Linde Material Handling North America Corp., Summerville, S.C., changed its corporate name to KION North America Corp., effective Jan. 1, 2015. This change will allow the company to better align itself with its European parent company, The KION Group, and serve as a platform for the company's KION 2020 North American growth strategy.

"We will even further strengthen our Linde brand with additional product offerings while at the same time grow the STILL brand through future developments," says Brian Butler, president and CEO. "As we align ourselves with the global development and manufacturing strategy of the KION Group, KION North America will become a significant contributor to the development and manufacturing of products specifically for the North American market."

The KION Group has a global presence with material handling products and solutions provided by its six brand companies. The North American headquarters is currently expanding operations and aligning its development and manufacturing strategy with the KION Group.

"The continued development and growth of our organization in North America is extremely important for the KION Group. It is one of the key elements of our Strategy 2020, which we are pursuing with the aim of significantly extending our global reach," says Gordon Riske, chief executive officer of the KION Group. "We want to move away from being a niche provider and become a significant market player in North America under the KION name."