2017
SCHUNK wins the Hermes Award 2017

The Hermes Award, one of the world’s most coveted technology prizes, goes to SCHUNK, the competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology from Lauffen, Germany.

2016
BOSCH honors SCHUNK as Preferred Supplier

Robert Bosch GmbH honoured SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems with the status of “Preferred Supplier“ in the category “Tools”.

SCHUNK participates in the expert for gripping system, AGS

Having more than 25 years of experience, AGS counts as one of the pioneers in automation. The family-owned company recently became a part of the SCHUNK company group.

Portugal hat den Titel - und wir den Wett-Meister

SCHUNK punktet während der Fußball-Europameisterschaft mit einer umfangreichen Kampagne

Top Ausbildungsbetrieb 2016

Handwerkskammer Heilbronn-Franken kürt SCHUNK zum „Top Ausbildungsbetrieb 2016“

„Best of Industry“

MM MaschinenMarkt elects SCHUNK “Meister-Elf” (Champion Team) the "most successful advertisement"

Excellent social commitment.

WirtschaftsWoche magazine and Würth select Henrik A. Schunk as an entrepreneur with heart

2015
Medium-sized company in ranking

SCHUNK is one of the top brands of German family-owned companies.

EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger visits SCHUNK

How can industry use the potentials of digitalization? Where are the challenges? What prerequisites have to be fulfilled? These and other questions were at the focus of a hands-on talk during a visit by EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger to SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems in Brackenheim-Hausen near Heilbronn. The innovative family-owned company is considered a driving force in the machine building industry with respect to the trend toward “Industry 4.0”. During the talk it became evident that increasing automation and digitalization can be important for the sustainability of European industry. “Especially the innovative SMEs,” according to Managing Partner Henrik A. Schunk, “will benefit from the digital technologies.”

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Opening of the new SCHUNK China Headquarters in Shanghai

At a formal ceremony, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems opened a new China Headquarters in Shanghai. SCHUNK wants to push ahead with investment, and expand its local presence in China, emphasized Henrik A. Schunk, Managing Partner of SCHUNK, in his opening speech.

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Employees

The number of employees increases to 2,500

70 years of SCHUNK - a Story of Success

The company was founded in 1945 by Friedrich Schunk as a mechanical workshop and has developed under the leadership of Heinz-Dieter Schunk to a competence and world market leader for clamping technology and gripping systems. Today, the company is run by the third generation siblings Henrik A. Schunk and Kristina I. Schunk. More than 2,500 employees in 8 plants and 30 directly owned subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 50 countries throughout the world actively participate in the success of the family-owned company.

2014
Lehmann, Netzer, Völler - far-reaching Double Pass between Soccer and Gripping Systems

The audience at the SCHUNK Special Talks on the soccer World Cup experienced great technology and plenty of emotions at the AUTOMATICA. Surrounded by innovative gripping solutions and presented by Jessica Kastrop, the charming German Sky TV Champion League chief reporter, the three soccer legends Jens Lehmann, Günter Netzer, and Rudi Völler met to discuss the World Cup events and expectations in front of a packed house.

First SCHUNK Expert Day with World Cup highlight

Visitors to the 1st SCHUNK Expert Day experienced first rate knowledge transfer. During the day, renowned guest speakers and SCHUNK experts in clamping technology and gripping systems presented numerous possibilities for improving productivity in manufacturing processes, while in the evening none other than SCHUNK brand ambassador Jens Lehmann joined German TV Sky Champions League chief reporter Jessica Kastrop to commentate live on the soccer World Cup match between Germany and the USA.

S.P.D. and Gressel will become new members

SCHUNK has acquired the Italian company S.P.D. S.p.a., and GRESSEL AG from Switzerland, two specialist in the magnet clamping technology and mechanical clamping systems sectors. Therefore, SCHUNK sustainably strengthens its competence leadership in the areas clamping technology and gripping systems. Both S.P.D. and GRESSEL will continue to operate independently on the market, as before.

2013
SCHUNK setting strong trends in 2013

The successful conclusion of three shows HANNOVER MESSE, EMO, and Motek, reflect the dynamism the company has experienced in 2013. With targeted investment and numerous new products, SCHUNK has set the course for a promising future of the family-owned company.

30 years of SCHUNK grippers SCHUNK sets new milestones in automation history: from simple grippers to intelligent high-tech modulesnbsp

In 1983, SCHUNK launched the world's first standardized industrial gripper, the PPG. The "industrial hand," as it was then known, marked the starting point for rapid developments in gripping systems - a trend that continues to this day. SCHUNK's pioneering spirit has repeatedly provided new impetus in the world of grippers. For 30 years, customers have counted on the precision, robustness, and reliability of SCHUNK grippers, even with the most complicated of gripping requirements.

GAS-Automation becomes SCHUNK Electronic Solutionsnbspnbsp

Since 15th April 2015, the former GAS-Automation GmbH has been trading under the new name SCHUNK Electronic Solutions GmbH. The company, based in St. Georgen in the Black Forest, is a well-known specialist in rapid and precise intelligent motion and is an excellent addition to SCHUNK's strategic portfolio.

Heinz-Dieter Schunk honored with 2013 Founder Award

Heinz-Dieter Schunk was awarded the Baden-Württemberg Business Founder Prize from the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe on June 3, 2013. In the presence of the Finance Minister for Baden-Wuerttemberg Dr. Nils Schmidt, Peter Schneider, President of the association of the savings banks Baden-Württemberg, praised the lifetime work of the entrepreneur of this family-owned company: "Heinz-Dieter Schunk is a perfect role model for those founding start-ups today." His entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ability have helped to shape the quality and performance power of the entire sector.

SCHUNK invests 30 million euros in the Lauffen and Mengen sites

SCHUNK has invested a total of 30 million euros this year in its two clamping technology sites at Lauffen and Mengen. Above all, this represents a commitment to manufacturing in Germany. "We want to further expand SCHUNK's position as the worldwide market leader, and make an important contribution to securing jobs here in the Heilbronn-Franken region", explains Henrik A. Schunk. A modern customer center and a new production hall with approximately 6,000 m² of additional production space are being developed directly beside the existing company buildings there.

Data Matrix Code enables intelligent toolholder management

SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems, takes another step towards Industry 4.0: effective immediately, numerous SCHUNK precision toolholders can be marked with an individual data matrix code to enable intelligent toolholder management. Whether manually by smartphone or completely automatically via a scanner in the machine tool: each toolholder can be reliably identified by this code and allocated precisely through a corresponding database system.

Employees

The number of employees has increased to 2,000

2012
Superior Clamping and Gripping

The year 2012 was an outstanding year. With booming sales, an excellent marketing campaign, and a variety of trend-setting innovations, SCHUNK is strengthening its global position as a competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems.

Jens Lehmann becomes brand ambassador for SCHUNK

To coincide with the launch of the new motto "Superior clamping and gripping," SCHUNK has engaged world class goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as a brand ambassador, setting new standards in corporate communications for machine manufacturing. In just a few weeks, the No. 1 goalkeeper will become the face of precise gripping and safe holding by SCHUNK.

2011
WELL AHEAD!

SCHUNK breaks all records. With its superior modular programs, and a richness of ground-breaking innovations, SCHUNK convinces users all over the world. An increase in sales across all product areas that has been unique to date confirms SCHUNK's leading role in clamping technology and gripping systems.

Superior lightweight arm

The LWA 4 Powerball Lightweight Arm is a milestone in the field of service robotics. At a weight of 12 kg, it can handle payloads up to 6 kg at an excellent repeat accuracy of 0.06 mm centrically are ideal preconditions for stationary and mobile applications in human environments, and also for industrial handling applications.

2010
Turnaround of the global economy

SCHUNK moves forward with innovation and drive. Around the world, leading countries are breaking free from the 2009 financial crisis in record time. SCHUNK benefits from this: as one of the first competence leaders for clamping technology and gripping systems, they have started numerous innovations, thus expanding its position on the worldwide market.

Henrik A. Schunk elected Chairman of EUnited Robotic

In June, Henrik A. Schunk was elected chairman of the European Robotics Association, EUnited Robotics. Thus, he follows in the footsteps of robotics pioneer Stefan Müller, the former Director of KUKA Roboter GmbH in Augsburg.

The most powerful hydraulic expansion toolholder ever

With the TENDO E compact, SCHUNK is beginning a new age in tool clamping. For the first time ever, a hydraulic expansion toolholder can safely transfer torques of up to 900 Nm, at a Ø 20 mm under dry clamping conditions, and therefore is perfectly suited for volume machining. Compared to conventional hydraulic expansion toolholders, SCHUNK has increased the performance of the TENDO E compact by 60 percent.

Innovative communication on the internet

SCHUNK is also a leader when it comes to the Internet. Whether Twitter, Facebook or YouTube, Newsletters or RSS-Feeds - SCHUNK uses the modern possibilities offered by the web, thereby continuing to unlock new potential in communications.

2009
Creating a new Customer-orientated Future

As a result of financial market speculation in the USA, the world economy is experiencing its biggest downturn since the postwar period in 2009. SCHUNK is also beginning to feel the effects of the crisis in the machine building industry, and is building on its three strengths: competence, innovation, and an irrepressible drive to succeed.

SCHUNK automation is growing

SCHUNK had hardly moved into its new automation systems building before it was investing further in its Brackenheim-Hausen location - a new 4,000 square meter production hall is being built at a cost of five million euro. Cutting-edge automation components will be manufactured in three halls from now on, instead of two.

A modern training center has opened

After only six months construction time and an investment of approximately two million euro, SCHUNK is opening its new training center in Lauffen. At a total area of 1,400 square meters, everything is consolidated into one building which is an important for a well-rounded apprenticeship. Featuring modern machines, a structure as would be encountered in a production facility, electronics laboratory and training rooms, the center permits optimum meshing between theoretical and practical training.

New subsidiary in Japan

In Janury 2009, the Japanese automation specialist Takano Bearing Co. Ltd. became SCHUNK Intec K.K., headquartered in Tokyo. The new location in Japan is one of the now 23 SCHUNK subsidiaries around the globe.

Henrik A. Schunk chosen as a Board Member for the VDMA Robotics and Automation Trade Association

Managing Partner Henrik A. Schunk, was chosen as a board member for the VDMA Robotics and Automation trade association. He is now one of the eleven leading thinkers commited to the future health of the sector.

25 years of the TENDO hydraulic expansion toolholders

With TENDO, SCHUNK has been defining the highest efficiency and precision in production for 25 years. The first standardized hydraulic expansion toolholder still occupies a leading position in tool clamping technology.

10,000 times precision, flexibility, and cost reduction.

The ROTA-S plus manual chuck is celebrating an important milestone - SCHUNK has sold over ten thousand of these lathe chucks! Like hardly any other clamping system, the ROTA-S plus unifies and maximizes the three factors of processing quality, flexibility and cost savings.

2008
Expertise expanded in magnetic clamping technology

SCHUNK is systematically expanding its product portfolio in cooperation with S.P.D., the Italian specialists in magnetic clamping technology. Now even a far wider program of standard products of square pole, radial pole, and parallel pole technology is available. S.P.D.'s participation also opens up new possibilities for special solutions.

Expert Days for service robotics

The SCHUNK Expert Days offer service robotics experts from all over Europe a chance to meet. Twelve representatives from well-known companies, research institutes and universities introduced newest products and gave detailed presentations of research projects.

2007
SCHUNK synergy

Clamping technology and gripping systems – two core competencies from one source. Live at EMO 2007 SCHUNK presented a machine completely equipped with SCHUNK products - from the spindle to the robotics. The SCHUNK Synergie is the added value for efficient production – giving you a competitive advantage!

Kick-off for automation plant expansion

The rapid growth of SCHUNK is continuing. In Brackenheim-Hausen, a production hall with an area of 5,000 sq. meters with annexed offices is being built directly next to the plant of the automation division. The official ground-breaking ceremony took place on August 3, 2007. From June 2008, approximately 70 employees will be producing customized functional modules for automation solutions in the new building.

2006
SCHUNK - a pioneer in modular robotics

The philosophy "from a single module to a complex robot structure" forms the basis of the concepts for everyday work and efficiency in industrial and assistance robotics. With the compact and flexibly combinable PowerCube Swivel Units PR, PW, and PRL, the lightweighted arm LWA 3, and the mechatronic gripping hands SDH and SAH, SCHUNK is the leader in modular robotics.

SCHUNK and GEMOTEC: Well engineered assembly automation

With its sophisticated solutions for assembly automation and small parts handling, the SCHUNK product world completes the offering. Customers of the most different industries have access to a unique product spectrum and business activities as well as future-orientated technology from one source.

2004
Expansion of the plant in Mengen

The continuous growth of the manufacturing location requires additional production capacities. The entire product development chain, including technical sales, is together in one location.

2003
2003 the year of the new products

SCHUNK is introducing more than 10 new products on the market, including the SINO-T and SRU.

Incorporation of Amtec Robotics GmbH in the SCHUNK Group

Innovative mechatronic drive components supplement the automation business unit.

Employees

The number of employees increases to 1,000

2002
Z.E.U.S.

Innovative products from tomorrow. Z.E.U.S., the SCHUNK center for development and training is opened. This "mental factory" unites the technical development, the prototype building and the development department to an effective and powerful group.

2001
New building in Brackenheim-Hausen

Future-oriented. Construction of the new production site at Brackenheim-Hausen, Germany. Production and sales for the automation sector are relocated to the new plant.

North American Market

The subsidiary in Raleigh, North Carolina is expanded by a large building addition, that gives significantly more space for the manufacturing of the Hydraulic Toolholder Line.

1998
Employees

The number of employees increases to 500

1997
World premiere - TRIBOS

The TRIBOS polygonal clamping technology revolutionizes tool clamping. With this worldwide introduction, SCHUNK offers a new Toolholding System that has unique capabilities in covering a broad range of applications.

1994
Production Facility in Mengen

Takeover of well-respected Hage GmbH in Mengen. SCHUNK adds the Lathe Chucks line to its product offering.

1992
SCHUNK USA

Increasing exports to America make the next step of internationalization necessary: SCHUNK Intec Inc. opens its doors as the third foreign SCHUNK Sales subsidiary in the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh.

1988
Stationary Workholding Program

The market requires universal, precise workpiece clamping. The answer from SCHUNK: TANDEM. The product area of Stationary Workholding systems begins its victory run.

1982
Product line Automation

Automation is the future. SCHUNK makes a mark and establishes its innovative program of grippers and other components for the automation and robotics industry.

1978
Product line Hydraulic Expansion Technology

Shaping technologies. SCHUNK develops the Hydraulic Expansion Technology and introduces TENDO. The new way of precisely clamping tool shanks changed the market.

1966
Product range Chuck Jaws

With the creation of the first company product line offering of Chuck Jaws for Lathe Chucks, a new era at SCHUNK begins. The company becomes a competent and reliable partner of the processing industry in the area of workpiece clamping. The highest quality and the continuous expansion of its program spectrum make SCHUNK a synonym for innovation.

1964
Heinz-Dieter Schunk joins the company

The current managing partner joins the company. "Only innovations will move a company forward" - this philosophy of the company founder Friedrich Schunk has lived on in his son. The enterprise SCHUNK is on the way to becoming an international technology leader.

1945
1945 - Year the company foundation

Under the simplest conditions, Friedrich Schunk founded his "mechanical workshop" in a garage in Lauffen am Neckar. His reputation as a "tinkerer" and his ability to find a solution for problems of every sort were his strengths. With numerous innovations, for example a lampshade hole punching machine, and a reputation for high-quality, the small company made a name for itself from the very beginning. The first bigger orders speak for themselves: the production of brake drums and fly wheels for the NSU Prince 4 and precision parts for the Porsche-model 356. More and more the enterprise shifted its core competence to the development, manufacturing and improvement of production methods. His focus during the following years is also evident in his personnel development.