|GmbH & Co. KG|
|Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, President and Chairwoman of the Managing Board;
Peter Leibinger, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board;
Number of employees
|10,914 (Date: 30. June 2014)|
The Trumpf Group is a German family-owned company with its head office in Ditzingen near Stuttgart. Trumpf is one of the worlds 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.
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.
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.
Power tools for cutting, joining and forming sheet metal are chiefly used in the building trade, air conditioning or recycling industry.
Trumpf laser technology encompasses laser systems for the cutting, welding and surface treatment of three-dimensional components. The company provide 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.
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.
In Medical Technology Trumpf focused on solutions for operating rooms and intensive care departments, with operating tables, operating lamps, ceiling-mounted workstation systems, and camera and robot assistance systems. In June 2014, Medical Technology was sold to the US company Hill-Rom for 187 million euros.
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.
The economic miracle years
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.
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 are 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.
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.
Change of generation
In 2005, shortly before his 75th birthday, Berthold Leibinger retired from the Managing Board after 40 years. His daughter Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller 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.
Key figures of the Trumpf Group
|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|
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- "Process Sensor Systems for Laser Beam Welding". Laser Technik Journal 9 (3). 2012. p. 27.
- Trumpf steigt in Markt für 3D-Drucker ein, In: 3D-grenzenlos.de vom 12. Mai 2014
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