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Welcome to KONI

KONI is a premier manufacturer of performance and adjustable shock absorbers whose name is synonymous worldwide. KONI shocks are made from the highest quality raw materials and machined to the highest tolerances.
This quality is represented not only by KONI's long heritage in motorsports but also by the diversity of shock absorber solutions they offer.
KONI has taken shock absorber performance and comfort to the next level with patented FSD (Frequency Selective Damping) Technology. Explore the world of KONI online and discover our shock absorber solutions for cars, buses, trucks, trailers, trains and even defense and industrial applications.

Applications

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BUS, TRUCK, TRAILER, RAIL & SPECIALITY APPLICATIONS

About Koni

KONI is about people’s mobility. KONI has been a pioneer in this field since 1857 and provides leading, durable and experience-improving technology. KONI helps people move comfortably at whatever speed they desire, wherever they are. KONI is everywhere from street cars to trains to industrial applications, such as bridges, being used in the most extreme conditions, including the dry Sahara desert and the freezing poles, proving that KONI dampers perform when tested. As undisputed experience leaders, KONI’s technical capabilities and skills help develop, manufacture, and sell high-quality and top-performing hydraulic shock absorbers and suspension systems. Our goal is to create the best experience for everyone on the move. Since 1857, KONI has established itself as the brand of choice for high quality products.

How it all started

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.

The history of the KONI logo from the original logo in 1944 to the current logo (updated in 2007).

Part of ITT Group

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Since 1972, KONI has been part of ITT (ITT: NYSE), a global diversified industrial company with employees in more than 35 countries and customers in approximately 125 countries. ITT is a leading manufacturer of highly engineered, customized solutions for the energy, transportation and industrial markets. Its legacy of innovation is reflected in trusted products and brands including Goulds and Bornemann pumps, KONI shock absorbers, Cannon connectors and Enidine energy absorption devices.
For more information about ITT, please visit www.itt.com.
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Racing History

In the early fifties, KONI decided to play a more prominent role in motor sport in order to enlarge the company’s reputation. Motorsport was an excellent way to prove the world that the shock absorbers manufactured in Oud-Beijerland were of very high quality. The first event that KONI participated in, was the Tulpenrally in 1955, a Dutch organised rally with international status by that time. The KONI dampers proved to be ideal for rally purposes. What’s more, they stood out head and shoulders above their competitors. After starting with rally, KONI switched to the racing scene. In 1956 KONI entered the Formula 1, while at the famous Nordschleife, KONI assisted the Ferrari team in solving their suspension problems. Untill that time, F1 still used the lever arm type shock absorbers. The KONI shock absorbers offered better damping characteristics and the possibility to mount the spring around the damper, which made it more compact. The first official Grand Prix that KONI participated in was in 1958 with Ferrari. The Belgian driver Gendebien made his appearance on the Monza track with KONI and took sixth place. After the start with Ferrari the business went fast and in 1971 KONI achieved it’s first World Championship win, as Tyrrell Ford won the driver’s (Jackie Stewart) and constructor’s championship. Nowadays, KONI is still represented in the Formula series. Formula Racing can be divided in a lot of national and international categories. Often the cars are driven by a major field of young drivers, which guarantees spectacular races and a lot of action. KONI is involved and competes in several major Formula classes all over the world, including the GP2 series, GP3 series, Formula E, Formula 3 and Formula 1 classes, where KONI has won many races. GP3 and GP2
KONI is official supplier of the GP3 series. The goal of the new GP3 Series is to give young ambitious drivers a chance to develop their driving skills and to jump to the next step: the GP2 series.
The series has been designed to make it the perfect driver training ground for GP2 and Formula One. All but one GP3 event will follow the Formula One European Calendar, giving drivers firsthand experience of racing in the Grand Prix environment. Formula 3
Formula Three has a long history, with at least ten active championships around the world. It was created by the FIA in 1950 as the low cost entry point to single-seater formula racing. In the European F3 most of the cars are equipped with KONI’s.
KONI also sponsors the Prema Powerteam, which resulted in the European Championship in 2015, with driver Felix Rosenqvist. ADAC GT Masters
KONI partnered up with team Zakspeed in the ADAC GT Masters. Surrounded by 23 other Corvettes, Ford GT’s Porsches and Lamborghini’s, the two Zakspeed team Mercedes SLS AMG GT3’s cannot be ignored.
Team Zakspeed races with KONI’s 2812 racing series shock absorbers and in 2015, they have won the championship with drivers Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig. Formula 1
Since 2014, KONI is in close cooperation with the Formula 1 Sahara Force India team as a technical partner. The Force India team has shown major developments in the past years and was able to achieve 5th place with 136 points in the Constructors Championship in 2015.
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez deliver strong results which are promising for the future.

Formula 3

Formula Three has a long history, with at least ten active championships around the world. It was created by the FIA in 1950 as the low cost entry point to single-seater formula racing. In the European F3 most of the cars are equipped with KONI’s.
KONI also sponsors the Prema Powerteam, which resulted in the European Championship in 2015, with driver Felix Rosenqvist.
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Formula 2 and GP3
KONI is official supplier of the GP3 series. The goal of the new GP3 Series is to give young ambitious drivers a chance to develop their driving skills and to jump to the next step: the Formula 2 (previously GP2) series.
The series has been designed to make it the perfect driver training ground for Formula Two and Formula One. All but one GP3 event will follow the Formula One European Calendar, giving drivers firsthand experience of racing in the Grand Prix environment.
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Formula 1

Since 2014, KONI is in close cooperation with the Formula 1 Sahara Force India team as a technical partner. The Force India team has shown major developments in the past years and was able to achieve 5th place with 136 points in the Constructors Championship in 2015.
Drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez deliver strong results which are promising for the future.
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ADAC GT Masters

KONI partnered up with team Zakspeed in the ADAC GT Masters. Surrounded by 23 other Corvettes, Ford GT’s Porsches and Lamborghini’s, the two Zakspeed team Mercedes SLS AMG GT3’s cannot be ignored.
Team Zakspeed races with KONI’s 2812 racing series shock absorbers and in 2015, they have won the championship with drivers Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig.
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