IVECO Magirus and the road to Magirus GmbH
The Fire Safety Engineering Division was spun off by IVECO Magirus AG on 22nd November 1996 and has been run since then as an independent enterprise under the name IVECO Magirus Brandschutztechnik GmbH. In order to be prepared for the global markets of tomorrow, the company has kept a lookout for further acquisitions over the course of the years. The production facilities in Ulm und Weisweil in southern Baden were joinded by a factory in Brescia (Italy) in 1992 and another factory in Görlitz in Saxony from 1996. The latter takeover by Magirus concerned Brandschutztechnik Görlitz "BTG", as this company had been renamed after German reunification. The production facilities in Görlitz were sold in terms of a Management Buy-Out on January 1st 2013.
From EuroFire to IVECO Magirus
A further production site in Chambéry was added early in 1997 when IVECO Eurofire (Holding) GmbH was founded. The partners in IVECO Eurofire GmbH were IVECO Italy, IVECO Magirus AG and Renault V.I.. IVECO Magirus Brandschutztechnik GmbH based in Ulm was spun off from IVECO Magirus AG for this purpose. Renault relinquished the Camiva factory based in Chambéry. This created the largest undertaking in this industry in Europe. The name EuroFire was dropped again in 2004, as all works were to be managed under the name IVECO Magirus in future.
Back to the roots - the change of name to Magirus GmbH
In front of guests and the trade press on 26th September 2013, CEO Antonio Benedetti announced that the name IVECO Magirus Brandschutztechnik GmbH was to be changed to Magirus GmbH while unveilling the Magirus logo. With the stylised "M" the Magirus GmbH had returned to its roots. The move was intended to emphasise the company's expertise as a superstructure manufacturer with great flexibility in meeting the needs of its customers. At the same time, the name Magirus identifies with the company founder, Conrad Dietrich Magirus, with roots stretching back to 1864. The name Magirus has always been associated with innovations way ahead of their time and the greatest reliability in fire safety engineering for the last 150 years.