History

Foundation
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.

Then ...
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:

1951
Establishment of DESIGNA GmbH in Kiel as a manufacturer of signs and advertising materials

1956
Launch of production of mechanical parking meters at VDO in Frankfurt

1970
Introduction of the first automatic parking system (tickets, tokens)

1975
Introduction of the first fully automated parking system (Parkmaster 80)

1987
Introduction of the first fully automated parking system with centralised programme download

1991
Merger of DESIGNA GmbH and VDO Verkehrsleittechnik GmbH to form DESIGNA Verkehrsleittechnik GmbH

1996
Takeover of our French agent, TIME S.A.

1997
Foundation of subsidiary companies in Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom

2001
Foundation of subsidiary companies in the United States and Hungary

2004
Introduction onto the market of the PM ABACUS system

2006
Introduction onto the market of SLIMPARK

2007
TIME DESIGNA renamed DESIGNA France

2009
DESIGNA sets new standards in the parking sector with the introduction of ASP. In summer over 50 systems are connected to a central server and networked with one another.

2010
Acquisition of ASYTEC GmbH in Mainz and integration as a subsidiary

2010
Introduction of ABACUS Blue Edition Series (IN & OUT) 

2011
New customer centre at our Kiel headquarters 

2012
Expansion of the ABACUS Blue Edition Series to include the pay station "ONE", which communicates with the customer exclusively via icons

2012
Stefan Ille joins the management board as CTO

2012
Foundation of the SABAR Australia Pty Ltd. subsidiary 

2014
"Management Trust Holding AG" (MTH) operates under the umbrella company "MTB Beteiligungen AG"

2015
Stefan Koch joins company management as CEO

2015
Market launch of the app qinkk, which is based on beacon technology

2017
DESIGNA SABAR Pty Ltd becomes DESIGNA Australia Pty Ltd