MAN is one of the leading industrial enterprises in the German engineering industry. It is also one of the oldest running for over 250 years.

The following timeline shows the evolution of MAN from its very beginning in 1758 to its current global status.


“St. Antony“ ironworks commenced operation in Oberhausen as the first heavy industry enterprise in the Ruhr region.


The “Gute Hoffnung” (Good Hope) iron works commenced operation in Oberhausen.


Rails supplied for the Rauendahl coal track, Germany´s first horse-powered railway


Establishment of “Sulzer-Escher Wyss” works in Zurich


The three ironworks St. Antony, Gute Hoffnung and Neue Essen merged to form Hüttengewerkschaft and Handlung Jacobi (Iron Mining and Trading Company), Oberhausen.


Companies were established in both Augsburg and Nuremberg.

1893- 1897

The principles of the compression ignition combustion engine were developed by Rudolph Diesel and both construction and testing were carried out at the MAN works in Augsburg, Germany.


Two of four engines that were built for exhibition and demonstration purposes were made in MAN plants in Augsburg and Nuremberg.

The majority of all heavy good vehicles across the world are still powered using diesel engines based on the original design.


Truck-building activities first commenced at Büssing.


Vereinigte Maschinenfabrik Augsburg und Maschinenbaugesellschaft Nürnberg A.-G., Augsburg were renamed to Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG, Augsburg (M.A.N.)


The First World War led to a loss of key foreign branches and patent rights as well as production facilities.


The first diesel engine truck with direct fuel injection plus the first low-frame omnibus were produced.


Development work began on exhaust-gas turbochargers for diesel engines.


Development of the all-wheel drive for utility vehicles began.


During the Second World War, there was a large loss of all foreign operations and heavy war damage. The Allied Forces took control of all GHH companies.


The first German diesel truck with exhaust gas turbocharger was produced.


MAN truck plant opened in Munich.


MAN acquired the old and respected name of Bussing whose trademark lion still forms a part of the MAN truck and bus division logo today.


The first heavy, two-stroke diesel engine with an efficiency ratio of over 50% was produced.


MAN’s remaining divisions became independent and were formed into separate companies.


The first low-floor articulated bus with continuous low-level platform was produced.


The one millionth MAN commercial vehicle rolled off the line.


The one millionth MAN commercial vehicle rolled off the line.

MAN Automotive Imports was created after Western Star Trucks Australia acquired distribution exclusivity for all MAN products within Australia and New Zealand.

Soon after this acquisition, Western Star Trucks merged with MAN Automotive Imports.


MAN Nutzfahrzeuge launched its new engine generation, the D20 Common Rail.


The market launch of the TGS and TGX in the heavy-duty series (Truck of the Year 2008).


MAN celebrated its 250th anniversary, making it one of the world’s oldest industrial companies.


MAN Nutzfahrzeuge changed its name to MAN Truck & Bus AG;

Volkswagen AG became MAN‘s majority shareholder.


MAN Truck & Bus Euro VI, exhaust-gas technology for trucks and coaches, was presented in Germany.


MAN Diesel & Turbo presented the first cylinder version of the new high-speed engine family at the maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg, Germany.


MAN Diesel & Turbo presented the first cylinder version of the new high-speed engine family at the maritime trade fair SMM in Hamburg, Germany.

MAN Truck & Bus presented the new top truck model TGX D38 with an innovative D38 six-cylinder inline engine.


The headquarters of MAN Truck & Bus AG in Munich, Germany is the largest company of the MAN group and is a leading international supplier of commercial vehicles and transport solutions.

Here in Australia sales and after sales support services for both MAN and Western Star are conducted out of the WSTA/MAI-Asia Pacific headquarters in Brisbane, Queensland as well as via 65 separate dealer outlets throughout Australia each of which is dedicated to MANs longevity in the Australian marketplace. MAN also has strong dealer representation in New Zealand.