Kompressorenbau Bannewitz GmbH – Our history
Our company's history stretches back to the 1950s.
A prosperous future through innovation
K2B – Two-stage turbocharging in the 8th generation of exhaust-gas turbochargers
Diesel engines will continue to change to meet the requirements of increased environmental protection. The future will be determined by a highly efficient and resource-saving technology that is particularly low in emissions. Thanks to high charging pressures and high efficiency, our K2B 2-stage turbocharging system contributes to securing the future of diesel engine technology.
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Extension of the assembly and warehouse hall
Completion of KBB's new assembly and storage hall for the modernisation and extension of turbocharger production in Bannewitz.
Quality and development
Commissioning of the new turbocharger test rig with the latest measurement and control technology. Highly efficient natural gas burners ensure a resource-saving, low emission test operation.
The success story continues with the ST27 – the 7th generation of turbochargers
In the 2000s, development requirements for marine diesel engines are marked in particular by environmental and emission regulations which, for the first time, have to be implemented almost worldwide. The development of the ST series allows us to provide more charging pressure for our customers so that they can meet the requirements.
KBB is taken over by the OGEPAR group
Targeted investment and product development contribute to a shift in the company's focus to new applications and customers.
New products for new markets – HPR – the 6th generation of turbochargers
The development of the HPR series as a compact, high-performance turbocharger is a decisive milestone for our company. Thanks to the HPR turbochargers we can demonstrate our products' excellent performance and quality and win new customers worldwide. More than 9,000 units are in use to date.
Privatisation and takeover by Holset (UK)
The privatisation and takeover by Holset (UK) leads to a stabilisation of the business. The company's structure and size are adjusted to the new requirements.
Further development of the R series to become the 5th generation of turbochargers
New world, new chances …
Foundation of Kompressorenbau Bannewitz GmbH and reorientation of the company towards an open world market.
The great change …
The political turnaround in Europe and the reunification of Germany leads to the collapse of the former sales market in the Eastern European countries and the former Soviet Union.
1,700 exhaust-gas turbochargers a year
The turbocharger production reaches a figure of 1,700 units a year. At this time, KBB has a workforce of around 700.
4th generation of turbochargers
Start of the production of the 4th generation of turbochargers in the M series. This type of turbocharger is still being produced in series to date.
More space for more turbochargers …
Construction of new production halls and test rigs to extend the production facilities in Bannewitz.
3rd generation of turbochargers
Start of the production of the R series as the 3rd generation of turbochargers in a compact design with a radial turbine and plain bearings.
KBB becomes a part of the SKL group
Start of the production of the H series as the 2nd generation of turbochargers
Start of the production of the N series as the 1st generation of turbochargers
The course is set…
Start of the development of exhaust-gas turbochargers at the Forschungs- und Versuchsanstalt für Strömungsmaschinen (Research and Test Institute for Turbo Engines) in Dresden.
Foundation of VEB Kompressorenbau Bannewitz (KBB) on the Bannewitz site. Production of small piston compressors and cell blowers.