Schuler celebrates 175th anniversary

    From metalworking shop to globally operating group: The world’s leading press manufacturer has a long tradition

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    Schuler was founded 175 years ago in Göppingen, Germany.

    It’s Schuler’s birthday: the internationally successful press manufacturer is celebrating its 175th year in business in 2014. Louis Schuler founded the company in 1839 as a metalworking shop in Göppingen’s Sauerbrunnengasse. Nobody at the time would have thought that the little workshop would one day become a global corporation with sales of almost € 1.2 billion.

    “There have been many milestones in Schuler’s success over the past 175 years,” says CEO Stefan Klebert, “and very few companies in Germany can look back on such a long and successful history.” A 175th company anniversary is rare: not even half of all German companies reach their 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Schuler’s celebrations will therefore include a central event for employees at its base in Göppingen, Germany, to be held in July. In addition, a special website (www.schulergroup175.com) presents 175 minor and major moments which have shaped Schuler over the years.

    These include, for example, the moment in 1852 when founder Louis Schuler – inspired by the Great Exhibition in London one year previously – decided to dedicate his future to the construction of machines for sheet metal processing. However, he himself could no longer witness his company’s own exhibit at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900: the world’s first transfer press. Over the following years, the company’s headcount grew to 1,000. With a car body press for Opel in 1924, Schuler began supplying the fledgling auto industry, which is still its most important customer today.

    Economic and technological milestones

    After the Second World War, Schuler was the first company in the American sector to receive an export license. The painstaking reconstruction work was rewarded: in 1961, sales reached 100 million deutschmarks, in 1970 they exceeded 200 million. At the same time, the company drove its internationalization with the foundation of subsidiaries in Brazil and North America, for example, followed by China and India in the 90s.

    Meanwhile, Peugeot launched production on the first Crossbar Transfer press with suction-cup tooling – supplied by Schuler. Further innovations in recent years, such as Compact-Crossbar presses, ServoDirect and TwinServo technologies, have underlined Schuler’s leading position in the field of metalforming. This is also reflected by its business success: in 2012, the Schuler Group posted sales of more than one billion euros.

    “Over the past years, we have achieved a level of growth and earnings which we can be justly proud of,” concludes CEO Stefan Klebert. “We therefore want to celebrate this 175th anniversary together with our employees and look forward to a year full of exciting and entertaining moments.”



    1839     Company founded as a metalworking shop by Louis Schuler

    1852     First metalworking machines produced

    1863     Founding of Fritz Müller Construction and Decorative Metalworking in Esslingen

    1866     Founding of machine tool factory Weingarten

    1895     Schuler delivers the first minting press to China

    1897     Founding of Erfurt Forming Technology GmbH

    1900     Schuler presents the world’s first transfer press

    1922     Founding of Gräbener Pressensysteme, Netphen

    1924     Development of car body presses for mass manufacturing

    1945     First Export License in the American sector

    1946     Founding of Süddeutsche Maschinenbau-Gesellschaft in Waghäusel

    1961     Sales exceed 100 million deutschmarks

    1963     Founding of Machine Tool Plant Hermann Schleicher in Heßdorf

    1965     Founding of Prensas Schuler S.A. in São Paulo (Brazil)

    1967     Louis Schuler Fund (LSF) for Education and Science established

    1973      Foundation of Gemminger Machine Tool Builders GmbH

    1983     Schuler installs large panel transfer press with a three-axis transfer

    1991     Crossbar transfer presses with suction-cup tooling supplied

    1992     Foundation of Tianjin facility in China as joint venture

    2003     World’s first Compact Crossbar press starts operating

    2007     Acquisition of Müller Weingarten AG,

                       Launch of ServoDirect Technology (SDT)

    2009     Production launched on world’s first press line with SDT

    2012     Introduction of TwinServo Technology (TST)


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