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This article is about the German company. For the 1930s car, see Adler Trumpf. For the former Secretary-General for the Council of the European Union, see Jürgen Trumpf.
GmbH & Co. KG
Founded 1923
Headquarters Ditzingen, Germany
Key people
Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, President and Chairwoman of the Managing Board;
Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board;
Mathias Kammüller;
Gerhard Rübling;
Lars Grünert
Number of employees
11,181 (Date: 30. June 2016)

The TRUMPF Group is a German family-owned company with its head office in Ditzingen near Stuttgart.[1] TRUMPF is one of the world's biggest providers of machine tools. With more than 60 operative subsidiaries, the TRUMPF Group is represented in all important markets worldwide. Its production facilities are based in China, Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and the USA.[2]


The two divisions are combined under the umbrella of the management holding company, TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG.: Machine Tools and Laser Technology/Electronics. In the past they sold their Medical Technology division. This sector is now a part of the Hill-Rom Holdings.[3]

Punching machine

Machine Tools[edit]

Its core business is machine tools for flexible sheet metal processing and tube processing. TRUMPF produces machines for punching and forming, laser processing, combined punch and laser processing and bending.[4]

Power Tools[edit]

Power tools for cutting, joining and forming sheet metal are chiefly used in the building trade, air conditioning or recycling industry.[5]

3-D lasercutting

Laser Technology[edit]

TRUMPF laser technology encompasses laser systems for the cutting, welding and surface treatment of three-dimensional components. The company provides high-performance CO2 lasers, rod, disk and fiber lasers, direct diode lasers, ultra-short pulse lasers, marking lasers and marking systems. The lasers are mainly used in the automotive industry and its suppliers, electronics and precision engineering, mechanical engineering, tool and mold making as well as medical technology. In May 2014, the company embarked on a joint venture with the Italian laser manufacturer Sisma, to develop 3D printers for mass production of metal components. This involves melting the metal with a laser and then building it up into a desired object layer by layer.[6]


Operating table and operating lamps

The electronics product pallet includes DC, high and medium frequency generators such as are needed for manufacturing flat-screen TVs, for example. They are used for inductive material heating, surface coating and surface processing via plasma technology as well as for laser excitation.[7]

Company history[edit]

One of the first motor-driven hand shears.


In 1923, Christian Trumpf and two partners acquired Julius Geiger GmbH, a machine shop in Stuttgart. The company manufactured flexible shafts used in metal processing machines, amongst other applications, and motor-driven hand shears for cutting sheet metal. In 1933, the company moved to the Stuttgart suburb of Weilimdorf. During World War II, TRUMPF continued with the production of electric shears and flexible shafts. The production buildings remained undamaged.[8]

The economic miracle years[edit]

During the post-war years, stationary machines for sheet metal processing were a main constituent of the product program. In 1950, TRUMPF employed 145 people, and its sales exceeded the one-million mark.Ten years later, these figures had increased to 325 employees and sales of DM 11 million. In 1963, the company founded its first foreign company at the Swiss town of Baar in the Canton of Zug.

World market[edit]

Trumpf-Location in Farmington, USA

In 1968, TRUMPF manufactured the TRUMATIC 20, the first sheet metal fabrication machine with a numerical control system. It enabled fully automatic work at the machine, right down to tool changes, for the very first time. All the information required to process sheet metal was stored on perforated computer tape.

One year later, the company founded a subsidiary in Farmington (Connecticut), Connecticut, in the U.S. Farmington is now the company's second-largest location and is the headquarters for the entire U.S. market. In 1972, TRUMPF shifted its headquarters to Ditzingen. In 1978, Berthold Leibinger was appointed chairman of the Managing Board, and founded a subsidiary in Japan in the same year.


Laser welding of thick sheet metal

In 1985, TRUMPF presented its own CO2 laser, the LASER TLF 1000. It had 1 kW of beam performance and is the first compact laser resonator with radio-frequency excitation. In 1988, TRUMPF Lasertechnik GmbH was founded.

In 1992, the solid-state laser sector began with its participation in the firm of Haas Laser GmbH in Schramberg. The company is now 100-percent owned by the TRUMPF Group. On November 20, 1998, a new laser factory was opened at the company's headquarters in Ditzingen.[8]

Change of generation[edit]

In 2005, shortly before his 75th birthday, Berthold Leibinger retired from the Managing Board after 40 years. His daughter Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller was appointed as the new President and Chairwoman of the Managing Board. As well as her brother Peter Leibinger, the Vice-Chairman of the Managing Board, her husband Mathias Kammüller also has a seat on the Managing Board.[9]

Key figures of the TRUMPF Group[edit]

Building at the headquarters in Ditzingen
Business year Sales Employees
2015/16 2,81 bn euros approx. 11,181 employees
2014/15 2,71 bn euros approx. 10,873 employees
2013/14 2,59 bn euros approx. 10,914 employees, including about 5,599 in Germany
2012/13 2,34 bn euros approx. 9,925 employees, including about 5,348 in Germany
2011/12 2,33 bn euros approx. 9,555 employees, including about 5,207 in Germany
2010/11 2,03 bn euros approx. 8,550 employees, including about 4,675 in Germany
2008/09 1,34 bn euros approx. 8,000 employees, including about 4,550 in Germany
2007/08 2,14 bn euros approx. 8,000 employees, including about 4,550 in Germany
2006/07 1,94 bn euros approx. 7,250 employees, including about 4,280 in Germany
2005/06 1,65 bn euros approx. 6,500 employees, including about 4,000 in Germany
2004/05 1,4 bn euros approx. 6,100 employees, including about 3,800 in Germany
2003/04 1,22 bn euros employees: 5,790



  1. ^ "A Happy Family of 8,000, but for How Long?". New York Times. Retrieved 11 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Home - TRUMPF Group". 
  3. ^ Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. (16 June 2014). "Hill-Rom Announces Definitive Agreement To Acquire TRUMPF Medical". 
  4. ^ "Process Sensor Systems for Laser Beam Welding". Laser Technik Journal. 2012. p. 27. 
  5. ^ "Power Tools - TRUMPF Group". 
  6. ^ TRUMPF steigt in Markt für 3D-Drucker ein, In: vom 12. Mai 2014
  7. ^ "Home - TRUMPF Hüttinger". 
  8. ^ a b "Milestones of History - TRUMPF Group". 
  9. ^ "Dr. phil. Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller". 
  10. ^ "Facts and Figures". 

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