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.
About 3,400 employees in 9 plants and 33 subsidiaries as well as distribution partners in more than 50 countries ensure an intensive market presence. With 11,000 standard components SCHUNK offers the world's largest range of clamping technology and gripping systems and with more than 2,550 SCHUNK grippers, the broadest range of standard gripper components on the market. The entire gripping system program comprises more than 4,000 components.
The customer base includes, among others, the who's who of machine and plant construction, robotics, automation and installation, and all well-known car brands and their suppliers. Since 2012, the goalkeeper legend Jens Lehmann has been part of the SCHUNK team, acting as brand ambassador for precise gripping and holding.
Friedrich Schunk (1912-1998)
Henrik A. Schunk
Kristina I. Schunk
World´s competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems
Number of brand ambassadors
About 3,400 employees
Brand Ambassador for "precise gripping and safe holding"
Goalkeeping legend Jens Lehmann
World's No. 1 for gripping systems, stationary workholding, hydraulic expansion technology, chuck jaws
The world's largest product portfolio of gripping systems and clamping technology with more than 11,000 standard components
Number of patents
200 patent families
50 brand families
7.9% of turnover per annum
Approx. 2,000 customer-specific solutions per annum
Production plants worldwide
Place 11 among the top 50 German Hidden Champions 2015