014)

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann should not be confused with a separate present-day company, KraussMaffei Group, which is also descended from the original Krauss-Maffei merger. KraussMaffei Group manufactures injection molding machines, machines for plastics extrusion technology, and reaction process machinery; it was acquired by ChemChina in 2016.


KMW's predecessor company, Krauss-Maffei, was formed in 1931 from a merger of the two Munich firms of Maffei (founded 1838) and Krauss & Co. (founded 1860). Both belonged to the leading German makers of locomotives of various types. Maffei also built other steam-operated vehicles and, later, manufactured vehicles with combustion engines, including locomotives, trolleybuses and buses until the 1950s.

The production of armoured vehicles was later spun off and merged with the company Wegmann to form Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. Siemens had a 49% stake, but Wegmann & Co. Unternehmens-Holding KG in Kassel bought this stake in December 2010 to become the sole shareholder of KMW.[1] The family holding is owned by about 26 silent partners. The partners are members of the families Bode, von Braunbehrens, von Maydell and Sethe and are all descendants of the firm's founders or the later owners of Wegmann & Co.[2][3]

In 2015, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann merged with the French state-owned defence company Nexter Systems. KMW is now a subsidiary of a newly formed holding company, 50% of which are in turn controlled by the former owners of the German company.[4]


Examples include:



  1. "Defence professionals". 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18.
  2. "Der Panzer-Clan von Krauss-Maffei", Capital (in German), 22 Jun 2010, archived from the original on 2012-07-22.
  3. "Rüstungsfirma Kraus-Maffei Wegmann – Stur wie ein Panzer", Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German), 21 Jun 2012.
  4. "Nexter Systems and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann have completed their association". 15 Dec 2015. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  5. "Donar 155-mm Self-Propelled Howitzer". Retrieved 14 August 2011.
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