In 1857, KONI began business life at Oud Beijerland in the Netherlands, with the manufacturing of horse harnesses and upholstery.
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By 1918, production switched firstly to radiator and spring covers and later also to metal car panel beating and spraying. In 1932, KONI started the production of friction shock absorbers. In 1940, a manifold for cars was the first product bearing the name KONI.
In 1945, the factory produced its first adjustable telescopic shock absorbers for cars and trucks, soon followed by specially designed dampers for railway rolling stock.
Since 1950, KONI has developed from a skilled small local company into a multi-national shock absorber specialist with subsidiaries in France, Germany and the U.S.A. and with independent national distributors and agents in more than 90 countries in the world.
In 1972, ITT Corporation, NY, USA, a global multi-industry company acquired KONI now being a part of its Motion & Flow Control segment. In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT's common stock is traded on the Midwest, Pacific, London, Frankfurt and Paris exchanges.
Today KONI is recognized world-wide as the quality shock absorber specialist par excellence, focussing solely on high performing suspension-damping technology for Cars, Racing, Specialty Trucks, Busses, Trailers, Locomotives and Railway Rolling Stock.
KONI shock absorbers and ride systems are, unlike from other manufacturers, specially designed for each and every application without any compromise to quality, durability and available best technology to fulfill the highest requirements for comfort, safety and vehicle (handling) performance.
KONI develops, manufactures and sells worldwide specialty high quality and performance hydraulic shock absorbers and systems for street- and racecars, busses, trucks, trailers, railway rolling stock and industrial applications.
KONI Automotive After Market shock absorbers, struts and damper systems are made superior in quality and driving capability. KONI Original Equipment products are specially designed to be produced in smaller quantities for niche models/series from major OE manufacturers or for high performance models from smaller specialty- or sport car manufacturers.
KONI dampers and systems for railway applications are customer specifically designed to meet with or exceed their highest performance and safety requirements for today’s high-speed train transport systems, locomotives, metro’s and trams. The applied KONI technologies always provide clear added value when referencing lifetime quality and durability, ride performance and safety.
KONI, as part of ITT, operates under a corporate-wide initiated Value Based Six Sigma management regime, which secures the best possible operating conditions and providing for maximum customer satisfaction.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
The Research, Development and Engineering departments of KONI are totally committed to the KONI philosophy of offering the best shock absorber and life expectancy for any application. The R&D department is fully equipped to perform this task by means of the finest test facilities and ‘a wealth’ of experience in the field of damping, be it for Formula One racers, street cars, luxury travel coaches or city buses, freight trailers or High Speed Passenger Trains.
KONI engineers have compiled a huge data base of the ideal damping characteristics for every application and are consistently working on new damping concepts. Contemporary computer supported design technologies, highly (often internally) trained and motivated personnel and the availability of extended measuring and testing facilities lead to well researched and thoroughly developed new products. Naturally all new developments in materials are closely followed and evaluated for product use.
All of the new product developments are executed under the regime of the international automotive industry standard ISO 9001:2000, which secures that all products fully meet their determined objectives. The product is extensively validated during testing at the KONI Test Track and on the R&D test benches operating under simulated and/or real time road or rail track recordings. During the research and development process a close contact with the manufacturing process engineers is maintained to assure that the product later can be reliably produced and shall meet our highest quality targets.
HEAVY TRACK & RAID SHOCKS
Shocking conditions or winding roads? When asphalt becomes boring and gravel, dirt and dust are too tempting, HEAVY TRACK® 4 x 4 shock absorbers by KONl is the ideal all-terrain option. This shock absorber will deliver optimum road holding and comfort both on and offroad.
Our 4 x 4 shock absorbers have been specially developed by KONI for 4WD's and Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's). Tested under extreme conditions, these dampers for jeeps satisfies the highest offroad demands regarding safety, stability and grip.
These shocks ensure greater stamina for both drivers and vehicles. Also on the road, you can count on greater comfort and a higher level of safety, more stability and better roadholding.
In short, HEAVY TRACK® shock absorbers from KONI are perfect 'all road' shocks absorbers. Irrespective of the driving conditions.
Adjustable 4 x 4 shocks, so versatile
KONI HEAVY TRACK® shock absorbers are simply and completely adjustable. This means that the damping characteristic can be completely adapted to the circumstances. Furthermore, HEAVY TRACK® shock absorbers have large reserves of damping power available.
And that's not all. KONI shocks are of superior quality. This is not only evident from the robust construction but also from the materials used such as the seals which are resistant to high temperatures.HEAVY TRACK ADVANTAGES
- Optimum handling, road holding and grip
- Adjustable rebound forces for all on and offroad conditions
- Specially developed, high quality materials for maximum performance
- Better driving characteristics
- Rugged construction
- Long lifespan
The KONI Classic line makes modern shock absorber technology available for classic cars and cars from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. They have the same superior qualities which the KONI Specials offer to modern cars. Classic and replacement shocks are finished with the traditional black (Identified as black and "wing" logo).
KONI’s sport shocks are designed for drivers looking for a sporty driving experience. These products focus on exceptional road-holding combined with an acceptable level of comfort. Its characteristics include responsive steering, reduced body-roll and limited body movements. Externally adjustable shock absorbers make fine tuning even easier.
KONI Yellow shock´ offer the same exceptional road-holding as the sport shocks, but are especially designed for cars that are fitted with lowering springs which are shorter than the original springs.
KONI yellows are not average shock absorber, the following standards make them unique:
These sport shocks are externally adjustable by means of a knob and need to be disassembled from the car Damping forces fine-tuning to personal driving style and road conditions matter of seconds
Koni have many options available when it comes to race shocks, from entry level club sprint setups to full blown race setups.
The design and operation of KONI’S racing damper series is a unique proof of KONI’s reputation as the leader in the field of damper technology.
They are specifically designed for competition purposes and offer full adjustability while fitted on the car. Their precision adjustment mechanisms allow maximum control over the damping forces generated, especially in the low speed damping range.
A superior and advanced adjustment cartridge controls the opening and closing of valve loaded ports. Positive lock detents assure that each port can only be either open or closed. The result is that the cartridge will always accurately reproduce a set of eight pre-programmed damping curves.
Various cartridges are available, each with its own set of characteristics. A pair of cartridges is housed in the main piston, one for bump, one for rebound. Together they can modify any given basic valving in many different ways. By having all forces generated by the piston assembly, the control of the damper over the suspension is instant and precise, decisive and smooth.
A separate bulky reservoir is not needed and the installation can be kept simple, compact, lightweight and clean.
Drivers like them because they feel a real difference between adjustment steps. Mechanics and race engineers appreciate the user friendliness and apparent "simplicity" of the dampers that make them so easy to work with. And Buyers like their price / quality ratio.
SAHARA Force India F1 Team 2014 on Technical Partner
Shock absorber specialist KONI – equipped with 54 years of F1 experience - joins the team as a technical partner to develop new damper technology with a clear mission to help improve performance in this crucial area of the car. Consorcio Aristos is a Mexican construction company with a long history of engineering excellence dating back to 1956.
Dr Vijay Mallya, Team Principal and Managing Director:
“Announcing two new partners is a great way to kick off the start of the new season. KONI are experts in damper technology and we hope to benefit from a close working relationship to help drive forward our competitiveness. The arrival of Consorcio Aristos confirms the appeal of Sahara Force India to global brands keen to support our efforts in the World Championship. Together with all our partners I thank them for their support and look forward to rewarding them with success on the track.”
Mauro Salini, General Manager KONI Group:
“We are proud to have the opportunity to further extend our 54 years of competing in Formula 1 with Sahara Force India as being one of the most progressing teams. Their focus on suspension perfectly reflects our way forward, for which we will not only develop a new technology, but also further enhance our latest Frequency Selective Damping (FSD) system. We are confident that our mutual goals will result in a fruitful and lasting relationship and are looking forward to many successful years to come.”