The German government has always attached great importance to the strategic position of the machine tool industry, and has been strongly fostering it on many fronts, with special emphasis on scientific experimentation, the combination of theory and practice, and basic research and applied technology research. According to the German Machine Tool Association, the trends in machine tool technology in the coming years will be characterized by personalization, automation and efficiency.
The following is a ranking of German machine tool companies.
The Gildemeister Group is a leading global manufacturer of metal cutting machines, with a focus on “Machine Tools”, “Services” and “Software Solutions”.
GILDEMEISTER-Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of metal cutting equipment with the three brands DECKEL, MAHO and GILDEMEISTER.
Behind this success is the group’s constant pursuit of innovation and the continuous optimization of production and logistics at its ten plants in Europe.
The subsidiaries of GILDEMEISTER-Group use DMG Vertriebsand ServiceGmbH as a unified organization for sales, service and marketing on a global scale.
The company currently has offices in more than 50 countries and all major industrial countries.
In order to better serve Chinese customers, GILDEMEISTER-Group acquired a foreign-owned machine tool manufacturing plant in Shanghai in 2002.
GILDEMEISTER-Group’s first factory outside Europe was completed in Shanghai in January 2003.
The Shanghai factory manufactures the latest CNC milling machines and CNC lathes in the machine tool industry, and offers a wide range of optional features to suit a variety of different applications according to customer needs.
Dr. Kapisa, President of Gildemeister Group, believes that China will become the world’s largest demand for machine tools in the near future.
02 TRUMPF Group
The TRUMPF Group is one of the world’s leading companies in the field of manufacturing technology, founded in 1923, with a history of more than 80 years.
Headquartered in Ditzingen, near Stuttgart, Germany, the TRUMPF Group is a global leader in technology and markets for industrial lasers and laser systems.
Based on the rapid development of the Chinese market, TRUMPF Group has been investing in China since 2000 and has invested in four production enterprises in Taicang, Jiangsu Province and Dongguan, Guangdong Province, producing CNC sheet metal processing machines and medical equipment.
With a history of more than 80 years of machine tool production at its headquarters in Ditzinge, Germany, the TRUMPF Group is one of the world’s leading companies in manufacturing technology.
Currently, it has seven Chinese subsidiaries, two of which are manufacturing companies.
After the establishment of TRUMPF (China) Co., Ltd., the mainstream products of TRUMPF Group were introduced into China for the first time.
The company plans to gradually develop, produce and sell all kinds of TRUMPF brand CNC machine tools in China, the current products are TRUMPFTruLaser3030 series CNC flat laser cutting machine.
After the market has stabilized, local development and research will be carried out gradually to better suit the needs of the Chinese market.
From sheet metal and material processing machines to laser technology, electronics and medical technology, TRUMPF is leading the technology trend with continuous innovation.
The company is setting new technical standards and working to open up newer and more products to the general public.
TRUMPF (China) Co., Ltd. is also responsible for the sales and after-sales service support of TRUMPF global products in China.
It has sales and after-sales service outlets in Shanghai, Beijing, Dongguan, Chengdu and more than 20 cities across the country, and has spare parts warehouses in Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taicang.
At present, the number of machine tools installed in China exceeds 2,000.
The history of the Schuler Group goes back to the blacksmith shop founded by Louis Schuler in Göppinge, Germany in 1839, and the company has been producing metalworking machines since 1852.
Austria’s Andritz-Group now holds a majority stake in Schuler.
As a global technology and market leader in the metal forming industry, Schuler offers machines, lines, molds, process technology and services for the entire metalworking industry.
Its customers include automotive manufacturers and their suppliers, as well as numerous corporate enterprises in the forging, household equipment, packaging, energy and electrical industries.
Schuler is also a market leader in foundry technology, providing system solutions to the aerospace and rail industries.
Schuler’s customers also include manufacturers in the appliance industry and home appliances.
The company’s highly qualified technical service staff is available to meet a variety of service related requirements in the United States and Canada.
It is engaged in the design and development of high-pressure forming parts and the design of new high-pressure forming equipment and dies, as well as the production and trial manufacture of dies for high-pressure forming.
In addition, the company has the ability to manufacture its own in-series high pressure formed products.
Schuler’s production line in Canton produces approximately 600,000 pieces per year in a series of high-pressure moulded products.
The ServolineL is the fastest stamping line in the world today, manufactured by Schuler.
Schuler’s ServolineL speeds up to 23 strokes per minute. The new crossbar robot can convey two parts in one mold or four parts in one mold.
Equipped with a chip loader, crossbar robot and tail line system, it has a compact line design with a speed of up to 23 strokes per minute.
The line uses servo direct drive technology, which guarantees high throughput while combining excellent flexibility, high energy efficiency and low unit cost.
This year Schuler introduced a new generation of press automation: 50% weight reduction, 20% more dynamics and energy efficiency.
The design of the crossbar robot was derived from a six-axis industrial robot, and Schuler’s engineers added two more axes to this, controlling the robot arm and horizontal drive.
In this way, maneuverability, flexibility, and yield have been significantly improved. The new generation of crossbar robots is also equipped with a process data interface, which prepares them for the Industry 4.0 era.
And the intelligent networking capabilities make it also an analytical tool for monitoring processes and reporting any errors.
As a result, the crossbar robot 4.0 plays an important role in the continuous production of high throughputs and is ideal for future stamping line machines.
The origins of Emag go back to 1867. It was originally a cast iron and machine tool manufacturer founded in Bautzen, Saxony.
The company was rebuilt in 1952 and the site was chosen between the cities of Stuttgart and Ulm, not far from Salah, where the company is located today.
After the company was rebuilt, it began manufacturing lathes.
In the 1980s, Emag had a successful career in the manufacture of highly automated CNC lathe units.
The production system is sold all over the world and is used in a variety of industries.
In 1992, Emag introduced the inverted lathe as the world’s first machine shop.
The lathe features a spindle that completes the loading and unloading and the spindle travels while the tool holder is fixed.
That is to say, Emag turned the traditional lathe upside down.
EMAG offers its customers machines and production systems for the machining of discs, shafts and housings. Whether it’s a lathe, a grinding machine, a hobbing machine, a laser welding machine or a machining center – the EMAG Group offers optimal production solutions for almost all applications.
EMAG’s advanced technology in intelligent automation technology can help customers to simplify their equipment, increase production efficiency, and save costs, thereby driving rapid growth.
The machine tools and production systems manufactured by Emag Leipzig Machine Tool Co., Ltd. cover almost all applications in the petroleum industry, automobile manufacturing and ancillary industries, machinery manufacturing industry and aerospace industry.
Since the Leipzig-based company became part of the EMAG Group, it has combined the technology and experience of both companies to develop and manufacture machine types based on the EMAG series, but aimed at its target users.
Innovative processing technology with reverse thinking created EMAG’s industry leadership.
In 1992, EMAG was a great success with the first ingeniously conceived inverted vertical lathe. Since then, EMAG has continued its efforts with the development of a new inverted vertical multifunctional production centre.
Today, EMAG is the world’s leading manufacturer of inverted vertical machines.
05 Korber Schleifring
The Schleifring Group is a subgroup of the German Korber Group, which comprises three groups: paper machinery, tobacco machinery and machine tools.
Over the past decades, the Machine Tool Group has acquired many of the world’s leading grinding machine manufacturers, including STUDER, BLOHM, MAEGERLE, JUNG, SCHAUD, MIKROSA, EWAG and WALTER.
In addition to its headquarters in Germany, the Schleifring Group has a number of companies in other countries such as the United States and Europe with products all over the world.
The products entered China in the 1960s, and now more than 3,000 products have played an important role in the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles, aviation, aerospace, ships, weapons and many other fields.
Of these, military industrial systems account for about a third of the total number of Schleifring machines.
In all aspects of high-precision machining, the Schleifring Group is an international, efficient and reliable partner that offers the best possible technical and economic solutions.
The Schleifring Group mainly serves customers with high precision grinding requirements.
Clients are in the automotive industry and automotive component manufacturers, tool industry, turbine manufacturers, tool and die manufacturers, medical technology, machine tools, watch industry as well as aviation.
Its major markets are Western Europe, China and North America.
Korber Schleifring Machine Shanghai Co, Ltd(KSMS) is part of the Schleifring Group and has a production plant of 16,000 square meters in Shanghai.
More than 200 employees nationwide, in addition to the Shanghai plant, with branches in Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou and Wuxi. KSMS holds a leading position in the Chinese grinding machine market, offering innovative technology in the field of surface forming, internal and external circular grinding and tool grinding.
Schleifring offers flat and profile grinding, internal and external circular grinding and tool grinding machines for a wide range of applications in the aerospace, automotive and auto parts manufacturing, heavy industry and other industries.
Annual production has been steadily increasing at an average rate of about 50 percent, and to date, Schleifring has supplied more than 100,000 grinding machines to customers around the world, not only solving process problems for them, but also bringing them significant economic benefits.
Index was founded in 1914 by Herman Hahn, and production of the turret lathe began in the same year.
He is a hard-boiled entrepreneur from the Swabian region who has been very impressed by his creative ideas and strict pursuit of quality as a cornerstone.
More than 20,000 automatic lathes have been sold in forty years, and this has laid the foundation for the outstanding reputation that Index enjoys worldwide.
In 1975, Index began production of multi-spindle automatic lathes.
A few years later the company entered the market for CNC technology, where Index quickly earned the role of pioneer.
After the death of the company’s founder’s son, Eugenhahn, 85 percent of the company’s shares were donated to the foundation.
In 1992, Index introduced a new generation of products based on modular components for turning and milling composite centers.
In 1997, the company Trauber Lathe Manufacturing from the neighbouring city of Rijnbach-Fesz was taken over and joined the Intertek Group as an independent subsidiary.
Until today, it has followed a strategy of two brands for one company.
Index’s particular strength lies in the development of the best solution for each customer.
Together with its subsidiary Trombel, the group offers complete machining of turned workpieces through the widest range of products, which also applies to single-piece production for mass production.
Index and Trombel have chosen the German plant as their main production location, and the important core components of the machines are also machined in their own production machines.
Confident and very well-trained employees are the guarantee of high quality machines, which is reflected in their diligence and attention to every detail of the machine building process.
China’s industry is currently in the stage of rapid development, the demand for high-end CNC machine tools will also continue to grow.
In April 2001, the company was established as a joint venture with Dalian Machine Tool Group and has been in the limelight for seven years.
Through the management of experienced German managers working in the Dalian joint venture, Dalian Index Machine Tool Company is able to continuously acquire the advanced machine tool production and manufacturing processes of the Index Group.
HELLER, founded in 1894 in Nillingen, Germany. Of the €592 million in annual sales, 60% came from the automotive industry, with customers including manufacturers of buses, trucks and agricultural machinery, and the remaining 40% in the fields of mechanical engineering, power generation, mould making and aerospace.
HELLER machine tools include: horizontal machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, milling/turning centers, flexible manufacturing systems, crankshaft and camshaft machines and more.
HELLER goes from a single machine to a €150 million turnkey manufacturing system, from new machines to full service agreements to machine retrofits. Especially in the field of crankshaft machining and light-duty drive systems, HELLER is one of the three largest partners in the global market.
A newly developed small, lightweight crankshaft machining machine fills the gap at the lower end of the internal and external milling process.
Double-wire arc spraying technology, which successfully solved the problem of coating engine cylinder holes, has now entered the crankcase manufacturing process chain and put into operation in the German production line.
The Changzhou plant in China is the fifth machine tool production base in the world after Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil, and is part of the HELLER Group’s efforts to build an international production network and optimize its value-added chain.
The aim is to ensure that the HELLER Group can offer its global customers quality “Made in HELLER” solutions at very competitive prices.
HELLER unveils the industry-leading CP80005 axle turning and milling machining center.
In addition to meeting these needs, it also enables efficient machining operations by setting effective cutting parameters.
In addition to meeting all industry standards, the CP8000 sets a new benchmark in terms of process size. With a working area of 1250mmx1200mmx1400mm (X, Y, Z) and a pallet size of 800mmx800mm, it is possible to mill workpieces up to 2000kg, 1250mm in diameter and 1400mm in height in one station, and also to achieve reliable and efficient turning.
Currently HELLER’s sales and service points in China have increased from 2 to 5 in Beijing and Shanghai.
The opening of the new plant in Changzhou will complete HELLER’s existing equipment and facilities in China, including application engineering, a technical center (established in 2009) and a local spare parts warehouse.
This marks the initial establishment of a complete Chinese localized value-added chain for HELLER.
Chiron was founded in 1921 and is located in Tuttlingen, more than 100 km from Stuttgart.
Chiron’s products are high speed, high efficiency, high precision, high quality vertical machining centers, bar profile machines and other high speed special purpose machines.
And it’s products range from small batch 5-axis machining to large scale production with high precision.
Chiron employs more than 800 people at its headquarters in Germany.
And it currently has subsidiaries or representative offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and China, serving customers in 54 countries and regions around the world, selling around 1,000 machines per year and generating a turnover of 200 million euros.
Chiron has become the largest, fastest and most technical vertical machining centre manufacturer in Europe.
For small and medium series production, CHIRON introduces a 5-axis universal milling machine.
The machine has an exceptionally robust balanced column bed with CNC oscillating milling heads (MILL series).
Other options include a bed-length machining center with two machining spaces, which can be rotated in a pendulum-reverse fashion and is suitable for medium series production.
For high volume production, single or double spindle machines with integrated workpiece changer are also available.
CHIRON’s flexible processing range is ideally suited to high volume production with little to no operator.
Chiron’s customers are located all over the world in the automotive component manufacturing, instrumentation, aerospace, textile machinery, tobacco machinery, watches, medical-surgical instruments, printing machinery, computer manufacturing and other industries.
Chiron has gained extensive manufacturing experience in the manufacture of automotive parts.
Chiron is widely recognized by the world’s leading automotive manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volkswagen, Fiat, Ford, General Motors, Peugeot, Renault, and has long-standing relationships with major parts suppliers such as Delphi, Bosch, RONAL, Visteon, etc.
Chiron and Bosch ordered more than 300 machining centers in 2004 under one sales contract.
The German company GROB was founded in 1926 in Munich and is headquartered in Mindelheim, Germany.
GROB is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machine tools, from standard machines to complex production systems or assembly units on cutting lines, to fully automated assembly lines, GROB processes and technologies are at the forefront.
GROB specializes in turnkey engineering of engine components and is a global system integration provider covering different processes, technologies, resources and cultures.
In order to extend GROB’s leading technology to all cutting areas, GROB engineers have developed a five-axis machining center that has gained wide market acceptance.
Its G-module technology and its experience and knowledge in the automotive industry have been successfully applied to the technology and layout of the G350 and G550.
Innovations such as hydraulicless machines and turning centers quickly became a success on the highly competitive general-purpose machines, and the G350 and G550 quickly became the leaders in their class.
As the fourth plant of the GROB Group, GROB Machine Tools (Dalian) Co., Ltd. was officially opened in June 2012 in the new district.
With the successful launch of its first machine last year, GROB plans to bring its cutting-edge technology to China, to produce high-precision, high-speed machines in its Dalian factory, and to achieve its vision of one machine per week off the production line.
It is also understood that GROB Group invested an additional 10 million euros in the Dalian plant.
HAIMER was founded in 1977 in Igenhausen, Germany. Specializing in the production of high-precision dynamic balancing toolholder, tool special dynamic balancing machine, toolholder heat shrinkage machine, 3D edge finder and alignment instrument, etc.
HAIMER develops and produces products of high precision and quality. Many of its products are leaders in their field and are recognized worldwide.
The company fully adopts fully automated and flexible production lines to ensure the quality and output of products, thus greatly reducing the purchasing costs of users.
HAIMER Asia Pacific was established in Hong Kong in 2005. HAIMER Asia Pacific focuses on serving the Southeast Asian and Mainland China markets.
HAIMER has also set up a large inventory center in Hong Kong in order to provide customers in the Asia Pacific region with fast delivery within 24 hours.
In 2008, Hanmer (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd., a branch of HAIMER Mainland China, was established to improve the service quality of HAIMER in Mainland China.
The company has set up a Haimer product technology demonstration center and training center to establish a standard product inventory to better support and serve Chinese customers.
In addition to these ten companies, Germany also has a number of well-known companies such as Rofin-Sinar, Siemens, Niles-Simmons, Autania, Kasto, DSTechnologie, WaldrichCoburg and others.