Kögel was already working on the „road/rail“ system, i.e. combined transport, long before many others and initially it posed a challenge for Kögel’s designers. A time-consuming test series in the 1950s prepared the company for the introduction of a technology that has by now become a standard part of daily life, although only after a long transformation phase and in a completely different guise.
In 1956, Kögel introduced the „Ulm“ rail-loading system based on a development contract by Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Rail) and thus made a major contribution to the early stages of combined transport. In the mid 1960s, Kögel technicians provided further pioneering work in the area of swap and combined transport. In 1965, Kögel not only invented the swap body with support feet, but also presented the „Lifttainer“ and „Liftroll“ systems for combined transport.
In the 1970s, Kögel also built containers for Deutsche Bundesbahn, and in 1990, it built special plastic containers for transporting helicopters. The first volume swap body was presented by Kögel in 1993 and Kögel was awarded the SAIL EU research contract for rail-loadable semi-trailers in 2001. Kögel now offers and wide variety of trailers for multi-modal transport.
This includes rail-loadable and RoRo-suitable flat-bed or box trailers, the Euro Trailer extended by 1.3 metres, various swap bodies and various container chassis.