As well as Car and Racing dampers, KONI also produce shock absorber solutions for cars, busses, trucks, trailers, trains and even defense and industrial applications.
A brief history of KONI
KONI was founded in 1857 in Oud-Beijerland, the Netherlands, by A. de Koning. The business did not start with making shock absorbers, but with making leather equipment for horses. Just before the Second World War, the company started to work on shock absorbers. These were friction type shock absorbers. After the Second World War, the production of the telescopic shock absorbers started. In the early fifties, KONI decided to play a more prominent role in motor sports in order to enlarge the company’s reputation. In 1955, KONI participated for the first time in the Tulpenrally, a Dutch organized rally with international status. Rally was just the beginning and KONI soon after began its racing career, entering Formula 1.
In 1956, while at the famous Nordschleife in Germany, KONI assisted the Ferrari team in solving their suspension problems. The first Grand Prix that KONI officially participated in was in 1958 with Ferrari. After that, the business expanded quickly and in 1971, KONI achieved its first World Championship win, as Tyrrell Ford won the driver’s and constructor’s championship. Over time, KONI has not only improved damping for rally cars and racing cars, but has also dedicated its expertise on improving the damping in various other commercial vehicles, and even for industrial projects like bridges.