RABA Automotive Group Type Public commonly known as Raba, is a Hungarian public limited company, listed on the Budapest Stock Exchange. Raba engineers, manufactures and customizes automotive components, specialty vehicles and axles for commercial vehicles, agri-machinery and earth-movers. The Raba has been building axles as well as complete vehicles since 1902.
In December 28, 1896 nine shareholders founded the Hungarian Railway Carriage and Machine Works Plc. in Gyor with 1 million crown capital at the general assembly with Emil Lederer. The first product of the Railway Carriage Factory were 30pc, 15 ton, two axle tank cars for the Galicia-Carpathian Petroleum Plc. During next century the company was reorganized, changed its products and management. Since its privatization in 1997, Raba has become highly export-oriented, with deliveries to foreign markets making up 60% of its annual sales (40 countries) and is one of the biggest independent axle manufacturers in the world. Today the company manufactures complete and incomplete axles and their components. The product range of company contains: Bus Axles, Truck Axles, Off-Highway Axles, Parts and Assemblies. The customer list of company includes some of the world's largest automotive manufacturers, such as MAN, Suzuki, ISUZU, BPW, Daimler Chrysler, Caterpillar, Dana Corp., Arvin Meritor and John Deere & Co. Raba spol. s.r.o., was established on 3 July, 1996, by the original owner of the sales representation in Prague, RABA Holding a.s., as a reaction to structural and organizational changes in foreign trade. As a result of the rationalization of the activities and changes in the original owner's company, the Czech company VIKO s.r.o., bought RABA spol. s r.o., Praha., on 21 February 2002. The VIKO company is the 100% owner of its subsidiary company RABA, s.r.o. RABA, s.r.o., is an exclusive representative of Hungarian producer RABA Axle Ltd. in Gyor, and it does purchasing business with the intention to sell Raba original products within designated territories (Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland).

1904 - The petrol-fuelled engine won: On the basis of Staff Captain Tlaskal's and Engineer Koroknay's designs the first petrol-fuelled, mechanical all-whell drive and steer on-highway vehicle of the world was made in Gyor. As an expert Ferdinand Porsche also participated. 1936. The first 150 Botond off-highway vehicles were supplied. The prototype of all-wheel drive artillery tractor type RABA 41 M was made with the RABAM.A.N. 6 cylinder, 100 HP engine on the basis of the experiences with Botond.
Raba's trucks originally used cabins supplied by West German MAN, but from 1980 on DAF's F241 cabin was used, ..and developed together with the Linz Institute of Graz, Austria.
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