At 11.January 1951 Heinz Bula and Gerhard Vogel founded DESIGNA - German Society for Signals and Advertising Media Ltd. in Kiel-Projensdorf with three employees.
Originally the two founders manufactured traffic and advertising signs - until about 30 years ago when the first parking system was introduced. As a result of rapid technological development DESIGNA has been able to launch more and more complex and intelligent solutions.
... and now
Today DESIGNA systems facilitate the management of parking in more than 6000 complexes throughout the world. From individual covered car parks to systems that run thousands of airport parking spaces or integrated city network systems.
A summary of the company's history:
Establishment of DESIGNA GmbH in Kiel as a manufacturer of signs and advertising materials
Launch of production of mechanical parking meters at VDO in Frankfurt
Introduction of the first automatic parking system (tickets, tokens)
Introduction of the first fully automated parking system (Parkmaster 80)
Introduction of the first fully automated parking system with centralised programme download
Merger of DESIGNA GmbH and VDO Verkehrsleittechnik GmbH to form DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik GmbH
Takeover of our French agent, TIME S.A.
Foundation of subsidiary companies in Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom
Foundation of subsidiary companies in the United States and Hungary
Introduction onto the market of the PM ABACUS system
Introduction onto the market of SLIMPARK
TIME DESIGNA renamed DESIGNA France
With the introduction of ASP, DESIGNA is the first in the industry that use a cloud system for the operation of parking facilities. In summer, more than 50 systems are already connected to a central server and networked with each other.
Acquisition of ASYTEC GmbH in Mainz and integration as a subsidiary
Market launch of the first units of the ABACUS Blue Edition series (IN & OUT)
New customer centre at our Kiel headquarters
Expansion of the ABACUS Blue Edition Series to include the pay station "ONE", which communicates with the customer exclusively via icons
Foundation of the SABAR Australia Pty Ltd. subsidiary
"Management Trust Holding AG" (MTH) operates under the umbrella company "MTB Beteiligungen AG"
Market launch of the app qinkk, which is based on beacon technology
Doubling of production area at Kiel headquarters
DESIGNA SABAR Pty Ltd becomes DESIGNA Australia Pty Ltd
DESIGNA Asytec becomes DESIGNA Mainz GmbH
Robert Monsberger (CSO) and Gotthard Mayringer (CFO) become part of the Executive Board
Market launch of the new cash registers Pay Cash & Card, Pay Coinless, Pay Cashless
Foundation of the subsidiary DESIGNA ALTO in Mexico. This increases the number of employees worldwide to 550.