Schaeffler Group logo including the LuK, INA and FAG brands
|Traded as||FWB: SHA|
|Industry||Automotive, Aerospace, Industrial|
|Founders||Dr. Wilhelm Schaeffler
Dr.-Ing. E. h. Georg Schaeffler
|Klaus Rosenfeld, (CEO)|
€13.3 billion (2016)€13.2 billion (2015)
Number of employees
Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG (also known as Schaeffler Group respectively Schaeffler Gruppe in German) is a manufacturer of rolling element bearings for automotive, aerospace and industrial uses before October 9, 2015 IPO in Germany. It was founded in 1946 by brothers Dr. Wilhelm and Dr.-Ing. E. h. Georg Schaeffler. In August 2008 the firm agreed to a staggered €12 billion acquisition of larger rival Continental AG, whereby Schaeffler would defer taking a majority stake until at least 2012. However, in 2011 Schaeffler sold off €1.8 billion shares of Continental, reducing its stake from 75.1% to 60.3%. Currently, the company owns 46% of Continental shares. Schaeffler Group also owns the brands INA, FAG and LuK.
In Germany, the main brands of the Schaeffler Group – INA, FAG and LuK – are marketed by Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG and LuK GmbH & Co. oHG.
- 1883: Friedrich Fischer of Schweinfurt designs a machine to allow steel balls to be ground to an absolutely round state for the first time – and in large volumes.
- 1905: On 29 July, the FAG brand is registered with the patent office in Berlin. The registered trademark FAG is an acronym for "Fischer's Automatische Gusstahlkugelfabrik," or "Fischer's Automatic Steel Ball Factory."
- 1946: Brothers Wilhelm and Georg Schaeffler, both holders of Ph.D. degrees, found INA in Herzogenaurach.
- 1949: The needle roller cage, developed by Georg Schaeffler, makes the needle roller bearing a reliable component for industrial applications.
- 1965: LuK Lamellen und Kupplungsbau GmbH is founded in Bühl (with INA as one of the investors).
- 1999: INA takes over LuK GmbH
- 2002: Acquisition of FAG Kugelfischer AG, Schweinfurt.
- 2003: INA, FAG and LuK form the Schaeffler Group.
- 2008: Schaeffler Group buys the much larger Continental AG (Germany).
- 2009: President and CEO of the Schaeffler Group, Dr. Juergen M. Geissinger, was elected president of the World Bearing Association.
- 2011: Schaeffler Group becomes Schaeffler AG and Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG
- 2013: On 4 October, an employee letter said "... Mr. Klaus Rosenfeld will take over as acting CEO in addition to his current responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer".
- 2013: The third generation of Schaeffler’s electric axle, presented in Schaeffler’s ACTIVeDRIVE, becomes a promising pilot production product.
- 2014: Schaeffler opens its first Russian plant Ulyanovsk, from which it supplies high-quality products to both domestic and overseas automobile manufacturers as well as to the railway industry.
- 2015: Schaeffler successfully completes its initial public offering on October 9, 2015 under the motto "We share our success".
- 2016: The strategy "Mobility for tomorrow" is adopted. U.S. and China plants are expanded and a new facility is opened in Chonburi, Thailand along with a new office in Moscow, Russia.
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- Schaeffler Group
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- "Schaeffler KG: Geißinger Takes on Chairmanship of World Bearing Association". Thomas Publishing Company. 26 October 2009.
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