Rheinmetall AG was founded on April 13, 1889 as "Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenfabrik Aktiengesellschaft". The Company is a technological company with international operations in the defense technology and automotive supply markets. As a European systems supplier for armed forces technology, the Group's Defence sector is a reliable partner to the armed forces of Germany, NATO and friendly nations. The Group bundles its activities in two sectors, Defence and Automotive, which are organized and run as independent segments where the respective products, services and customer profiles are grouped accordingly. The Defence sector brings together all activities in the defense technology market. As a systems supplier, Rheinmetall Defence develops and supplies armed forces technology, including vehicle, protection and weapon systems, air defense systems, infantry equipment, networking of function sequences and simulation. The activities of the Rheinmetall Group relating to automotive supplies are pooled in the Automotive sector. As well as the focus on products such as engines, plain bearings and large-bore and small-bore pistons, emissions reduction and air management systems are developed and manufactured in the field of engine technology, in order to implement customer-specific solutions for combustion engines. As well as supplying automotive manufacturers, the Automotive sector operates in the aftermarket business, supplying wholesalers, engine repair shops and independent garages with replacement parts through a global distribution network.