Press releases

2020

01/15/2020
KIEL Group and Kustom Seating Unlimited form alliance

2019

10/17/2019
BUSWORLD Europe 2019 in Brussels: Franz Kiel GmbH presents seats to suit all requirements
Nördlingen, 17.10.2019 – Franz Kiel GmbH is presenting its extensive range of bus seats to suit all requirements at the BUSWORLD trade fair, from 18th to 23rd October 2019. Kiel attaches a lot of importance to modern, brand-specific design and increased ergonomics across all its models. The manufacturer is fulfilling the real desire for efficiency through the use of modern materials which reduce weight to the absolute minimum. Meanwhile, innovative features live up to the demands of digitalisation. The new Avance X VIP “TECseat” is the highlight of the trade fair – it boasts numerous comfortable features and is being presented to the public for the very first time.

2018

09/25/2018
Franz Kiel Group and Suzhou Industrial Park ARSALE Automotive Products Co. Ltd. create a Joint Venture in China.
Nördlingen, Suzhou 25th of September 2018 –Franz Kiel Group and Suzhou Industrial Park ARSALE Automotive Products Co. Ltd. create a Joint Venture in China.
Based on its strategy of increasing the global footprint the German KIEL will create together with SUZHOU INDUSTRIAL PARK ARSALE AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS CO. LTD. (short “ARSALE”) a Joint Venture company in the People´s Republic of China (PRC).
09/19/2018
The perfect seat for every bus and every passenger: Franz Kiel GmbH presents tried-and-tested models and new products to suit all requirements at the IAA 2018
Nördlingen, 20/9/2018 – This year’s IAA in Hanover, which takes place from 20th to 27th September 2018, will once again see Franz Kiel GmbH present its extensive range of bus seats to suit all requirements. The traditional company is presenting its tried-and-tested products together with updated models in the local (“City” product line), regional (“Intercity” product line) and intercity (“Coach” product line) travel segments at its modern, open exhibition stand.
Kiel sets great store by modern, brand-specific design and increased ergonomics across all its models. The manufacturer fulfils the crucial desire for greater efficiency through the use of modern materials to reduce weight to the absolute minimum, while innovative features live up to the demands of digitalisation.

09/18/2018
Innotrans 2018: Kiel presents optimised models and a range of innovations
Nördlingen, 18/9/2018 – This year’s Innotrans in Berlin, which takes place from 18th to 21st September 2018, will once again see Franz Kiel GmbH present its extensive range of bus seats to suit all requirements. The traditional company – which stands as one of the leading manufacturers of seating systems for commercial vehicles and public transport in Europe – will be presenting several classic and new products for the regional, local and intercity segments on its newly designed open exhibition stand. They all have one thing in common: they combine quality, efficiency, individuality and safety with innovative ideas and attractive design in true Kiel style.

2017

10/19/2017
With the new Avance X generation of travel seats, Kiel is setting new standards for bus seats
• The Kiel classic Avance is to be re-released as the new Avance X
• The state-of-the-art design, many extras, perfect ergonomics, high passenger safety and lightweight construction make the new Avance X a real hit

Nördlingen, 19.10.2017 - For 15 years it has been a popular classic that has now been installed in thousands of buses for a total of over one million times: the Avance seat from Kiel. With the new version, the "Avance X", Kiel is now showing how a classic can be perfectly adapted to the demands of our time: At Busworld in Kortrijk, Belgium, from 20 to 25 October 2017, the traditional German company based in Nördlingen, Germany, will be presenting the Avance X in the comfort levels "Basic" and "Comfort" to the public for the first time. In addition, there will be the "Luxury" comfort level.The Avance X boasts an ultra-modern design and many extras, high ergonomics and passenger safety as well as low weight and, thanks to its special technical concept, also easily meets individual customer requirements.

2016

09/21/2016
The right seat for every bus and every passenger: Franz Kiel GmbH presents classic and redesigned bus seats for all requirements at the IAA 2016
Nördlingen, 21.09.2016 – Once again, Franz Kiel GmbH will be presenting its comprehensive range of bus seating solutions at this year's IAA in Hannover on
22-29 September. The long-established company will be displaying both classic and extensively redesigned models for local (product line: 'City'), regional (product line: 'Intercity') and long-distance (product line 'Coach') transport.
For Kiel, it is of great importance that all of its models have a modern, brand-specific design with enhanced ergonomics. Kiel satisfies the all-important demand for cost-effectiveness by employing modern materials to maximise weight reduction. The trend towards digitalisation is reflected in the innovative equipment details.
09/20/2016
From straight wooden tram seats to multifunctional intercity travel seats: Kiel presents its innovative product portfolio at the InnoTrans 2016
Nördlingen, 20.09.2016 – Once again, Franz Kiel GmbH will be presenting its comprehensive range of rail transport seating solutions, conceived to satisfy all requirements, at this year's InnoTrans in Berlin on 20-23 September. One of the leading manufacturers of seating systems for commercial vehicles and public transport in Europe, the long-established company will be displaying many classic and new products for the regional, local and intercity travel segments at its modern, open exhibition stand. What they all share is a high level of quality, cost-effectiveness, individuality and safety combined with innovative ideas and attractive design, in the best-possible Kiel style.
09/07/2016
Kiel North America premieres stylish, versatile city seat, redefined ADA systems at APTA Los Angeles
US-seating specialist introduces high-tech engineered lightweight seating option for city transit, revolutionary Secubar for safely integrating extra seats, plus the fully redesigned Q’Pod by Kiel.

2015

10/16/2015
Linked with tradition – committed to the future: Franz Kiel GmbH celebrates its 70th anniversary
Nördlingen, 16.10.2015 – Founded as a metalworking company in 1945 in Nördlingen, Bavaria, Franz Kiel GmbH is today one of the leading European manufacturers for seating systems for commercial and public passenger transport vehicles in local, regional and tourist travel by bus or train, and delivers its products worldwide. In 2015, the company is celebrating its 70th anniversary – and reflectíng on an eventful and extremely successful history.
10/16/2015
From elegant city bus seat made of wood to luxury seat with vibration frequency technology: Franz Kiel GmbH presents innovations at the Busworld 2015
Newly-designed trade fair booth with established models and many innovations
07/17/2015
Kiel Seats part of largest refurbished electric fleet in North America
Kiel delivers 819 lightweight seats for optimal fuel consumption for Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation; Fleet of 21 refurbished electric buses sets entirely new standards in transportation sustainability
03/10/2015
Combining safety and simplicity: MCI Supplier Kiel sets new FMVSS 210 testing record for safest slider seat with three-point seat belt and stainless steel legs
Next generation slider seat safest, easiest to operate stainless steel model on the market for wheelchair lift equipped coaches; patent for self-aligning, foot-operated system pending
02/26/2015
MTR Express launches new intercity line in Sweden with Kiel seats
Stadler Rail incorporates over 1,400 German-engineered Kiel seats; COMFORTLINE to enhance premium travel experience with ergonomic, modern design

2014

11/19/2014
METRO Houston Implements New Fleet with Kiel Coach Seats
US-seating specialist delivers over 5,200 lightweight, German-engineered seats for new fleet of 95 MCI commuter coaches
10/21/2014
Kiel North America Featured in Show-Stopping Exhibits at APTA EXPO in Houston
US-seating specialist takes center stage in Bombardier and MCI exhibits; Introduces seat model for high-speed trains, newly developed slider version to North American market
09/23/2014
Kiel North America Light-Weight Seats and CNG-technology transform Transpo Bus Fleet
Fleet of 16 new CNG-buses equipped with light-weight Kiel seats showcase for flourishing “Made in Indiana” supplier industry
09/09/2014
Kiel North America to Deliver 15,000+ Street Car Seats to Toronto Transit Commission
Train seating specialist and Bombardier Transportation bringing high-tech design solutions to TTC’s street car system; first of 204 Flexility cars in operation
07/30/2014
Kiel North America Presented New Flyer GOLD-Delivery Award
Top honors for high-volume supplier: Transit seating specialist receives straight A-rating for 100% on-time deliveries in 2013
07/22/2014
Lightweight Kiel Seats continue to attract commuters, save fuel
Eight month into the BusPlus Program, the Massachusetts DOT sees savings and an increase in customer satisfaction
02/14/2014
Trends in bus seats for 2014 - Franz Kiel GmbH, Germany, introduces many innovations
No matter if city bus or luxury coach: For 2014, Kiel presents a wide range of innovations in the field of bus seats, meeting the latest trends as well as enhancing comfort and safety of passengers even further.