A future with strong roots

DESIGNA is all about customer focus, quality and a workforce excellence

DESIGNA goes back a long way

factory building


On 11th January, 1951 Heinz Bula and Gerhard Vogel founded DESIGNA - German Society for Signals and Advertising Media Ltd. in Kiel-Projensdorf with three employees.

traffic sign manufacturing


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.

parking customer at frankfurt airport entrance

and now.

Today DESIGNA systems facilitate the management of parking in more than 17,500 complexes throughout the world. From individual covered car parks to systems that run thousands of airport parking spaces or integrated city network systems.

All comes together under one roof in the very north of Germany: We are proud to connect our R&D, the manufacturing plant, all supply chain and administrative departments, marketing and sales and their staff on our premises in Kiel. A lean organization and a short and direct chain of command and communication ensure our position in the market as technolgy leader and innovation driver. 

Facts and figures (2018/19):


  • Market presence in more than 60 countries
  • over 500 employees worldwide
  • Annual turnover over € 80 M

Subsidiaries in 

  • Australia
  • France
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • USA

MTH Group


DESIGNA is a subsidiary of Management Trust Holding AG, a group that operates internationally with approx. 5948 employees and a combined turnover in 2017/2018 of around € 819 million. Under the umbrella company, MTB Beteiligungen AG, MTH`s entrepreneurial focus lies in the following areas:


  • Retail
  • Parking & access systems
  • Machine tool manufacture
  • Financial investments
  • Software & system engineering

The industrial interests of the MTH Group lie in the business areas of parking & access systems and machine tool manufacturing in traditional, medium sized, growth-orientated technology segments. A central European trading group with over 740 branches in Austria and Germany has developed under the umbrella of the MTH Retail Group. In the financial investments segment, MTH is a committed initiator of and investor in private equity funds. The field of software & system engineering is covered by an international network of renowned experts from academia and industry.