KNAPP Industry Solutions was founded in November 2013 as a 100 % subsidiary of KNAPP AG. With the new subsidiary, the KNAPP group expands its sector focus to include the areas industry and production.
The Dobl Business Park, south of Graz, is chosen as location.
This first period is characterized by employee recruitment and visits of potential customers. It quickly becomes obvious that the space would soon be insufficient and plans for a new building are immediately begun. A carport for motorhomes is converted into a production hall with adjacent offices. In January 2014, the 910 m² production hall is ready for occupation. In June 2014, the 20 employees move into their new offices, 560 m² on two floors. At the end of 2014, this area, including the expansion area, is acquired by KNAPP AG.
In 2015, the number of employees continues to grow.
Projects are implemented at NOCH, Weisser, Sonepar and ENGEL AUSTRIA GmbH.
In 2016, the Business Unit Industry Solutions is founded and placed under the responsibility of KNAPP Industry Solutions. The Dobl subsidiary is the specialist within the KNAPP group for all-in-one logistics solutions for industry, production and distribution logistics.
The free-moving Open Shuttles are now produced at the location and are completely integrated into the solution portfolio for the core business area industry. The Open Shuttle product portfolio is continuously developed and expanded during this year.
2017 is an eventful year.
Economic growth meant growth for the employee base and the Dobl location was expanded with the KNAPP campus. A five-story office building is erected in a short time and a building addition expands the production hall. The location currently offers space for 300 employees. Dobl is the center for intelligent technologies and innovative products for industry solutions. The location is ideally situated with good infrastructure. The goal is to bring the young start ups within the group together at one location. Synergies can be used and innovative solutions developed.
The new and innovative warehouse system, the OSR Shuttle™ Evo, is perfectly suited for use in the production industry.
2017 sees the acquisition of terrific projects at VW and Porsche and an innovative zero defect production solution at Pankl Racing.
In 2018, KNAPP Industry Solutions GmbH already has 75 employees. Multiple industry projects are implemented for Airbus, Implantcast and Tucker, for instance.
2019 witnesses the redesign of the Open Shuttle. The new generation of autonomous mobile robots boasts technical highlights, such as the ability to transport two containers and an integrated lifting device. These functions allow flexible container transfer at different heights.
During this year, projects are implemented for Terberg, Adient, Atea und VW.
The Open Shuttle family continues to grow. Amongst other things, this year sees the development special Open Shuttles for the electronics sector, which are implemented at the customer. The Open Shuttles now support a number of interfaces such as VDA 5050, widening their scope of application even more. In this year, many other industry projects are carried out. At Digmesa, for instance, an Open Shuttle solution is implemented in just four months.
KNAPP Industry Solutions starts the year with a milestone of 100 employees.