The company was founded in 1945 by Friedrich Schunk as a mechanical workshop, and has developed under the leadership of his son, Heinz-Dieter Schunk, to a competence and world market leader for gripping systems and clamping technology. Today, the company is run by the third generation, siblings Henrik A. Schunk and Kristina I. Schunk, the company founder's grandchildren.
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 gripper components on the market. The entire gripping system portfolio comprises more than 4,000 components.
The most important buyers are all those manufacturing companies which have assembly, handling, and memtal cutting processes. The customer base includes the who's who of mechanical engineering, robotics, automation, and assembly handling, and all the renowned automotive brands and their suppliers. Since 2012, the goalkeeper legend Jens Lehmann has been part of the SCHUNK team, acting as band ambassador for safe, precise gripping and holding.