Maschinenbau Kiel

The Maschinenbau Kiel (MaK ) was a traditional manufacturer of marine diesel engines, diesel locomotives, DMUs and tracked vehicles, which was split in the 1990s into several individual companies. After the takeover of the ship's motor operations by Caterpillar Inc. in the 100 % -owned subsidiary Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG Caterpillar determines approximately 80% of the current face of the former MaK, which is still popularly referred to as such, and a significant employers in the region Kiel.


The company was founded on 25 May 1948 as a public limited company. It included several undertakings of the former German Werke AG. After a lengthy legal battle with the abbreviation MAN 1954 by MAK in MaK has changed. In the 1950s and 1960s, the so-called rod - MaK locomotives were manufactured at the MaK which replaced the steam locomotives in numerous private railways in Germany.

In 1959 the company was taken over by a first crisis of belonging to the Hugo Stinnes GmbH Bremer Atlas GmbH and converted into a GmbH. In 1964, the MaK was acquired together with the parent company of Krupp and traded under the name Atlas MaK Maschinenbau GmbH. Following a restructuring in 1971 it was renamed then as Krupp MaK Maschinenbau GmbH.

In 1992 the manufacture of locomotives has been combined with other companies of the Group as Krupp Locomotives, sold in 1994 to Siemens and renamed Siemens rail vehicle technology (SFT ). This subsidiary was sold on October 1, 1998 by Siemens to Vossloh AG, renamed Vossloh Rail Vehicles ( VSFT ), operating since April 23, 2004 as Vossloh Locomotives GmbH. Vossloh Locomotives in Kiel in the acronym MaK in the vehicle type designation.

The Construction production now operates as ATLAS TEREX GmbH.

In 1990, the construction of tanks to the RHINE METAL - country systems have been made. The former system technology has become part of Rheinmetall. In Kiel, the only remaining building of prototypes, which found a new home with the development and the company headquarters at the former Bright site in Kiel- Suchsdorf.

The division of marine diesel engines, manufactured since 1920 by MaK and the predecessor company, in 1997 by Caterpillar Motoren GmbH & Co. KG, a 100% owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc., was acquired. The production of medium-speed engines with the MaK logo is taken place since then with increasing sales and numbers. A prestigious project of recent times was the equipment of the cruise ship Aida Diva with four engines MaK 9 M 43 C. The vessel was christened media attention in Hamburg in April 2007 and will get to 2013, the sixth sister ship.

1983 was MaK DATA SYSTEM as a profit center of the Krupp MaK for external IT services. Since 1995, the MaK DATA SYSTEM Kiel GmbH is an independent company and to the global system house Consist World Group International. In his company name and the company logo, the IT specialist continued the abbreviation MaK for integration and custom solutions MaK DATA SYSTEM. Since January 2008, MaK DATA SYSTEM bears the name of Consist Software Solutions GmbH, indicating after 13 years now in the company name belonging to the Consist World Group.

In 2006, the foundry of Caterpillar engine works and former MaK foundry to the SHW Casting Technologies GmbH, a foundry group, sold and renamed since then under the name Kiel Foundry GmbH ( GK). The for now insolvent SHW - CT group belonging GK was transferred in summer 2013 in essential parts in the Caterpillar Castings Kiel GmbH ( CCK).