With a pioneering spirit and perfection we are setting standards worldwide.

SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG of Lauffen/Neckar is a German family-owned company and global player in one. 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 gripping systems and clamping technology. Today, the company is run by third generation siblings Henrik A. Schunk and Kristina I. Schunk.

3,500 employees in 9 plants and 34 directly owned subsidiaries and distribution partners in more than 50 countries throughout the world ensure an intensive market presence. With 11,000 standard components SCHUNK offers the world’s largest assortment of gripping systems and clamping technology from one source, and with 2,550 SCHUNK grippers the largest product range of standard gripping components on the market. The complete program of gripping systems comprises more than 4,000 components. SCHUNK has pushed digitalization of its portfolio forward for years now,

ensuring that users can plan their processes efficiently, transparently and economically. They also benefit from the comprehensive SCHUNK application knowledge which is consistently growing, focusing on innovative fields of application where automation can be applied. Main customers include manufacturing companies with assembly, handling and metal-cutting processes. The SCHUNK’s customer base includes the Who's Who of mechanical engineering, robotics, automation and assembly handling, and all the renowned automotive brands and their suppliers.

SCHUNK in short

Company founder

Master craftsman
Friedrich Schunk (1912-1998)

Managing partners

Henrik A. Schunk
Kristina I. Schunk

Machine Manufacturer

Market positioning

The world's competence leader for gripping systems and clamping technology and leading technology supplier of robots and production machines.

Number of brand ambassadors


Product portfolio

The world's largest product portfolio of gripping systems and clamping technology with more than 11,000 standard components

R&D expenditures

7.9% of turnover per annum

Production plants worldwide


Worldwide subsidiaries


Brand Performance

Place 11 among the top 50 German Hidden Champions 2015


Customer base

All the leading large and medium-sized companies in the automotive, machine building, robotics, assembly and handling, aviation, metal cutting industries and many more.