Modern testing procedures guarantee maximum quality
Vertical integration and in-house production ensure we can react swiftly and reliably to customer requirements
A first-class team are eager to serve you with their expertise and emotional commitment
We ensure the availability of your equipment day and night
Development and production of safety-relevant customised solutions for rail-based transportation

Planning Ahead

HANNING & KAHL GmbH & Co. KG is a family-owned enterprise which was founded in Bielefeld in 1898 and has been located in the nearby East-Westphalian town of Oerlinghausen since 1992. It is now in the fourth generation in 100% family ownership. In Oerlinghausen, around 480 employees design, manufacture and sell safety-related customized solutions for rail-based transportation all over the world. We focus primarily on products for trams and light rail transit, and also for metros, not-federally owned lines, factory sidings and port railways. In 2017, the export share was around 58 per cent. The ideas, products and services provided by our three operating divisions are highly appreciated around the globe:

With creative ingenuity and people-oriented management, HANNING & KAHL has attained a leading position on the world market. The foundation for our success is a first-class team with vast expertise and intense commitment. This is evidenced by the many awards presented to the company.

Subsidiary companies pave the way for customer-friendly synergy; with Verkehrsautomatisierung Berlin GmbH, for example, we offer depot controllers and depot management systems from one source. To be close to our customers and to provide best possible service worldwide, we work together with 30 local partners (our foreign representatives). We also have our own subsidiaries in the USA and China. At the moment, we are concentrating on growth markets such as China, the MENA region, and North and South America.

Worldwide references and certification, such as the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS), verify HANNING & KAHL’s internationality and competence. Thanks to in-depth, in-house manufacturing and highly-qualified employees, we can react quickly and competently to customer requirements, and also provide reliable support in the form of service, maintenance and training workshops.


The Rolling Stock Division develops braking systems, hydraulic levelling systems, sanding systems and track brakes for trams, light railways and metros.

In the Infrastructure Division, we design and develop point-setting systems, point controllers, signalling installations and depot management systems for tram and light railways and metros and also for private and industrial railways.

Both operating divisions round off their portfolios with conventional and innovative service products, training workshops and 24-hour service.

Our Production Division pools the value-added production areas such as manufacturing, surface technology, welding and assembly, to increase the precision and efficiency of our inhouse processes