Starting signal for a success story
In 1995, ATIS, which was founded in 1988 in Leoben, is integrated into the KNAPP group along with its 21 employees.
Back then, the company’s expertise lay in PLC systems, the manual picking system Easy Pick and its role as system integrator.
In 1999, KNAPP Systemintegration applies for the first patent, “Paperless picking system and procedure for picking goods”, which still applies to the KiSoft Pick-to-Light solution today.
By the end of the 1990s, the Leoben site has over 100 employees.
Leoben site on course for expansion
In 2000, the company is renamed KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH and relocates to their current site in Waltenbachstraße in Leoben.
Gerald Hofer takes over management in Leoben in 2001, supported by Bernhard Rottenbücher starting in 2003.
During these years the site also undergoes continued expansion: An assembly and storage area is built along with an administration building in 2022. In 2007, the employees move into a new office building. During this year, Gerald Hofer moves to the Managing Board of KNAPP AG. Franz Leitner is appointed new Managing Director.
2007 The employee count in Leoben exceeds 200.
A new era dawns
In 2010, KNAPP Systemintegration takes over the Food Retail Solutions business unit and becomes the specialist for all-in-one logistics solutions for the food retail sector within the KNAPP group.
2013 sees building work start on the company cafeteria as well as a new hall that serves as a dispatch warehouse and as a space for test installations. The building addition opens in 2014.
In 2015, KNAPP Systemintegration in Leoben employs more than 400. The Leoben site is the second largest Styrian site in the international KNAPP group following the headquarters in Hart bei Graz.
The company’s continual expansion also calls for additional building space: In 2016, buildings are remodelled and extended to create additional office space and assembly areas. This year also witnesses the appointment of Rudolf Hansl as third Managing Director.
In 2018, the Leoben site employs almost 500 employees.
In 2019, KNAPP Systemintegration expands their office space and builds an additional test installation hall.
In 2020, the company celebrates their 25th anniversary as a member of the KNAPP group.
The KNAPP AG has enjoyed several successful years thanks to their long-term growth strategy. With a favourable order situation, the group is able to achieve lasting growth. KNAPP Systemintegration also has a bright future, breaking ground for the location’s largest expansion ever in 2021. The expansion involves constructing a new building that will provide a modern environment for assembly work and logistics processes. The project also includes investments in additional offices and storage space.
In 2022, the Leoben location employs more than 700 people.