”To offer more than the customer expects”, this was the motto of Friedrich Schunk, when he opened his machine shop in a garage in Lauffen, Germany, right after the troubles of World War II. Today, SCHUNK is a German innovative family-owned company and a global player all in one. According to the mission statement “With a pioneering spirit and perfection, we are setting worldwide standards” Heinz-Dieter Schunk, his son Henrik A. Schunk and his daughter Kristina I. Schunk manage the company.
With 2,000 employees and a worldwide network of directly owned subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 50 countries all over the world, SCHUNK is known as the leading supplier for clamping technology and gripping systems. In order to increase the prominence of the SCHUNK brand, the world-class goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is actively working in the SCHUNK team as a brand ambassador for precise gripping and concentrated, safe holding.
Over the past 25 years, SCHUNK has grown by more than 12% on average per year. In this period of time, the annual turnover increased from EUR 15 million to today’s EUR 270 million. About 60% of this turnover is generated outside Germany. For its outstanding performance as a supplier, SCHUNK was honored with the BOSCH Global Supplier Award 2011/2012, and in 2012 and also 2013 as a Preferred Supplier of BOSCH.
In the clamping technology business unit, the company offers chuck jaws, lathe chucks, toolholding systems, hydraulic expansion solutions, stationary workholding, and magnetic clamping technology. The gripping systems business unit produces and distributes gripping modules, rotary modules, linear modules, robot accessories, components for modular assembly automation, gripping system solutions, and mobile gripping systems. The third and youngest business unit is SCHUNK laser technology.
A double strategy is pursued by SCHUNK in terms of the product program: on the one hand, the company promotes technical development, and continuously explores new niches. On the other hand, the company is constantly improving the quality of its existing products. Thus, the world’s largest product portfolio of standard chuck jaws (1,200 standard chuck jaws) was developed, the most extensive range of clamping technology (more than 10,000 standard products), as well as the world’s largest product program for standard grippers (more than 10,000 components).
For his life’s work, Heinz-Dieter Schunk was awarded the German Machine Tool Industry Award in 2008. In 2010, he received the Engelberger Robotics Award, the worldwide most prestigious award in the robotics field. In 2013, the Savings Bank Finance Group honored him with the Founder’s Prize of Baden Wurttemberg.